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  • Cullen – more stumbling through valleys than scaling high mountains?

    March 9, 2010 @ 12:10 pm | by Harry McGee

    Martin Cullen quoted Woodrow Wilson when announcing his resignation last nigh (Richard Nixon also liked the phrase and possibly made it more famous): “Only if you have been in the deepest valley, can you ever know how magnificent it is to be on the highest mountain.”

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  • The Cold War

    January 7, 2010 @ 12:26 pm | by Harry McGee

    I saw scenes in Dublin last night that I have never witnessed before and am unlikely to witness for another generation. A combination of snow fall and then a hard freeze in the run-up to rush hour made the whole of the city (and most of the country) into an ice rink.  Journeys of one hour or less turned into six or seven hours as people from the suburbs got caught in mass gridlock as cars failed to negotiate even the tiniest of inclines.

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  • 2010 – Predictions for a political year

    January 4, 2010 @ 1:11 pm | by Harry McGee

    The narrative of Joe Lee’s amazing social history of Ireland brought us from 1912 to 1985. The last chapter, Perspectives, lambasted the policy, moral and economic failures that had beset us. Lee compared Ireland unfavourably to Denmark, a country with a similar population, that had prospered during the decades that Ireland had stagnated.

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  • Brian Lenihan

    December 30, 2009 @ 1:38 pm | by Harry McGee

    Brian’s Lenihan’s diagnosis of cancer – and the the manner in which his terrible news was broken – is going to dominate public discourse well into the New Year. He is going to release a statement about his condition early in the New Year. There will also be a continuing debate about TV3′s decision to run with the story on St Stephen’s Day.

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  • A Christmas Snarl

    December 23, 2009 @ 2:17 pm | by Harry McGee

    In the spirit of the season, Vincent Browne delves into his sack and delivers a present to all political correspondents.

    Oh, wow, it’s a splatter bomb, lobbed right into the middle of the pol corrs room.

    You can read Vincent Brownes ‘s column here.

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  • If it worked for Bertie…

    November 12, 2009 @ 5:21 pm | by Harry McGee
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    Fianna Fail have recently started doing these video diaries, showcasing the musings of Brian Cowen on the economy, Europe…. and Ireland’s chances against France in Croke Park on Saturday night. (more…)

  • Unions losing traction?

    November 9, 2009 @ 12:02 pm | by Harry McGee

    Was it just me or have comments from the various unions and ICTU over the past 24 hours suggest that they are now prepared to seek a deal rather than return to the streets, because they are worried that their mass protests will be shorn of the mass bit? (more…)

  • Audacity of opposition versus timidity of Government

    November 4, 2009 @ 10:42 am | by Harry McGee

    Arianna Huffington in her eponymous blog  poses a great question in her headline on Obama’s first year in office (see the blog posting here).

    “Obama One Year  Later,” it reads. “The Audacity of Winning vs. The Timidity of Governing”.

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  • The Irish Times poll

    May 14, 2009 @ 10:56 pm | by Harry McGee

    The figures are dismal for Fianna Fáil. There is no gloss on it. The two byelections will be lost. They will lose at least one MEP in the European elections. They will realise that the nadir of the local elections in 2004 was not really a nadir. THIS is a nadir.

    For a year we have looked at this administration as it has floated further and further out from shore and said; they are possibly waving. Really we should have been saying they are probably drowning. (more…)

  • The Moment of Truth…

    April 22, 2009 @ 10:19 am | by Harry McGee

    … well for 19 FF junior ministers, that is.

    The Cabinet meeting is on as I write.

    If Cowen is conservative he will drop five.

    He can’t drop both female juniors. (more…)

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