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  • ‘Principled compromise’ could be way forward for Israel

    July 11, 2012 @ 10:49 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The following article was published in The Irish Times last Monday, 9 July 2012, under the headline: 'Principled compromise' could be way forward for Israel.
    Since there has been some difficulty accessing it online, I am reproducing it as a blog. 

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  • Sudden and Tragic Loss of a Fine Colleague

    June 25, 2012 @ 9:11 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The late Eugene Moloney was not a politician but he covered politics at its rawest and most edgy in Northern Ireland. Most of my memories of him derive from that period in his career.

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  • All over bar the shouting

    June 1, 2012 @ 3:18 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It turned out to be an even damper squib than some people were forecasting. The latest tally is putting the Yes vote at 60.5% which is in line with the opinion polls.

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  • Proud to be a Nation of Serial Referendum-Holders

    May 29, 2012 @ 6:05 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Personally, I am quite proud of the way we hold referendums on just about everything in this State. It underlines the sovereignty of the people in a very significant way.

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  • Sun Shines on the “Shinners” in Killarney

    May 26, 2012 @ 3:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Greetings from sundrenched Killarney. It is a wonderful place especially in this weather but, ochone, ochone, your humble scribe is stuck indoors at a windowless conference centre.

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  • Welcome to the Age of Uncertainty

    May 17, 2012 @ 5:33 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    They say you can’t compare opinion polls from different companies but I’m never exactly sure why and people will do so anyway. Thus it is comforting for the Yes side that today’s Millward Brown Lansdowne figures in the Irish Independent show  37% saying they will vote for the Fiscal Treaty as compared to 24% who are opposed.

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  • Cling to Nurse for Fear of Something Worse?

    May 16, 2012 @ 9:51 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Anecdotal evidence was suggesting the Fiscal Treaty referendum was going in a negative direction so it was a little suprising to see the RedC poll in the Sunday Business Post indicating a very comfortable margin for Yes.

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  • Ó Cuív takes a vow of silence

    May 8, 2012 @ 7:35 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Does anyone remember one of Bertie Ahern’s better malapropisms, when he described some unsuccessful venture as a “damp squid”. One could not help being reminded of it this afternoon, listening to Éamon Ó Cuív expounding the reasons he is staying in Fianna Fail.

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  • Everything changes except politics

    April 25, 2012 @ 4:48 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Watching the film, Stella Days, one had to reflect that everything has changed in Ireland except politics. The movie, which is well worth seeing, stars Martin Sheen as a priest in a small country town in the 1950s who decides to open a cinema to raise funds for the  building of a new church.

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  • Going Dutch

    April 23, 2012 @ 7:22 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Bless me Blogosphere, for I have sinned. It is far too long since my last post here. I beg your indulgence on the grounds of having moved house in recent weeks, as well as carrying out assignments in China, covering the Taoiseach’s trip there, and in one or two other places.

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