Last Post: Don’t bank on coalition forcing lenders to help homeowners
The banks claim they have to add interest to mortgage deferrals. Bringing them to heel may not be a great long-term plan for their viability
Michael McGrath, as Fianna Fáil’s opposition finance spokesman, was an incisive and informed commentator on the behaviour of the country’s banks. He was particularly strong on the tracker mortgage scandal and on the very high interest rates charged by banks to mortgage holders.
He was as impressive as Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty in holding the banks and the government to account. But what will his position be now that...
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Matt Cooper: The coalition of the unwilling fumbles its messaging yet again
It looks doubtful whether the majority of the public will have the patience for another nine weeks of this Covid-19 confinement
Matt Cooper: Fraying coalition could open door to McDonald as Taoiseach
It’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald could come to power without a general election
Matt Cooper: Martin damned if he does and damned if he doesn’t go to US
With the Covid-19 situation unlikely to have improved by March, the Taoiseach will face criticism whether he visits the White House on St Patrick’s Day or not
The Last Post: Is the health portfolio just too much for Stephen Donnelly?
Given the huge responsibility of the post, and Donnelly’s tendency to over-promise and perform badly under pressure, is it time to let someone else oversee the vaccine roll-out?