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  • A Christian among the Lions: Cannon Under Heavy Fire

    January 31, 2012 @ 9:54 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Hardly know Ciarán Cannon. He is a junior minister – I looked it up: “Training and Skills”. He was briefly leader of the Progressive Democrats (remember them?) before they wound up and now he’s in Fine Gael.

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  • Greens rotating the crop

    March 3, 2010 @ 2:12 pm | by Harry McGee

    If John Gormley stands down as Minister for the Environment and as party leader to honour a rotation agreement brokered two years ago, it’s not going to do the Greens much good. (more…)

  • Lest We Forget

    June 9, 2009 @ 9:29 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before they disappear under the receding wave of time, here are some impressions of the recent elections. In the course of the campaign, some people complained they were boring but the present writer didn’t find that to be the case.

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    In happier times . . . or maybe not: Gerry Adams (left) and Christy Burke
    (Photograph by Matt Kavanagh)

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  • Fine Gael pulls a stroke to zilch FF’s Ryan

    June 1, 2009 @ 12:02 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Political Cute Hoor of the Week Award (even though it’s still only Monday) goes to Frank Flannery for his statement that Fine Gael would be willing to work with Sinn Féin to put Fianna Fáil out of office.

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    Enda and Frank: what are they cooking up? (Photograph by Eric Luke)

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  • Latest Poll . . . Joe Higgins, MEP?

    May 30, 2009 @ 1:37 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Campaigns matter. I always cite the example of John Major running for re-election as British Prime Minister in 1992. Almost universally written-off, he famously got out his soapbox and went on the hustings in a successful fight to stay in power.

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    Well if they won’t have me in Leinster House, I’ll bloody go to Strasbourg (Photograph by Frank Miller) (more…)

  • On the Road in Darkest Kilkenny

    May 27, 2009 @ 10:26 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Macra na Feirme, representing the young farming sector, did a laudable act of public service by organising a debate in Kilkenny last night between the candidates for the three European Parliament seats in the Ireland East (formerly Leinster) constituency.

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     Avril Doyle watches the votes being counted in the Ireland East constituency in 2004, when she narrowly won a second Fine Gael seat in Europe (Photograph: Cyril Byrne)

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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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  • Lisbon

    May 18, 2009 @ 4:12 pm | by Harry McGee

    I thought that support for a Yes vote in the second Lisbon referendum later this year would be higher. But the 52 per cent revealed in today’s poll (see story here) indicates to me that it’s all over bar the shouting.

    Mary Lou McDonald said today that the poll was taken before the campaign has even started, or before the issues have been determined/thrashed out. (more…)

  • Why Machiavelli is Reading the Greens

    @ 12:01 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Having escaped the odium heaped on their Fianna Fáil partners for so long, public opinion has finally caught up with the Greens. The latest Irish Times/TNS mrbi ratings for the party are abysmal.

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     Senator Dan Boyle: anxious to avoid the political wilderness (Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons )

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  • Hanna Montana and Fianna Fáil

    May 11, 2009 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    One film I definitely won’t be going to see is Hanna Montana: The Movie. But the basic storyline suggests it is something Fianna Fáil strategists might take a look at. The main character is an ordinary teenager who becomes a pop superstar by the simple expedient of donning a blonde wig.

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     Will Pat the Cope (right) have cause to celebrate in three-and-a-half weeks’ time? (Photograph by Joe St Leger)

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