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  • No Laughing Matter

    May 2, 2009 @ 10:52 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Worst political movie ever made? That was my initial and perhaps somewhat harsh judgment as I left the cinema after watching In the Loop which was so widely-praised I just had to go and see it. The main character is meant to be based on Alastair Campbell, legendary spin-doctor for Tony Blair.


     Alastair Campbell: film version of his diaries would have been better (Photograph by
    Alan Betson)


  • Labour on the Cusp of Office?

    March 30, 2009 @ 11:06 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    An old editor of mine use to discourage us from writing stories about the Labour Party and the trades unions because he found them boring. But you couldn’t really dismiss  Labour as boring these days.


     Eager young faces at the Labour conference (picture by Cyril Byrne) (more…)

  • Brian Cowen and the Temple of Doom

    February 20, 2009 @ 9:12 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I was sitting practically nose-to-nose with Brian Cowen today at a press conference. Need I tell you that he looked sombre? (more…)

  • Two Perspectives on the ‘Cruiser’

    December 24, 2008 @ 10:24 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Two very different perspectives on Conor Cruise O’Brien, who died last week. Niall Meehan provides a highly-critical analysis. Michael McDowell (not the former minister and PD leader) is much more sympathetic. (more…)

  • Conor Cruise: we shall not see his like again

    December 19, 2008 @ 11:21 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Conor Cruise O’Brien had a very fine mind. He wrote like an angel. He was courageous and uncompromising in argument. He was right about some things and wrong about others but his passing last night means a light has gone out all over the island.
    Conor Cruise O’Brien (1917-2008)


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