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  • Pessimism of the Intellect, Optimism of the Will

    February 25, 2011 @ 9:19 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    At the request of the BBC, I made my way across Dublin city to a polling station in Drumcondra at 9am to talk on camera about the election. Even at that time there was a significant turnout. Looks like the vote will be very high: a lot of people are out for “vingeance”!


  • Newsnight at 30

    January 26, 2010 @ 5:09 pm | by Harry McGee

    I’m not a technophobe like Charlie Bird (nor some other of his quirky characteristics – Harry McGee has not started speaking about himself in the third person yet as if he himself  were the subject of all his musings).


  • Who said sports and politics don’t mix?

    November 19, 2009 @ 5:12 pm | by Harry McGee

    I was in Buswell’s Hotel a short while ago covering a press conference. As I left by the lobby I spotted Dermot Ahern, the Minister for Justice, being interviewed by a camera crew.

    What was it about? Bankers’ pay? Tiger kidnappings? The Criminal Justice Bill that’s going through the House at the moment?


  • No Laughing Matter

    May 2, 2009 @ 10:52 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Worst political movie ever made? That was my initial and perhaps somewhat harsh judgment as I left the cinema after watching In the Loop which was so widely-praised I just had to go and see it. The main character is meant to be based on Alastair Campbell, legendary spin-doctor for Tony Blair.


     Alastair Campbell: film version of his diaries would have been better (Photograph by
    Alan Betson)


  • Michael O’Leary and the Arctic explorer

    August 26, 2008 @ 12:01 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Get an earful of this. It comes from the Today Programme on BBC Radio 4 this morning (text version here.) The Ryanair boss is defending his airline’s conduct during last night’s emergency on a flight from Bristol to Spain which was diverted to the French city of Limoges. The passenger interviewed about the experience happens to be a polar explorer. (more…)

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