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  • Polish Tragedy

    April 11, 2010 @ 10:23 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    A contributor to Karen Coleman’s programme on Newstalk this morning was lambasting the newspapers for failing to carry the death of the Polish president on their front pages. The Sunday Times was the honourable exception tho’ another paper did have it as the top item in the “Index” and there may have been deadline issues as well. (more…)

  • ‘He Who Is Not With Us Is McGuinness’

    April 25, 2009 @ 12:00 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    So are we in for a period of dissent in Fianna Fáil that will be reminiscent of the Haughey era? John McGuinness is certainly not taking his dismissal as a junior minister lying down. But could he seriously undermine Cowen’s leadership?

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    Mary Coughlan and John McGuinness in happier times, with still-in-situ Minister of State Michael Finneran on left (photograph by Eric Luke) (more…)

  • Politics at the Theatre

    November 13, 2008 @ 11:41 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    The Abbey got its timing right with its new production of The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht. It’s a parable based on the rise of Hitler at a time of economic depression and the last line is a warning that something similar could happen again. (more…)

  • Simplistic solutions to the economic crisis

    October 4, 2008 @ 12:42 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It was one of the strangest weeks in Irish political or economic history. Taking an historical perspective on the crisis: once upon a time we built protectionist walls to preserve us from the vicissitudes of the world market. It was also intended to build up native industry. (more…)


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