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  • Predicting our future while forgetting our past

    November 3, 2009 @ 11:54 am | by Harry McGee

    David McWilliams

    I remember distinctly the moment when the potential of the internet for journalists became clear. I was standing in the newsroom in RTE circa 1996 as a colleague scoped a newly-acquired internet-enabled computer.

    He checked out the search engine du jour of the time (altavista) and turned round to me with an excited look on his face.

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  • And then there were…

    February 19, 2009 @ 8:49 pm | by Harry McGee

    …Ten.

     I think anybody who follows politics and finance closely could probably guess the identities of at least half of the ten bankers involved (I hasten to add that I have no inside knowledge as to their identities).

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  • 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…)

  • On the rebound

    February 6, 2009 @ 4:48 pm | by Harry McGee

    Brian Cowen has had a good few terrible weeks in the 35 weeks since he became leader (about 32 I’d say). But this has been a great week for him. Twice he has dispensed with the scripts he hates and spoken from notes and from the heart. And it has worked. (more…)

  • Eaten bread…

    February 4, 2009 @ 11:45 am | by Harry McGee

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the novels of John Updike, who died last week, though the writing itself was always remarkable. The stories themselves, the characters, never really gripped me. I interviewed him about 15 years ago and asked him a lot of stupid and forgettable questions. (more…)

  • State of the Nation, Gargantuan and Jargontuan.

    January 28, 2009 @ 12:48 pm | by Harry McGee

    Last August I wrote a story that Brian Cowen was planning to deliver a state of the nation address sometime in September (see the original story here) . It was sourced impeccably, from a minister who should know these things. (more…)

  • Is Cowen really straight out of Nob Nation?

    January 24, 2009 @ 1:06 pm | by Harry McGee

    Mark Hennessy’s assessment on Cowen this morning is great stuff (here’s the link but don’t dare click it till you reach the end!)

    It raises a number of pertinent and searching questions about  Cowen’s style of leadership that have been touched on here and elsewhere. In the broadest sense they are: (more…)

  • The Silver Revolution

    October 17, 2008 @ 11:37 am | by Harry McGee

    RTE broadcast a documentary in the past few weeks about Ireland’s student ‘revolutionaries’ of the late 1960s. Once they finished university, three of the four (Ruairi Quinn, Una Claffey and Kevin Myers)  began a journey that is all too familiar in the west… from left wing to centre (and to the right in once case) and from outsiders to pillars of the establishment. Anyone who flicked through at the CVs of the New Labour frontbench during Tony Blair’s first two terms would have discovered a rag bag of communists, hard-left student politics leaders, Marxists and Trotskyite (Jack Straw, John Reid, David Blunkett etc) who had back-flipped totally.

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  • Should we be worried? Does anybody really know?

    October 1, 2008 @ 11:32 pm | by Harry McGee

    The Government has now added non-Irish banks into the scheme, though it seems the rider about a “case-by-case” basis may just confine it to Ulster Bank, and possibly to NIB.

    The excluded banks lobbied ferociously today and from mid afternoon it was clear that Ulster Bank was confident that it would be included. (more…)

  • Bogus politics and bogey politics

    September 3, 2008 @ 1:27 pm | by Harry McGee

    I noticed that both Joan Burton and Richard Bruton used golfing metaphors when lambasting Brian Cowen last night for his performance on the economy. Joan has a penchant for far-flung metaphors which she applies more thickly and copiously to her copy than  fake tan at a debs’ ball  (you get the drift). Anyways, poor old Cowen was more Darren Clarke than Padraig Harrington. Our golfing Taoiseach was below par everywhere else but on the golf course.

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