Pat Rabbitte

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TDs seeing their proposals pass earlier stages in the Dáil at first believe they are making progress, only for their Bills to languish thereafter

If bond yields buttered no parsnips, as Pat Rabbitte once said, then parliamentary procedure is certainly not an issue on which to have an election. (...)

When asked whether he was looking forward to the election campaign, one of Enda Kenny’s stock responses was: “I’m f****ng dying for road.” Photograph: Bloomberg

Good morning, the digest this morning is a little different. We have asked each of the four contributors to choose their favourite piece from the dige(...)

Traders working at the New York Stock Exchange the morning after Donald Trump won the presidency. Photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

The financial markets, like the rest of us, are trying to work out what a Trump presidency might actually mean. We all know what Trump promised, but (...)

Account director at Ipsos MRBI Karen Hall, Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) chief executive Michael O’Keeffe, BAI chairman Prof Pauric Travers and BAI senior manager Ciaran Kissane at the launch of the public consultation period in relation to the draft BAI strategy statement on Wednesday. Photograph: Maxwell Photography

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI) has promised to step up its efforts to help Irish broadcasters stay in business, putting “sectoral sustain(...)


Labour was swept into power in 2011 on a tidal wave of public support and dismissed last February in equally dramatic fashion. In a coalition governme(...)

“Let’s not talk about Brexit”: Sean Moncreiff’s plea was a vain aspiration. Photograph: Dylan Martinez/Reuters

Sean Moncrieff isn’t renowned for his sensitive style, unless you count irony as an emotion. But on Wednesday’s Moncrieff (Newstalk, weekdays) he lets(...)

Senator David Norris has said that RTÉ’s Oireachtas Report programme is obliged to report on the Seanad. File photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Senator David Norris has said that RTÉ’s Oireachtas Report programme is obliged to report on the Seanad, “however vapid they may consider our proceedi(...)

News streaming on an iPhone: Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

After five years, two governments and three ministers for communications, the public service broadcasting charge has finally been laid to rest. Few (...)

About 4,000 homes still rely on dial-up internet, a throwback to the 1990s. A key priority for the State’s National Broadband Plan must be to avoid the instant obsolescence seen in previous digital initiatives. The NBP’s predecessor, begun in 2009, delivered a basic download speed of 1.2 megabits per second (mbps) to 250,000 homes, and was obsolete even before its completion

What does a small business owner in Co Tipperary have in common with a goat herder in northern Ethiopia? They both need a satellite to receive email:(...)

Joan Burton announces her departure as Labour leader. Photograph: Sam Boal/

The familiar red jacket had been decommissioned. In its place, a different statement piece. The colour was resignation black and Joan Burton was st(...)

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