Pat Rabbitte, Opinion /

Denis’s error of judgment puts lobbying in the spotlight

Denis’s error of judgment puts lobbying in the spotlight

Minister Naughten fell foul of the easy access to our politicians these practitioners enjoy

Challenging issues of media ownership

Challenging issues of media ownership

Company law may be more relevant than media law in determining what happened at Independent News & Media

We could still end up under the Brexit bus

We could still end up under the Brexit bus

So far, the EU’s negotiators have been positive, honourable and very much on Ireland’s side, but there is a nagging fear that it will all go badly wrong at the last minute

The Good Friday Agreement is starting to come apart

The Good Friday Agreement is starting to come apart

As the 20th anniversary of the peace deal approaches, everyone is out for themselves – and those old battle lines are being redrawn

Pat Rabbitte: Brexit is poisoning our relations with our neighbours

Pat Rabbitte: Brexit is poisoning our relations with our neighbours

Irish demands have become a convenient whipping boy for extreme Brexiteers

FG’s piggyback on the National Plan out of order

FG’s piggyback on the National Plan out of order

The argument that it has been done before doesn’t make it right - taxpayers’ money was used to promote Fine Gael candidates

Up North, the gloom is getting gloomier

Up North, the gloom is getting gloomier

With Brexit on the way, the North is facing its biggest peacetime challenge and time is running out to break the latest impasse between Sinn Féin and the DUP

McDonald can no longer defend the indefensible

McDonald can no longer defend the indefensible

Sinn Féin’s new leader has a chance to make a decisive break with the past. However, she may choose not to take it

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