Pat Rabbitte, Opinion /

Where now for parliamentary inquiry?

Where now for parliamentary inquiry?

The Public Accounts Committee avoided judicial strictures over preceding decades because the chair steered the committee between the ditches

It may only get worse for this government

It may only get worse for this government

Leo Varadkar could well live to regret his failure to call a general election last year

A prime minister at war with her parliament and her people

A prime minister at war with her parliament and her people

Theresa May’s brass neck and tin ear may well do serious harm to her own country and ours

Brexit is not the only headache for Europe’s politicos

Brexit is not the only headache for Europe’s politicos

The upcoming European elections are highly likely to see every conceivable stripe of Eurosceptic get elected

Independent review of nurses’ claims is vital

Independent review of nurses’ claims is vital

The government needs this dispute like a hole in the head, but it had better not make the same mistakes it made with the Garda pay debacle

Partnership will help neither FF nor SDLP

Partnership will help neither FF nor SDLP

Joining forces in the North won’t help Fianna Fáil ward off the threat of Sinn Féin, nor will it address the SDLP’s fundamental problems

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