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  • A Christian among the Lions: Cannon Under Heavy Fire

    January 31, 2012 @ 9:54 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Hardly know Ciarán Cannon. He is a junior minister – I looked it up: “Training and Skills”. He was briefly leader of the Progressive Democrats (remember them?) before they wound up and now he’s in Fine Gael.


  • Tussles in Brussels

    January 30, 2012 @ 11:50 am | by Harry McGee

    It’s just approaching noon in Brussels and the temperature has plummeted, with a fall of light snow.


  • Would it be Dumb to Hold a Referendum?

    January 21, 2012 @ 5:56 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Enda Kenny faces a major decision in the near future. Should he put the forthcoming European fiscal treaty to popular vote in a referendum or not? Here are some of my own thoughts on the matter, from today’s newspaper. Tell me what you think:- (more…)

  • Don’t throw the democratic baby out with the economic bathwater

    January 15, 2012 @ 11:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The economic crisis we are going through is like nothing else since the 1930s. Heaven forbid, but it may turn out to be even worse. What is the average citizen to do? Our political leaders can often seem helpless in the face of these unpredictable and alarming events. Here are some thoughts, in a piece for the print edition of this newspaper, on the political implications of our current difficulties:-


  • An Avoidable Tragedy: Long Kesh 1981

    January 9, 2012 @ 12:15 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Every year I am assigned with colleagues to peruse the newly-released State Papers. It’s a pity to have to absent oneself from the current political scene for a while, especially when there is so much happening in the contemporary world. But it is also quite informative to read through the internal government documents of yesteryear and you frequently gain a fresh insight into events that, in the present writer’s case, you actually lived through. (more…)

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