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  • Hungry Kenny Raises the Roof

    June 28, 2010 @ 2:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Shattered must be the only way to describe the feelings of England and Dubs supporters today, after the crushing defeats they suffered at the hands of Germany and Meath respectively.


  • Will Fine Gael really turn the Oireachtas upside down?

    March 15, 2010 @ 3:33 pm | by Harry McGee

    We have given extensive coverage in this newspaper to Fine Gael’s radical policy reform policy, New Politics (see original story here).


  • Enda Lives to Fight Another Day

    February 11, 2010 @ 11:08 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Very ‘Oirish’ scene at Leinster House last night. The Fine Gael people were doing a “doorstep” with reporters outside the front gates. Two lads arrive on the scene, clearly coming from the pub (it’s about 12.30 a.m.) The  looks of puzzlement and bemusement on their faces are priceless. (more…)

  • A Full Blown crisis for Fine Gael

    February 8, 2010 @ 10:09 pm | by Harry McGee

    All day, Fine Gael TDs have publicly expressed disappointment at George Lee’s bolt out of the blue.

    What they should have been expressing is:


  • The Senate, the Seanad and the Dáil

    January 25, 2010 @ 1:06 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Sometimes things happen in politics that are almost inexplicable. For example, how could it happen that a US Senate seat which was held for so long by Edward Kennedy and, before that, his brother John, fall into the hands of the Republicans? (more…)

  • What kind of Inquiry for the banks?

    December 22, 2009 @ 12:00 pm | by Harry McGee

    The Moriarty Tribunal, so the rumour goes, is due to issue its second report soon after 12 years in existence.


  • Tommy Tiernan: It Won’t Go Away

    October 4, 2009 @ 12:03 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I see from today’s Sunday Tribune that the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland has called on comedian Tommy Tiernan to apologise for his rant about Jews and the Holocaust. There are many critics of Israeli policies towards Gaza and the West Bank but they should not allow those matters to detract from the point at issue here.


    Are we really supposed to think this is funny? Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto 1942 (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)


  • Walking the plank, Greens preening on the banks, Cycling from the ranks.

    September 14, 2009 @ 12:00 pm | by Harry McGee

    John O’Donoghue

    John O’Donoghue’s statement is just out and I’ve read it and it’s long enough on volume but short enough on substance. Essentially, he refuses to engage on the subject of his travel expenses other than a half-apology at the end for some of those that ‘seemed’ high. There has been a strange silence from opposition parties about this, save for Aengus O Snodaigh and Paschal Donohoe.


  • The Outlook is Blue

    September 10, 2009 @ 10:07 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Nothing is certain except death and taxes but the polls do suggest that a Fine Gael-led government is a strong possibility if, as many currently expect, a general election is held in the next six or nine months. 


    Enda Kenny – not everyone’s cup of tea? (Photograph by David Sleator)


  • Where is the silver lining? And a bit on NAMA…

    September 3, 2009 @ 4:34 pm | by Harry McGee

    There is none. Silver lining that is. See the bit on NAMA at the end.

    We have the result of the next election already and it is this: change of government. The only question is: when. Some of my colleagues believe as early as the New Year. I say the end of 2010, at the earliest.


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