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  • Mr Cowen Goes to Washington

    April 8, 2012 @ 5:21 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Having kept it all bottled-up inside for his three years as taoiseach, now Brian Cowen has given his perspective on the economic and financial crisis and his own role therein. Herewith my commentary from our print edition. Cowen’ s own words can be got at  http://cges.georgetown.edu/files/Web%20Post%20Cowen_1.pdf  (more…)

  • 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.


  • Personal Memories of 9/11

    September 14, 2011 @ 11:25 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The tenth anniversary of 9/11 has been a traumatic occasion for the relatives of those who died and who, in many cases, did not even have a body to mourn.


  • Good News on Human Rights

    June 26, 2011 @ 11:04 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I note that the Chinese human rights campaigner, Hu Jia, has been released although still seemingly under restrictions. Three years ago, the present writer was covering a trip to China by then-Taoiseach, Brian Cowen. Our governments have not been exactly to the fore in campaigning for human rights in China but even Ireland could not ignore the Hu Jia case. In order to get the following piece done, I had to pass up a rare opportunity to visit the Great Wall. But … no regrets!


  • Offaly Nice Farewell in Tullamore

    January 31, 2011 @ 11:42 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    For a man who is generally quite low-key, if you exclude the occasional Dail outburst, Brian Cowen has sure been generating plenty of excitement in recent weeks. Tonight was the penultimate act before the anticipated valedictory address when he winds up the 30th Dail in a few hours’ time, prior to the general election. (more…)

  • High Drama in Cowenland

    January 28, 2011 @ 6:22 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So the race will be on at last when Brian Cowen fires the starter’s pistol on Tuesday afternoon in Dail Eireann. There has rarely been such a long lead-in to any poll. There seems to have been an endless overture before the grand opera finally began. (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…)

  • Reshuffle – early verdict

    March 23, 2010 @ 7:00 pm | by Harry McGee

    I’ve written a piece of analysis for the online edition, which should be going up about now. Here is it (written slightly less informally than the blog).

    There was never even a remote possibility that today’s Cabinet reshuffle would emulate Albert Reynolds’s sacking of eight Ministers when he became Taoiseach in 1992.


  • Rumour, Speculation, hot air.

    March 22, 2010 @ 6:59 pm | by Harry McGee

    I’ve just finished a bit of punditing on one of the radio stations, in which I dispensed what knowledge I have (not very much) of what’s going on in Brian Cowen’s mind. (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…)

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