The late Liam Cosgrave photographed by the Connacht Tribune at the opening of the extension to the Franciscan Brothers’ Agricultural College in Mountbellew in September 1975.

The yawnfest that is otherwise known as the Leader’s speech

World of Politics with Harry McGee – Leaders speeches at Ard Fheiseanna are one of those unusual set-piece events, allowing an unfettered half-hour for the leader to set out his or her stall to...
Former minister, Phil Hogan, often had the germ of a good idea, but never thought them through.

Hogan’s plans often had merit, but lacked focus or definition

World of Politics with Harry McGee – Phil Hogan had a reputation as a political bruiser when he was involved in domestic politics. That was aided and abetted by his sheer size. He must...
Former Mayor of Baltimore Martin O'Malley with his Galway jersey on stage with the Saw Doctors.

Directly elected Mayors would bring us into line with the rest

World of Politics with Harry McGee Acouple of weeks ago I interviewed Martin O’Malley, the former Mayor of Baltimore and Governor of Maryland who was also a candidate in the Democratic primaries for the US...
Under pressure ... Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe with Cllr Padraig Conneely on his visit to Galway last Friday to update local business interests on Budget 2018.

Banks display little sign of learning lessons from past

World of Politics with Harry McGee – Afew years ago the Green Party had a good idea about changing the culture of banks. It wasn’t about reform and modernization; indeed, it was about undoing...
Brewing up a storm....the diving tower at Blackrock on the Prom at the height of Monday's Hurricane Ophelia. Photo: Michael O'Meara.

Politicians can also tumble to those winds of change

World of Politics with Harry McGee  - It’s not just trees that can be felled by extreme weather. Political reputations can also be toppled by the winds – the real ones, not just those...
John Bruton and Garrett FitzGerald pictured in 1982, the year Bruton introduced a tax on children's shoes.

Budget 2018 is a far cry from drama of past years

World of Politics with Harry McGee The most dramatic Budget during my time in Leinster House was the first every one I covered, in December 2003.  I was relatively newly arrived in politics at The...


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