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  • The Other side of the Water

    January 6, 2010 @ 1:43 pm | by Harry McGee

    Here’s a trick for a journalist like me who’s stuck for an intro. You can always find a simple and obvious comparison. For example, if you’re talking about Irish politics the easiest thing to do is have a look across the water and say, God, what’s happening over there is happening here too, or is just about to happen (expenses scandals; three wins on the trot for Bertie’s bestest friend in the world Tonee Blair).

    And to make it look like your really clever, you can use that most-frayed of quotes from Don Scottus: All comparisons are odious. To excuse the odious comparison that you have made.


  • Prince of Darkness returns to spin for Dour Scot

    October 6, 2008 @ 10:30 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So the Prince of Darkness is back. I’m not sure if the word “stroke” has the same resonance in British politics as it does here in Ireland but Gordon Brown pulled the stroke of the year in restoring his old political enemy Peter Mandelson to the British Cabinet. (more…)

  • What Brian Cowen was reading in the Connemara rain

    August 20, 2008 @ 12:41 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    A Summer reading list of 38 books was circulated to all 195 Tory MPs in Britain as they set off on their holidays (see below). Meanwhile we are told that Brian Cowen’s holiday reading in Connemara* in the rain was the autobiography of John Hume, entitled The New Ireland and a collection of essays by the poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, who died last January. (more…)

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