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  • What will replace Questions and Answers?

    June 30, 2009 @ 12:00 pm | by Harry McGee

    …. another Questions and Answers, of course.

    Most people who have more than a passing interest in Irish politics would have looked at the last episode of Q and A last night.


  • Frank Speaking from Flannery

    June 3, 2009 @ 10:50 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Another angle to Frank Flannery’s public intervention (for previous post on this subject, click here) in the election may be an attempt to influence the result of the Dublin Central byelection. Sinn Féin’s Christy Burke is a candidate whose popularity exceeds that of his party. If FG’s Paschal Donohoe can attract SF transfers, so much the better from the main opposition party’s point of view.


    The Bert in happier times: could he pull off an unlikely coup for De Brudder?


  • 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.


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


  • Why Machiavelli is Reading the Greens

    May 18, 2009 @ 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.


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


  • 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.


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


  • Brian Cowen and the Naked Truth

    March 26, 2009 @ 10:33 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The silly season usually arrives in August. At that time, parliament and the courts and the other institutions are on their summer hols and the most wild and wonderful stories have a chance of surfacing in the news media.cowen.jpg

    National Gallery visitor reads caption under Brian Cowen caricature


  • Those Senators on the ‘Late Late Show’

    March 21, 2009 @ 12:57 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    People who couldn’t get through to RTE to complain about the Senators on the Late Late Show last night were ringing The Irish Times instead. It’s very hard to blame them. To watch the programme, click here (item is about one hour into the programme.)


  • Q&A goes but comes back under another name

    March 14, 2009 @ 11:55 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There’s a big debate going on about the end of newspapers, at least in their print form. That’s alarming enough but now people are starting to talk about the end of television. (more…)

  • Three more names on the long list of casualties

    March 9, 2009 @ 11:46 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

     There is shock and outrage throughout the media. There had been threats and warnings for some time, so it was not altogether surprising that the Real IRA, after a lengthy period in the shadows, succeeded in killing two British soldiers in Northern Ireland on Saturday night. In a further grim episode, it is reported that a police officer has been shot dead in Craigavon tonight (Monday) and I have updated this blog accordingly.  (more…)

  • Twitter? Twipe? Or Am I not Getting it?

    February 16, 2009 @ 9:02 am | by Harry McGee

    This is a little off-subject.  I joined Twitter recently. I wanted  to explore its possibilities for political commentary. (more…)

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