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  • Copenhagen – Day 11

    December 17, 2009 @ 10:26 pm | by Harry McGee

    Day 11 of the conference here in Copenhagen and early this morning it seemed that the 193 countries were as close to a deal as they had been on Day 1.

    In one sense, when you think about it, the ambition of this conference is audacity itself. (more…)

  • Good news for Obama at last

    November 8, 2009 @ 1:59 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    After a rocky few months, at last a positive political development for US President Barack Obama with the approval of his healthcare legislation by the House of Representatives. Read this report that surfaced in my mailbox.


     Outlook is healthier for Barack and Michelle (Photograph by Cyril Byrne)


  • No one as Irish as Barack O’Bama?

    November 20, 2008 @ 11:16 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    These are tough times and the recession has even begun to bite at my own newspaper  with a plan announced yesterday for up to 60 redundancies. But amid the gloom there are still some glorious moments that make life worth living. The Munster rugby team’s barnstorming display against the New Zealand All Blacks in Limerick this week was one. The election of a black man as President of the world’s most powerful country is another. (more…)

  • Obama shoots himself in the foot

    September 10, 2008 @ 6:38 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Does Barack Obama have what the playwright Sean O’Casey called  ”a titther of sense”? Having initially shown sensitivity and gentlemanly instincts by holding back when Alaska Governor Sarah Palin came under vicious personal attack by some of his supporters, the Illinois Senator has now shot himself in the foot with his “lipstick on a pig” remark. (more…)

  • Pendulum swings towards McCain

    September 8, 2008 @ 12:07 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Only a couple of weeks ago I would have said Barack Obama was going to win the US presidency in November. John McCain by contrast looked old, tired and very much  yesterday’s man. But since the two conventions I have changed my mind and I’m putting my money on McCain at this stage. (more…)

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