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  • Showbiz politics in presidential race

    September 22, 2011 @ 7:01 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The news that RTE’s presidential debate will be broadcast on the Late Late Show says it all – this is a showbiz election. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and it is even, in a way, heartening to think that a political race could have the same crowd-pulling power as The X Factor. (more…)

  • Great craic on the presidential hustings

    September 20, 2011 @ 8:03 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Let’s hope this talk about reducing the presidential term to five years in the proposed Constitutional Convention is for real. The last presidential election was 14 years ago but the current one is very interesting or, if we broadsheet journos weren’t expected to be so snooty, I would say, “great craic”. (more…)

  • You can never find those darn democratic revolutions when you need them

    September 14, 2011 @ 3:46 pm | by Harry McGee

    On the first few page of the Programme for Govenrment there is a long self-congratulatory preamble which includes the extraordinary claim that what happened in the election was a democratic revolution. (more…)

  • Personal Memories of 9/11

    @ 11:25 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The tenth anniversary of 9/11 has been a traumatic occasion for the relatives of those who died and who, in many cases, did not even have a body to mourn.


  • Stirring up Debate on 2016

    September 12, 2011 @ 6:14 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I don’t agree with all of it and I’m not sure I even agree with any of it, but former senator Eoghan Harris’s controversial speech on the 1916 centenary at yesterday’s Liam Lynch commemoration should at least stir up some debate on the subject of the relationship between nationalism and unionism. Contrary views welcome from all you commenters. Here is the text issued to the media:-


  • Is Twitter the new blogging?

    September 9, 2011 @ 10:45 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Is Twitter the new blogging? As I write, I suspect I am already behind the curve and that geeks and nerds are laughing their hollow little hearts out all over cyberspace.


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