Category Archives: Public Affairs

The authority to speak

Following the first public lecture organised by An Roinn Ghaeilge agus Léann Cheilteach/the Department of Irish and Celtic Studies in Queen’s University, Bernadette O’Rourke from the Heriot-Watt University writes in agendaNi on...

Sinn Féin Ard Fheis 2018

Media focus at Sinn Féin’s 2018 Ard Fheis was primarily concerned with two key junctures: the first was the party’s debate on abortion and the second was Mary Lou McDonald’s first televised...

‘Players and crap-hats’

  The deployment of militarily aggressive British Army units to Northern Ireland – bristling with experience of colonial counter-insurgency tours in Aden, Cyprus, Kenya and Malaya – coupled with an unwillingness of...

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...