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  • If you’re explaining, you’re losing: the presidential campaign of 2011

    October 29, 2011 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     

    What are your stand-out memories of the presidential election? (more…)

  • State of Play in Race for the Áras

    October 5, 2011 @ 1:31 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The presidential campaign is proving to be a great distraction from the cutbacks and other tough measures in preparation as part of the forthcoming Budget. The Government must be delighted.

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  • Bonfire of the Presidential Inanities

    October 3, 2011 @ 12:16 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    That was the week that was! The last days before close of nominations were a mad scramble for Norris and Dana. Your humble blogging scribe was present at South Dublin County Council in Tallaght when Fine Gael and some Labour people voted down the Norris bid. (more…)

  • Showbiz politics in presidential race

    September 22, 2011 @ 7:01 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The news that RTE’s presidential debate will be broadcast on the Late Late Show says it all – this is a showbiz election. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and it is even, in a way, heartening to think that a political race could have the same crowd-pulling power as The X Factor. (more…)

  • Great craic on the presidential hustings

    September 20, 2011 @ 8:03 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Let’s hope this talk about reducing the presidential term to five years in the proposed Constitutional Convention is for real. The last presidential election was 14 years ago but the current one is very interesting or, if we broadsheet journos weren’t expected to be so snooty, I would say, “great craic”. (more…)

  • Land of Grattan, O’Connell and Tongue-Tied TDs

    May 30, 2011 @ 6:37 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    This article appeared in the Opinion pages of the print edition of last Saturday’s Irish Times

    MANY OF us have had the experience of those sporting occasions where a few players are tossing a ball around at a practice session when somebody’s cousin arrives from out of town and turns in a stellar performance that leaves everyone gasping with admiration.

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  • Have They All Had Charismadectomies?

    June 30, 2009 @ 5:30 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The summer won’t be as quiet politically as previous years. We are awaiting important reports from ‘An Bord Snip Nua’ and the Commission on Taxation and, of course, the Greens will be wrestling very publicly with their consciences.

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    The great are only great because we are on our knees: Big Jim Larkin statue in O’Connell Street, Dublin (Photograph by Frank Miller)

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  • 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.)

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