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  • Bonfire of the Presidential Inanities

    October 3, 2011 @ 12:16 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    That was the week that was! The last days before close of nominations were a mad scramble for Norris and Dana. Your humble blogging scribe was present at South Dublin County Council in Tallaght when Fine Gael and some Labour people voted down the Norris bid. (more…)

  • Coalition Honeymoon Well and Truly Over

    June 18, 2011 @ 8:07 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It may be the longest political honeymoon in recent decades but, after 100 days, it is well and truly over. From now until the next Budget in December, the Fine Gael-Labour coalition will be coming under increasingly severe scrutiny from media and public alike. As suggested in this piece on the mood in the Labour Party, which I wrote for the print edition of the paper recently, one of the Government’s problems may be that its majority is too big.  

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  • Labour achieving Dev’s vision?

    April 11, 2011 @ 6:52 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Labour was the cutting edge of the new Coalition in the last 24 hours. We had Pat Rabbitte, Joan Burton, Ruairi Quinn and Brendan Howlin all emphasising the need for stringency and there was a particular emphasis on the importance of real change under the terms of the Croke Park public sector pay and reform agreement.

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  • Legion of the Rearguard

    February 26, 2011 @ 4:40 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So that’s it then. All the prophecies of doom about Fianna Fail are coming true. Who would have thought it, five, four, even two years ago?

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  • Wise Analysis of Our Woes

    February 23, 2011 @ 6:14 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Plenty of common sense in a piece today by the distinguished commentator Martin Wolf . He sets out clearly and concisely the background to our economic woes and the high price ordinary people are paying for sins they did not commit. (more…)

  • Power Beckons for Labour

    April 19, 2010 @ 11:27 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     Eamon Gilmore  . . .  on the way to Government?
    Eamon Gilmore . . .  walking into Government?

    The big talking point after Eamon Gilmore’s main speech to the Labour conference in Galway was the party’s demand for a place in the televised debate between party leaders in the next general election.

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  • No Election

    April 13, 2010 @ 10:41 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    No general election for two years, a senior Labour Party person told me yesterday. Can this be? Will the people tolerate it? Will the Opposition be happy to wait until all the “dirty work” is done by the present administration?

  • The Gogarty EFF-ect.

    December 11, 2009 @ 10:02 pm | by Harry McGee
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    It’s not pretty. The venom in which he uses it is disturbing. He hurled the expletives at Emmet Stagg.

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