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  • 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…)

  • 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)


  • St George seeks to slay FF Dragon

    May 6, 2009 @ 7:50 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Print journalists are wallflowers in the dancehall of life. We subsist in the shadow of our colleagues in television who have access to people’s livingrooms night after night and may be even more real to the public than members of their own family.

    St George (Raphael)


  • And then there were…

    February 19, 2009 @ 8:49 pm | by Harry McGee


     I think anybody who follows politics and finance closely could probably guess the identities of at least half of the ten bankers involved (I hasten to add that I have no inside knowledge as to their identities).


  • Celtic Tiger R.I.P.

    February 12, 2009 @ 1:05 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I’m looking for reasons to be cheerful in this recession and not finding too many. Not only is there no light at the end of the tunnel – there ain’t no darned tunnel. (more…)

  • Finding a way forward on the economy

    January 26, 2009 @ 11:55 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    This week, decisions are being taken that will have a huge impact on all our lives. Government, employers and unions have been dancing around one another for some time but now the music is about to stop. (more…)

  • Brian Cowen, the second 100 days

    January 19, 2009 @ 12:49 pm | by Harry McGee

    Sometime in late April or early May there will be flurries of analysis pieces all headlined ‘Obama: The First 100 Days’.

    There’s no doubt about it. It is an enticing headline and implies the first weathervane of how the leader is coping with the new job; and the first signs of the imprint they may evenutally make. (more…)

  • Credit crunch?

    October 7, 2008 @ 11:34 pm | by Harry McGee

    Over the years a lot of people have vied to be identified as being the one who coined ‘the Celtic Tiger’.

    I’ll tell ya one thing for nothing: that was a cliche as soon as it was uttered for the first time.

    There’s been no soup-kitchen like queue forming to claim the glory for ‘credit crunch’. (more…)

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