Saturday February 22, 2020

Democracy can be boring and expensive, but it’s all we have

There is something deeply disquieting about an election for the most significant office in the land which barely resembles a local town council contest, but the process should not be debased by cynicism

14th October, 2018
Michael D Higgins: streets ahead in the polls in his bid to be returned as the next president Rollingnews

Nothing is as it seems any more in politics.

A tribunal has fully exonerated a former minister whose ‘will she or won’t she’ resignation almost precipitated a general election. Another minister resigned without warning and without any calls from the opposition for his departure.

The budget speeches from the opposition benches had the curious spectacle of a good cop/bad cop routine by Michael McGrath and Barry Cowen. This continual ability of...

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