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  • Currency Woes and the Dance of the Seven Veils

    November 30, 2011 @ 6:58 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There is a very strange atmosphere in political circles arising from the uncertainty about the future of the Euro. There has never been anything quite like it in recent decades.


  • Questions Raised About DSK Saga

    November 29, 2011 @ 9:45 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Journalism is getting a bit of a kicking these days with the Leveson inquiry in the UK and the furore over the RTE “Mission to Prey” programme. In that context, it is good to come across an example of sustained research and “digging” in the case of Dominique Strauss-Kahn.


  • ‘May you live in interesting times’ (Chinese curse)

    November 28, 2011 @ 9:40 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The level of pre-Budget speculation is greater than ever and this can be attributed to two things. Firstly, kites are being flown about the dreadful things ministers might have to do, if they are pushed too far. A speech to your parliamentary party is a good vehicle in this regard, because it is bound to be leaked afterwards to the media. (more…)

  • We Need To Talk About Newspapers

    November 27, 2011 @ 12:15 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I have written this online. You are reading this online. No paper is involved. No trees died in this process of communication. Nor has any money changed hands. So where are we going?


  • National Budget Kite-Flying Festival 2011

    November 22, 2011 @ 1:09 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There are so many kites flying on the Budget that we could have a national festival. The child benefit issue has really taken off since it surfaced in the  Sunday papers. Meanwhile, Labour’s Willie Penrose had already quit his “super-junior” job over the closure of an Army barracks in Mullingar.


  • President Michael D: A Day is a Long Time in Politics

    November 10, 2011 @ 11:13 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    RTE’s “Naked Presidential Election” was a lively piece of work – and great free publicity for what the late Bernard Levin* would have called “The Irish Another Newspaper”!


  • Keeping an Eye on the Holy See – from a Distance of 2,000km

    November 9, 2011 @ 10:59 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Not being the most religious person in the world and not the greatest admirer of the record of the Catholic Church either, especially in relation to child abuse, I still contend that the closure of the Irish embassy to the Vatican will prove to be an unwise decision. I had a column on this subject in last Saturday’s paper.


  • 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.


  • 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…)

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