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  • Donie Cassidy and Dan the Man

    July 4, 2009 @ 11:31 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    A  frequent  contributor of comments on this blog, Dan Sullivan has a very interesting letter in today’s Irish Times on the issue of Seanad reform. He puts the spotlight on Senator Donie Cassidy who, according to Dan, is singlehandedly holding up the process of widening the franchise for the the six university seats. No doubt Donie will have a riposte. To read the letter, click here


     Donie on the hustings (Photograph by Alan Betson) (more…)

  • Game for a Laugh with Barack Obama

    May 12, 2009 @ 10:25 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     Here’s the YouTube of President Obama’s witty speech at the White House Correspondents’  Dinner last Saturday night. For some reason it is dated March 9th, not May 9th. Some of the humour is a little too esoteric for those of us outside the Beltway but it is still worth watching.

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  • Rush to judgment on Cowen-Obama ‘incident’

    April 1, 2009 @ 10:32 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    He’s a big name in the US but little-known on this side of the Atlantic. Talk-radio broadcaster and kingpin of the right Rush Limbaugh recently took a passing interest in Irish affairs but got the story entirely wrong, as far I can make out.


    Having the craic at the Teach Bán (White House): Brian Cowen and
    Barack Obama (Reuters photograph from  Irish Times)


  • Democracy and Economics

    March 31, 2009 @ 10:02 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The reason Ireland’s credit-rating has gone down is largely to do with the guarantee to the banks and the fact that we really couldn’t meet the debt if they all collapsed at once. That’s my reading of what the analyst from the Standard & Poor’s ratings agency said on radio this morning. (more…)

  • Obama’s Running-Mate in 2012?

    March 16, 2009 @ 5:32 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Just when you thought the wide boys and fatcats were having it all their own way, here’s a feisty voice of the people in the person of Virg (short for Virgil) Bernero, Democratic Mayor of Lansing, Michigan who showed how to get the better of those pesky Fox News interviewers. 


  • Who’s Behind the Conspiracy Theories?

    @ 11:01 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    When the world starts falling apart, the conspiracy theories flourish. It’s a source of comfort for the bewildered. Back in the 1930s there was a ready audience for wild and wonderful scenarios and nowadays public opinion is ready for some new ones. (more…)

  • Twitter? Twipe? Or Am I not Getting it?

    February 16, 2009 @ 9:02 am | by Harry McGee

    This is a little off-subject.  I joined Twitter recently. I wanted  to explore its possibilities for political commentary. (more…)

  • Rating the Presidents

    February 15, 2009 @ 9:37 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    This only just came to my attention although published a few months ago. It is a rating of all the US presidents in terms of best, worst, etc. It was a link on my AOL email homepage today. See what you think by clicking here.


  • On the rebound

    February 6, 2009 @ 4:48 pm | by Harry McGee

    Brian Cowen has had a good few terrible weeks in the 35 weeks since he became leader (about 32 I’d say). But this has been a great week for him. Twice he has dispensed with the scripts he hates and spoken from notes and from the heart. And it has worked. (more…)

  • Eaten bread…

    February 4, 2009 @ 11:45 am | by Harry McGee

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the novels of John Updike, who died last week, though the writing itself was always remarkable. The stories themselves, the characters, never really gripped me. I interviewed him about 15 years ago and asked him a lot of stupid and forgettable questions. (more…)

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