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  • Death Penalty for Mass Killer

    November 11, 2009 @ 11:08 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Listening to the details of the execution by lethal injection of John Allen Muhammad, the Washington Sniper, was pretty horrific. Thank goodness we have gotten rid of the death penalty here and that it is part of the conditions of membership of the European Union: definitely a plus, whatever way you voted on Lisbon.

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    Van removes the body after execution

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  • Never underestimate the voter etc

    September 2, 2009 @ 5:02 pm | by Harry McGee

    As a quick follow-on to this morning, there are a number of strands to the Fianna Fail campaign other than the nuclear option of: vote Yes or else we’re all goners. Brian Cowen’s delivery of the speech won’t have Barack Obama quaking in his boots but the content was interesting… and substantial (devoid of a lot of the cliched guff to which he can be prone). You can read it for yourself HERE . 

    So here are my own observations, without having had the luxury of proper contemplation.

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  • Easter Reflections

    April 10, 2009 @ 9:49 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s Easter and we’re all too worn-out physically, emotionally and above all politically to enjoy the break properly. What a hectic time! But before we start the annual guilty nibbling at those calorie-rich chocolate eggs, let’s take stock of where we are.

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    Good Friday 1998: John Hume gives thanks for the peace agreement, with Eddie McGrady (left) and Sean Farren (Photograph by Alan Betson) (more…)

  • Prague Problem for Lisbon Treaty

    March 25, 2009 @ 10:37 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    With all the economic problems that exist, the last thing Brussels wanted was another question-mark over the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The imminent collapse of the Czech Government has created further uncertainty. (more…)

  • A Terrible Beauty Is Gestating

    March 24, 2009 @ 10:45 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    We are about to see a major event in our political and industrial history. Or then again, maybe not. The one-day national strike could still of course be called off, but if it goes ahead it will amount to the political equivalent of climate change. (more…)

  • Once more into the breach on the Lisbon Treaty

    November 17, 2008 @ 12:05 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Mamma mia, here we go again, another Lisbon referendum, if the heavy hints being dropped by Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin are anything to go by. He said on RTE last night a decision on the issue would be made in advance of the next EU summit in Brussels on 11 and 12 December. (more…)


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