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“Peak unravelling”… September 30, 2014

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Irish Politics.

I heard a great phrase on an Australian politics podcast recently where someone said ‘had we reached peak unravelling for this government?’. I wonder have we seen that with our own government? Or is it a case of further serious trouble ahead or a slow decline as we roll towards the election?

Killing the story is apparently the name of the game this afternoon and evening with the news that John McNulty has withdrawn from the Seanad by-election and with the resignation of Hilary Quinlan from the board of Irish Water. A shame the appropriateness or otherwise of a board member of a semi-state utility working with a Minister of State wasn’t seen as a problem from the off.

A most illuminating insight in the space of a week – and no wonder they did resign given that the McNulty story had traction across and over a week and was given added impetus by the latest revelations – into the attitudes of our government party to matters of administration.

By the way, I’m a bit surprised at how many have spoken of this beyond those of us involved, active or interested in politics. Just in passing – perhaps, but it does seem to have impinged on the broader consciousness. That can’t be good for FG.


1. Tomboktu - September 30, 2014

I’m sure a poll this week would show a drop, but will it last. Will FG recover in three or four weeks, or three or four months?


WorldbyStorm - October 1, 2014

Yes, I think it will, but much more of this and we could see an effect like that on the Tories in the early to mid 1990s.


2. Crocodile - September 30, 2014

‘an Australian politics podcast’?
That’s it, WbyS – it’s officially time for you to get out more 😊


WorldbyStorm - October 1, 2014

You know, it’s funny you should say that…


Joe - October 1, 2014



3. Tawdy - October 1, 2014

So, my point holds true the? ” Events ” n all!


WorldbyStorm - October 1, 2014

I’ve been thinking that you are fully vindicated by the last week!


Tawdy - October 1, 2014

Depending on our perspective, ” things can only get better/worse ”

When they actually stop digging they are shure in for a lot of surprises!


4. Tawdy - October 1, 2014

Then, always a lousey speller.


5. sonofstan - October 1, 2014

I hope these are only the foothills…..


Tawdy - October 1, 2014

Ah now! C`mon! We are way past that and cleared the trees too, lots of rocks ahead but the summit is surely in sight!


6. hatfulofhistory - October 2, 2014

Which podcast is it? As an Australian, I’d be interested to find out.


WorldbyStorm - October 2, 2014

It’s hard to say to be honest. It’s just called the Politics Podcast which seems to aggregate a heap of Australian political radio spots and programmes. I think this one is called ‘Outsiders’, a sort of panel of guests.


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