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  • An Israeli’s Perspective on Gaza Flotillas

    March 24, 2011 @ 2:03 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Being the German Correspondent of an Israeli newspaper must be an interesting experience but it was a different subject that engaged the attention of Eldad Beck from the daily Yedioth Ahr0noth when he spoke in Dublin this morning.


  • Weekly Political Podcast

    March 16, 2011 @ 5:47 pm | by Harry McGee

    The Irish Times will be continuing its weekly political podcast. Our greatest bestest team etc – Stephen Collins, Deaglán de Bréadún, Paul Cullen, Mary Minihan and myself – will be sharing our views, observations, wisdom, acerbic wit,  and all round political brilliance with the Irish people. How great is that? We will be posting it via audioboo, the aural equivalent of Twitter.

    Anyway, this week’s offering is avalable at http://audioboo.fm/boos/304169-the-irish-times-politics-podcast-harry-mcgee-on-the-new-government-s-first-week

  • Butcher, Baker, Cabinet-Maker

    March 13, 2011 @ 10:16 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s an unlikely prospect, but if any TDs in the Government parties feel they were excluded from Cabinet because of either being too young or a female, a legal case could theoretically be taken against the Taoiseach and Tánaiste.


  • Journalist and Historical Figure

    @ 10:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s an old cliché that journalism is the first draft of history. Sometimes the journalists try to make history as well as record it. So it was with Seán Cronin, former Washington Correspondent of this newspaper, who has died at the age of 91 years.


  • The new Cabinet

    March 9, 2011 @ 5:28 pm | by Harry McGee

    Well Enda Kenny has just marched in with his new Cabinet. It is: Eamon Gilmore; Ruairi Quinn, Michael Noonan, Brendan Howlin, Richard Bruton, Joan Burton, Jimmy Deenihan, Pat Rabbitte, Phil Hogan, Alan Shatter, Simon Coveney, James Reilly, Leo Varadkar, Frances Fitzgerald and Paul Kehoe, who I presume is chief whip. (more…)

  • How Long Will the New Government Last?

    @ 1:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    As today’s drama in the Dail plays itself out, one can’t help being reminded of the accession to power of Fianna Fail and Labour back in ’92. That was a government with a huge majority – from memory, there were 101 TDs between the two parties.


  • Doing a Deal for a New Coalition

    March 4, 2011 @ 6:12 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    As we await the conclusion of the Fine Gael-Labour talks, a group of anti-coalition Labour activists have held a press conference to declare their opposition to the deal in advance. But the prospects of any reasonable-looking agreement being rejected by a Labour special conference are very remote indeed.


  • Fantasy Cabinet

    March 3, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    As usual, to pass the time prior to the formation of a new government, we indulge in a little bit of  fantasy cabinet-making. It’s particularly difficult on this occasion and I’m not happy with  scarcity of non-Dublin TDs on the list, for example, but here goes. Not to be taken too seriously: let’s be having your list in return.


  • Courtship rituals

    @ 11:29 am | by Harry McGee

    I met a seasoned Fine Gael politician yesterday who is a (yep, I’m in one of those pretentious moods this morning) nonpareil when it comes to political nous and astute observation.

    We bumped into each other in the Leinster House canteen and he was full of praise for the two teams. (more…)

  • Chemistry first, compromise second

    March 1, 2011 @ 11:59 am | by Harry McGee

    You can never separate politics from the personal.

    The first principle of coalition cohabitation is that the principals can stand the sight of each other.

    If there is mistrust, or antipathy or mutual suspicion, you can forget about it. (more…)

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