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  • Rumour, Speculation, hot air.

    March 22, 2010 @ 6:59 pm | by Harry McGee

    I’ve just finished a bit of punditing on one of the radio stations, in which I dispensed what knowledge I have (not very much) of what’s going on in Brian Cowen’s mind. (more…)

  • Seanad writs moved

    October 15, 2009 @ 11:54 am | by Harry McGee

    The writs have been moved to fill the two vacancies in the Seanad.

    There will be an election for both but it will be an election confined to the Oireachtas. So the seats wi go to Fianna Fail which is fair enough as both were Fianna Fail seats.

    Essentially they will be Fianna Fail nominations. Eoin Ryan must be a contender. So too must one or two of the rising stars: Averill Power comes to mind, though others will point to the fact that she failed to win a council seat in June

    Blogger Dan Sullivan, an authority on these matters, emailed me recently to point out that even if FF winthe next election, they have done so badly in the locals that they can’t muster a majority in the Upper House, even with the Taoiseach’s 11 nominations. Interesting times!

    * Addendum. There are three vacancies in the Seanad, two created by the death of Tony Kett and the election of Alan Kelly to Europe. The third only happened last weekend, when Senator Peter Callanan from Clonakilty died suddenly.

    Having been around Leinster House today, several names have come out. You can’t rule out the Greens getting Kelly’s seat but I’d say that FF will go for it. Other FF names who may get the nod are: Shay Brennan (an obvious choice after undertaking a thankless task in Dublin South); another son, Michael Smith, son of the epynomous Michael in Tipp North; a daughter, Cllr Mary Fitzpatrick, daughter of former Dublin Central TD, Dr Dermot Fitzpatrick.

    The Green who would be the most likely is its only newly-elected councillor, Mark Dearey in Co Louth.

  • Greens want to become the carnivores of Irish politics

    May 20, 2009 @ 9:53 am | by Harry McGee

    Well it looks like the dirty tricks of the property boom didn’t entirely pass the Greens by.

    For what we saw unravel over the past couple of days was a delicious example of adroit political gazumping.

    (more…)

  • Lisbon

    May 18, 2009 @ 4:12 pm | by Harry McGee

    I thought that support for a Yes vote in the second Lisbon referendum later this year would be higher. But the 52 per cent revealed in today’s poll (see story here) indicates to me that it’s all over bar the shouting.

    Mary Lou McDonald said today that the poll was taken before the campaign has even started, or before the issues have been determined/thrashed out. (more…)

  • The Biggest Talking Point of the Fianna Fail Ard Fheis is…

    March 3, 2009 @ 3:49 pm | by Harry McGee

    …No, not Brian Cowen’s speech. Or even Noel Dempsey’s sulphuric warm-up act. Or Mary Hanafin’s impressive act. Or the worrying age profile. Or the subdued atmosphere. Or the extraordinary profile given to Dublin City Council candidate Averill Power over the course of the weekend. No it is this… (more…)

  • Twitter? Twipe? Or Am I not Getting it?

    February 16, 2009 @ 9:02 am | by Harry McGee

    This is a little off-subject.  I joined Twitter recently. I wanted  to explore its possibilities for political commentary. (more…)

  • Opinion Poll

    February 13, 2009 @ 9:03 am | by Harry McGee

    I’m still reeling from the results of the opinion poll. It was jaw-dropping, eye-brow arching and whatever you are having yourself. Fianna Fail’s fall from grace has been more spectacular than any other government in this corner of the world, save for Iceland. (more…)

  • On the rebound

    February 6, 2009 @ 4:48 pm | by Harry McGee

    Brian Cowen has had a good few terrible weeks in the 35 weeks since he became leader (about 32 I’d say). But this has been a great week for him. Twice he has dispensed with the scripts he hates and spoken from notes and from the heart. And it has worked. (more…)

  • Eaten bread…

    February 4, 2009 @ 11:45 am | by Harry McGee

    I wasn’t a huge fan of the novels of John Updike, who died last week, though the writing itself was always remarkable. The stories themselves, the characters, never really gripped me. I interviewed him about 15 years ago and asked him a lot of stupid and forgettable questions. (more…)

  • Cowen could take leaf from Dev’s book

    January 29, 2009 @ 10:49 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    YouTube Preview ImageI met Brian Cowen in the corridor at Leinster House last night (corridors of power and all that). We exchanged pleasantries but afterwards I realised I had completely forgotten to ask  him, When Are You Giving Your State of the Nation Address? I bet my excellent colleague Harry McGee would have remembered, since he has been on this story for some time now. (more…)

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