Category: Politics & Economics

  • Cullen attacks Green tweet

    The Irish Examiner Apprentice star Bill Cullen blasted the Greens as hypocritical after a post to the junior coalition party’s Twitter accounts described him as a ‘permatanned snake-oil selling charlatan’. The message was posted to the party’s online account at the weekend by a staff member, and later deleted from the online microblogging service ‘as […]

  • Retired shareholders picket Londis agm

    The Irish Times A GROUP of retired B shareholders picketed the annual general meeting of ADM Londis yesterday to highlight claims of discrimination following the conversion of the company to an unlisted plc in 2004. The B shareholders’ ADM Londis plc Representative Group includes founder members of the original Allied Dublin Merchants Ltd, formed in […]

  • Parties Adjust to Online Politics Obama-Style

    Donegal Democrat Ever since Barack Obama swept to power last November, political parties worldwide have been trying to figure out how to copy his feat. Blogs, facebook, flickr and twitter are no longer the playthings of texting teenagers and geeks, but a way to mobilise voters, getting the vote out and raising much needs funding […]

  • Barack and Boyle: The Glen Connection

    Donegal Democrat For many Irish people, the election of Barack Obama was greeted warmly this week, but the residents of one west Donegal Gaeltacht parish there is an extra reason to celebrate. Francie Boyle, a native of Gleann Cholm Cille (Glencolmcille) attended the count in the key swing state of Pennsylvania not only to see […]

  • The Columbans

    Donegal Democrat A conversation over a cup of coffee was the spark that led to a multi-year programme of archaeological surveys in the parish of Gleann Cholm Cille, a gathering at Oideas Gael heard during a presentation as part of Heritage Week last Thursday. Seamus McGinley, the project manager who is one of the moving […]

  • Campaigning in a Digital Age

    Donegal on Sunday Originally written for 200 Words If you’re a local election candidate, or running in the European elections in June, you’ve probably been contacted once or twice by now with offers to add some Obama Magic to your campaign. Maybe you got an email from miCandidate, or a text message from Marty Dunleavy. […]

  • A Farewell To Arms

    Things are so bad, Charlie Flanagan wants to put the Irish Army on the streets. Brian Lenihan, new in the department of justice and unwilling to lose out on a law’n’order issue, tells him he’ll think about it and have a word with the Garda commissioner. Willie O’Dea, fresh from a fraught weekend encounter in […]

  • Get Rich Quick

    I’m considering future career plans. In fact, I’ve decided to do something about one of the first online articles I ever wrote. Back in 19mumble or so, I wrote a few hundred words on why the Seanad, with its closed electorates and appointed members, was an undemocratic institutions. A few years later, I submitted a […]

  • The Poll Truth

    Donegal On Sunday There are lies, damned lies, and statistics. Benjamin Disraeli came up with that memorable quote, but the irony is, no one remembers what he meant by it. The Victorian prime minister wasn’t saying that the numbers collected by statisticians were lies, but that if you didn’t understand what the numbers meant, you’d […]

  • Decisions, Decisions…

    Like a thief in the night, the Taoiseach stole into Áras an Uachtaran this morning to ask the President to dissolve the 29th Dáil. Between now and 24 May, he country gets to mull over who we would like to see in charge for the next five years or so. So let’s see… Fianna Fáil […]