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  • Misery continued…

    February 25, 2009 @ 1:16 pm | by Harry McGee

    Watch the video to find out why the theme of misery has coursed through this blog this week. (more…)

  • Who are the Anglo Irish Ten?

    February 17, 2009 @ 6:35 pm | by Harry McGee

    The unfolding drama of Anglo Irish Bank has dominated political debate in the Dáil today, with both main oppostion leaders, Enda Kenny and Eamon Gilmore, quizzing Cowen about it. (more…)

  • A snapshot in time?

    February 14, 2009 @ 2:27 pm | by Harry McGee

    If by chance monsoon rains had fallen on Friday and the carpark of Leinster House was under several metres of water, it would not have deterred Eamon Gilmore. He would have waded through it  (or maybe walked on it!) without breaking a stride in order to get to the scrum of reporters waiting on the plinth (a raised platform outside the front of Leinster House where most media interviews take place) (more…)

  • Tales of a Fortune-Teller

    February 13, 2009 @ 1:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I dreamt about a visit to the fortune-teller last night. It wasn’t my love-life she was interested in, or indeed any other aspect of my personal situation. No, this was a political seer, looking to the future of the country. (more…)

  • Can Parliamentary Democracy Rescue Private Enterprise?

    February 9, 2009 @ 11:32 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Got an intriguing email from Padraig Yeates, formerly a colleague of mine on The Irish Times, now a press spokesman for the Siptu trade union. The heading was, “The Only Economist Who Got It Right”. Who could it be, I wondered? Morgan Kelly? Michael Casey? Paul Sweeney? (more…)

  • When Kenny met Carey

    February 1, 2009 @ 12:59 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before it fades from memory, the interview Pat Kenny did with Government Chief Whip Pat Carey on RTE Radio last Tuesday is worth a listen. Eamon Gilmore is on for about 12 minutes at the start but when Carey comes on, things start to get hot. Click here.

  • New realities

    October 30, 2008 @ 1:49 pm | by Harry McGee

    It’s 12.27pm. The debate on the Labour Party motion calling for a reverse in the cut-backs on educaton is coming to an end. The vote will be called in about three or four minutes, before I finish writing this entry.


  • What a mess

    October 20, 2008 @ 5:54 pm | by Harry McGee

    When you are writing a news story there is always going to be hyperbole. But when it comes to over-the-top reporting, all newspapers are equal but some newspapers are more equal to others.


  • Cowen oration better value than Palin-Biden debate

    October 3, 2008 @ 12:34 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    RTE very kindly repeated the vice-presidential debate at 8.30 this morning for the benefit of Irish political nerds who still like to get a  night’s sleep. A friend of  mine in the US texted me earlier, just when the debate was over. That was about 3.30 a.m. Irish time. “What do  you think? Who won?” my friend asked. (more…)

  • Crisis, what crisis?

    September 30, 2008 @ 7:40 pm | by Harry McGee

    One of my favourite documentaries of all time is Errol Morris’s masterful portrait of Robert McNamara, JFK and Lyndon Johnson’s defence secretary during the Vietnam War. The film is essentially McNamara speaking – with extraordinary clarity intelligence and insight – about the 11 lessons he has learned in life.


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