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  • The Cold War

    January 7, 2010 @ 12:26 pm | by Harry McGee

    I saw scenes in Dublin last night that I have never witnessed before and am unlikely to witness for another generation. A combination of snow fall and then a hard freeze in the run-up to rush hour made the whole of the city (and most of the country) into an ice rink.  Journeys of one hour or less turned into six or seven hours as people from the suburbs got caught in mass gridlock as cars failed to negotiate even the tiniest of inclines.

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  • Sunday night 22.20

    June 7, 2009 @ 11:00 pm | by Harry McGee

    I’m sitting at a table in the middle of the vast indoor auditorium at RDS Simmonscourt, after filing the latest copy on the Dublin euro constituency. In the distance George Hook is holding court at the Newstalk braodcasting stand watched by an audience of political hangers-on and anoraks. All of the Euro candidates are here.

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  • The Elections… the results… the runes

    June 6, 2009 @ 7:00 pm | by Harry McGee

    There are tallies galore. With some of them you can read the runes. With others you would be better off reading tealeaves.

    Let us get to the nub of what’s happening. (more…)

  • Latest Poll . . . Joe Higgins, MEP?

    May 30, 2009 @ 1:37 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Campaigns matter. I always cite the example of John Major running for re-election as British Prime Minister in 1992. Almost universally written-off, he famously got out his soapbox and went on the hustings in a successful fight to stay in power.

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    Well if they won’t have me in Leinster House, I’ll bloody go to Strasbourg (Photograph by Frank Miller) (more…)

  • Fianna Fail… has the media Written Off more than it could chew

    May 27, 2009 @ 1:50 pm | by Harry McGee

    If you tune in to any post-match interview on the Sunday Game this year, you’ll find a manager or player coming out with the Socratean observation that the team came good despite the fact that the”the media wrote us off”.

    It’s classic underdog psychology, and clichéd beyond existence in the GAA (and most sports in Ireland), thanks to the sycophantic soft-core sucky-ups and lickspittles  who constitute some of the broadcast media. What really irks me is that more often than not the team that is saying it was “written off” was no such thing. We have heard that claptrap from the likes of Kerry, Tyrone, Tipp and Cork (hurlers).

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  • Recycle

    May 26, 2009 @ 4:55 pm | by Harry McGee

    Participants in Greens rolling press conference

    Political journalism is more zoo than Savannah, more Shawshank than redemption.

    Most of the stuff we write about takes place in the Dáil or Seanad. If it doesn’t, more often than not it’s a stand-up interview on the plinth (the raised platform in the front yard of Lenister House); or outside the gates of Leinster House; or it’s a press conference in a meeting room of one of the nearby hotels, Buswells or the Merrion.

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