Podcast: Problems great and small for Fine Gael

The latest ‘Inside Politics’ looks at the Public Services Card row and the housing crisis

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Paschal Donohoe with his Public Services Card, at D’Olier House, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

From e-voting to water charges, there have been plenty of examples of governments getting into hot water over a “sensible” plan that emanated from the civil service. This week’s edition of Inside Politics asks: could the controversial Public Services Card become another instance of this? Or is it just a summer story?

Far from being a summer story, the housing crisis is very real. As an acute problem with no short-term solution, it is the stuff of political nightmares. This week's panel takes a look at what could be a major liability for Fine Gael.

Finally, the podcast examines the modern PR stylings of Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Should he be replying to George Hook's criticisms on Twitter? And what exactly is the "Strategic Communications Office"?

This edition of Inside Politics is hosted by Hugh Linehan, with Pat Leahy and Sarah Bardon.

Declan Conlon

Declan Conlon

Declan Conlon is head of audio at The Irish Times