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  • Polish Tragedy

    April 11, 2010 @ 10:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    A contributor to Karen Coleman’s programme on Newstalk this morning was lambasting the newspapers for failing to carry the death of the Polish president on their front pages. The Sunday Times was the honourable exception tho’ another paper did have it as the top item in the “Index” and there may have been deadline issues as well. (more…)

  • Playing with Fire?

    November 8, 2009 @ 2:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It looks like the present writer is not the only one who doesn’t appreciate the “context” of  certain jokes relating to the Nazi period in history (see my previous posts about Tommy Tiernan.) Author Peter Sheridan had a difficulty with the production called Adolf  in the Tivoli Theatre in Dublin.  Herewith the report in The Irish Times by Arts Editor Deirdre Falvey:-


    Peter Sheridan: Is it all a question of
    context? (Photograph by Frank Miller)


  • Have They All Had Charismadectomies?

    June 30, 2009 @ 5:30 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The summer won’t be as quiet politically as previous years. We are awaiting important reports from ‘An Bord Snip Nua’ and the Commission on Taxation and, of course, the Greens will be wrestling very publicly with their consciences.


    The great are only great because we are on our knees: Big Jim Larkin statue in O’Connell Street, Dublin (Photograph by Frank Miller)


  • Get Out There And Vote

    June 5, 2009 @ 12:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There’s an Anarchist poster around town to the effect that, If voting changed anything they’d ban it. Or maybe it was, Don’t vote – it only encourages them. I know the arguments: parliamentary democracy is fixed in favour of the privileged, there’s no point, etc.


    The alternative is anarchy (more…)

  • Who’s Behind the Conspiracy Theories?

    March 16, 2009 @ 11:01 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    When the world starts falling apart, the conspiracy theories flourish. It’s a source of comfort for the bewildered. Back in the 1930s there was a ready audience for wild and wonderful scenarios and nowadays public opinion is ready for some new ones. (more…)

  • Fateful Day in Contemporary History

    January 30, 2009 @ 12:04 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    This is a fateful anniversary for anyone who was around in the early ’70s. On this day in Derry 13 people were shot dead and a 14th would die later from wounds. Most of them were young, several were only 17 years of age. (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…)

  • Politics at the Theatre

    November 13, 2008 @ 11:41 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Abbey got its timing right with its new production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht. It’s a parable based on the rise of Hitler at a time of economic depression and the last line is a warning that something similar could happen again. (more…)

  • Simplistic solutions to the economic crisis

    October 4, 2008 @ 12:42 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It was one of the strangest weeks in Irish political or economic history. Taking an historical perspective on the crisis: once upon a time we built protectionist walls to preserve us from the vicissitudes of the world market. It was also intended to build up native industry. (more…)

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