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  • Hanna Montana and Fianna Fáil

    May 11, 2009 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One film I definitely won’t be going to see is Hanna Montana: The Movie. But the basic storyline suggests it is something Fianna Fáil strategists might take a look at. The main character is an ordinary teenager who becomes a pop superstar by the simple expedient of donning a blonde wig.

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     Will Pat the Cope (right) have cause to celebrate in three-and-a-half weeks’ time? (Photograph by Joe St Leger)

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  • Rabbitte Throws a Punch at the Greens

    April 9, 2009 @ 5:31 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s often said the age of political oratory is dead but, if that’s the case, then Labour’s Pat Rabbitte is the exception to the rule. Here is an early transcript of his speech in  yesterday’s Budget debate where he took a swipe at the Greens that even had Taoiseach Brian Cowen teetering on the brink of laughter. In the interests of balance and fairness I am giving the  remarks made by Green Party leader and Environment Minister John Gormley later in the day.

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    Keeping the art of parliamentary oratory alive: Pat Rabbitte at Leinster House (Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons) 

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  • 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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  • What a mess

    October 20, 2008 @ 5:54 pm | by Harry McGee

    When you are writing a news story there is always going to be hyperbole. But when it comes to over-the-top reporting, all newspapers are equal but some newspapers are more equal to others.

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  • Get down on your knees and pray

    September 20, 2008 @ 11:30 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Your humble scribe was too busy to blog this week, what with covering the Progressive Democrat meeting in Newbridge to discuss their funeral arrangements, followed by a dash to Clare – but only inches across the border from Limerick –  for the two-day Fine Gael “think-in”, and then on to Tralee to check out the Greens. (more…)

  • Living city or living hell?

    September 11, 2008 @ 6:10 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Judging from my colleague Frank  McDonald’s article in yesterday’s Irish Times,  Temple Bar in Dublin is a living hell for local residents, at least at night. Many readers will identify with McDonald’s cri de coeur, whether they live in the city centre as he does or in what used to be quiet suburbia. (more…)

  • What Brian Cowen was reading in the Connemara rain

    August 20, 2008 @ 12:41 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    A Summer reading list of 38 books was circulated to all 195 Tory MPs in Britain as they set off on their holidays (see below). Meanwhile we are told that Brian Cowen’s holiday reading in Connemara* in the rain was the autobiography of John Hume, entitled The New Ireland and a collection of essays by the poet and philosopher John O’Donohue, who died last January. (more…)

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