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  • 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.

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  • Green jobs that are not very smart

    March 5, 2010 @ 11:36 am | by Harry McGee

    The Green Party, its chairman Senator Dan Boyle argued this week, is not about individuals and personalities, rather about policies.

     

    The phrase is a compelling one and the thinking behind it may be laudable. Indeed, it has been common currency among Green members for almost three decades, ever since the Irish ecological and green movement came into being in the early 1980s.

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  • Greens rotating the crop

    March 3, 2010 @ 2:12 pm | by Harry McGee

    If John Gormley stands down as Minister for the Environment and as party leader to honour a rotation agreement brokered two years ago, it’s not going to do the Greens much good. (more…)

  • Recycle

    May 26, 2009 @ 4:55 pm | by Harry McGee

    Participants in Greens rolling press conference

    Political journalism is more zoo than Savannah, more Shawshank than redemption.

    Most of the stuff we write about takes place in the Dáil or Seanad. If it doesn’t, more often than not it’s a stand-up interview on the plinth (the raised platform in the front yard of Lenister House); or outside the gates of Leinster House; or it’s a press conference in a meeting room of one of the nearby hotels, Buswells or the Merrion.

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  • Dem Greens are slick

    March 2, 2009 @ 6:20 pm | by Harry McGee

    Thanks to greeninkpen and mamam poulet for this. Is this the smoothest and most natural party political broadcast you have ever seen?

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    Ok. Ok. It’s a bit amateurish (I love the photographer getting in the way as they go in the door and the way it just fizzles out at the end). But at least they are trying. In fairness to Ciaran Cuffe, his political blog is brilliant – a step above any TD or Senator in the Dail. And he uses Twitter as well as anyone I know.

    At least they are trying! And Fianna Fail’s website hasn’t ran that smoothly so far, despite all the yoyos they have put into it.


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