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This episode is based on two recent blog posts. Both addressed ongoing issues in Fianna Fáil, while one looked at the plans to increase defence investment and the other looks at the history of Programme for Government reviews and concludes that they are a good thing: http://derekmooney.ie/2022/07/15/fianna-fail-looks-defenceless-in-government-while…
 
In this episode I revisit the three Fianna Fáil truths which I set out exactly two years ago (in June 2020). This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2022/06/14/goodbye-to-broadsheet-and-hello-to-cuckoo-clocks-and-the-3-fianna-fail-truths-i-set-out-2-years-ago/
 
Dublin faces a Catch-22: a city infrastructure that is creaking at the seams because it cannot serve the needs of those who depend on it, but which cannot be expanded because the labour needed to rebuild that infrastructure cannot be found as the wages cannot reasonably cover the cost of living in or around this Dublin. This episode is also availab…
 
In this episode I again make the point that the government is not addressing the Irish housing crisis at the scale (or speed) required to stop housing being an election issue at the next general election in 2024. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2022/05/26/happy-the-opposition-when-a-government-cannot-effectively…
 
In this podcast I look at the problem of random vicious attacks and anti-social behaviour in Dublin city centre. It is just one of an increasing number of problems which - combined - are detrimentally affecting the quality of life of people who live and work in Dublin city. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2022/0…
 
When it comes to defence policy and the thorny issue of spending more on Irish Defence, the Irish public is far ahead of its political leadership. They know that military neutrality today means higher defence costs. The political obfuscation needs to stop... and this includes shelving the plan to set up yet another Citizens Assembly to debate neutr…
 
Just catching up on some unposted blogs and podcasts. This one is from mid-March 2022 and looks at Sinn Féin's bulk deletion of many 1,000s of old press statements and comments. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2022/04/13/why-eat-your-words-when-you-can-delete-them/…
 
In this episode I examine how Putin's brutal, but faltering, invasion of Ukraine has in only a few days managed to undo his two decade long project of weakening and splintering the western alliance through sowing disunity and distrust within the EU and US polities. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2022/03/07/how-…
 
The false flag is one of Putin’s favourite political tactics. Indeed, he may well owe his tight and long-lasting grip on power in Russia to a vicious and blood curdling false flag operation that targeted and killed many 100s of innocent Russian civilians. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2022/02/22/putin-the-czar…
 
While the DUP has the capacity to inflict damage and delay the restoration of the institutions of the Good Friday Agreement, it still faces a political and demographic shift that spells its ultimate decline as a major force. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2022/02/21/the-painful-sting-of-a-fading-dup/…
 
In this episode I consider the beleagured leadership of Boris Johnson and suggest that he may limp on until May when his fate could be sealed by a bad mid-term local election result. Meanwhile, the three Irish government party leaders will be happy that the next local and european elections are not due here until 2024 and so they face no mid-term e…
 
In the first Mooney on Politics episode of 2022 I look at the contrasting approaches that both Taoiseach and Tánaiste appear (from their public comments, at least) to the possibility of a reshuffle of their ministesr when the government mid-point/turnabout comes next December. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/202…
 
In this episode I look at the latest government responses to the Omicron variant and ask if we are taking sufficient notice from what our government, and others across Europe and across the globe, have sometimes done wrong, and often done right. I specifically urge the re-establishment of the Special Dáil Committee on Covid-19, which was, in a most…
 
In this episode I make a comparison I'd never have thought possible just two years ago - but I explain why the two leaders - who do not share many other characteristics - regrettably share one very large negative one. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/12/16/martin-and-johnson-more-alike-than-youd-think/…
 
In this week's Podcast I Iook at two strained sets of relationships. The first is that between ministers and NPHET and the second is the one between the government and the hospitality industry. Going after the hospitality sector when so more needs to be done in ICUs and in ensuring better ventilation in classrooms must seem unfair, if not an outrig…
 
This episode is a change of pace - no politics this week, but instead I offer a personal refection on how and why Stephen Sondheim could make me laugh and cry more readily than any other writer. This is based on my recent column. I also created a Spotify Playlist to accompany this column. It includes songs mentioned here, plus a few other personal …
 
This week's podcast looks at how Micheál Martin may enjoy the trappings of being Taoiseach, but eschews the political leadership responsibility that goes with it in favour of managerial minimalism. This podcast is based on this article: https://derekmooney.ie/2021/11/19/does-mm-stand-for-micheal-martin-or-managerial-minimalism/…
 
In this episode I dismiss the easy speculation that Sinn Féin is set to be in govt North and South soon, but I warn that it cannot be ruled out... unless one of the two traditional big parties finally comes to its political senses. I also take a quick look at the most recent Sunday Business Post/RedC poll and see where this sits in the recent serie…
 
In this episode I look at Fianna Fail's problems in defining itself, particularly the seeming unwillingness, or inability, of its leader to do it. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/10/13/when-leadership-colours-matter-fail-to-define-yourself-and-others-will-do-it-for-you/…
 
In this episode I look at the NDP launch and the October Budget and reflect briefly on the latest Irish Times poll showing Sinn Féin moving 10pts ahead of Fine Gael. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/10/07/maybe-wed-believe-them-more-if-the-numbers-were-smaller/…
 
In this episode I discuss the stories of rape, bullying and discrimination as related in RTÉ's Women of Honour radio documentary and the failure of the Irish military command to pursue these cases and deliver justice to the victims. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/09/28/women-of-extraordinary-honour-and-cou…
 
This Mooney on Politics podcast looks at the recent faux controversy over President Higgins declining an invitation to a NI100 church service in Armagh. I show how former Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, set out the right approach to commemoration in a speech in May 2010 and show how President's decision is in keeping with this approach. This podcast is bas…
 
This is my first Mooney on Political podcast since the Summer break. My last one was about five weeks ago… and what an eventful five weeks it has been. In this episode I look at the fallout from the mishandling of Zapponegate and explore how the return of norrmal politics post Covid restrictions means we are nearing political endgame for the leader…
 
In this Podcast I look at the political issues I raised in my latest Broadsheet column, but omitted from my 2021 Summer Political Reading list Podcast. Here I look at Micheál Martin's bizarre use of polling to contend that all is well for Fianna Fáil and his absence of political cop-on when confronted (or blind-sided) by the proposal to appoint Kat…
 
This episode features my fifth annual summer political reading list. As the name suggests, the books on the list have a political theme or connection. All the books in this year’s selection are non-fiction and reflect my own tastes and prejudice It is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/07/29/my-2021-summer-political-reading-l…
 
The Dublin Bay South by-Election result shows that Fianna Fáil is facing a crisis of relevance and viability, one that its leader of over 10 years is unwilling to address or acknowledge. The party is now waiting 18 months for a review of the disastrous GE2020 campaign, so I offered this as an interim independent review of what I think went wrong in…
 
I look at the argument on Fianna Fáil’s real and demonstrable problems with young voters that mysteriously leaked out from the parliamentary party. I also take a final look at the Dublin Bay South By-Election. This Podcast was originally produced as a Blogpost: https://derekmooney.ie/2021/07/07/why-does-martins-fianna-fail-have-such-a-stubborn-prob…
 
In this episode I look at the cost of the PCR tests required to travel in and out of Ireland and the complexity of getting PCR tests while abroad. Ireland should (a) be using rapid antigen testing for travel and (b) should have joined the EU Covid Digital Certificate process from the July 1st start. Delaying participation until July 19 was an error…
 
This week I look at the paradox of Fianna Fáil's poll ratings showing it in thid place, while its leader's ratings increase... and I wonder, doesn't this mean that what is in his interest, is not in his party's.. and vice-versa? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/06/22/why-does-an-unpopular-party-have-a-popula…
 
I take an early look at the line-up of candidates in the Dublin Bay South by-election and conclude that this is too close to call between Fine Gael and Sinn Féin. Logic suggests that this race is Fine Gael's to lose, but has their portrayal of their candidate as a Terenure Trudeau left him vulnerable? In my view this comes down to who comes 3rd, 4t…
 
In this podcast I look at how housing has once again emerged as the key political issue concerning voters, now that worries about Covid-19 are starting to ease. I consider how Fianna Fáil's only hope of avoiding annihilation is to show voters that it grasps the scale of the crisis, though Micheal Martin's party has seeming unwilling, or unable, thu…
 
The Brezhnev wing of Fianna Fáil will soon have to decide if keeping the blinds down and pretending they're heading somewhere is preferable to finding a fresh driver and a radically improved engine. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/05/11/riding-the-rails-with-the-blinds-down/…
 
In this episode I look at the upcoming Scottish Parliament election and argues that it will be one of the most consequential U.K. elections of modern times for the politics and future of these two islands. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/04/28/1-week-to-the-most-consequential-uk-election/…
 
In this week's podcast I look at the recent disturbances and incidents across the North and consider what they us about what is happening in the leadership of both loyalism and unionism. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/04/15/when-loyalisms-loyalty-is-rejected/…
 
This episode looks at how events in the week after St Patrick's week may have a deeper long term impact on relations across this island than all the fine words spoken over Zoom to the US. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/03/25/this-is-an-important-week-for-relations-across-these-islands/…
 
Even before The Sunday Times front page story about the Tánaiste being the subject of criminal investigation, Fine Gael TDs were starting to imagine what a world without Varadkar as leader might look like. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://derekmooney.ie/2021/03/22/varadkars-future-no-more-assured-than-martins/…
 
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