Pat Rabbitte

Pat Rabbitte

Articles by Pat Rabbitte

Martin’s brave stand could blow up in his face

Martin’s brave stand could blow up in his face

Yes, Irish society has changed, but the outcome of the Eighth Amendment referendum is hardly a foregone conclusion

Fine Gael is haunted by its historic blind eye to Garda malpractice

Fine Gael is haunted by its historic blind eye to Garda malpractice

The party’s longstanding tendency to overlook the force’s misbehaviour in ‘the wider public interest’ has left a legacy of defects in policing practice

When theocracy, not democracy, ruled Ireland

When theocracy, not democracy, ruled Ireland

Scandals like the Kerry Babies were rooted in a grim, inward-looking repressive society

Charleton Tribunal could rival Dirt inquiry impact

Charleton Tribunal could rival Dirt inquiry impact

The Dirt inquiry, which was broadcast live on television, was part of the catalyst for the transformation of the Revenue Commissioners

Testing times ahead for Fine Gael’s choirboys

Testing times ahead for Fine Gael’s choirboys

In a confidence and supply arrangement, the needs of the disadvantaged can slip down a government’s list of priorities

The 2017 end-of -year politics awards

The 2017 end-of -year politics awards

Turns out a year is a long time in ‘new politics’. There have been exits and entrances, victories and defeats, winners and losers. And now it’s time to hand out the gongs...

Parties must work for successful referendum

Parties must work for successful referendum

Many politicians were cowed into silence by the ugliness of anti-choice tactics in the 80s, but the debate needs to be different this time

A good week for Nenagh's Manassa Mauler

A good week for Nenagh's Manassa Mauler

Alan Kelly's tenacity and pointed questions threw the justice department and minister into a spin, while the confidence and supply agreement has taken damage, writes Pat Rabbitte

Careless comments on homelessness could cost Fine Gael dear

Careless comments on homelessness could cost Fine Gael dear

Leo Varadkar needs to be aware that straight talking can come across as callousness – and it could wind up sinking his government

Taoiseach needs to lift the lid on greed and inequality

Taoiseach needs to lift the lid on greed and inequality

Varadkar’s early risers should not be blaming welfare recipients for their woes, but those enabling the super-wealthy to pay a pittance in taxes

Does the Irish question truly matter to Britain?

Does the Irish question truly matter to Britain?

British ministers don’t seem to understand the implications of Brexit, yet the Irish government has explained them well

Pat Rabbitte: Banks play by different rules

Pat Rabbitte: Banks play by different rules

Hopefully the game is up for opportunistic banks, but don’t bet on it

Civil War parties face off in a nervous game of existential poker

Civil War parties face off in a nervous game of existential poker

As the two big parties circle each other, there is a palpable fear of going in for the kill

‘See if you can help this young fella’

‘See if you can help this young fella’

As president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI), I first met Liam Cosgrave in February 1973

Boeing verdict could spell turbulent times in Belfast

Boeing verdict could spell turbulent times in Belfast

The decision by the US government to support Boeing’s allegations of anti-competitive practices is an example of politics intervening with business. Politics will determine the outcome