After the election

Posted: July 1, 2014 in Elections, Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin had a good election. We consolidated our position in the North and significantly increased our strength in the South.

We are now well placed to make significant gains in the next Dáil election.

As we face into that electoral contest two questions will loom large.

Voters and the media will want to know who we would enter government with and what economic policies will form the core of our campaign.

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What do you do when you are loosing an argument? Do you admit you are wrong? Do you concede the point? Not if you are in Fianna Fail, Fine Gael or Labour you don’t.

When confronted with the litany of broken promises and bad decisions the stock response of Government TDs and their Fianna Fail predecessors is to try and change the subject.

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Eamon Gilmore’s address to the Labour party conference last month was strong on rhetoric but short on specifics.

With the local and European elections only months away the Labour leader seemed reluctant to make any big commitments.

But old habits die hard and Gilmore just had to promise something.

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There is a recovery of sorts, beginning to take shape.

The state has exited the Troika bailout. The government has re-entered the bond markets. And the number of jobs in the economy is starting to grow, albeit at a very slow pace.

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Govt not delivering on jobs

Posted: August 8, 2013 in Jobs

The government is claiming that they are making progress in tackling the unemployment crisis. Jobs are being created. The live register is falling. The number of people in employment is increasing.

Surely this is good news? Should we not be commending Fine Gael and Labour for their efforts?
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The real cost of tax dodging

Posted: June 19, 2013 in Government, Tax

What have Bermuda, Ireland and the Cayman Islands got in common?

According to a high profile US Senate investigation we are all tax havens.

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In the latest installment of our conversation on the Meath East by-election Eoin O’Malley expanded on three of his initial arguments. He prefaced his remarks by accepting that as a political scientist he should be judged as such. So lets put his scientific method to the test.

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