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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.


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

  • Lenihan Sets Out His Budget Stall

    April 7, 2009 @ 3:40 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    He could have been Madonna in that Evita movie. Screw the middle-classes/I will never accept them. Yes, folks, as expected the in-betweens – too well-off for many State benefits, not sufficiently monied to employ whiz-kid accountants – will bear the brunt of Budget measures. So what else is new?lenihan-in-dail.jpg

    Brian Lenihan delivers his Budget speech


  • Year of the Grey Rebellion

    October 16, 2008 @ 11:12 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The words of The Who’s My Generation, “Hope I die before I get old”, come to mind when considering the fiasco over medical cards for the over-70s. Quite a few who are now edging towards that age-group would have thoughtlessly rocked and bopped to Pete Townshend’s stark lyrics back in the mid-1960s (he’s still alive at a sprightly 63). (more…)

  • Budget evokes shadow of Ernest Blythe

    October 15, 2008 @ 12:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Ernest Blythe was a minister after the foundation of the Irish Free State in early 1920s who incurred undying criticism when he cut the old age pension from ten shillings (50 pence/$0.68) down to nine shillings (45 pence/$0.61)) per week. He was a bitter opponent of the anti-Treaty side in the Civil War and their political descendants in Fianna Fáil. As such, and although he had many sides to his personality, he is not someone with whose name the main party in the current government would wish to be associated. (more…)

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