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  • Stark Honesty (for once) in Leinster House

    August 22, 2009 @ 1:58 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Maybe it’s the Dog Days of August but there is an air of considerable fatalism in Leinster House these days. Talking to seasoned politicians this week, two strong messages came forward, both of them surprising to a greater or lesser extent.

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     Gloom and doom at Leinster House (Photograph by Alan Betson)

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  • FG Gives ‘FF’ the Boot

    June 11, 2009 @ 8:32 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    My former colleague in the political press corps, Mark O’Connell used to like quoting “a Leinster House wag” in the course of his reports for a Sunday newspaper.  The wag could be a different person every week and, if one made a remark that O’Connell considered particularly witty, he would bestow the title upon you for the next edition – not by name of course, but you knew it was you when you read it.

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    Matt Kavanagh’s moving photograph from Wednesday’s protest march

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  • The second storm…

    June 9, 2009 @ 10:31 am | by Harry McGee

    Fine Gael’s tactics in tabling a vote of no confidence was to give the Government parties no respite, no breathing space, no time for contemplation and cogitation.

    So once the Dáil kicks off today, it’s going to be all-action end-to-end stuff… well as close as it gets to that for anoraks. (more…)

  • 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…)

  • Fine Gael pulls a stroke to zilch FF’s Ryan

    June 1, 2009 @ 12:02 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Political Cute Hoor of the Week Award (even though it’s still only Monday) goes to Frank Flannery for his statement that Fine Gael would be willing to work with Sinn Féin to put Fianna Fáil out of office.

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    Enda and Frank: what are they cooking up? (Photograph by Eric Luke)

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  • 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…)

  • Soldiers of Destiny Fight Rearguard Action

    May 29, 2009 @ 2:51 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Tomorrow will tell a tale when we get the opinion poll rankings for the European candidates in  The Irish Times. But Fianna Fáil must have been downhearted by their showing in today’s overall party standings (click here).

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    Don’t do it Enda: your ship is coming in (Photograph by Frank Miller) (more…)

  • The Irish Times poll

    May 14, 2009 @ 10:56 pm | by Harry McGee

    The figures are dismal for Fianna Fáil. There is no gloss on it. The two byelections will be lost. They will lose at least one MEP in the European elections. They will realise that the nadir of the local elections in 2004 was not really a nadir. THIS is a nadir.

    For a year we have looked at this administration as it has floated further and further out from shore and said; they are possibly waving. Really we should have been saying they are probably drowning. (more…)

  • Time to Get Out the Soap-Box, Brian

    May 13, 2009 @ 10:49 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Someone in the newsroom was doing a sample page for the election campaign. There was no content, just slabs of type. Instead of a headline he had written, “Yada yada yada yada yada.” I looked at it and said to myself: “How true those words are.”

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    Come on, try my little box of goody-num-nums (Photograph: Bryan O’Brien)

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