If the only comfort that the current Fianna Fáil party leadership can take from yesterday’s polls is to be back at a Feb 2011 level of support – a level that provoked Martin to lead a heave against Brian Cowen – then it is cold comfort… and I mean a Pfizer Covid19 vaccine storage level of cold.
At first glance putting Malta in the same league as Hungary, Poland or even Bulgaria might seem a bit of a stretch for the sedate Mediterranean holiday spot. Yet, a staggering 89% of Maltese believe corruption in Malta is “widespread”. It is a feeling that has grown dramatically in the years following assassination of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia.
Like it or not, this saga is not capturing public attention – for now. It is not that people don’t care, it’s just that they look at this and wearily conclude that (a) they are all at it, (b) when it comes to leaking Sinn Féin would be no better or worse or than Fine Gael, (c) we have much bigger things to be focused on now… or a mixture of all three.
This column first appeared on Broadsheet.ie on Nov 16th. Here I propose that the two Seanad Éireann vacancies be filled by nominees representing the two traditions in Northern Ireland. this is something that should have happened when the Taoiseach named his 11 nominees to the Seanad back in June, but didn’t. That was a major … Continue reading Putting A Shared Island In A Shared Seanad