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  • Could Lisbon be Cowen’s downfall?

    September 2, 2008 @ 6:53 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The more I read of the debate on Lisbon and its aftermath, the  more it seems we are at a crossroads in Irish political life. The irresistible force has finally met the immovable object. (more…)

  • Denmark may provide the answer to Lisbon impasse

    August 31, 2008 @ 1:08 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It now looks as if the Government may adopt the Danish strategy from 1993, whereby that country voted again on a previously-rejected EU treaty, approving it the second time with a number of opt-outs.  But a second Irish referendum seems unlikely to be held  until the local and European elections are out of the way next summer. (more…)

  • Now get out of that: the Lisbon conundrum

    August 25, 2008 @ 10:46 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s not every day you see prominent Fianna Fáil people disagreeing in public. This was the spectacle provided by the Humbert Summer School in Co Mayo (the programme bilocates between Ballina and Killala).  (more…)

  • Cowen – you think it’s all over?

    August 5, 2008 @ 4:19 pm | by Harry McGee

    Event: The Lisbon Treaty falls.

    Implicaton: Brian Cowen’s reign as Taoiseach is off to a rocky start.

    Event: The economy plunges south. (more…)

  • Cowen in New York but with Lisbon on his mind

    July 16, 2008 @ 11:22 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    New York: Brian Cowen did not seem particularly put out by the remark attributed to France’s President Sarkozy that Ireland needs to have a second vote on the Lisbon Treaty. The Taoiseach arrived here last night for a series of engagements, mainly to do with business, the economy and investment.   (more…)

  • Sarky Sarko

    July 14, 2008 @ 2:11 pm | by Harry McGee

    Way back in early 2000 Brian Cowen was made Minister for Foreign Affairs. I was editing Magill at the time and wrote a long profile, with Damian Corless, about Cowen (yep, Fianna Fail’s dauphin as the French might say).

    A friend of his, a sharp-witted Labour politician, mocked him kindly. In a general comment about his social habit and dress sense, he said, yes, there have been times when Brian has spoken in the Dáil sporting a tie that had been dipped in a pint of porter the night before.


  • Lady Bracknell and the Lisbon Treaty

    July 8, 2008 @ 9:17 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    My late and much-missed Irish Times colleague Dick Walsh wrote a very useful and interesting book about Fianna Fail, entitled The Party. His father had been a founder-member and throughout his life Dick was fascinated by the Soldiers of Destiny. Over the years they developed characteristics that Dick found distasteful, yet they kept on getting elected again and again and again. As he points out in his book, the very people who had opposed the establishment of the Free State by force of arms went on to take over its institutions and remould them in their own image. FF has now been in power for 23 out of the past 30 years and their bottoms have only occasionally warmed the opposition benches over the past three-quarters of a century. (more…)

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