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  • How much do we really know?

    January 25, 2010 @ 1:27 pm | by Harry McGee

    Brian Cowen’s interview with Gerald Barry on This Week yesterday was one of his better ones. (You can listen to the full interview here.)

    He warmed up towards the end and you could hear from his voice that he was speaking in real English and probably gesticulating his arms, and not just coming out the civil servant nonsense lingo.


  • The Rebels within awaken

    December 3, 2009 @ 2:12 pm | by Harry McGee

    Being a backbencher for a Government party is the most unenviable job in Irish politics. Made more so because there is no tradition of rebellion here as they have in Westminster. (more…)

  • Hard Lessons from the Decade of Greed

    November 14, 2009 @ 12:50 pm | by Harry McGee

    We have seen the full gamut of clever debating techniques employed by politicians and unions in the past couple of weeks.

    There is deflection:

    Such as: “People are missing the real scandal here. The Government is bailing out the banks while squeezing public services.”


  • Where is the silver lining? And a bit on NAMA…

    September 3, 2009 @ 4:34 pm | by Harry McGee

    There is none. Silver lining that is. See the bit on NAMA at the end.

    We have the result of the next election already and it is this: change of government. The only question is: when. Some of my colleagues believe as early as the New Year. I say the end of 2010, at the earliest.


  • There may be trouble ahead

    August 25, 2009 @ 11:28 am | by Harry McGee

    Over the past couple of years, I have done the Overlook Hotel metaphor to death when describing Leinster House during the summer months. (For those who are not film buffs, it’s the hotel to which Jack Nicholson takes his family in Stanley Kubrick’s film on Stephen King’s novel The Shining).


  • Nama and Snip

    July 31, 2009 @ 10:32 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The scale of the Nama (National Asset Management Agency) project is awe-inspiring. We never had it so good as in the Celtic Tiger years but it is clearly a case of, the higher they come, the harder they fall.


     Nama and Snip? Tiger cubs at Dublin Zoo, with Mum and Dad (Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons)


  • Beware what you wish for…

    March 4, 2009 @ 6:36 pm | by Harry McGee

    Brian Cowen this morning said something he will regret later this year. He told the Dáil that this wasn’t like the 1980s when unemployment rose to 17 per cent. (more…)

  • Read my Lips…

    February 26, 2009 @ 5:41 pm | by Harry McGee

    Brian Lenihan has said at least twice already that there will be no tax increases (ie a mini budget) before the main Budget next winter. (more…)

  • You think it’s all over?

    December 19, 2008 @ 9:33 pm | by Harry McGee

    If you read only one column this weekend, read Paul Krugman’s column about the lessons from the Bernard Madoff fraud in Friday’s  New York Times. (Here’s the link)

    Madoff was a bastion of the New York financial world. Krugman notes that he a “brilliant investor (or so almost everyone thought), philanthropist, pillar of the community”. (more…)

  • New realities

    October 30, 2008 @ 1:49 pm | by Harry McGee

    It’s 12.27pm. The debate on the Labour Party motion calling for a reverse in the cut-backs on educaton is coming to an end. The vote will be called in about three or four minutes, before I finish writing this entry.


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