Analysis > February 2016

Anything for Gov.

When they start using the wisdom of Meat Loaf, you know the campaign has taken its toll on politicians. With the spectre of a hung Dáil looming, a candidate told me this week that politicians will do anything to avoid a second general election. Does that include doing deals with sworn enemies I asked. ‘We’ll do anything to avoid another campaign, but we won’t do that’ was the emphatic reply and the nod was duly given to the Meat Loaf …

Burton fighting hard to weather storm

Joan Burton arrived in Shellybanks Educate Together National  School  in bright sunshine. Her smile was as sunny as the morning. By her side Kevin Humphreys looked chilled,  shooting the breeze with the dwindling number of reporters still turning up for these carefully choreographed press events. They perched awkwardly on little yellow chairs to chat with the senior infants who beamed when the Tánaiste told them she had heard they were ‘the best senior infant class in the whole world’ while …