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  • Shatter Stirs Things Up On Neutrality

    February 5, 2012 @ 10:58 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún
    There has been a good deal of controversy over remarks by Justice, Equality and Defence Minister Alan Shatter on Irish neutrality and Jewish refugees in the second World War and on the treatment of Irish soldiers who deserted to join the British Army at that time. Here is the advance draft text of the speech issued on the night.
  • A Christian among the Lions: Cannon Under Heavy Fire

    January 31, 2012 @ 9:54 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Hardly know Ciarán Cannon. He is a junior minister – I looked it up: “Training and Skills”. He was briefly leader of the Progressive Democrats (remember them?) before they wound up and now he’s in Fine Gael.


  • Would it be Dumb to Hold a Referendum?

    January 21, 2012 @ 5:56 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Enda Kenny faces a major decision in the near future. Should he put the forthcoming European fiscal treaty to popular vote in a referendum or not? Here are some of my own thoughts on the matter, from today’s newspaper. Tell me what you think:- (more…)

  • Don’t throw the democratic baby out with the economic bathwater

    January 15, 2012 @ 11:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The economic crisis we are going through is like nothing else since the 1930s. Heaven forbid, but it may turn out to be even worse. What is the average citizen to do? Our political leaders can often seem helpless in the face of these unpredictable and alarming events. Here are some thoughts, in a piece for the print edition of this newspaper, on the political implications of our current difficulties:-


  • New perspective on Long Kesh hunger-strike

    December 30, 2011 @ 10:42 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     Once more into the blog, dear friends, and a Happy New Year to all our customers. Your comments on the following would be welcome. It’s an analysis piece for today’s Irish Times attempting to put the events of 1981 in perspective. Today, the State Papers from that year are released to public view under the 30-year rule. Now read on:


  • Man Overboard but the Ship Sails on Regardless

    December 6, 2011 @ 5:29 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    An otherwise quiet day has been enlivened by a squawk of dissent from the Labour benches. Newly-elected TD Patrick Nulty has announced his intention to vote against the Budget.


  • Fateful Day: The Treaty 90 Years On

    @ 3:18 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Check this out. It is a photograph of the signatories’ page of the Anglo-Irish Treaty which was agreed this day, 90 years ago, on December 6th, 1921. You will find it on the National Archives of Ireland website.


  • Hear Ye! Hear Ye! The Taoiseach Speaketh!

    December 4, 2011 @ 10:35 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Well, there you have it. No great surprises in that, were there? It was billed as a National Address but really it was in many ways a Party Political Broadcast on behalf of the coalition partners. Quite rightly, the Opposition are getting a chance to reply.


  • Politicians and the Tragedy of Suicide

    December 2, 2011 @ 1:57 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I note that a leading columnist in Another Daily Newspaper has been suggesting we should re-introduce the old taboo against suicide. He argues we should be less tolerant and sympathetic towards those who would take their own lives.


  • Politics and Theatre on the Election Trail

    December 1, 2011 @ 7:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    If you read the memoirs of Austin Currie, former civil rights leader in the North who later became a Fine Gael TD and junior minister, you will find an amusing reference to the present writer.


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