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Today’s News

Larry Donnelly: Can Joe Biden – or anyone else – stop Bernie Sanders?

It’s looking like Sanders versus Bloomberg for the Democratic National Convention in July, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 12 February, 2020

Opinion: This Irish election result was not an ideological vote, it was an angry one

The shift to the left, including the swing to Sinn Féin, is more about voters’ anger at Fine Gael, writes Larry Donnelly.

Wednesday 5 February, 2020

Larry Donnelly: If luck and timing count in politics, then both are in Trump's favour for November

Buttigeg, Bloomberg and Trump were the winners in Iowa, writes Larry Donnelly from Boston.

Saturday 1 February, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Iowa and New Hampshire - a preview and a primer

The two states play a key role in nominating presidential candidates.

Saturday 18 January, 2020

Larry Donnelly: Buckle up, this #GE2020 campaign promises to be interesting

Larry Donnelly: Buckle up, this #GE2020 campaign promises to be interesting

As a self-confessed political anorak, Larry Donnelly is looking forward to the race.

Thursday 26 December, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Trump re-election in 2020 not a done deal, but Democrats face an uphill battle

The Democrats bowed to pressure on impeachment, but will it make a difference to the 2020 result?

Thursday 28 November, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Thanksgiving should be the American tradition that goes global, not Black Friday

A spirit of volunteerism – not consumerism – abounds in the US on Thanksgiving, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 21 November, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Sondland's impeachment testimony was explosive, but don't expect it to change the outcome for Trump

Is this week’s explosive impeachment testimony simply water that will drip smoothly off Trump’s back?

Sunday 3 November, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Biden, Sanders or Warren look set for nomination... why hasn't the Democratic primary been more competitive?

Huge support for just three Democrat front runners in the race for nomination is unusual, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 26 September, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Removing Trump from office is still a remote possibility

How one sees the state of play depends, as ever, on which side of the aisle he is on, writes Larry Donnelly.

Friday 13 September, 2019

Larry Donnnelly: The third Democratic debate was a ho-hum night in Houston

It was a debate with few shocks and, when the dust settled, the three frontrunnners had solidified their positions, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 1 August, 2019

Larry Donnelly: We can expect a dramatic cull of the Democratic debate lineup before the next TV clash

Some observers will welcome a clearing out of the long-shots – but others may find it unnerving.

Thursday 11 July, 2019

A deep compassion for his fellow citizens: A tribute to my friend Noel Whelan

Larry Donnelly on how the late barrister and author’s ‘abiding faith in people’ shone through his public and personal life.

Friday 28 June, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Biden needs to come up with some effective counter-punches to survive this long (long) campaign

The first debates between Democratic presidential hopefuls were held this week.

Sunday 9 June, 2019

Larry Donnelly: It was an unusual US presidential visit - but what is its broader significance?

The Government deserves credit for successfully handling what was inevitably going to be a tricky situation, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 23 May, 2019

Opinion: Who will be the winners and losers of the European Elections, 2019?

‘While lots of people have no interest it’s going to be absolutely fascinating for those of us who love the sport of electoral politics’ writes political columnist, Larry Donnelly

Saturday 4 May, 2019

Opinion: At a club football match on a cold and rainy, dismal evening - I fell in love with Gaelic games

I love the sense of community spirit that is manifest at every match. Throughout Ireland, the GAA is the glue that binds residents together, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 30 March, 2019

Opinion: The fallout from the Mueller Report exposes a Democratic Party adrift

Driven by enmity for Donald Trump the Democrats have forgotten that the way to beat your opponent in a democracy – is at the ballot box, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 16 March, 2019

Opinion: The Irish American community is still an influential force in US politics

A recent book claims that the Irish American influence in Washington is waning but top politicians wouldn’t still be rolling out the green carpet if it was, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 16 February, 2019

Larry Donnelly: Too many observers have been unable or unwilling to come to grips with Trump’s appeal

I still find it difficult to believe that he is President Trump. I wish it weren’t so. But it is.

Thursday 31 January, 2019

Opinion: Who will represent the Democrats in 2020?

After Trump’s election it would be a mistake to ignore the long shots, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 17 January, 2019

Opinion: 'The debate on abortion isn't over and don't expect that it ever will be'

The experience in the US shows that the divisive abortion debate will continue, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 22 December, 2018

The Mueller investigation will be the political story of 2019, and other predictions for US politics

Larry Donnelly looks back on 2018 and ahead to 2019 in American politics.

Thursday 8 November, 2018

The polls get it right, and the problem with Pelosi: 6 thoughts on the US midterms

Given the political realities, Nancy Pelosi must simultaneously do battle and business with President Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 27 October, 2018

What is the long-term impact of Peter Casey's result on Irish politics, if there is one?

Ireland may be resistant to the temptations of populism but we are not immune, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 8 October, 2018

The first Tuesday of November will define the next chapter of American politics

The US mid-terms will be the first nationwide referendum on Donald Trump, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 24 September, 2018

Larry Donnelly: Michael D Higgins seems virtually unbeatable - so how will the other candidates try to win?

What strategies and tactics can we expect from the candidates for the presidential race, asks Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 6 September, 2018

'Trump's mood and tone on his Irish visit will be shaped by what happens the week before'

The mid-term elections in the US could become a referendum on Trump’s presidency, writes Larry Donnelly.

Thursday 23 August, 2018

Larry Donnelly: 'Why are we going to see the pope? We are part of a rich tapestry'

‘Personal faith, separate from the institution, unwavering respect for those who educated me, and the comfort of community’.

Sunday 22 July, 2018

Saying goodbye to Dad: 'I grappled with how I could fully express how much he means to me'

In the final week of my stay, my mind turned to how I would leave my father on what would definitely be the most heavy hearted of all our farewells, writes Larry Donnelly.

Friday 20 July, 2018

Letter from America: 'Trump isn’t perfect but voting for him sent a message – and I’m still glad I did'

Donald Trump’s central animating impulse in public life has long been that his country gets a raw deal, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 16 June, 2018

'That Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un were able to reach an agreement must be welcomed'

Because of the enormous stakes for everyone on the planet, all we can do is hope and pray now, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 26 May, 2018

'Ireland in 2018 is not just a post-Catholic country, it's a pro-choice country'

It’s a very new day and a very new dawn for Ireland.

Friday 11 May, 2018

Larry Donnelly: 'There is a definite sense that the net is tightening around Donald Trump'

However, the president’s job approval ratings have been on a clear, upward arc as of late, writes Larry Donnelly.

Monday 16 April, 2018

Get ready world: 'Trump’s posturing is even more inconsistent and incoherent than Obama's'

But the potential for a conflict between the United States and Russia was, and may still be, on the brink, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 4 March, 2018

America’s gun culture: What makes Americans so attached to their weapons?

After opening their session with a prayer for the 17 young Floridians recently killed, state legislators then overwhelmingly rejected a ban on semi-automatic guns.

Wednesday 31 January, 2018

State of the Union: 'Trump didn’t go off script. He was measured and sought to be conciliatory'

Last night’s speech showed the serious challenges confronting Republicans and Democrats as they prepare for mid-term elections, writes Larry Donnelly.

Saturday 27 January, 2018

Giving vote to emigrants won't lead to 'President Bono' but these are arguments expats hear

Irish politics matters in a very real fashion to me as an expat; it’s not just a sporting interest, writes Larry Donnelly.

Sunday 31 December, 2017

2017: How was it for Trump?

A stunning year in politics on the other side of the Atlantic has ended on a remarkable note, writes Larry Donnelly.

Tuesday 26 December, 2017

'Some scoff at his use of social media and attire but 'brand Leo' is resonating with us'

The big questions is: can the present government last another year, writes Larry Donnelly.

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