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  • The Figures

    September 30, 2010 @ 8:50 am | by Harry McGee

    The Figures are mind-boggling.  Hard to take in. Ginormous. The increase spiralling so high that it is hard for a mere human being to comprehend them, to take it all in.

    Yes, I am of course talking about Fianna Fail’s recovery in this morning’s Irish Times Ipsos mrbi poll. (more…)

  • Party Games

    September 28, 2010 @ 7:42 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Fine Gael have taken a hard line on the pairing arrangements. They clearly didn’t expect Ruairi Quinn to pull the rug from under from them. FG can’t very well backtrack but maybe will adopt a more flexible position. Would Labour really go in with FF after all?

  • Polls and More Polls

    September 26, 2010 @ 10:44 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Taoiseach in very good humour this weekend apparently. Must be the latest, not-that-bad poll showing. C.J. Haughey purported to disdain polls but that was a front. All politicians take them seriously. One wonders how much of Labour’s strength reflects a genuine shift to the left and how much is due to “pocketbook politics” on the part of punters who don’t want any pain. Too late for another FG heave? Looks like they will have to stick with Enda at this stage.

  • Snowblind waltz

    September 21, 2010 @ 1:24 pm | by Harry McGee

    There is a rule attributed to Alastair Campbell about when the damage from a political scandal becomes irreparable.

    If eleven days after the intitial controversy breaks in the media, the story is still being kept alive and prominent in the media, then the politician is a goner. (more…)

  • FF in the Doldrums

    September 18, 2010 @ 12:27 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I am reproducing below an analysis piece on Fianna Fail which appeared in last Tuesday’s  print edition of  The Irish Times. It was written before the Taoiseach’s Morning Ireland interview and the subsequent storm that broke when Fine Gael TD Simon Coveney suggesed in a Tweet that Mr Cowen may have been drunk. Some people were kind enough to say the piece herewith was “prescient” but others may have a different view! (more…)

  • Whither SF?

    @ 12:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Dáil gains key to lifting SF prestige among republicans


    This article appears in the print edition of  The Irish Times, Sat, Sep 18, 2010

    Sinn Féin’s credibility calls for some gains to be chalked up in the next general election


  • Before We Get Too Serious . . .

    September 17, 2010 @ 4:35 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún
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  • Taoiseach transcript…

    September 14, 2010 @ 6:03 pm | by Mary Minihan

    Obviously it’s almost impossible to separate what Taoiseach Brian Cowen said this morning from how he said it. However, posting a transcript here: (more…)

  • ‘Tis When I’m at a Think-In, I’m always Drink-In . . . ‘

    @ 1:03 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Should I put my press pass from the Fianna Fail think-in up for sale on Ebay? Depends on the long-term fall-out. The interview with Brian Cowen on Morning Ireland was a disaster. He sounded terrible, not necessarily hungover but bad enough for an opponent to put that construction on it. And so Fine Gael did, in the very unlikely person of Simon Coveney.


  • A World Gone Mad

    September 10, 2010 @ 10:43 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    You have to admire, with a certain amount of  alarm, the largely-unfettered commitment to free speech in the United States. In this country and probably many others, that pastor who is threatening to burn the Koran would be arrested for breach of the peace and the same reason would be given for refusing to allow an Islamic centre in the vicinity of Ground Zero. A world gone mad.

  • Don’t Miss This Classic

    September 9, 2010 @ 6:58 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before it reaches the end of its run at the Abbey Theatre, do try and get along to see the latest production of Sean O’Casey’s The Plough and the Stars. It is one of a number of productions of this play I have seen over the years at the national theatre and it happens to be a particularly good one. (more…)

  • Bus-Passes instead of Mercs?

    @ 11:17 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Dail Deputies Liz McManus and Olwyn Enright will be missed in Leinster House. They both had plenty still to contribute. Surprised, though, that Age Action or other group of that nature did not complain about Liz’s reported statement that the didn’t want to be a TD with a bus-pass. If more TDs had bus-passes, inlcuding ministers and junior ministers, the public purse would save a fortune. No more “mercs and perks”.

  • Like JFK’s mom told David Frost: these women politicians can’t have it all

    September 6, 2010 @ 9:13 am | by Mary Minihan

    A book I started reading on holidays was the wonderfully-gossipy ‘The Kennedy Women’ by Laurence Leamer, who quotes David Frost asking the Kennedy matriarch Rose (JFK’s mom): “Your sons have gone into politics, but you wouldn’t particularly urge your daughters to go into politics?”


  • Sporting Antidote to Gloom and Doom

    September 5, 2010 @ 10:02 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Your humble scribe was fortunate to be among the 82,000 attendance at today’s thrilling All-Ireland Hurling Final where Tipperary overcame Kilkenny despite the latter’s hopes of making it five Liam McCarthy titles in a row.


  • Tony Blair and his Book

    @ 12:33 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Back in the swing this week. Didn’t miss much, news-wise, in my time off.  The big story last week was Tony Blair and his visit to Dublin to promote his autobiography. Haven’t read the whole thing but the Northern Ireland chapter has an astonishing howler, in that he describes the 1972 Bloody Sunday shootings as taking place in Belfast rather than Derry (at least he didn’t have to agonise over calling it Derry or Londonderry.) (more…)

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