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Friday 4 November, 2016

'It doesn’t matter if the basis for your views are factually wrong, you can find them backed up online'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'It doesn’t matter if the basis for your views are factually wrong, you can find them backed up online'

Nov 4th 2016, 6:42 PM 57 Views 46 Comments

We can get all the facts we want, augmenting our views with identical ones from dozens of sources who think just like we do, writes Paul Allen.

Sunday 24 January, 2016

Will Fine Gael join forces with Fianna Fáil?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Will Fine Gael join forces with Fianna Fáil?

Jan 24th 2016, 12:00 PM 116 Views 211 Comments

With no political party likely to get an outright majority and the probability Labour will take a right beating, it makes sense for Enda to join forces with Micheál Martin to form the next Government, writes Paul Allen.

Monday 18 January, 2016

The dirty side of election politics has already reared its ugly head
# Opinion
# Opinion

The dirty side of election politics has already reared its ugly head

Jan 18th 2016, 1:00 PM 162 Views 58 Comments

How much will negative campaigning feature in this general election and who will be the winners and losers, asks Paul Allen.

Sunday 8 November, 2015

Why Jose Mourinho deserves our compassion
# Opinion
# Opinion

Why Jose Mourinho deserves our compassion

Nov 8th 2015, 8:00 AM 215 Views 40 Comments

Jose Mourinho’s father underwent surgery on a brain hemorrhage and has been seriously ill. It puts Chelsea’s current woes into perspective, writes Paul Allen.

Sunday 18 October, 2015

'Getting involved in a petty mudslinging match over the Web Summit is embarrassing'
# Opinion
# Opinion

'Getting involved in a petty mudslinging match over the Web Summit is embarrassing'

Oct 18th 2015, 8:00 AM 215 Views 60 Comments

A bitter war of words has erupted between the Web Summit and the Taoiseach’s office, but as the finger pointing continues this whole affair smacks of desperation and incompetence, writes Paul Allen.

Friday 28 August, 2015

What were we expecting? For all IRA members to lay down their rifles and work a 9 to 5?
# Opinion
# Opinion

What were we expecting? For all IRA members to lay down their rifles and work a 9 to 5?

Aug 28th 2015, 8:00 AM 184 Views 219 Comments

The political establishment hopes connecting Sinn Fein with IRA criminality will help spoil Gerry Adams and Co’s chances in the upcoming election, but they should be careful what they wish for, writes Paul Allen.

Friday 24 July, 2015

Time to reclaim our Dublin streets from thuggish acts of violence
# Opinion
# Opinion

Time to reclaim our Dublin streets from thuggish acts of violence

Jul 24th 2015, 8:15 AM 1,497 Views 126 Comments

Walk down any Dublin city street sober on a Saturday night and you will at some point be worried about your personal safety.

Wednesday 20 May, 2015

That handshake was a publicity coup for Sinn Fein – why were the opposition missing in action?
# Opinion
# Opinion

That handshake was a publicity coup for Sinn Fein – why were the opposition missing in action?

May 20th 2015, 6:00 PM 61 Views 68 Comments

Why did the State foot the bill for Sinn Fein’s biggest publicity stroke as Gerry Adams shook the hand of Prince Charles, while the Taoiseach and opposition leaders were nowhere to be seen, asks Paul Allen.

Thursday 14 May, 2015

Column: Enda's charm offensive has begun
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Enda's charm offensive has begun

May 14th 2015, 10:00 PM 39 Views 106 Comments

The Taoiseach’s rare appearance on Irish television is a firm signal that Fine Gael is gearing up for a general election – but don’t expect him on Vincent Browne any time soon.

Thursday 16 April, 2015

Column: Irish politicians are campaigning in the Dark Ages
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Irish politicians are campaigning in the Dark Ages

Apr 16th 2015, 9:30 PM 116 Views 45 Comments

While politics in Ireland are still centred around the parish pump, in the US and UK social media has transformed how politicos engage with the public, writes Paul Allen.

Friday 20 March, 2015

Why Vincent Browne must be licking his lips in anticipation of Renua Ireland
# Opinion
# Opinion

Why Vincent Browne must be licking his lips in anticipation of Renua Ireland

Mar 20th 2015, 10:15 PM 81 Views 56 Comments

Established parties are going to fight, and fight dirty, ahead of the general election – Lucinda Creighton’s party need to sort out their communication strategy, writes Paul Allen.

Saturday 14 February, 2015

Opinion: What do traditional newspapers have to do to survive?
# Analysis
# Analysis

Opinion: What do traditional newspapers have to do to survive?

Feb 14th 2015, 5:30 PM 964 Views 69 Comments

Dumbing down their content, pursuing ‘edgy’ stories over quality journalism, are not wise decisions, writes Paul Allen.

Saturday 29 November, 2014

Column: Why is the Government afraid of celebrating 1916?
# Easter Rising
# Easter Rising

Column: Why is the Government afraid of celebrating 1916?

Nov 29th 2014, 12:00 PM 168 Views 139 Comments

It appears to be a case of ‘don’t mention the war’ in the corridors of power at Dáil Éireann when it comes to 1916.

Friday 5 September, 2014

Opinion: Why Gaza needs an Albert Reynolds
# Conflict
# Conflict

Opinion: Why Gaza needs an Albert Reynolds

Sep 5th 2014, 8:00 PM 31 Views 36 Comments

The situation in Gaza needs someone who can broker peace – someone who has the energy not to take no for an answer;

Sunday 3 August, 2014

Column: What would you ask Enda?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: What would you ask Enda?

Aug 3rd 2014, 5:00 PM 16 Views 95 Comments

Voters should be allowed to question their political leaders in parliament, according to the UK’s Labour leader Ed Miliband. But is this a cheap gimmick or an idea that could re-invigorate people’s passion for politics?

Tuesday 15 July, 2014

Opinion: Will Leo survive the Department of Health curse?
# Poison Chalice
# Poison Chalice

Opinion: Will Leo survive the Department of Health curse?

Jul 15th 2014, 1:00 PM 44 Views 44 Comments

The newly-crowned Minister for Health’s role could be the making or breaking for one of politics’ rapidly rising stars.

Monday 30 June, 2014

Opinion: Brand Suarez now has even more bite
# Brand Luis
# Brand Luis

Opinion: Brand Suarez now has even more bite

Jun 30th 2014, 3:00 PM 52 Views 20 Comments

Despite his reputation being torn to shreds by the media, Luis Suarez will remain hot property for companies eager to associate with one of the hottest, if most controversial, figures in sport, writes Paul Allen.

Thursday 19 June, 2014

Opinion: Enda — don’t blow the recovery on a PR stunt
# Austerity
# Austerity

Opinion: Enda — don’t blow the recovery on a PR stunt

Jun 19th 2014, 8:00 AM 25 Views 84 Comments

Giving tax cuts in the upcoming budget would be popular, but it’s not the right thing to do.

Friday 14 March, 2014

Column: How we lost St Patrick's Day
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: How we lost St Patrick's Day

Mar 14th 2014, 12:00 PM 681 Views 140 Comments

As I watched the St Patrick’s Day parade march down New York’s Fifth Avenue, the true meaning of our national holiday struck me. And it made me realise many of us fail to understand what March 17 actually represents for our small nation, writes Paul Allen.

Tuesday 25 February, 2014

Column: The #GSOC debacle is a war of spin
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: The #GSOC debacle is a war of spin

Feb 25th 2014, 5:05 PM 14 Views 40 Comments

With a constant flow of leaks, jousting between journalists and politicians, and the resulting war of words spinning out of control, the casualties in the Garda Ombudsman conflict will be high, writes Paul Allen.

Thursday 6 February, 2014

Column: Why are we still dying to party?
# Column
# Column

Column: Why are we still dying to party?

Feb 6th 2014, 9:45 PM 193 Views 14 Comments

The Stardust fire happened 33 years ago, but we still have not learned the lessons of that horrific night, writes Paul Allen.

Thursday 12 December, 2013

Column: Michael O'Leary turned Santa because he had to
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Michael O'Leary turned Santa because he had to

Dec 12th 2013, 1:00 PM 71 Views 60 Comments

Ryanair customers feeling the love – because social media has the power to make or break the business.

Thursday 28 November, 2013

Column: Calling time on multinational imperialism
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Calling time on multinational imperialism

Nov 28th 2013, 8:30 PM 69 Views 31 Comments

With employment figures finally on the up and job announcements by the likes of Microsoft making the headlines, it is time to start cheerleading our thriving start-up sector, writes Paul Allen.

Monday 26 August, 2013

Column: Is it time to stop bashing Bertie?
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Is it time to stop bashing Bertie?

Aug 26th 2013, 1:00 PM 99 Views 272 Comments

Serious question, writes Paul Allen. If we do not learn from our mistakes and more readily embrace the knowledge of those that have made them, we will always be prone to repeating the errors of the past.

Tuesday 13 August, 2013

Column: Pre-Budget politics - lies, damned lies and a gullible public
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Pre-Budget politics - lies, damned lies and a gullible public

Aug 13th 2013, 8:45 PM 19 Views 66 Comments

The campaign to pummel the public into submission with ‘strategic’ pre-Budget scaremongering has begun in earnest – and the media is lapping it up, writes Paul Allen.

Saturday 3 August, 2013

Column: Why Pat Kenny is worth every cent - and more
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Why Pat Kenny is worth every cent - and more

Aug 3rd 2013, 10:00 AM 238 Views 84 Comments

The haters will hate, and the begrudgers will begrudge, but Pat Kenny’s million-euro move to Newstalk was a stroke of genius by the independent broadcaster, writes Paul Allen.

Tuesday 30 July, 2013

Column: Stunt politics and shenanigans in the Seanad
# Opinion
# Opinion

Column: Stunt politics and shenanigans in the Seanad

Jul 30th 2013, 1:00 PM 40 Views 17 Comments

With some in the Seanad behaving like they at auditions for the Muppet Show, before the public gets to vote on its future, senators did little to encourage us to save their bacon, writes Paul Allen.