Mary O'Rourke: 'Buckle up for a whirlwind campaign'

So, it’s game on for General Election 2020. We now have the framework, with the election date set for February 8. But into that framework fit a few very important matters. One is the incumbency question; two is the vote transfer-friendly aura which Fianna Fail has; and three is the imponderable of how many Greens will be elected, and who […]

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Miriam O'Callaghan: 'Election Speak is already deafening as parties try and outshout each other'

Election fever has broken out, and with it, a disfiguring rash of posters of the plumped and buffed, touched and smoothed, airbrushed to abstraction. For strangely-luminous candidates, it’s a rerun of the Euro elections where a mix-up at the printers saw Frances Fitzgerald’s teenage sister beaming beatifically from our lampposts. They say she even had to be ID’d when she […]

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Stanley Black & Decker in talks to acquire CAM-sources

(Reuters) – U.S. toolmaker Stanley Black & Decker Inc (SWK.N) is in talks to acquire Consolidated Aerospace Manufacturing LLC (CAM), in a bid to expand its offerings to the aerospace sector, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The attempted deal illustrates how Stanley Black & Decker is seeking to diversify its business beyond tools and storage, which account […]

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John Downing: 'Varadkar and Martin TV head-to-head will be box office'

The big election head-to-head debate on television is often a contest within a contest. How many participants? What format? And, most important of all, when? The television element brings an inevitable dash of showbiz to voting time, playing up the importance of image, with much talk about the role of body language. It goes all the way back to 1960 […]

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Editorial: 'Sinn Féin fails vital test as parties jostle for votes'

Recently it seems like dog- whistle abuse has been replaced with full-blown fog-horn assaults in public discourse. The only thing more shocking than the appalling remarks made by Sinn Féin Councillor Paddy Holohan about Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was the fact the party is standing by him. His comments that “a family man should run the country” and his further questioning […]

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