Pat Rabbitte, Opinion /

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

The Labour Party now faces its greatest challenge

The Labour Party now faces its greatest challenge

The liberal agenda has been realised: it’s time to take on the issues that preoccupy this generation of young workers

Now may be the time for Varadkar to take the leap

Now may be the time for Varadkar to take the leap

The success of the referendum may encourage the Taoiseach to dissolve this dysfunctional government and seek a firmer mandate

The silent vote will decide the outcome of this referendum

The silent vote will decide the outcome of this referendum

If the No side prevails, the backlash from modern Ireland will focus angrily on Fianna Fáil

Poll: It may be time for a general election

Poll: It may be time for a general election

With Brexit looming and Fianna Fáil carping, Varadkar might be inclined to bite the bullet this summer

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