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  • The second storm…

    June 9, 2009 @ 10:31 am | by Harry McGee

    Fine Gael’s tactics in tabling a vote of no confidence was to give the Government parties no respite, no breathing space, no time for contemplation and cogitation.

    So once the Dáil kicks off today, it’s going to be all-action end-to-end stuff… well as close as it gets to that for anoraks. (more…)

  • Sunday night 22.20

    June 7, 2009 @ 11:00 pm | by Harry McGee

    I’m sitting at a table in the middle of the vast indoor auditorium at RDS Simmonscourt, after filing the latest copy on the Dublin euro constituency. In the distance George Hook is holding court at the Newstalk braodcasting stand watched by an audience of political hangers-on and anoraks. All of the Euro candidates are here.

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  • 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.

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

  • Fianna Fail… has the media Written Off more than it could chew

    May 27, 2009 @ 1:50 pm | by Harry McGee

    If you tune in to any post-match interview on the Sunday Game this year, you’ll find a manager or player coming out with the Socratean observation that the team came good despite the fact that the”the media wrote us off”.

    It’s classic underdog psychology, and clichéd beyond existence in the GAA (and most sports in Ireland), thanks to the sycophantic soft-core sucky-ups and lickspittles  who constitute some of the broadcast media. What really irks me is that more often than not the team that is saying it was “written off” was no such thing. We have heard that claptrap from the likes of Kerry, Tyrone, Tipp and Cork (hurlers).

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  • Recycle

    May 26, 2009 @ 4:55 pm | by Harry McGee

    Participants in Greens rolling press conference

    Political journalism is more zoo than Savannah, more Shawshank than redemption.

    Most of the stuff we write about takes place in the Dáil or Seanad. If it doesn’t, more often than not it’s a stand-up interview on the plinth (the raised platform in the front yard of Lenister House); or outside the gates of Leinster House; or it’s a press conference in a meeting room of one of the nearby hotels, Buswells or the Merrion.

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  • 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.

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

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  • Fine Gael Rallies its Troops

    April 4, 2009 @ 10:55 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Fine Gael ardfheis started off quietly enough last night. The high-point of the evening when leader Enda Kenny and Deputy Lucinda Creighton publicly embraced to show that their recent spat at the parliamentary party was now water under the bridge.

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    Lucinda and Enda kiss and make up (Photograph by Frank Miller)

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  • Dem Greens are slick

    March 2, 2009 @ 6:20 pm | by Harry McGee

    Thanks to greeninkpen and mamam poulet for this. Is this the smoothest and most natural party political broadcast you have ever seen?

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    Ok. Ok. It’s a bit amateurish (I love the photographer getting in the way as they go in the door and the way it just fizzles out at the end). But at least they are trying. In fairness to Ciaran Cuffe, his political blog is brilliant – a step above any TD or Senator in the Dail. And he uses Twitter as well as anyone I know.

    At least they are trying! And Fianna Fail’s website hasn’t ran that smoothly so far, despite all the yoyos they have put into it.

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