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  • Cowen will remain as Taoiseach…

    March 29, 2010 @ 10:49 am | by Harry McGee

    … because all his rivals know they will meet a similar fate if they take over.

    Unless Fianna Fail can do something similar in the next 12 months with the loaf of stale bread and the five rotting fishes that a fellow did 2,000 years ago, they are goners. (more…)

  • Hard Lessons from the Decade of Greed

    November 14, 2009 @ 12:50 pm | by Harry McGee

    We have seen the full gamut of clever debating techniques employed by politicians and unions in the past couple of weeks.

    There is deflection:

    Such as: “People are missing the real scandal here. The Government is bailing out the banks while squeezing public services.”

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  • Bull O’Donoghue Loses Out to Matador Gilmore

    October 14, 2009 @ 10:57 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So the Bull is gone as Ceann Comhairle following a lethal intervention by the Labour Party leader. Does anyone think he got a raw deal or was the bum’s rush the appropriate manner for him to exit? 

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     Matador Eamon finished off the Bull (Photograph by Cyril Byrne)  (more…)

  • Forty Shades of Green Sing Off Same Hymn-Sheet

    October 11, 2009 @ 9:26 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Green vote was something of a triumph for the party leadership. Whatever their critics think of them, you can’t quarrel with a tally of 84% for the revised Programme for Government and a 68% rejection of the anti-Nama motion.

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    Hmm, wish I could get that vote in Dublin South-East (Photograph by Brenda Fitzsimons)

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  • A Last Word on Lisbon

    October 5, 2009 @ 9:56 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There was a stark contrast between Dublin Castle last Saturday and the same place in June 2008, when the No side won the first Lisbon referendum. This time the place was like a morgue. Last time, photographers literally almost came to blows trying to take pictures of Gerry Adams and his colleagues in Sinn Féin.

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    Give us an aul’ smile, Brian (Photo by Alan Betson)

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  • Pat Kenny’s new show and the (other) only show in town.

    September 22, 2009 @ 8:53 pm | by Harry McGee

    I didn’t get to see Pat Kenny’s new show, the Frontline,  last night (link here)  but will look at it on the RTE player tonight when I get home. My colleagues thought it was very worthy and very heavy and didn’t have the ping you would expect from a brand new show.

    What did ye think? (more…)

  • When Push Comes to Shove

    September 19, 2009 @ 12:43 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The conventional wisdom now is  that the Lisbon Treaty will pass by a respectable margin. The opening of the Nama debate in the Dáil seems to have calmed nerves. Suspense is not good for politics and the fact that we now know the extent of the “haircut” on the loans and the level of long-term economic value has stabilised the situation.

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     Hope for Cowen after all? (Photo: Brenda Fitzsimons)

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  • Good Ship Nama Sails Close to the Rocks

    September 14, 2009 @ 4:02 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    On the face of it, the Government would appear to be in considerable difficulty after last weekend’s Green party deliberations on the National Asset Management Agency. But although the voting figures in the “Preferendum” (see below) are very negative, some Green sources keep insisting things aren’t as bad as they look. 
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    What in the Nama Gawd are we gonna do now? (Photograph by James Flynn/APX)

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  • The Outlook is Blue

    September 10, 2009 @ 10:07 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Nothing is certain except death and taxes but the polls do suggest that a Fine Gael-led government is a strong possibility if, as many currently expect, a general election is held in the next six or nine months. 

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    Enda Kenny – not everyone’s cup of tea? (Photograph by David Sleator)

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  • Where is the silver lining? And a bit on NAMA…

    September 3, 2009 @ 4:34 pm | by Harry McGee

    There is none. Silver lining that is. See the bit on NAMA at the end.

    We have the result of the next election already and it is this: change of government. The only question is: when. Some of my colleagues believe as early as the New Year. I say the end of 2010, at the earliest.

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