Senator David Norris

David Norris has withdrawn his name for consideration for election to the Presidency of Ireland. I believe that David Norris is an honest and forthright politician who has always followed the strength of his convictions. His courage has served Ireland well and his pioneering of the rights of a long-suppressed sector of Irish society deserves…


Fête des Bâteaux

La Solitaire du Figaro is a solo, multi-stage, international sailing race. Created in 1970 by French sailors Jean-Louis Guillemard and Jean-Michel Barrault, the 2011 Figaro is a race between 47 identical Figaro Bénéteau 2 boats, and is one of the most coveted prizes in world sailing. This year, the race started in Perros-Guirec in Brittany…


Liam Cosgrave

I had the pleasure of meeting former Taoiseach and Dún Laoghaire Fine Gael TD, Liam Cosgrave, in Blackrock College on Tuesday evening for the launch of Finola Kennedy’s biography of Frank Duff.

You can find out more about Frank Duff – A Life Story, by Finola Kennedy, here:

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Declan Costello RIP

I was very sorry to hear, this evening, of the death of Declan Costello. To a large extent, it is the ideas advanced by Costello in The Just Society, that underpin why I chose to join Fine Gael over a decade ago. He was an original thinker and a person dedicated to equality and the…


Savings under Croke Park Agreement

Minister for Environment, Housing and Local Government has announced that savings of just under €162 million have been made in local government under the Croke Park Agreement, up to March of this year, between pay and non-pay.   The majority of €130 million of the savings were made through restructuring and productivity and performance initiatives.…