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  • The Other side of the Water

    January 6, 2010 @ 1:43 pm | by Harry McGee

    Here’s a trick for a journalist like me who’s stuck for an intro. You can always find a simple and obvious comparison. For example, if you’re talking about Irish politics the easiest thing to do is have a look across the water and say, God, what’s happening over there is happening here too, or is just about to happen (expenses scandals; three wins on the trot for Bertie’s bestest friend in the world Tonee Blair).

    And to make it look like your really clever, you can use that most-frayed of quotes from Don Scottus: All comparisons are odious. To excuse the odious comparison that you have made.

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  • 2010 – Predictions for a political year

    January 4, 2010 @ 1:11 pm | by Harry McGee

    The narrative of Joe Lee’s amazing social history of Ireland brought us from 1912 to 1985. The last chapter, Perspectives, lambasted the policy, moral and economic failures that had beset us. Lee compared Ireland unfavourably to Denmark, a country with a similar population, that had prospered during the decades that Ireland had stagnated.

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  • Political Stocking-fillers

    December 23, 2009 @ 4:48 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Political wonks, nerds and anoraks have an embarrassment of riches to choose from this Christmas in terms of books on the economic crisis and other related matters. (more…)

  • No Joking Matter at the Taoiseach’s Dinner

    December 5, 2009 @ 12:40 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Taoiseach’s annual Cairde Fáil dinner of party supporters last night at Citywest was a low-key affair. Any journalists hoping for a row were disappointed. Brian Cowen’s speech was in the “Workmanlike” category: we shall soldier on, pay talks or no pay talks. (more…)

  • Henry Kelly looks back on the Troubles

    November 13, 2009 @ 11:09 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before it fades into the farther recesses of public memory, here’s a thought-provoking piece from our Op-Ed pages by a former Northern Editor of The Irish Times, who went on to become a prominent broadcaster in Britain, Henry Kelly.

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    Mourning the dead in Omagh, 22 August 1998 (Photograph by Alan Betson) 

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  • Thirsty Work

    August 18, 2009 @ 8:13 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Getting back into blog mode after a wee holiday, may I advert to a subject far removed from politics? Any time I attend a GAA match at Croke Park I am struck by the number of water-carriers who invade the pitch at every opportunity.

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    The Bert at Croker: maybe he knows the answer? (Photograph by Alan Betson)

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  • Could Our Political Parties Organise a Booze-Up in a Brewery?

    June 15, 2009 @ 1:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Here’s a little saga that may or may not speak volumes about the political set-up in this country. The story begins with a news report by yours truly last week on a report from the Standards in Public Office Commission about the funding of political parties. flag-1.jpg

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  • Frank Speaking from Flannery

    June 3, 2009 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Another angle to Frank Flannery’s public intervention (for previous post on this subject, click here) in the election may be an attempt to influence the result of the Dublin Central byelection. Sinn Féin’s Christy Burke is a candidate whose popularity exceeds that of his party. If FG’s Paschal Donohoe can attract SF transfers, so much the better from the main opposition party’s point of view.

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    The Bert in happier times: could he pull off an unlikely coup for De Brudder?

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  • Soldiers of Destiny Fight Rearguard Action

    May 29, 2009 @ 2:51 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Tomorrow will tell a tale when we get the opinion poll rankings for the European candidates in  The Irish Times. But Fianna Fáil must have been downhearted by their showing in today’s overall party standings (click here).

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    Don’t do it Enda: your ship is coming in (Photograph by Frank Miller) (more…)

  • Hanna Montana and Fianna Fáil

    May 11, 2009 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One film I definitely won’t be going to see is Hanna Montana: The Movie. But the basic storyline suggests it is something Fianna Fáil strategists might take a look at. The main character is an ordinary teenager who becomes a pop superstar by the simple expedient of donning a blonde wig.

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     Will Pat the Cope (right) have cause to celebrate in three-and-a-half weeks’ time? (Photograph by Joe St Leger)

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