Category Archives: Public Affairs

Waiting in the wings: Michael McGrath, TD

Michael McGrath, the highly regarded TD for Cork South-Central, is regularly hyped by the political commentariat as a Fianna Fáil leader-in-waiting. Ciarán Galway meets with the party’s spokesman for finance to explore...

An Irish political Moses

March 2018 marked the centenary of the death of John Redmond. In recent years, a concerted effort has been made to rehabilitate the legacy of one of the most influential constitutional figures...

The Loneliness Taskforce

Fianna Fáil Senator Keith Swanick, a GP who runs his own family practice in Belmullet, County Mayo, writes on the topic of loneliness and social isolation. Currently the party’s spokesperson on health...

The future of the Seanad

The continued existence of Seanad Éireann makes Ireland atypical. Globally, the majority of parliaments are now unicameral and of those which are bicameral, only the Seanad and the Slovenian National Council are...

Trades Union desk

It remains one of the enduring mysteries of the post-2008 world as to why ratings agencies remain widely trusted and cited by media outlets and institutions alike. ICTU’s Macdara Doyle writes. If...

Meet the Media

Michael Brennan is the Political Editor of the Sunday Business Post. A Galway native, he holds a journalism degree from DCU. After two years with the Examiner in Cork, he spent two...

Why Milly mattered

Milly Tuomey died by suicide at the very beginning of 2016. Her mother, Fiona Tuomey, outlines the case for improved access to mental health services for young people and calls for a...

Mná na hÉireann

Throughout the course of 2018, the Oireachtas will mark the centenary of the passage of the Representation of the People Act, 1918, which extended the franchise to some Irish women, and the...

A multifaceted role

Peter Finnegan, the Clerk of Dáil Éireann and Secretary General of the Houses of the Oireachtas Service, discusses his role and how the running of national parliament has changed over recent years....