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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: August 26, 2011 @ 5:52 pm

    The Gift that Keeps on Giving

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    Greetings to y’all. Just back from a summer “staycation” and rarin’ to blog. Need one say how desperately quiet the political news is at the moment? Except, that is, for the presidential election which is the gift that keeps on giving.

    I see the National Newspapers of Ireland are presenting an award this year for “outstanding contribution to the industry”. There are moments when I think it should go to the candidates and the “maybe I will/then again I won’t” people in the presidential saga.

    It is 14 years since we had the last presidential vote, which was won by Mary McAleese. That was quite lively, with her opponents doing their best to make capital out of her  Belfast nationalist origins. Then there was the surgical strike through the media against Adi Roche which terminally damaged the Labour candidate’s campaign.

    Seven years earlier, the Robinson-Lenihan-Curry contest was a classic, generating colossal interest and dozens of news stories. Thank you, Pádraig Flynn, Brian Lenihan Sr, et al.

    This particular election hasn’t even been officially declared and yet it is keeping us quite busy in what are normally the “dog-days” of August. When it gets going officially, it should be great value altogether.

    P.S I checked back and my first post here was on 8 July 2008. It concerned the Lisbon Treaty referendum. Seems like another world now.

    • Yer Wan says:

      So did Ian O’Doherty agree you could use this headline…? or do you just think you have carte blanche to take whatever you see whereever you see it…without permission of the originator…? How does that differ from looters and scammers and thieves……? What sort of pathetic excuses for men are Irish ‘journalists’… I use the term in it the loosest possible sense…Alan Rusbridger you ain’t…any of you…!

    • September girl says:

      I think what Yer Wan means is Welcome back Deaglán !

      So, nothing new under the Sun here……..Ian O’Doherty might just as easily have lifted this headline from The Sun

      Anyway, at this stage and given the dire paucity of realistic prez candidates and the current economic climate I am absolutely now of the opinion that we should do without a president for the next seven years, at least – and without at least fifty per cent of the current crop of TD’s sitting on their fat asses with their over-inflated salaries. Riles me, it does……….and without most of the Ministers……and the Taoiseach, for that matter. The whole lot of them, why not? We have all we need in the Troika to oversee things for the next ten years at least..

    • Mary Lou says:

      Yer Wan – what are you on about, dear? The expression “the gift that keeps on giving” originated in 1924 as an advertising slogan – http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=124814 – and was not invented by Mr O’Doherty. A little less irrationality and a little more research next time, please.

      Good to have you back, Deaglan. Hope you had an enjoyable break.

    • Saw you coming from the match last weekend, hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

    • “Yer Wan” – is that an Oriental name?

    • Tchin Tchin says:

      I’d love to see Bono & Ali in the Áras but read somewhere (I’d never admit that I looked at the Indo) where Ali says Bono would never move into a smaller house..! Pity. What a cool image that would be, though, for the country, Bono prez and Ali first lady (Ali is so beautiful and has that certain on ne sais quoi Jackie Kennedy vibe maybe). I think it’s time we got really, really serious about a serious celebrity candidate..!! Be great for the country at this time……….imagine us doing something original..

      (ps I think “yer wan” might mean “ruby” in Taiwanese)

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