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  • A Snip in Time?

    July 17, 2009 @ 9:36 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Dáil may be gone for the Summer but politics refuses to lie down. First we had the Greens with their late-night abstention on the final vote for the Criminal Justice (Amendment) Bill and then we had Colm McCarthy’s Bord Snip Report.


    That Report  (Photograph by Alan Betson) (more…)

  • Wars and Rumours of Wars

    July 16, 2009 @ 10:38 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Your Humble Scribe was asked to chair a debate on Afghanistan last night at a Dublin hotel. Unfortunately, due to pressure of work (reporting on the Greens’ row with Dermot Ahern), most of the speeches were over by the time he got to the meeting.


     There’s more of this in store if the Taliban win (Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons) 


  • Could Our Political Parties Organise a Booze-Up in a Brewery?

    June 15, 2009 @ 1:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Here’s a little saga that may or may not speak volumes about the political set-up in this country. The story begins with a news report by yours truly last week on a report from the Standards in Public Office Commission about the funding of political parties. flag-1.jpg


  • Lest We Forget

    June 9, 2009 @ 9:29 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before they disappear under the receding wave of time, here are some impressions of the recent elections. In the course of the campaign, some people complained they were boring but the present writer didn’t find that to be the case.


    In happier times . . . or maybe not: Gerry Adams (left) and Christy Burke
    (Photograph by Matt Kavanagh)


  • Long Night of the Soul for the Greens

    June 7, 2009 @ 10:55 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Not easy to find time for th’oul blog when you’re busy covering a rapidly-changing story for the paper. I’m currently languishing between the first and second count results for Ireland East, so it seemed a good time to “post”.


    The Greens in happier times (from left:) John Gormley, Patricia McKenna (now Independent) and Trevor Sargent
  • Latest Poll . . . Joe Higgins, MEP?

    May 30, 2009 @ 1:37 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Campaigns matter. I always cite the example of John Major running for re-election as British Prime Minister in 1992. Almost universally written-off, he famously got out his soapbox and went on the hustings in a successful fight to stay in power.


    Well if they won’t have me in Leinster House, I’ll bloody go to Strasbourg (Photograph by Frank Miller) (more…)

  • Why Machiavelli is Reading the Greens

    May 18, 2009 @ 12:01 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Having escaped the odium heaped on their Fianna Fáil partners for so long, public opinion has finally caught up with the Greens. The latest Irish Times/TNS mrbi ratings for the party are abysmal.


     Senator Dan Boyle: anxious to avoid the political wilderness (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons )


  • Hanna Montana and Fianna Fáil

    May 11, 2009 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One film I definitely won’t be going to see is Hanna Montana: The Movie. But the basic storyline suggests it is something Fianna Fáil strategists might take a look at. The main character is an ordinary teenager who becomes a pop superstar by the simple expedient of donning a blonde wig.


     Will Pat the Cope (right) have cause to celebrate in three-and-a-half weeks’ time? (Photograph by Joe St Leger)


  • Rabbitte Throws a Punch at the Greens

    April 9, 2009 @ 5:31 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s often said the age of political oratory is dead but, if that’s the case, then Labour’s Pat Rabbitte is the exception to the rule. Here is an early transcript of his speech in  yesterday’s Budget debate where he took a swipe at the Greens that even had Taoiseach Brian Cowen teetering on the brink of laughter. In the interests of balance and fairness I am giving the  remarks made by Green Party leader and Environment Minister John Gormley later in the day.


    Keeping the art of parliamentary oratory alive: Pat Rabbitte at Leinster House (Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons) 


  • The Time is Out of Joint

    February 21, 2009 @ 11:33 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One imagines the Cabinet watched the TV footage of today’s trade union protest in Dublin with a sinking feeling in the pit of their stomachs. Bad enough to have the economy gone pearshaped and the banking system ensnarled by unpaid debts and wide-boy behaviour but now the proletariat is in revolt.  (more…)

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