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  • We are all Germans now

    August 30, 2011 @ 9:08 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    We have had crises before and recessions which resulted in mass lay-offs. But as Social Protection Minister Joan Burton pointed out to me this week, in an interview, we have never had the level of personal debt that abounds in this State.

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  • The Gift that Keeps on Giving

    August 26, 2011 @ 5:52 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Greetings to y’all. Just back from a summer “staycation” and rarin’ to blog. Need one say how desperately quiet the political news is at the moment? Except, that is, for the presidential election which is the gift that keeps on giving.

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  • Courtesy, Civility and Courage: Brian Lenihan’s hallmarks

    June 14, 2011 @ 4:26 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Sadly, I was unable to attend the funeral of Brian Lenihan since I was in Cork,  covering the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.  However, I would not like to let the opportunity pass wihout paying tribute to his courtesy, civility, eloquence and intelligence.

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  • Land of Grattan, O’Connell and Tongue-Tied TDs

    May 30, 2011 @ 6:37 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    This article appeared in the Opinion pages of the print edition of last Saturday’s Irish Times

    MANY OF us have had the experience of those sporting occasions where a few players are tossing a ball around at a practice session when somebody’s cousin arrives from out of town and turns in a stellar performance that leaves everyone gasping with admiration.

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  • Mattie McGrath and the spirit of 1968

    February 3, 2010 @ 10:50 am | by Harry McGee

    Fianna Fail’s claim as the great catch-all party can in a sense be personified by the two honourable members for Tipperary South.

    I don’t think there is any other constituency where the contrast between party colleagues is more glaring.

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  • The Persil Brigade – Whiter than Whitewash

    January 20, 2010 @ 2:41 pm | by Harry McGee

    So much for a hybrid inquiry. What a cop out. No political accountability. No public hearings. No compromise to the Greens whatsoever despite their bleatings. The only thing that’s hybrid about this is that the Greens went looking from a compromise and Fianna Fail compromised by giving them a process with even greater degrees of opacity than a straightforward Commission of Investigation. (more…)

  • Hybrid equals what?

    January 19, 2010 @ 1:09 pm | by Harry McGee

    Dan Boyle said he hopes to see a hybrid inquiry emerging from this morning’s Cabinet meeting.

    Hybrid equals compromise equals fudge equals watered-down mish mash.

    Attorney General Paul Gallagher has supposedly given advice that a Commission of Investigation is the safest option. I would not be surprised if that is the case, given Gallagher’s very conservative approach to date (judges’ pay being the most signal example).

    (And while I’m at it, wouldn’t it be great if we knew the identity of the 30 beaks who have not ponied up any contribution to the pension levy).

    Brian Lenihan will outline the scheme in the Dail today.

    Will the opposition attack? Are Kilkenny the best hurling team in the country? Is Brian O’Driscoll the best centre in the world?

    Of course, of course, of course.

    And they will be right. A Commission of Investigation is a classic bit of rope-a-dope strategy, string it along as long as possible, with nothing emerging this side of the next General Election.

  • Public and Private

    January 6, 2010 @ 7:51 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    We have had two startling insights into the private lives of senior politicians this week. First there were Brian Lenihan’s remarkably candid revelations about his impending battle with cancer of the pancreas. Now this evening we have had a searing statement from the North’s First Minister Peter Robinson about his marriage to Iris. (more…)

  • Brian Lenihan interview

    January 4, 2010 @ 4:29 pm | by Harry McGee

    Anyone who listened to Brian Lenihan’s interview will be struck by his optimism and lack of self-pity in the face of such a grave and life-threatening condition. You can listen to Sean O’Rourke’s (adroitly handled) interview with him on RTE’s News at One here.

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  • 2010 – Predictions for a political year

    @ 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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