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  • The Irish Times poll

    May 14, 2009 @ 10:56 pm | by Harry McGee

    The figures are dismal for Fianna Fáil. There is no gloss on it. The two byelections will be lost. They will lose at least one MEP in the European elections. They will realise that the nadir of the local elections in 2004 was not really a nadir. THIS is a nadir.

    For a year we have looked at this administration as it has floated further and further out from shore and said; they are possibly waving. Really we should have been saying they are probably drowning. (more…)

  • Those Senators on the ‘Late Late Show’

    March 21, 2009 @ 12:57 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    People who couldn’t get through to RTE to complain about the Senators on the Late Late Show last night were ringing The Irish Times instead. It’s very hard to blame them. To watch the programme, click here (item is about one hour into the programme.)

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  • Bás Tragóideach i Nua Eabhrac/Tragic Death in New York

    March 19, 2009 @ 11:15 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    (English Summary below) Seo an chéad bhlog go bhfios dom a scríobhadh i nGaeilge ar láthair an Irish Times (nó “Trathscéal Éireann” – an leagan Gaelach is ansa liom). Ós rud é gur blog polaitiúil atá ann is dócha gur cóir scríobh faoi imeachtaí na Dála nó staid na tíre i gcoitinne. (more…)

  • Hamas or IDF: Killing Civilians Is Wrong

    February 25, 2009 @ 10:55 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Gaza episode is over but the memories remain. Very haunting memories at that. You should read an excellent and very balanced piece from Tom Clonan in today’s Irish Times by clicking here. (more…)

  • Tales of a Fortune-Teller

    February 13, 2009 @ 1:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I dreamt about a visit to the fortune-teller last night. It wasn’t my love-life she was interested in, or indeed any other aspect of my personal situation. No, this was a political seer, looking to the future of the country. (more…)

  • When Kenny met Carey

    February 1, 2009 @ 12:59 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before it fades from memory, the interview Pat Kenny did with Government Chief Whip Pat Carey on RTE Radio last Tuesday is worth a listen. Eamon Gilmore is on for about 12 minutes at the start but when Carey comes on, things start to get hot. Click here.
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  • State of the Nation, Gargantuan and Jargontuan.

    January 28, 2009 @ 12:48 pm | by Harry McGee

    Last August I wrote a story that Brian Cowen was planning to deliver a state of the nation address sometime in September (see the original story here) . It was sourced impeccably, from a minister who should know these things. (more…)

  • Time to shout stop over Israel-Palestine

    January 5, 2009 @ 10:13 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s not enough for the international community to wring its hands and weep crocodile tears over the plight of the Palestinians in Gaza. It’s time to get serious about brokering a solution before this problem develops into a wider conflict that could bring the entire world order crashing around our ears. (more…)

  • Tony Gregory and radical change

    January 3, 2009 @ 2:04 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One has a feeling of great personal sadness at the death of Tony Gregory. He was in the proud tradition of spiky, outspoken loners in Irish politics such as Noel Browne and Jack McQuillan who embodied the true meaning of that contemporary phrase, “The Power of One”. (more…)

  • Economic crisis could threaten democracy

    December 31, 2008 @ 11:10 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    No one needs reminding that as we face into the New Year there is massive economic uncertainty. Layoffs are already widespread but by the springtime we could be looking at a minor tsunami in that respect, at least that’s the implication behind some of the commentaries. (more…)

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