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  • Sun Shines on the “Shinners” in Killarney

    May 26, 2012 @ 3:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Greetings from sundrenched Killarney. It is a wonderful place especially in this weather but, ochone, ochone, your humble scribe is stuck indoors at a windowless conference centre.


  • Cling to Nurse for Fear of Something Worse?

    May 16, 2012 @ 9:51 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Anecdotal evidence was suggesting the Fiscal Treaty referendum was going in a negative direction so it was a little suprising to see the RedC poll in the Sunday Business Post indicating a very comfortable margin for Yes.


  • Bad Breakfast Reading for Fianna Fail and Labour

    February 26, 2012 @ 11:55 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    First, the health warning: one swallow doesn’t make a summer and it would be wrong to over-interpret a single opinion poll. Nevertheless the figures in today’s Sunday Times Behaviour and Attitudes survey will make alarming reading for Fianna Fail and Labour.


  • Bonfire of the Presidential Inanities

    October 3, 2011 @ 12:16 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    That was the week that was! The last days before close of nominations were a mad scramble for Norris and Dana. Your humble blogging scribe was present at South Dublin County Council in Tallaght when Fine Gael and some Labour people voted down the Norris bid. (more…)

  • Legion of the Rearguard

    February 26, 2011 @ 4:40 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So that’s it then. All the prophecies of doom about Fianna Fail are coming true. Who would have thought it, five, four, even two years ago?


  • Westminster Balance of Power

    April 15, 2010 @ 6:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    We have long experience of Northern Ireland MPs holding the balance of power, or part of it, at Westminster. Back at the end of the 1970s, Labour really annoyed nationalists by conceding extra House of Commons places to placate the Unionists.


  • 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…)

  • The Senate, the Seanad and the Dáil

    January 25, 2010 @ 1:06 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Sometimes things happen in politics that are almost inexplicable. For example, how could it happen that a US Senate seat which was held for so long by Edward Kennedy and, before that, his brother John, fall into the hands of the Republicans? (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.


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


  • 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.


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


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