VAT’s JUST TYPICAL OF FINE GAEL.
October 13th 2018
Let me start with the budget. It had one aspect to it which really pissed me off. The rise of 4 ½ % in VAT for the hospitality sector. We have a restaurant in the castle so I do know what...
TRUMP HITS A SUPREME NEW LOW.
October 6th 2018
This week is all about Donald Trump. Quite frankly his behaviour hit a new low. At a rally in South Haven, Mississippi, he ridiculed the testimony that Christine Blasey Ford gave to the Senate...
SECRECY ON ARAS COSTS TAKES MICK.
September 22nd 2018
This week it was all about the weather and damn dangerous it was too. With so much leaf on the trees, in some instances it literally ripped trees apart and two enormous branches came crashing down...
I’LL JOIN DON RALLIES IF IM FIT ENOUGH.
September 8th 2018
The last few weeks have been a bit difficult for me personally and as part of my ongoing battle against cancer I am back on chemotherapy. This has given me considerable time for...
EU CHIEFS MUST MEND ITS BRIDGES
August 18th 2018
They say August is a wicked month and I’m sure if you live in Genoa in Italy it must feel that way. However, I have to say that the collapse of that bridge, horrendous as it was, has a much wider...
FINE GAEL’S RISING STAR HAS SUNK.
August 11th 2018
There was a time, not very long ago, when Simon Harris, the Minister for Health, was seen as the rising star of Fine Gael. Indeed, during the referendum campaign he outshone the Taoiseach. There...
THEY’RE OFF AND RUNNING FOR THE ARAS.
August 4th 2018
So the Presidential Race has begun in earnest. Michael D went to the races to present the Galway Plate and to assure us all he was “ in a very fit condition”, which was probably a sensible idea...
REALITY OF CRISIS STARTS TO HIT HOME.
July 28th 2018
Sometimes the answer to problems are staring us in the face and in this case it is the answer to the housing crisis. We need to build more houses – by all accounts 45,000 new units over the next...
BREXIT DEAL MUST BE A BRIT SPECIAL
July 14th 2018
This week started for me with a trip down memory lane. I went to Marlay Park to watch, listen to and embrace Queen. Now, given that the last time I saw them live was in 1986, this was a very...
OUR ROLE TO PRESS LEO ON EVENTS
July 7th 2018
I have only met Leo Varadkar once since he became Taoiseach. That was when U2 played Croke Park,. I wished him good luck and told him I would be watching him – that, after all, is what folks...