Pat Rabbitte, Opinion /

Don’t throw Garda baby out with the bathwater

Don’t throw Garda baby out with the bathwater

Charlie Flanagan must resist the temptation to abolish the Policing Authority, and with it genuine independent oversight of the guards

Estate of the nation: How Fettercairn has fared

Estate of the nation: How Fettercairn has fared

When Pat Rabbitte surveyed the unemployment rate in Fettercairn in the 1980s, it was 54 per cent. Now he and Political Editor Michael Brennan return to the Tallaght estate to find out how it has changed

Poor planning kept an area poor

Poor planning kept an area poor

Housing policies have been a major factor in concentrating disadvantage and poverty in certain areas. Today’s policymakers should learn from the mistakes of the past

There’s method in Martin’s supply deal madness

There’s method in Martin’s supply deal madness

FF-ers may not be thrilled by their leader’s unilateral decision to extend confidence and supply, but it makes sense for the party

Les gilets jaunes get revolutionary with the elite

Les gilets jaunes get revolutionary with the elite

The protests in Paris may seem quintessentially French, but the underlying causes are also present in other EU states and in the US

Varadkar’s pledge on tax  cuts is a calculated risk

Varadkar’s pledge on tax cuts is a calculated risk

The Taoiseach can always ditch his cuts later if he has to in order to form a government, just like Fine Gael did with the promised USC repeal in 2016

The PAC should not be a platform for witch-hunts

The PAC should not be a platform for witch-hunts

Slipping standards after the 2008 crash have allowed this vital tool of state to descend into a free-for-all for anyone with an axe to grind

Recognition of ethnicity is not an end in itself

Recognition of ethnicity is not an end in itself

They may have been recognised as a separate ethnic group, but Travellers still face the same old challenges

Why this presidential election was a pointless exercise

Why this presidential election was a pointless exercise

The five also-rans are no doubt patriotic, well-intentioned citizens. But why they want to start in the Phoenix Park is puzzling

Will Corbyn step in at the 11th hour to save us from Brexit?

Will Corbyn step in at the 11th hour to save us from Brexit?

The British Labour Party leader is clear that leaving the EU without a deal would be a disaster for Britain. But is the committed Brexiteer really willing to have a people’s vote that includes the option to remain?

Report on policing offers minister historic opportunity

Report on policing offers minister historic opportunity

If implemented, recommendations made by the Commission on Policing could transform the Gardaí

How this country clawed its way back from the brink

How this country clawed its way back from the brink

After the banking crisis, presenting a united government front was essential in order to restore international confidence in Ireland – but it took its toll

Will the new Garda boss be allowed to do his job?

Will the new Garda boss be allowed to do his job?

Drew Harris may have to contend with a defend-the-citadel culture among some some senior serving members of the force

Rural post offices need to corner a new niche

Rural post offices need to corner a new niche

Ladling on the nostalgia and victimhood won’t stop the closures. We need to use the postal network to provide different services

Pope must speak to issue of child abuse cover-up

Pope must speak to issue of child abuse cover-up

Pope Francis has been a slow learner when it comes to addressing the greatest scandal to engulf the Church