Pat Rabbitte, Opinion /

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

Anyone for President?

Anyone for President?

Potential candidates should be old enough to know that presidential campaigns are a bloodsport

An election? After you – no, after you

An election? After you – no, after you

Those who crave the excitement of a ballot in 2018 will probably have to make do with a presidential contest

Beware the Taoiseach’s  New York state of mind

Beware the Taoiseach’s New York state of mind

He is no Donald Trump, but it is puzzling and worrying that Leo Varadkar made the mistake of seeming to align himself with the US president’s dangerous, anti-democratic view of the media

Culture clash will be Harris’s first challenge

Culture clash will be Harris’s first challenge

The appointment of an outsider as Garda Commissioner is a hopeful sign, but the government must lead the way in supporting him in his endeavours

RTÉ needs a new funding model

RTÉ needs a new funding model

In the era of ‘fake news’, properly resourced public service broadcasting is crucial for the survival of democracy

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the problem of Sinn Féin

Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael and the problem of Sinn Féin

They can’t afford to ignore the party’s coalition offer, but entertaining it could frighten the pre-election horses