Politics »

  • Latest Poll . . . Joe Higgins, MEP?

    May 30, 2009 @ 1:37 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Campaigns matter. I always cite the example of John Major running for re-election as British Prime Minister in 1992. Almost universally written-off, he famously got out his soapbox and went on the hustings in a successful fight to stay in power.

    joe-higgins.jpg

    Well if they won’t have me in Leinster House, I’ll bloody go to Strasbourg (Photograph by Frank Miller) (more…)

  • Those Senators on the ‘Late Late Show’

    March 21, 2009 @ 12:57 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    People who couldn’t get through to RTE to complain about the Senators on the Late Late Show last night were ringing The Irish Times instead. It’s very hard to blame them. To watch the programme, click here (item is about one hour into the programme.)

    (more…)

  • If Power Starts Slipping to the Streets …

    March 6, 2009 @ 10:56 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Not for the first time, one wonders why politicians agree to appear on the Vincent Browne show on TV3. You can watch his interview this week with Labour deputy leader and finance spokeswoman Joan Burton by clicking here. (more…)

  • Minister decides beggars can no longer be choosers

    November 24, 2008 @ 7:04 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There’s nothing like a dose of reality to test your liberal  credentials. I believe in the maximum amount of freedom for everyone to do as they wish, as long as it’s compatible with public order in the broadest sense and the welfare of society in general. (more…)

  • What a mess

    October 20, 2008 @ 5:54 pm | by Harry McGee

    When you are writing a news story there is always going to be hyperbole. But when it comes to over-the-top reporting, all newspapers are equal but some newspapers are more equal to others.

    (more…)

  • Could Lisbon be Cowen’s downfall?

    September 2, 2008 @ 6:53 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The more I read of the debate on Lisbon and its aftermath, the  more it seems we are at a crossroads in Irish political life. The irresistible force has finally met the immovable object. (more…)

  • Denmark may provide the answer to Lisbon impasse

    August 31, 2008 @ 1:08 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It now looks as if the Government may adopt the Danish strategy from 1993, whereby that country voted again on a previously-rejected EU treaty, approving it the second time with a number of opt-outs.  But a second Irish referendum seems unlikely to be held  until the local and European elections are out of the way next summer. (more…)

  • Now get out of that: the Lisbon conundrum

    August 25, 2008 @ 10:46 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s not every day you see prominent Fianna Fáil people disagreeing in public. This was the spectacle provided by the Humbert Summer School in Co Mayo (the programme bilocates between Ballina and Killala).  (more…)

  • Free fees controversy a gift to the Opposition

    August 18, 2008 @ 10:41 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    In the course of  a  lengthy interview with myself about his political career, conducted back in the 1980s, the late Charles Haughey asked me to switch off my tape recorder as he was about to impart some information on an off-the-record basis.  We had been discussing his deceased colleague Donogh O’Malley, who as Minister for Education brought in free secondary schooling in the late 1960s. (more…)

  • Call to ban sale of cigarettes by 2025 makes sense

    July 19, 2008 @ 2:16 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Talking with some friends last night about the political outlook, we agreed one of Fine Gael’s problems is that it hasn’t got the same firepower at the front line as in the party’s glory days of Garret FitzGerald, Alan Dukes, John Kelly, et al. Avril Doyle was another who came to mind. A member of the Belton clan, which has had a prominent role in Irish affairs over the years, she is an able politician and formidable in debate.  (more…)

Next Page »

Search Politics