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  • Who Says Bankers Can’t Be Entertaining?

    March 15, 2012 @ 6:18 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    There’s no shortage of drama in Irish politics these days. Sometimes it descends into farce, as in the sequence of events at the Finance Committee last night. Read my colleague Mary Minihan’s report here.

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  • A Christmas Snarl

    December 23, 2009 @ 2:17 pm | by Harry McGee

    In the spirit of the season, Vincent Browne delves into his sack and delivers a present to all political correspondents.

    Oh, wow, it’s a splatter bomb, lobbed right into the middle of the pol corrs room.

    You can read Vincent Brownes ‘s column here.

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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

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  • 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…)

  • If Power Starts Slipping to the Streets …

    March 6, 2009 @ 10:56 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Not for the first time, one wonders why politicians agree to appear on the Vincent Browne show on TV3. You can watch his interview this week with Labour deputy leader and finance spokeswoman Joan Burton by clicking here. (more…)

  • Economic crisis could threaten democracy

    December 31, 2008 @ 11:10 am | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    No one needs reminding that as we face into the New Year there is massive economic uncertainty. Layoffs are already widespread but by the springtime we could be looking at a minor tsunami in that respect, at least that’s the implication behind some of the commentaries. (more…)

  • Splitting hairs over minister’s expenses?

    November 27, 2008 @ 1:08 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Check out last night’s Vincent Browne news and current affairs programme on TV3 by clicking here and you will see a lively discussion on Mary Harney’s free hairdo (“standard wash and blow-dries”) from training and employment agency Fás.
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  • Fine Gael sets out its stall in Wexford

    November 23, 2008 @ 1:17 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    I’m writing this in my hotel-room in Wexford at the end of the Fine Gael national conference which I have been attending in my capacity as Political Correspondent with The Irish Times. It’s not a normal annual conference or ardfheis because there are no motions or elections of party officers and in fact the whole thing is quite minutely stage-managed. (more…)

  • Last Word on the PDs

    November 12, 2008 @ 12:07 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Before they are washed away by the receding tide of political history, a few points need to be made about the Progressive Democrats. Joe Higgins described them as an “utterly malign influence” on Vincent Browne’s late-night TV3 programme but that’s too dismissive – they were not all bad, or all good. (more…)

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