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Young men could rebel against the rise of global feminism by voting to retain the Eight Amendment

Last debate on the 8th: Young men could rebel against the rise of global feminism by voting to retain the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, a prominent Yes campaigner has warned. Fine Gael senator and chair of the Oireachtas Committee on the Eighth Amendment Catherine Noone said she is concerned young men, who feel threatened by feminist movements such as the #metoo campaign, will use the referendum to hit back. Speaking on a special referendum debate on Independent.ie’s Floating Voter...


Women who terminate pregnancies are not “murders or sociopaths”

Women who decide to end the life of their babies in the womb are not “murders or sociopaths”, Sunday Independent journalist Niamh Horan has said. Ms Horan also said women who terminate pregnancies do not do it “on a whim” or for the “hell of it”. Speaking on Independent.ie’s Floating Voter podcast, the journalist also criticised the arguments being put forward by prominent No campaigner Maria Steen. Ms Steen is campaigning to retain the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution because she...


Former Health Minister James Reilly warns mandatory reporting may result in covering up negligence

FORMER Health Minister James Reilly has warned that the introduction of mandatory reporting of medical mistakes could result in doctors covering up negligence. Senator Reilly said Department of Health officials advised him against introducing legislation which would mean doctors would be legally obliged to inform patients when they made mistakes. Dr Reilly said he is personally in favour of mandatory reporting but insisted doctors and nurses also need to be protected. “With mandatory...


Fianna Fail TD has no confidence in under-fire HSE director but says he should remain in place

A Fianna Fail TD has said she does not have confidence in under-fire HSE director Tony O’Brien but believes he should remain in place to answer questions over knowledge of the Cervical Check scandal. Galway East TD Anne Rabbitte said Mr O’Brien should play his role in the scoping exercise into the “sordid” controversy which was exposed by cancer patient Vicky Phelan. “I can’t say I seriously have confidence in Tony O’Brien but do I believe Tony O’Brien should go? No I don’t because what I...


President’s handlers tried to block questions on a second term in Office

Michael D Higgins’ handlers have asked reporters not to ask the president about seeking a second term in office while he is on State visits, the Floating Voter podcast heard today. The host of the Independent.ie podcast, Kevin Doyle, revealed that the President’s advisers - on at least two occasions - have asked members of the press not to ask Mr Higgins about his intentions ahead of his seven year tenure ending this year. Meanwhile, Sunday Independent Political Correspondent Philip Ryan...


It would be “criminal” to allow Communications Minister controversy to derail abortion referendum"

It would be “criminal” to allow the controversy engulfing Communications Minister derail the abortion referendum, a People Before Profit TD has said. Bríd Smith told this week’s ‘Floating Voter’ podcast that while Denis Naughten should be sanction for his interactions with a lobbyist, it should not put the Government at risk. She describes the various elements of the story surrounding Independent News & Media (INM) in recent weeks as a “tangled web”. “It’s a really complicated tangled web...


Fine Gael senator would resign from the party rather than serve in government with Sinn Fein.

Neale Richmond was commenting after Junior Minister for Older People Jim Daly said he had no ideological issue with Sinn Fein working with Fine Gael in government. Speaking to Independent.ie’s Floating Voter Podcast Mr Richmond insisted he does not share his Fine Gael’s colleague view and would rather quit the party than serve with Sinn Fein. Mr Richmond also discussed the British media’s coverage of Brexit negotiations and recent comments by leading UK politicians about Ireland’s position...


'He regrets it' - Brendan Howlin on that tweet by Aodhan Ó Riordan Philip Ryan

LABOUR Party Leader Brendan Howlin has described Taoiseach Leo Varadkar's live radio comments during the Belfast rape trial as "mind blowing". Mr Howlin said the Taoiseach's intervention while the trial of Irish rugby player Paddy Jackson was on going was "unfortunate is to put it mildly". "For anybody to make comment publicly in the middle of a trial is bad. For a politician it is doubly bad and for a Taoiseach it is quite mind blowing," he told Independent.ie's Floating Voter podcast. Mr...


Female FF TD says Micheál Martin should appoint a woman politician as his deputy leader

A SENIOR Fianna TD has said Micheál Martin should consider appointing a female politician as his deputy leader. Lisa Chambers said she would consider applying for the position should Mr Martin decide to finally appoint a deputy. The Mayo TD also said she would one day like to consider becoming the Taoiseach. "I want to be in Cabinet and I would absolutely at some point love to consider the prospect of becoming Taoiseach. Why not? Why not have those hopes?" Ms Chambers told Independent.ie's...


Barry Cowen on the neglect of rural Ireland and how Dail Row was 'an embarassment for all'

On this weeks Floating Voter Kevin Doyle is joined by Philip Ryan and Shouna Murray, with Fianna Fail TD Barry Cowen in studio to discuss the National Broadband Scheme. also up for discussion is the decommissioning of Gerry Adams as President of Sinn Fein, is he doing a Farage and leaving a shinking ship? and the almighty row between the Healy-Rae's and Mark McSharry that erupted in the Dail made headlines around the world. An embarassment for all?


Is Leo an EU Federalist? Trump's latest controversy and Simon Harris speaks on repealing the 8th

This week on the first The Floating Voter of the year, Kevin Doyle is joined by Shona Murray and Philip Ryan. Together they look at Taoiseach Leo Varadkar performance in the European parliament this week and ask does he need to work on his speeches. As Simon Harris pins his colours to the mast in the abortion debate, when will Leo and the rest of the cabinet make their thoughts known. And as Donald Trump prepares for a visit from Leo on St Patricks Day we ask is Ireland one of these...


From Brexit to Babestation The Foating Voter looks back on 2017

In the final show of 2017 Philip Ryan and Niall O’Connor join Kevin Doyle to take a look at the most memorable moments of the year. Everything from Donald Trump to Donald Tusk, from Brexit to Babestation. We look at at the good, the bad and the ugly from 2017. We also have our much anticipated 2nd Annual Floating Voter Christmas Awards, were the lads give out the much desired Bob Cratchit (hardest working) Politician of the Year and the much feared Political Grinch of the Year.


Mattie’s slur shows me we need more women in politics says 8th amendment chairperson

This week on The Floating Voter Niall O' Connor is joined in studio Nicola Anderson and Philip Ryan and Shona Murray live from Brussels, and Senator Catherine Noone Chairperson of the Oireachteas committee on the 8th amendment joins us in studio to discuss the outcome of last nights vote from the repeal committee, and some controversial comments from Independent TD Mattie McGrath. Shauna Murry is on the line live from Brussels to bring us up to date with the latest happenings in the Brexit...


Brexit bordering on ridiculous, Trump wades into Middle East conflict, will you work until your 70?

This week on The Floating Voter, Kevin Doyle is joined by Philip Ryan and Shona Murray. In this weeks very entertaining episode the panel discuss the latest on the Brexit border issue and how well Leo is doing in the poles. Is he taking the credit for Enda Kenny's ground work (or Enda Kelly as UK MP Bernard Jenkin put it.) and is Bertie Ahearn the "Grand Wizard of Irish politics" With the compulsory retirement age moved up from 65 to 70 they look at the prospect of working until 70. And...


Are Leo's Leadership skills in question after the Fitzgerald fiasco? Sould we use our Brexit veto?

This week on the Floating Voter Niall O'Connor was joined by Shona Murray and John Downing. With Ian Pasley's declaration that the Irish are pussyfooting about over Brexit we ask should Ireland use its veto before the Brexit talks move on to phase two. After trying week in Irish politics and the narrow avoiding of the first December election in the states history, We ask how are Leo's leadership skills viewed after his handling of the resignation of Francis Fitzgerald.


John Halligan in hot water again and Alan Kelly throws down the gauntlet to Brendan Howlin

This week on The Floating Voter, Kevin Doyle is joined by Philip Ryan, Shona Murray and the award winning Niall O' Conner. This week we look forward to taking the bus to Cavan for Leo Varadkar's first Ard Fheis. We chat about the few storms Waterford TD John Halligan found himself this week and the gauntlet is thrown down by Alan Kelly for Brendan Howlin.


The UK politics sexual harassment scandal, could a similar controversy engulf Leinster House?

That was the question posed by INM political correspondent Niall O’ Connor, when he was joined on the Floating Voter by correspondents Philip Ryan and Shona Murray. Murray told the podcast that she has herself experienced in the workplace - and that Dáil Éireann is not immune from a similar controversy that has engulfed Westminster. Ryan added that social media has brought a new dynamic to the saga - and has led to potentially dangerous claims being made online. And, the latest garda...


Leo in Paris, Last orders for Gerry Adams at the Dail Bar?, How much for an Enda speech?

This week on The Floating Voter, INM's political editor Kevin Doyle is joined by Philip Ryan and Shona Murray. They take a look at how Leo Varadkar got on in France meeting with French President Emannuelle Macron, all the latest from the on going Tracker mortgage scandal. Does Gerry Adams want to call time on the Dail bar and we ask if Enda Kenny is getting €22k per speech, how much are other former leaders getting?


Turbulent weather and turbulence in the Dail, tracker mortgages and €30 bottles of wine.

This week on The Floating Voter, Kevin Doyle is joined by Philip Ryan and Niall O’ Connor. They chat about the governments handling of Storm Ophelia and ask was the twitter storm caused by the kite-surfers bigger. They look at the tracker mortgage scandal and ask 'What is a tracker mortgage?'and will the banks suffer and how. After Gerry Adams talks of €30 bottles of wine, we find out if the lads are out of touch with a little quiz for them.


Floating Voter Post-Budget special with EY Ireland

In the second of our two part budget special in association with EY Ireland we look at Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe who now has his first Budget under his belt, we find out are we going to be out of pocket. Kevin Doyle is joined for this special by Floating Voter regulars Niall O’Connor and Philip Ryan, Sarah Connellan personal tax partner EY Ireland and Professor Neil Gibson, Chief Economist, EY Ireland. They take a look at the Budget to understand what it might mean for the economy.


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