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  • 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…)

  • Cowen, Churchill and Yogi Berra

    February 3, 2009 @ 8:56 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Well, he’s done it. Brian Cowen finally took the advice of the commentariat, not to mention the evening newspaper which ran the headline today: “Just Do It”. The unions couldn’t or wouldn’t sign up, so he went ahead and imposed the paycut disguised as a pension levy. (more…)

  • When Kenny met Carey

    February 1, 2009 @ 12:59 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before it fades from memory, the interview Pat Kenny did with Government Chief Whip Pat Carey on RTE Radio last Tuesday is worth a listen. Eamon Gilmore is on for about 12 minutes at the start but when Carey comes on, things start to get hot. Click here.
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  • Can the Dracula approach stop drink-driving?

    December 29, 2008 @ 11:05 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Am I the only one who finds that TV ad on drink-driving both disturbing and possibly counter-productive? Naturally I wholeheartedly applaud anything that reduces the carnage on our roads, but is this the way to go about it? (more…)

  • Compulsory smut replaces compulsory Irish

    October 31, 2008 @ 12:29 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The furore over Russell Brand and Jonathan Ross and their sicko phone calls to venerable actor Andrew Sachs had a very positive side-effect in that it swept the recession aside for a few days as the main news item in the British media. Irish outlets seemed reluctant to take up the story: London is no longer the centre of our cultural universe and I guess that’s a good thing. (more…)

  • You might not know this…

    October 15, 2008 @ 1:18 pm | by Harry McGee

    Brian Lenihan’s most difficult moments after delivering the Budget didn’t come anywhere in the vicinity of Leinster House.  The set-speech format is so engrained there that no amount of huffing or puffing from the far side of the House is going to hurt him. (more…)

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