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  • Coalition Honeymoon Well and Truly Over

    June 18, 2011 @ 8:07 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It may be the longest political honeymoon in recent decades but, after 100 days, it is well and truly over. From now until the next Budget in December, the Fine Gael-Labour coalition will be coming under increasingly severe scrutiny from media and public alike. As suggested in this piece on the mood in the Labour Party, which I wrote for the print edition of the paper recently, one of the Government’s problems may be that its majority is too big.  

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  • Butcher, Baker, Cabinet-Maker

    March 13, 2011 @ 10:16 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s an unlikely prospect, but if any TDs in the Government parties feel they were excluded from Cabinet because of either being too young or a female, a legal case could theoretically be taken against the Taoiseach and Tánaiste.

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  • Fantasy Cabinet

    March 3, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    As usual, to pass the time prior to the formation of a new government, we indulge in a little bit of  fantasy cabinet-making. It’s particularly difficult on this occasion and I’m not happy with  scarcity of non-Dublin TDs on the list, for example, but here goes. Not to be taken too seriously: let’s be having your list in return.

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  • FG is the new FF

    February 14, 2011 @ 9:11 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One of the first things to remembers about politics is that logic is a very poor guide. We may be in a phase in our evolution as a State when that maxim is about to be proven yet again. (more…)

  • Hungry Kenny Raises the Roof

    June 28, 2010 @ 2:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Shattered must be the only way to describe the feelings of England and Dubs supporters today, after the crushing defeats they suffered at the hands of Germany and Meath respectively.

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  • Power Beckons for Labour

    April 19, 2010 @ 11:27 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     Eamon Gilmore  . . .  on the way to Government?
    Eamon Gilmore . . .  walking into Government?

    The big talking point after Eamon Gilmore’s main speech to the Labour conference in Galway was the party’s demand for a place in the televised debate between party leaders in the next general election.

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  • Bull O’Donoghue Loses Out to Matador Gilmore

    October 14, 2009 @ 10:57 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So the Bull is gone as Ceann Comhairle following a lethal intervention by the Labour Party leader. Does anyone think he got a raw deal or was the bum’s rush the appropriate manner for him to exit? 

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     Matador Eamon finished off the Bull (Photograph by Cyril Byrne)  (more…)

  • Bull in a China-Shop

    October 9, 2009 @ 5:47 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The political demise of John O’Donoghue as Ceann Comhairle was like a Greek tragedy in its inevitability. He and his people were certainly victims of their own hubris. The public relations aspect was not well-handled, it has to be said.

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    The exit from the stage is that way (Photograph by Cyril Byrne)

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  • Getting a Handle on the Crisis at MacGill

    July 24, 2009 @ 11:37 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It would be wrong to finish up a week at the MacGill Summer School in Glenties, Co Donegal without contributing to this blog. One has not yet mastered the art of the brief, almost Twitter-like “soundbite” which other bloggers use from time to time. Our posts on this Blog are more like mini-essays and  hopefully therefore more profound.

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  • A Snip in Time?

    July 17, 2009 @ 9:36 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Dáil may be gone for the Summer but politics refuses to lie down. First we had the Greens with their late-night abstention on the final vote for the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill and then we had Colm McCarthy’s Bord Snip Report.

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    That Report  (Photograph by Alan Betson) (more…)

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