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Leo Varadkar is getting tough on dole spongers. Last Wednesday he launched a high profile and hard hitting campaign to root our social welfare fraud.

He claimed that ‘anti-fraud and control measures’ saved the taxpayer over €500m in 2016. No detail explaining or justifying this figure was provided. Requests to the Department of Social Protection for additional information didn’t help much.

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After a ten hour marathon session of the Oireachtas Water Committee last Tuesday, Fianna Fáil finally caved into Fine Gael on water charges.

In a series of votes, Barry Cowen and his team opposed proposals which only days before they enthusiastically supported.

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The government is about to embark on a major shift in the funding of social housing. Five local authorities are being asked to initiate a public private partnership to deliver 500 homes.

This is the first of three such projects being proposed by Government.

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It is hard to put into words the deep sense of loss that Irish republicans are feeling today.

The untimely passing of Martin McGuinness has left a hole in our political world. Continue reading

When it comes to Government there are two kinds of political parties.

There are those who accept the status quo. Their policy agenda may involve some proposals for change. But these can be accommodated within the existing order of things.

Then there are those committed to something more profound. Their agenda can not be satisfied within the status quo. They want to replace the existing order of things with something radically different.

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Housing dominated the political agenda in 2016 like never before. Decades of underinvestment and bad policy across all tenures created a dysfunctional housing system.

The recession didn’t just make things worse, it lit the fuse that has resulted in an explosion of housing need.

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Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil are in a spin over the Governments controversial first time buyers scheme. With an allocation of just €50m in Budget 2017 this may seem a little surprising. Less so when you consider the weight of opinion opposing the measure.

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