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  • Economic crisis could threaten democracy

    December 31, 2008 @ 11:10 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    No one needs reminding that as we face into the New Year there is massive economic uncertainty. Layoffs are already widespread but by the springtime we could be looking at a minor tsunami in that respect, at least that’s the implication behind some of the commentaries. (more…)

  • Living off the fat of the land

    November 28, 2008 @ 3:26 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Tomorrow is Buy Nothing Day and The Irish Times has an interesting feature by Fionola Meredith on Donegal-born Mark Boyle who is planning to live without spending one red cent for an entire year (To read the piece click here) (more…)

  • Fine Gael sets out its stall in Wexford

    November 23, 2008 @ 1:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I’m writing this in my hotel-room in Wexford at the end of the Fine Gael national conference which I have been attending in my capacity as Political Correspondent with The Irish Times. It’s not a normal annual conference or ardfheis because there are no motions or elections of party officers and in fact the whole thing is quite minutely stage-managed. (more…)

  • Last Word on the PDs

    November 12, 2008 @ 12:07 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before they are washed away by the receding tide of political history, a few points need to be made about the Progressive Democrats. Joe Higgins described them as an “utterly malign influence” on Vincent Browne’s late-night TV3 programme but that’s too dismissive – they were not all bad, or all good. (more…)

  • Last time that Fianna Fail was at 26 per cent

    October 28, 2008 @ 4:02 pm | by Harry McGee

    Ok, let’s throw in the large cartload of salt about opinion polls and accuracy. We’ll proceed on the basis that the latest gives a true and accurate picture of the voting intentions of the public as of now.

    And also note that even during Haughey’s worst periods when the party seemed to be tearing itself apart Fianna Fail never dropped so low in public opinion. (more…)

  • Yes We Can

    October 23, 2008 @ 5:28 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s a time of great upheaval and nobody at this stage can predict what the world will be like when it all settles down. The only certainty is that nothing will ever be the same again. (more…)

  • Simplistic solutions to the economic crisis

    October 4, 2008 @ 12:42 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It was one of the strangest weeks in Irish political or economic history. Taking an historical perspective on the crisis: once upon a time we built protectionist walls to preserve us from the vicissitudes of the world market. It was also intended to build up native industry. (more…)

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