Oliver Cromwell and the Fianna Fáil Ardfheis
Someone asked me what the Fianna Fáil ardfheis was like. “It was like a very large country wedding,” I replied. (more…)
As a former cancer patient, now happily in possession of a clean bill of health, I have to say I find the whole Jade Goody melodrama quite disturbing. Obviously one has to feel great human sympathy for someone in her predicament but . . . whatever happened to dignity? (more…)
Two stories about blogs in the paper today! What’s gone wrong? Have we flipped?
One is about the Obama’s web designer; the other about the blogger who was given the full-press treatment by Ryanair’s stormtroopers, who called him a lunatic among other things.It’s timely for this reason. (more…)
We are currently building up our slightly skeletal blogroll. If you have an Irish political or current affairs blog and want to be included, please respond and then queue in an orderly fashion!
Before the mini blog came into being, the verb “to twitter” belonged to two species: birds and broadcasters who fill in the 9am to 10am slot on Radio One.
One imagines the Cabinet watched the TV footage of today’s trade union protest in Dublin with a sinking feeling in the pit of their stomachs. Bad enough to have the economy gone pearshaped and the banking system ensnarled by unpaid debts and wide-boy behaviour but now the proletariat is in revolt. (more…)
If by chance monsoon rains had fallen on Friday and the carpark of Leinster House was under several metres of water, it would not have deterred Eamon Gilmore. He would have waded through it (or maybe walked on it!) without breaking a stride in order to get to the scrum of reporters waiting on the plinth (a raised platform outside the front of Leinster House where most media interviews take place) (more…)
Newspapers (and especially blogs) don’t pretend to be history treatises. We are constrained by enormous pressures of time. An example of that was the story I did last week on Cowen’s speech. He began his delivery . at 8.10. It ran until nearly 8.30pm. I had to hotfoot it back to the office. I arrived back at 8.50pm. I then had to write a 650 word story on the speech from notes and had to do it in 20 minutes to make the 9.10pm deadline for the international edition. That’s getting the intro right.. making sure you get it all the major points he made… and all the quotes. That is as momentary, as ‘of the moment’ as you can get in print. (more…)
Got an intriguing email from Padraig Yeates, formerly a colleague of mine on The Irish Times, now a press spokesman for the Siptu trade union. The heading was, “The Only Economist Who Got It Right”. Who could it be, I wondered? Morgan Kelly? Michael Casey? Paul Sweeney? (more…)
I was tied up with other matters so did not see the original story on the wires. But just when I thought I was being over-critical of Hamas, I received the following statement in my email from Proinsias De Rossa, Labour MEP for Dublin, who has been a longtime sharp critic of the Israeli Government over its treatment of the Palestinians. (more…)
Well, he’s done it. Brian Cowen finally took the advice of the commentariat, not to mention the evening newspaper which ran the headline today: “Just Do It”. The unions couldn’t or wouldn’t sign up, so he went ahead and imposed the paycut disguised as a pension levy. (more…)
Kiefer Sutherland’s mug appeared on the cover of one of the weekend magazines (I’m not sure was he promoting a film, his TV series or his band). It didn’t really matter. There’s only one thing we identify him with nowadays. Since early this morning, Brian Cowen has slipped into the Jack Bauer bracket, with 24 hours to save the world. OK. He no longer has a square jaw. But don’t forget his ability as a lead vocalist and his one time legendary heroics as an air guitarist in the UCD bar. (more…)