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  • Have they gone ‘star’ staring bonkers?

    March 8, 2012 @ 11:53 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The silly season normally waits until the dog-days of August but it has come early this year. Incredibly, the main government party was planning a self-congratulatory event today in Merrion Square Park, close to Leinster House, to mark 12 months in government.

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  • A Christian among the Lions: Cannon Under Heavy Fire

    January 31, 2012 @ 9:54 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Hardly know Ciarán Cannon. He is a junior minister – I looked it up: “Training and Skills”. He was briefly leader of the Progressive Democrats (remember them?) before they wound up and now he’s in Fine Gael.

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  • Politics and Theatre on the Election Trail

    December 1, 2011 @ 7:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    If you read the memoirs of Austin Currie, former civil rights leader in the North who later became a Fine Gael TD and junior minister, you will find an amusing reference to the present writer.

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  • National Budget Kite-Flying Festival 2011

    November 22, 2011 @ 1:09 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There are so many kites flying on the Budget that we could have a national festival. The child benefit issue has really taken off since it surfaced in the  Sunday papers. Meanwhile, Labour’s Willie Penrose had already quit his “super-junior” job over the closure of an Army barracks in Mullingar.

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  • 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…)

  • Coalition Honeymoon Well and Truly Over

    June 18, 2011 @ 8:07 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It may be the longest political honeymoon in recent decades but, after 100 days, it is well and truly over. From now until the next Budget in December, the Fine Gael-Labour coalition will be coming under increasingly severe scrutiny from media and public alike. As suggested in this piece on the mood in the Labour Party, which I wrote for the print edition of the paper recently, one of the Government’s problems may be that its majority is too big.  

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  • Legion of the Rearguard

    February 26, 2011 @ 4:40 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So that’s it then. All the prophecies of doom about Fianna Fail are coming true. Who would have thought it, five, four, even two years ago?

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  • Wise Analysis of Our Woes

    February 23, 2011 @ 6:14 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Plenty of common sense in a piece today by the distinguished commentator Martin Wolf . He sets out clearly and concisely the background to our economic woes and the high price ordinary people are paying for sins they did not commit. (more…)

  • 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.

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