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  • Dissolution and Rebranding the Only Answer for Fianna Fail?

    March 27, 2012 @ 12:25 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s interesting to be in the People’s Republic of China when there is so much happening at home. Your humble scribe is here to cover the official visit of Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the purpose of promoting trade and investment.


  • Sweeteners for Healy-Rae and Lowry

    March 19, 2012 @ 8:54 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Despite a certain curiosity about the content of the awful-sounding Tallafornia on TV3, I resolutely stuck with the National Broadcaster and its in-depth coverage of the deals Bertie Ahern made with Independents Jackie Healy-Rae and Michael Lowry five years ago.


  • 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.


  • Great craic on the presidential hustings

    September 20, 2011 @ 8:03 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Let’s hope this talk about reducing the presidential term to five years in the proposed Constitutional Convention is for real. The last presidential election was 14 years ago but the current one is very interesting or, if we broadsheet journos weren’t expected to be so snooty, I would say, “great craic”. (more…)

  • Micheál Upsets the Apple-Tart (stet)

    February 7, 2011 @ 7:47 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Not really sure about this Fianna Fail proposal that ministers should cease to be serving members of the Dail. They would be substituted from a list of alternates in the same way as Members of the European Parliament when they retire, etc.


  • Gordon Brown’s gaffe

    April 29, 2010 @ 4:07 pm | by Harry McGee

    There are few spaces in the world, visual or aural, that are now free from prying eyes and ears, most of them electronic.

    It’s more dystopian than the world poor old Winston Smith encountered in George Orwell’s 1984.

    Gordon Brown found that out to his cost yesterday. The video above give the full narrative of the toe-curling episide with pensioner Gillian Duffy in Rochdale. (more…)

  • Cowen will remain as Taoiseach…

    March 29, 2010 @ 10:49 am | by Harry McGee

    … because all his rivals know they will meet a similar fate if they take over.

    Unless Fianna Fail can do something similar in the next 12 months with the loaf of stale bread and the five rotting fishes that a fellow did 2,000 years ago, they are goners. (more…)

  • Writing the Reshuffle

    March 18, 2010 @ 11:08 am | by Harry McGee

    With St Patrick’s Day over, there will be unrelenting focus between now and next Tuesday and Wednesay on the Cabinet reshuffle. Most of the stuff you will read from “informed sources” etc. will purport to be authoritative. In truth, little of it will. (more…)

  • Cullen – more stumbling through valleys than scaling high mountains?

    March 9, 2010 @ 12:10 pm | by Harry McGee

    Martin Cullen quoted Woodrow Wilson when announcing his resignation last nigh (Richard Nixon also liked the phrase and possibly made it more famous): “Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.”


  • Up in the Polls and Up in the Air

    February 1, 2010 @ 12:05 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The latest Sunday Business Post poll as well as the last poll in The Irish Times show a modest revival in Fianna Fail’s standing with the public. Clearly they will be hoping to hang in for as long as possible and stave off the general election until they are in a position to win or at least emerge with only minimal damage. (more…)

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