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  • Currency Woes and the Dance of the Seven Veils

    November 30, 2011 @ 6:58 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There is a very strange atmosphere in political circles arising from the uncertainty about the future of the Euro. There has never been anything quite like it in recent decades.


  • The budget that can’t really budge it

    @ 2:24 pm | by Harry McGee

    One thing credit agencies don’t lack is chutzpah. I was a little agog  at Moody’s putting the whole of the EU on a kind of negative watch. Yep, they’re the same guys who passed dodgy bank derivative with triple-A flying colours back in the day (more…)

  • Questions Raised About DSK Saga

    November 29, 2011 @ 9:45 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Journalism is getting a bit of a kicking these days with the Leveson inquiry in the UK and the furore over the RTE “Mission to Prey” programme. In that context, it is good to come across an example of sustained research and “digging” in the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.


  • ‘May you live in interesting times’ (Chinese curse)

    November 28, 2011 @ 9:40 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The level of pre-Budget speculation is greater than ever and this can be attributed to two things. Firstly, kites are being flown about the dreadful things ministers might have to do, if they are pushed too far. A speech to your parliamentary party is a good vehicle in this regard, because it is bound to be leaked afterwards to the media. (more…)

  • We Need To Talk About Newspapers

    November 27, 2011 @ 12:15 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I have written this online. You are reading this online. No paper is involved. No trees died in this process of communication. Nor has any money changed hands. So where are we going?


  • National Budget Kite-Flying Festival 2011

    November 22, 2011 @ 1:09 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There are so many kites flying on the Budget that we could have a national festival. The child benefit issue has really taken off since it surfaced in the  Sunday papers. Meanwhile, Labour’s Willie Penrose had already quit his “super-junior” job over the closure of an Army barracks in Mullingar.


  • Ireland: A work in progress

    November 11, 2011 @ 1:25 pm | by Mary Minihan

    That was no bland speech from the newly inaugurated president, Michael D Higgins. His denouncement of what you might call the “boom time establishment” in Dublin Castle was pretty powerful stuff. (more…)

  • President Michael D: A Day is a Long Time in Politics

    November 10, 2011 @ 11:13 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    RTE’s “Naked Presidential Election” was a lively piece of work – and great free publicity for what the late Bernard Levin* would have called “The Irish Another Newspaper”!


  • Keeping an Eye on the Holy See – from a Distance of 2,000km

    November 9, 2011 @ 10:59 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Not being the most religious person in the world and not the greatest admirer of the record of the Catholic Church either, especially in relation to child abuse, I still contend that the closure of the Irish embassy to the Vatican will prove to be an unwise decision. I had a column on this subject in last Saturday’s paper.


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