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  • ‘Those were the days, my friend, we thought they’d never end’

    April 20, 2009 @ 9:59 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    In these difficult times, everyone needs a good laugh now and then. They say it is the best medicine of all. In that spirit, I am offering the introductory paragraph of then-Taoiseach Bertie Ahern’s statement when he announced an increase in the number of junior ministers from 17 to 20 on 20 June 2007.


     Brian Cowen in happier times with 18 of the 20 outgoing ministers of state (Photograph by Dara MacDonaill, 13 May 2008)


  • Enda Stakes his Claim

    April 5, 2009 @ 9:55 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There’s not much time left to the local and European elections which are set for June 5th. There is a strong possibility that the Dublin Central and Dublin South by-elections may take place on the same day – the writ can be moved as late as May 6th, or 30 days in advance. (more…)

  • Fine Gael Rallies its Troops

    April 4, 2009 @ 10:55 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Fine Gael ardfheis started off quietly enough last night. The high-point of the evening when leader Enda Kenny and Deputy Lucinda Creighton publicly embraced to show that their recent spat at the parliamentary party was now water under the bridge.


    Lucinda and Enda kiss and make up (Photograph by Frank Miller)


  • Labour on the Cusp of Office?

    March 30, 2009 @ 11:06 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    An old editor of mine use to discourage us from writing stories about the Labour Party and the trades unions because he found them boring. But you couldn’t really dismiss  Labour as boring these days.


     Eager young faces at the Labour conference (picture by Cyril Byrne) (more…)

  • Three more names on the long list of casualties

    March 9, 2009 @ 11:46 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     There is shock and outrage throughout the media. There had been threats and warnings for some time, so it was not altogether surprising that the Real IRA, after a lengthy period in the shadows, succeeded in killing two British soldiers in Northern Ireland on Saturday night. In a further grim episode, it is reported that a police officer has been shot dead in Craigavon tonight (Monday) and I have updated this blog accordingly.  (more…)

  • If Power Starts Slipping to the Streets …

    March 6, 2009 @ 10:56 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Not for the first time, one wonders why politicians agree to appear on the Vincent Browne show on TV3. You can watch his interview this week with Labour deputy leader and finance spokeswoman Joan Burton by clicking here. (more…)

  • The Time is Out of Joint

    February 21, 2009 @ 11:33 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One imagines the Cabinet watched the TV footage of today’s trade union protest in Dublin with a sinking feeling in the pit of their stomachs. Bad enough to have the economy gone pearshaped and the banking system ensnarled by unpaid debts and wide-boy behaviour but now the proletariat is in revolt.  (more…)

  • A snapshot in time?

    February 14, 2009 @ 2:27 pm | by Harry McGee

    If by chance monsoon rains had fallen on Friday and the carpark of Leinster House was under several metres of water, it would not have deterred Eamon Gilmore. He would have waded through it  (or maybe walked on it!) without breaking a stride in order to get to the scrum of reporters waiting on the plinth (a raised platform outside the front of Leinster House where most media interviews take place) (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…)

  • Opinion Poll

    @ 9:03 am | by Harry McGee

    I’m still reeling from the results of the opinion poll. It was jaw-dropping, eye-brow arching and whatever you are having yourself. Fianna Fail’s fall from grace has been more spectacular than any other government in this corner of the world, save for Iceland. (more…)

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