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New Irish councillors demand action after racism on campaign trail

6/13/2019
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Two newly elected councillors have called for urgent action on racism after being subjected to bigotry on the campaign trail. The councillors, who are both from minority backgrounds, have recounted how their intelligence was questioned and they were branded “paper Irish” while canvassing. Poll topping Green Party councillor Hazel Chu also revealed she separately had to collect her brother from a hospital emergency department when he was the victim of a racist assault. Ms Chu’s mother, who...

Duration:00:39:52

'I had brain fart on radio' admits Minister

5/30/2019
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A MINISTER has admitted to experiencing a ‘brain fart’ while outlining the new rules behind counting in the European elections on radio. On RTÉ’s ‘Morning Ireland’ last Tuesday, John Paul Phelan said the transfers of the final candidate eliminated would not come into play in the constituencies set to gain an extra seat after Brexit. But as barristers and returning officers in Dublin and Ireland South were wading through the relevant legislation, Mr Phelan reappeared on radio to clarify he...

Duration:00:34:48

European Parliament candidate Peter Casey has described himself as an ‘Irish racist’

5/22/2019
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European Parliament candidate Peter Casey has described himself as an “Irish racist” with three days to go before the election. The controversial Irish American businessman said he makes “no apologies” for describing himself as a racist and continued to criticise the EU’s policies on migration. Speaking on Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Mr Casey said: “I’m not going to apologise to the political correct brigade.” The Donegal based politician was responding to a video uploaded to...

Duration:00:38:58

Live European Election Special

5/15/2019
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In a special live episode of the Floating Voter from Jameson Distillery Bow St, INM's Kevin Doyle and Philip Ryan were joined by four of the Dublin candidates in the up-coming European election. Mark Durkan (Fine Gael), Barry Andrews (Fianna Fail), Ciaran Cuffe (The Green Party) and Clare Daly (Independents4Change) were on stage in front of a live audience to discuss some of the European issues affecting Irish citizens, the dangers of the Farage and the rise of the far right, why they're...

Duration:01:20:45

Divorce Referendum needed because there's no guarantees in life - or marriage says Culture Minister

5/10/2019
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Culture Minister Josepha Madigan says the Divorce Referendum is needed because there are no guarantees in life - or marriage. "People often don't realise that divorce is one of the most emotionally-traumatic devastating experiences for people. It takes them years to get over it," she said. Despite herself being happily married for 17 years, "nobody knows sometimes what's around the corner." "This is about showing compassion and humanity to those people who find themselves in situations where...

Duration:00:33:33

Ex-Labour Minister says voters are greeting European and local election candidates with 'open arms'

5/2/2019
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Former Communications Minister Alex White has insisted the Labour Party is no longer toxic and said candidates are being welcomed by voters with “open arms” ahead of the upcoming elections. Mr White, who is running in the Dublin constituency for the European Parliament elections, said “doors are swinging open” and voters are telling Labour candidates they have been treated unfairly in recent year. He said the level of public support for their local election candidates was also "palpable"....

Duration:00:34:18

Fianna Fáil TD “mortified” by colleagues who queued up in the Dáil chamber to meet U2 star Bono

4/18/2019
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A senior Fianna Fáil TD has said he was “mortified” by party colleagues who queued up in the Dáil chamber to meet rock star Bono. Darragh O’Brien said the behaviour of Fianna Fail members and politicians from other parities who lined up to meet and take selfies with the U2 frontman was “unedifying” and “cringeworthy”. Bono was invited to attend the Dáil to hear a speech by US House of Representatives speaker Nancy Pelosi. Speaking on Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Mr O’Brien said:...

Duration:00:38:11

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael EU election candidates discuss vote pact

4/11/2019
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Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael candidates running for the European Parliament elections in Dublin have discussed a potential vote pact ahead of polls opening in May. On Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Fianna Fáil candidate Barry Andrews says he would be open to a vote pact with former SDLP leader Mark Durkan who is running for Fine Gael. “We’d be open to it if Mark is willing to offer it,” Mr Andrews says. The former minister of State’s comments follows Fianna Fáil and the SDLP...

Duration:00:33:14

Ireland not "in denial" over Brexit says Government minister

4/4/2019
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A government minister has rejected the suggestion that Ireland is “in denial” over the reality of what a crash-out Brexit will mean for the Irish Border. Influential news organisation the Financial Times has reported a nervousness in Europe over a perceived reluctance to detail of how the Irish government plans to protect the single market in the event of a hard Brexit. A senior diplomat is quoted as saying: “Our friends in Ireland are still in a state of denial. We are not talking about...

Duration:00:40:06

Famers will use Northern Ireland as a backdoor into Britain in no-deal Brexit scenario

3/28/2019
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Irish farmers will “absolutely” use Northern Ireland as a backdoor into Britain if the UK's no-deal Brexit plans are implemented, the Irish Farmers Association (IFA) president has said. IFA president Joe Healy dismissed Britain’s no deal contingency plans as “crazy” and said farmers would take advantage of the Northern Ireland border loophole. Speaking to Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Mr Healy said: “I was wondering if I was misreading it this first time I read it because I said...

Duration:00:32:30

Government TD calls on FAI chief John Delaney to step down.

3/21/2019
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A Government TD has called on Football Association of Ireland chief executive John Delaney to step down. Fine Gael’s Noel Rock said Mr Delaney’s performance as the head of Irish football is not living up to his “Rolls Royce salary” and insisted he should resign from the €360,000 a year position. Speaking on Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Mr Rock said: “I think it’s time for John Delaney to step aside.” “We pay a Rolls Royce salary, €360,000 a year, for John Delaney. Do we get a...

Duration:00:27:21

EXCLUSIVE: Micheal Martin: Will be the Taoiseach after the next election

3/14/2019
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Fianna Fáil leader Michael Martin has declared he will be the Taoiseach after the next general election. In an exclusive interview with Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Mr Martin insisted that despite trailing Fine Gael leader Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the opinion polls he will be the country’s next leader. Asked directly if he will be Taoiseach after the next election, he said: “Yes, that is the agenda, that is the objective.” “Obviously the people will decide but fundamentally...

Duration:00:40:18

Coveney said he was embarrassed by 'warped' letter bomb senders

3/6/2019
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Tanaiste Simon Coveney has said he is angry and embarrassed by the “warped thinking” which saw two letter bombs sent to transport hubs in London. The Tanaiste said the people who sent the packages, which had Dublin postmarks, should be “isolated and criticised”. Gardai are investigating the possibility that the letters were sent to airports and a train stations in London by dissident republican group the New IRA. Speaking exclusively to Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Mr Coveney...

Duration:00:41:12

Public Accounts Committee “fatally undermined” by actions of former members, claims Labour senator

2/28/2019
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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has been “fatally undermined” by the actions of former members, a Labour Party senator has claimed Louth based Senator Ged Nash, who is a former PAC member, said the Angela Kerins Supreme Court ruling raised serious questions about TDs “playing the man rather than ball” during committee hearings. Mr Nash said ex-PAC members John McGuinness, Mary Lou McDonald and Shane Ross would have to “account for their actions” in the wake of the ruling in favour of the...

Duration:00:37:30

Two former FF ministers say significant anger in party over deal with FG

2/14/2019
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Two former Fianna Fáil ministers have said there is significant anger within the party over the confidence and supply agreement which props up the Government. Former Cabinet minister Mary Hanafin and Minister of State Conor Lenihan both said deal which underpins Taoiseach Leo Varadkar’s government is a cause of serious concern among the party’s membership. Ms Hanafin and Mr Lenihan are both competing to be selected on the Fianna Fail ticket for the EU Parliament elections in May. Speaking to...

Duration:00:44:59

Simon Harris is no longer up to the job - but no confidence motion not on table says Sinn Féin TD

2/7/2019
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Sinn Féin believes Health Minister Simon Harris is no longer up to the job - but will not be placing a motion of no confidence before the Dáil. The party’s health spokesperson Louise O’Reilly has said they “don’t have the numbers” to justify trying to force Mr Harris from office over the escalating costs of the National Children’s Hospital. Speaking on Independent.ie’s ‘Floating Voter’ podcast, Ms O’Reilly said the hospital should go ahead but more answers are needed on how the costs...

Duration:00:29:50

Minister plans directly elected mayors for every county

1/31/2019
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The Government plans to hold elections for directly elected mayors in every county, a Fine Gael minster has revealed. Minister for State for Local Government John Paul Phelan also announced plans to introduce ‘recall elections’ which could see voters petition to remove a mayor from office. Speaking to Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Mr Phelan said: “The ultimate objective here is that every local authority will have directly elected heads – a chair, mayor or whatever you want to...

Duration:00:38:36

Ó Cuív 'disappointed' with Fianna Fail and SDLP merger

1/24/2019
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Fianna Fáil TD Éamon Ó Cuív has spoken out about the party’s partnership with the SDLP saying he is “disappointed” that a merger has been taken off the table. Mr Ó Cuív said a “huge number” of SDLP politicians and members of other political parties would run for Fianna Fáil in the forthcoming local elections in Northern Ireland if the party decided to run candidates. The Galway West TD was speaking to Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast as Fianna Fail ruled out a merger but announced a...

Duration:00:40:25

Illegal cross border dumping businesses run by “mafia style operations”, says Fianna Fáil TD

1/17/2019
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Illegal cross border dumping businesses are being run by “mafia style operations”, a Fianna Fáil TD has said. Louth TD Declan Breathnach said border criminal gangs are capitalising on rising environmental costs faced by businesses and families by operating illegal landfill sites. Speaking to Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, Mr Breathnach said the illegal dumps are being operated on the north and south of the border “We all know there is big business in waste and waste disposal. The...

Duration:00:31:27

Floating Voter end of year review

12/20/2018
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The doors of the Dáil chamber have been locked and TDs have scuttled back to their constituencies for the Christmas break so it is only right Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast looks back at their performances over the last 12 months. In the past year, our lawmakers made history by legalising abortion, Michael D Higgins was returned to office for a second term and Danny Healy Rae was photographed asleep at a GAA match. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar also made headlines by trying to impress...

Duration:00:31:23