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  • New perspective on Long Kesh hunger-strike

    December 30, 2011 @ 10:42 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     Once more into the blog, dear friends, and a Happy New Year to all our customers. Your comments on the following would be welcome. It’s an analysis piece for today’s Irish Times attempting to put the events of 1981 in perspective. Today, the State Papers from that year are released to public view under the 30-year rule. Now read on:

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  • Once more into the breach

    December 8, 2011 @ 9:17 pm | by Harry McGee

    This is the 16th summit since the existential crisis affecting the eurozone first erupted. (more…)

  • Banana skins

    December 7, 2011 @ 9:30 am | by Harry McGee

    Michael Noonan gave an indication last night the cuts in disability allowances will be reviewed. (more…)

  • Man Overboard but the Ship Sails on Regardless

    December 6, 2011 @ 5:29 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    An otherwise quiet day has been enlivened by a squawk of dissent from the Labour benches. Newly-elected TD Patrick Nulty has announced his intention to vote against the Budget.

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  • THE BUDGET SPEECH

    @ 3:43 pm | by Harry McGee

    The Budget speech is one of the great set pieces in the political calendar. It’s the day when the Taoiseach cedes the bottom right hand corner seat of the Chamber to the Minister for Finance. It’s also the only day of a non-election year when every seat in the chamber, the press gallery, and the public gallery is occupied. (more…)

  • Fateful Day: The Treaty 90 Years On

    @ 3:18 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Check this out. It is a photograph of the signatories’ page of the Anglo-Irish Treaty which was agreed this day, 90 years ago, on December 6th, 1921. You will find it on the National Archives of Ireland website.

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  • Was this a ‘State of the Nation’ address?

    December 5, 2011 @ 1:42 pm | by Harry McGee

    A few minutes after Enda Kenny finished speaking last night I tweeted a rather obvious sentiment that I’m sure was already put out by many others: When does a political party broadcast end and a state of the Nation speech begin? (more…)

  • Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Taoiseach Speaketh!

    December 4, 2011 @ 10:35 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Well, there you have it. No great surprises in that, were there? It was billed as a National Address but really it was in many ways a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the coalition partners. Quite rightly, the Opposition are getting a chance to reply.

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  • Politicians and the Tragedy of Suicide

    December 2, 2011 @ 1:57 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I note that a leading columnist in Another Daily Newspaper has been suggesting we should re-introduce the old taboo against suicide. He argues we should be less tolerant and sympathetic towards those who would take their own lives.

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  • Politics and Theatre on the Election Trail

    December 1, 2011 @ 7:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    If you read the memoirs of Austin Currie, former civil rights leader in the North who later became a Fine Gael TD and junior minister, you will find an amusing reference to the present writer.

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