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  • Everything changes except politics

    April 25, 2012 @ 4:48 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Watching the film, Stella Days, one had to reflect that everything has changed in Ireland except politics. The movie, which is well worth seeing, stars Martin Sheen as a priest in a small country town in the 1950s who decides to open a cinema to raise funds for the  building of a new church.


  • Dissolution and Rebranding the Only Answer for Fianna Fail?

    March 27, 2012 @ 12:25 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s interesting to be in the People’s Republic of China when there is so much happening at home. Your humble scribe is here to cover the official visit of Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the purpose of promoting trade and investment.


  • Bad Breakfast Reading for Fianna Fail and Labour

    February 26, 2012 @ 11:55 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    First, the health warning: one swallow doesn’t make a summer and it would be wrong to over-interpret a single opinion poll. Nevertheless the figures in today’s Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes survey will make alarming reading for Fianna Fail and Labour.


  • Bonfire of the Presidential Inanities

    October 3, 2011 @ 12:16 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    That was the week that was! The last days before close of nominations were a mad scramble for Norris and Dana. Your humble blogging scribe was present at South Dublin County Council in Tallaght when Fine Gael and some Labour people voted down the Norris bid. (more…)

  • Showbiz politics in presidential race

    September 22, 2011 @ 7:01 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The news that RTE’s presidential debate will be broadcast on the Late Late Show says it all – this is a showbiz election. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and it is even, in a way, heartening to think that a political race could have the same crowd-pulling power as The X Factor. (more…)

  • Courtesy, Civility and Courage: Brian Lenihan’s hallmarks

    June 14, 2011 @ 4:26 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Sadly, I was unable to attend the funeral of Brian Lenihan since I was in Cork,  covering the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.  However, I would not like to let the opportunity pass wihout paying tribute to his courtesy, civility, eloquence and intelligence.


  • Labour achieving Dev’s vision?

    April 11, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Labour was the cutting edge of the new Coalition in the last 24 hours. We had Pat Rabbitte, Joan Burton, Ruairi Quinn and Brendan Howlin all emphasising the need for stringency and there was a particular emphasis on the importance of real change under the terms of the Croke Park public sector pay and reform agreement.


  • FG, Sinn Féin and the Green Arrow

    February 11, 2011 @ 12:33 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Fine Gael and Sinn Fein are the parties which appear to be doing best in the election campaign. FG  are advancing steadily but apparently inexorably in the polls. SF are holding up too. A lot of people will be alarmed by these two phenomena but it’s a time unlike any other that we have known.


  • Micheál Upsets the Apple-Tart (stet)

    February 7, 2011 @ 7:47 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Not really sure about this Fianna Fail proposal that ministers should cease to be serving members of the Dail. They would be substituted from a list of alternates in the same way as Members of the European Parliament when they retire, etc.


  • High Drama in Cowenland

    January 28, 2011 @ 6:22 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So the race will be on at last when Brian Cowen fires the starter’s pistol on Tuesday afternoon in Dail Eireann. There has rarely been such a long lead-in to any poll. There seems to have been an endless overture before the grand opera finally began. (more…)

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