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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: March 3, 2009 @ 3:49 pm

    The Biggest Talking Point of the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis is…

    Harry McGee

    …No, not Brian Cowen’s speech. Or even Noel Dempsey’s sulphuric warm-up act. Or Mary Hanafin’s impressive act. Or the worrying age profile. Or the subdued atmosphere. Or the extraordinary profile given to Dublin City Council candidate Averill Power over the course of the weekend. No it is this…

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    … It was not even what David Davin Power said but the tableau we saw on screen, this incredible doughnut shot of Fianna Fail loyalists gazing straight out (not even at DDP) as the RTE pol corr delivered his summary on Cowen’s leader address. Some cynic suggested this morning that all that was missing was banjo music.

    Note too the disappearing act done by John Foley (the guy with the beard – he was a Dail candidate in Laois-Offaly in 2007) half way through the shot and the way he reappears. Magical.

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