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  • Courtesy, Civility and Courage: Brian Lenihan’s hallmarks

    June 14, 2011 @ 4:26 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Sadly, I was unable to attend the funeral of Brian Lenihan since I was in Cork,  covering the British-Irish Parliamentary Assembly.  However, I would not like to let the opportunity pass wihout paying tribute to his courtesy, civility, eloquence and intelligence.

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  • There may be trouble ahead

    August 25, 2009 @ 11:28 am | by Harry McGee

    Over the past couple of years, I have done the Overlook Hotel metaphor to death when describing Leinster House during the summer months. (For those who are not film buffs, it’s the hotel to which Jack Nicholson takes his family in Stanley Kubrick’s film on Stephen King’s novel The Shining).

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  • Stark Honesty (for once) in Leinster House

    August 22, 2009 @ 1:58 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Maybe it’s the Dog Days of August but there is an air of considerable fatalism in Leinster House these days. Talking to seasoned politicians this week, two strong messages came forward, both of them surprising to a greater or lesser extent.

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     Gloom and doom at Leinster House (Photograph by Alan Betson)

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  • Battle Lines are Drawn

    May 25, 2009 @ 11:36 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Eleven days to go – only nine days’ canvassing – and the battle-lines are becoming clearer. I spent an hour at a Sinn Féin press conference in a remote location on the Quays (sorra fear they’d have it somewhere convenient for the hardpressed Leinster House ‘meeja’) where the main issue raised by the journoes, including yours truly, was whether or not Mary Lou McDonald was going to run in the general election.

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     As in 2004, Mary Lou McDonald and Gerry Adams will be keeping their fingers crossed again (Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons)

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  • Speak the Speech, I Pray You

    May 22, 2009 @ 10:33 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     The word went around Leinster House yesterday that Brian Cowen was about to make a Major Speech. Journos being journos, there was considerable scepticism and curling of lips. They had been down this road before. 

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  • 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.

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

  • Can Parliamentary Democracy Rescue Private Enterprise?

    February 9, 2009 @ 11:32 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Got an intriguing email from Padraig Yeates, formerly a colleague of mine on The Irish Times, now a press spokesman for the Siptu trade union. The heading was, “The Only Economist Who Got It Right”. Who could it be, I wondered? Morgan Kelly? Michael Casey? Paul Sweeney? (more…)

  • Cowen, Churchill and Yogi Berra

    February 3, 2009 @ 8:56 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Well, he’s done it. Brian Cowen finally took the advice of the commentariat, not to mention the evening newspaper which ran the headline today: “Just Do It”. The unions couldn’t or wouldn’t sign up, so he went ahead and imposed the paycut disguised as a pension levy. (more…)

  • Minister decides beggars can no longer be choosers

    November 24, 2008 @ 7:04 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There’s nothing like a dose of reality to test your liberal  credentials. I believe in the maximum amount of freedom for everyone to do as they wish, as long as it’s compatible with public order in the broadest sense and the welfare of society in general. (more…)


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