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  • Obama: not a dry eye in the house

    January 21, 2009 @ 10:17 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Hardboiled journo sheds tear – shock! There really wasn’t a dry eye in the house as Barack Obama took that oath of office yesterday. I have to admit that I teared-up, quite unexpectedly, as I watched it on television. (more…)

  • 44

    January 20, 2009 @ 6:10 pm | by Harry McGee

    This time 16 years ago I was in Washington to see the inauguration of No 42, Bill Clinton.

    Like now, it was a freezing January in the city. I can remember all the contrasts. Clinton was a huge fan of the saxophone and could play it some.

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  • Time to shout stop over Israel-Palestine

    January 5, 2009 @ 10:13 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s not enough for the international community to wring its hands and weep crocodile tears over the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza. It’s time to get serious about brokering a solution before this problem develops into a wider conflict that could bring the entire world order crashing around our ears. (more…)

  • How long must the Israeli/Palestinian tragedy continue?

    December 27, 2008 @ 6:19 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    We all woke this morning to the horrific news of a massive airstrike in Gaza with the death-toll already over the 200 mark, according to reports. How long must the bloodletting in this tragic region continue? (more…)

  • Sock and Awe

    December 23, 2008 @ 10:51 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s difficult not to see the funny side of the incident where the “journalist” threw a shoe at President Bush in Baghdad ( see also previous blog on the subject) and I have to share this piece of badinage with you. It was sent to me unofficially by an apparatchik in our own current regime who was taking a break from, er, saving the country. (more…)

  • What to do if you’re 22?

    December 5, 2008 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Giving a talk to a class of journalism students yesterday brought home to me the difficulties facing young people starting out on a career in the present economic climate. (more…)

  • Fine Gael sets out its stall in Wexford

    November 23, 2008 @ 1:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I’m writing this in my hotel-room in Wexford at the end of the Fine Gael national conference which I have been attending in my capacity as Political Correspondent with The Irish Times. It’s not a normal annual conference or ardfheis because there are no motions or elections of party officers and in fact the whole thing is quite minutely stage-managed. (more…)

  • No one as Irish as Barack O’Bama?

    November 20, 2008 @ 11:16 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    These are tough times and the recession has even begun to bite at my own newspaper  with a plan announced yesterday for up to 60 redundancies. But amid the gloom there are still some glorious moments that make life worth living. The Munster rugby team’s barnstorming display against the New Zealand All Blacks in Limerick this week was one. The election of a black man as President of the world’s most powerful country is another. (more…)

  • Last Word on the PDs

    November 12, 2008 @ 12:07 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before they are washed away by the receding tide of political history, a few points need to be made about the Progressive Democrats. Joe Higgins described them as an “utterly malign influence” on Vincent Browne’s late-night TV3 programme but that’s too dismissive – they were not all bad, or all good. (more…)

  • Let Freedom Ring

    November 10, 2008 @ 12:43 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    “From every mountainside, let freedom ring. And when this happens, when we allow freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be able to speed up that day when all of God’s children, black men and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual: Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!”

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