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  • Sweeteners for Healy-Rae and Lowry

    March 19, 2012 @ 8:54 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Despite a certain curiosity about the content of the awful-sounding Tallafornia on TV3, I resolutely stuck with the National Broadcaster and its in-depth coverage of the deals Bertie Ahern made with Independents Jackie Healy-Rae and Michael Lowry five years ago.

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  • Would it be Dumb to Hold a Referendum?

    January 21, 2012 @ 5:56 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Enda Kenny faces a major decision in the near future. Should he put the forthcoming European fiscal treaty to popular vote in a referendum or not? Here are some of my own thoughts on the matter, from today’s newspaper. Tell me what you think:- (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.

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  • What kind of Inquiry for the banks?

    December 22, 2009 @ 12:00 pm | by Harry McGee

    The Moriarty Tribunal, so the rumour goes, is due to issue its second report soon after 12 years in existence.

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  • ‘He Who Is Not With Us Is McGuinness’

    April 25, 2009 @ 12:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So are we in for a period of dissent in Fianna Fáil that will be reminiscent of the Haughey era? John McGuinness is certainly not taking his dismissal as a junior minister lying down. But could he seriously undermine Cowen’s leadership?

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    Mary Coughlan and John McGuinness in happier times, with still-in-situ Minister of State Michael Finneran on left (photograph by Eric Luke) (more…)

  • The Politics of Fatherhood

    April 9, 2009 @ 8:16 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    If you do nothing else in the next weeks or months you should go to see the production of Arthur Miller’s play, All My Sons, at the Gate Theatre in Dublin. The lead performance by Canadian actor Len Cariou is a powerful example of the dramatic art. arthur-miller.jpg

    Arthur Miller 1915-2005 (Photograph by Joe St. Leger)

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  • Fine Gael Rallies its Troops

    April 4, 2009 @ 10:55 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Fine Gael ardfheis started off quietly enough last night. The high-point of the evening when leader Enda Kenny and Deputy Lucinda Creighton publicly embraced to show that their recent spat at the parliamentary party was now water under the bridge.

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    Lucinda and Enda kiss and make up (Photograph by Frank Miller)

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  • Cowen could take leaf from Dev’s book

    January 29, 2009 @ 10:49 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    YouTube Preview ImageI met Brian Cowen in the corridor at Leinster House last night (corridors of power and all that). We exchanged pleasantries but afterwards I realised I had completely forgotten to ask  him, When Are You Giving Your State of the Nation Address? I bet my excellent colleague Harry McGee would have remembered, since he has been on this story for some time now. (more…)

  • Cute hoorism and the public purse

    January 19, 2009 @ 10:25 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The penny is beginning to drop. We have a debate about the excessive number of junior ministers and the plethora of (often very loquacious) committees in the Oireachtas. Now I see Enda Kenny is talking of a cut in the number of TDs. Can it be that the political system is reconnecting with the people at last? (more…)

  • Tony Gregory and radical change

    January 3, 2009 @ 2:04 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One has a feeling of great personal sadness at the death of Tony Gregory. He was in the proud tradition of spiky, outspoken loners in Irish politics such as Noel Browne and Jack McQuillan who embodied the true meaning of that contemporary phrase, “The Power of One”. (more…)

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