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  • Sombre Jumping-Off Point

    July 31, 2010 @ 11:18 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Last March while covering the Taoiseach’s visit to California, I took time out of a fairly hectic schedule to pay a visit to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It was my first time on the West Coast but the Bridge was well-known to me from movies, especially those of Clint Eastwood. (more…)

  • Oliver Stone Apologises for Holocaust Remarks

    July 28, 2010 @ 6:45 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I am glad to see that movie director Oliver Stone has apologised for comments he made about the Holocaust. Stand-up comedians please note and click here

  • Election Video

    July 26, 2010 @ 5:39 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

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    Great video, not sure about the candidate. Since the first one was deleted, I have provided a link to another. Have we got an Irish Alvin Greene? For more info on this unusual political figure see http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0710/40199.html

  • On A Lighter Note . . .

    July 24, 2010 @ 11:47 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún
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  • Donegal Reflections

    July 20, 2010 @ 10:48 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    You are all familiar with the expression, “I hadn’t got time to bless myself”. This week, your humble scribe has been in Donegal covering the MacGill Summer School and hasn’t had time to blog. (more…)

  • Enda Kenny ‘jokes’ about Michael Lowry rejoining Fine Gael

    July 13, 2010 @ 1:30 pm | by Mary Minihan

    Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny referred to Independent TD Michael Lowry rejoining the party at a recent birthday celebration for environment spokesman Phil Hogan in Kilkenny, sources at the event said.

    A number of attendees quoted Mr Kenny as saying: “Is that a membership application form I see in deputy Lowry’s top pocket?”. Sources differed as to whether or not he was joking, however. (more…)

  • Good Politics, Bad Entertainment

    July 12, 2010 @ 11:45 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Like most Irish people, I suspect, I can take or leave the game of soccer. The World Cup failed to catch my imagination this time, or anyone else’s around these here parts, and not just because Ireland wasn’t involved.  (more…)

  • Was Dermot Ahern “got at” over Civil Partnership Bill?

    July 8, 2010 @ 12:34 pm | by Mary Minihan

    You know the way you half-hear things on radio? It happens to me all the time.

    I was walking on O’Connell Street last Friday morning, sort of listening to a debate on the Civil Partnership Bill on Pat Kenny’s radio show, when I thought I heard Independent Senator Ronan Mullen claim Justice Minister Dermot Ahern had been “got at” over the legislation. (more…)

  • Two Years a-Blogging

    July 7, 2010 @ 9:54 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Tomorrow I shall be two  years contributing to The Irish Times Politics Blog. It has been a curious journey with many surprises, some good, others not so good.


  • Ups and Downs of FF and FG

    July 6, 2010 @ 9:48 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Fine Gael heave was great entertainment, but probably not very  enjoyable for those directly involved.  Curiously, Enda Kenny has emerged stronger than before and looks more like a plausible taoiseach than at any time since he took over as Opposition leader.


  • Fine Gael Front Bench

    July 1, 2010 @ 3:17 pm | by Harry McGee

    A few surprises. Catherine Byrne, Sean Barrett are the principal ones. Leo Varadkar has survived as has Fergus O’Dowd and Simon Coveney. All three have been given decent portfolios. Phil Hogan is where he was. Like Paul Kehoe, does that suit him? Or was he disappointed that James Reilly was given the deputy job.

    Michael Noonan is the most interesting appointment. I think he’ll excel. Richard Bruton will be good in enterprise particularly as the ‘economic planning’ role is tagged on. That’s what he loves most.
    Enda Kenny Leader and Northern Ireland
    James Reilly Deputy Leader and Health and Children Michael Ring Social Protection
    Alan Shatter Justice and Law Reform
    David Stanton Defence
    Sean Barrett Foreign Affairs
    Richard Bruton Enterprise, Jobs, Economic Planning
    Paul Kehoe Chief Whip (including political reform)
    Catherine Byrne Older Citizens
    Simon Coveney Transport
    Deirdre Clune Innovation and Research
    Jimmy Deenihan Tourism, Culture & Sport
    Andrew Doyle Agriculture, Fisheries and Food
    Frank Feighan Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs
    Charlie Flanagan Children
    Phil Hogan Environment, Heritage and Local Government
    Michael Noonan Finance
    Fergus O’Dowd Education and Skills
    John Perry Small Business
    Leo Varadkar Communications, Energy and Natural Resources
    Frances Fitzgerald Leader in Seanad

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