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  • Bigger questions

    July 21, 2009 @ 7:38 pm | by Harry McGee

    This half of the Politics blog has been away for the past couple of weeks. The village in the Swiss Bernese Oberland that I stayed in had the connectivity of rural Ireland. That, added to the extortionate rates that O2 charge for data roaming abroad (and I’m sure it is no exception) meant that little news from Ireland came through. (more…)

  • Could Our Political Parties Organise a Booze-Up in a Brewery?

    June 15, 2009 @ 1:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Here’s a little saga that may or may not speak volumes about the political set-up in this country. The story begins with a news report by yours truly last week on a report from the Standards in Public Office Commission about the funding of political parties. flag-1.jpg

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  • FG Gives ‘FF’ the Boot

    June 11, 2009 @ 8:32 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    My former colleague in the political press corps, Mark O’Connell used to like quoting “a Leinster House wag” in the course of his reports for a Sunday newspaper.  The wag could be a different person every week and, if one made a remark that O’Connell considered particularly witty, he would bestow the title upon you for the next edition – not by name of course, but you knew it was you when you read it.

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    Matt Kavanagh’s moving photograph from Wednesday’s protest march

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  • 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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  • 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…)

  • 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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  • ‘But Taoiseach, I coulda been a contender’

    April 21, 2009 @ 7:25 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Taoiseach Brian Cowen will be dropping at least five of the current crop of 20 ministers of state in the coming hours and the conversation may go something like this exchange between would-be boxing champion Terry Malloy and his big brother Charlie, who has other priorities. 

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  • Shakespeare vs Chekhov in Northern Ireland

    April 3, 2009 @ 9:32 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Talking to a friend about Northern Ireland yesterday we mulled over the dangers and possibilities that exist, or in some cases lurk, in the present situation. The killings of the two British soldiers and the (Catholic) police officer as well as the recent street disruption suggested there are more deadly dangers than hopeful possibilities at the moment.

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