Last week, new members of Fine Gael made their pitch to our team. Here’s some highlights from the event.
— Fine Gael (@FineGael) April 4, 2018
Via Fine Gael
In today’s Irish Independent.
Pictures from yesterday’s Independent News and Media-organised Brexit Breakfast at Trinity College Dublin…
Including INM Editor-in-Chief Stephen Rae and Taoiseach Leo Varadkar (bottom right).
In today’s Irish Times.
Pictures from an Irish Times Live event at the newspaper’s office on Tara Street last night…
Including Fine Gael TDs Ciaran Cannon and Hildegarde Naughton (left) and Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Josepha Madigan speaking with Irish Times journalist Hugh Linehan.
— ⚖️Josepha Madigan (@josephamadigan) December 8, 2017
Previously: The Traveller Card
In March of this year.
Travellers were officially recognised as a minority ethnic group in Ireland.
Artist Paul D’Arcy has designed a Traveller ethnicity pin featuring a wagon wheel and the harp.
Pavee Point writes:
“This week-end we celebrate the first International Human Rights Day with Irish Travellers officially recognised as a minority ethnic group by the Irish State. We will be posting photos and messages on Facebook and Twitter of people wearing the Traveller ethnicity pin.”
From top: President Michael D Higgins and Sabina Higgins; Education Minister Richard Bruton; Irish Solidarity–People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger; Chargé d’affaires at the US Embassy in Dublin Reece Smyth; Ireland soccer player Cyrus Christie with Thomas Collins; Bridgie Nevin, Goretti Horgan and Eamonn McCann; Anne Marie McDonagh; Kathleen Sherlock; and Breda Quilligan.
Pics: Pavee Point
Former Fine Gael Senator Niamh Cosgrave and her French Spaniel
A former Fine Gael senator has revealed she was inappropriately touched three times by TDs and councillors while canvassing for votes.
Niamh Cosgrave, who was a senator from 1993 to 1997, has recalled how her father insisted she be accompanied by a male driver for protection while travelling the country seeking support.
“It happened three times. It started with the knee and ‘oh you’re a lovely girl’. I’d cross my legs and then they’d touch my thigh,” she told the Irish Independent.
Ms Cosgrave, who was a victim of rape later in life, said she regrets not speaking about her experience sooner but felt unable to do so.
Previously: ‘It’s Not A Dirty Little Secret’
Tweets from Fine Gael vice chair Barry Walsh (top)
LV: The Barry Walsh incident should give a message to all members. You can abuse @MaryLouMcDonald and @RoisinShortall all you want but when you abuse Fine Gael women you will have @RTE to answer to. Sorry @barryawalsh. We spoke to @TodaySOR and he won’t be too harsh #TodaySOR pic.twitter.com/KxFsgI1rh4
— Strategic Comms Unit (@rnerrionstreet) November 16, 2017
G’wan the early risers.
Today’s Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll
“Today’s numbers offer further evidence of the strengthening of the centrist consensus in Irish politics. Since the last general election both Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil have seen their support grow, slowly but steadily. Both parties are now five points ahead of their result in the last general election.
That time, in February 2016, the two old Civil War parties struggled to hit 50 per cent of the vote – a far cry from the days when they commanded 80 per cent between them. Their opponents hailed it as further evidence of their irreversible decline and the end of the old duopoly. And that’s how it looked.
But that decline has proved not so irreversible. Now their combined support is at 60 per cent. Throw in the Labour Party, the Greens and a lot of the Independents and you have well over two-thirds of voters aligned to broadly centrist politics.”
Pat Leahy, Irish Times
A leaflet purportedly from Cork West TD and junior health minister Jim Daly.
Is this even legal?
Taoiseach and leader of Fine Gael, Leo Varadkar TD at the 2017 Fine Gael Autumn Think- In in Clonmel , County Tipperary this morning
At the Fine Gael think-in, Clonmel, County Tipperary
“This ambition to build the Republic of Opportunity is in many ways the modern iteration of the Just Society. It combines the best ideas from the right with the best ideas from the left. It is the politics of the new centre.
It is also the politics of progress and change. So, when we say the centre must hold, we do not mean that things should stay the same.
We mean that we will lead change not from the extremes but from the centre. Giving people, families and businesses the certainty with which they can plan for the future.
….Where we have scope in the budget, it will be used to reward work and enterprise, and will benefit those on middle incomes who pay the highest rates of tax on far too modest incomes.
We will back business, farmers and enterprise.
High taxes on the middle classes are a barrier to opportunity and to work. They are a cap on aspiration and there should be no cap on aspiration in the Republic we wish to build…”
“…You can tell a lot about a society by how it treats its most vulnerable. We have provided medical cards to all children with severe disability irrespective of their parents’ income, because we know they will need more regular access to health care, and parents shouldn’t have to worry about the costs.
And every working day, we provide housing for 80 individuals and families. There are 20,000 new tenancies a year because we believe everyone should have a home.
So when people mention style, I think of all that substance.
The Republic of Opportunity is not a slogan or empty PR. It is a way of thinking about how to improve people’s lives and we’re only getting started…”
“…Some political parties – especially those on the left – believe in a culture of dependency and victimhood. They like it when people are down and dependent. They want the system to fail so they can build influence and support.
Fine Gael will never talk down to people. We will always try to offer people a way up and way forward.
Committing to build a Republic of Opportunity means that we are proud of our ambition to create a culture of aspiration. Where people are encouraged to be the best they can possibly be. Encouraged to reach their potential and to make a better life for themselves and their children.
That is why I joined Fine Gael, and I’m sure why you did too.
For me, Fine Gael is not and has never been a party of privilege.
We are the party of aspiration.”
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar
Full text here