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  • Taking Stock: Junior Ministers, Lisbon and the ‘Locals’

    April 23, 2009 @ 11:20 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Whereas Dara Calleary and Áine Brady were delighted recipients of general congratulations in Leinster House last evening, I saw no sign of the 13 who were re-appointed as junior ministers; the seven whose services were dispensed were not in evidence either.

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    Dara Calleary, Brian Cowen and Áine Brady – and is that Our Trevor in the background? (Photograph: Eric Luke)

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  • Easter Reflections

    April 10, 2009 @ 9:49 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s Easter and we’re all too worn-out physically, emotionally and above all politically to enjoy the break properly. What a hectic time! But before we start the annual guilty nibbling at those calorie-rich chocolate eggs, let’s take stock of where we are.

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    Good Friday 1998: John Hume gives thanks for the peace agreement, with Eddie McGrady (left) and Sean Farren (Photograph by Alan Betson) (more…)

  • Prague Problem for Lisbon Treaty

    March 25, 2009 @ 10:37 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    With all the economic problems that exist, the last thing Brussels wanted was another question-mark over the ratification of the Lisbon Treaty. The imminent collapse of the Czech Government has created further uncertainty. (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…)

  • 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…)

  • Preparing for another ‘Neverendum’

    December 13, 2008 @ 11:13 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So we’re officially on the road to a second Lisbon referendum. It’s been the worst-kept secret in Irish politics since, well, the counting of the votes last June. The best chance this time around is that the recession will, let’s not shilly-shally here, frighten people into voting Yes.   (more…)

  • Rocking the Cradle of Democracy

    December 11, 2008 @ 12:05 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Pork and Beef saga at home has distracted attention from the social and political turmoil taking place on the territory of one of our EU partners. Since they’re so far away and get such an enviable amount of sunshine, we Irish think we have little in common with the Greeks. (more…)

  • Once more into the breach on the Lisbon Treaty

    November 17, 2008 @ 12:05 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Mamma mia, here we go again, another Lisbon referendum, if the heavy hints being dropped by Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin are anything to go by. He said on RTE last night a decision on the issue would be made in advance of the next EU summit in Brussels on 11 and 12 December. (more…)

  • Beating a hasty retreat

    October 21, 2008 @ 3:43 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Government climbdown on medical cards has one or two loopholes which may mean it is not as generous as it seems. Nevertheless it is a spectacular row-back from the original Budgetary position. (more…)

  • 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…)

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