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  • 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.

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  • Ó Cuív takes a vow of silence

    May 8, 2012 @ 7:35 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Does anyone remember one of Bertie Ahern’s better malapropisms, when he described some unsuccessful venture as a “damp squid”. One could not help being reminded of it this afternoon, listening to Éamon Ó Cuív expounding the reasons he is staying in Fianna Fail.

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  • Referendum

    @ 4:28 pm | by Harry McGee

    There’s just over three weeks to go to the fiscal treaty referendum. And it’s the only show in town at the moment, with Eamon O Cuiv and Fianna Fail providing a fascinating sideshow.
    The Irish Times, as part of its online expansion, will be hosting a major debate on video between Simon Coveney and Mary Lou McDonald. It will be uploaded to our website tomorrow morning and will be one of a number of new innovations to our service we will be introducing during the referendum.

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  • Everything changes except politics

    April 25, 2012 @ 4:48 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Watching the film, Stella Days, one had to reflect that everything has changed in Ireland except politics. The movie, which is well worth seeing, stars Martin Sheen as a priest in a small country town in the 1950s who decides to open a cinema to raise funds for the  building of a new church.

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  • Going Dutch

    April 23, 2012 @ 7:22 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Bless me Blogosphere, for I have sinned. It is far too long since my last post here. I beg your indulgence on the grounds of having moved house in recent weeks, as well as carrying out assignments in China, covering the Taoiseach’s trip there, and in one or two other places.

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  • Watering it down?

    April 17, 2012 @ 2:37 pm | by Harry McGee

    A little later this afternoon the Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan will give a briefing on the status of the Government’s plans to introduce water charges. It’s expected he’ll give a timetable for rolling out the project (yep the predictable phrase); an indication of how the new utility company Irish Water will shape up, and reconfirm that there won’t be any upfront charges for punters.

     

    (*UPDATE 16.50: Phil Hogan held a press conference this afternoon in which he confirmed that Bord Gais Eireann were the successful tenderer to rund the new water utility company. He also confirmed that there will be no upfront charge for water metering but that it will be paid by way of a standing charge of approximately €39 over a period of 20 years. He also said that the vast majority of meters will be installed by the end of 2014 and that the first bills will begin to be paid at that time, or possibly in early 2015. Also strenuously denied that there had been any confusion last weekend, even though obviously there was!)

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  • The Mainstream and Groupthink

    April 10, 2012 @ 11:57 am | by Harry McGee

    In the world of domestic politics, two words – both of them compound nouns describing a collective experience – have stood out for me in the past few weeks.
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  • Mr Cowen Goes to Washington

    April 8, 2012 @ 5:21 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    Having kept it all bottled-up inside for his three years as taoiseach, now Brian Cowen has given his perspective on the economic and financial crisis and his own role therein. Herewith my commentary from our print edition. Cowen’ s own words can be got at  http://cges.georgetown.edu/files/Web%20Post%20Cowen_1.pdf  (more…)

  • So who’s to blame for the household charge fiasco?

    March 29, 2012 @ 2:09 pm | by Harry McGee

    I read an article in The Observer a few weeks ago that examined the acceptance (or, more accurately, the non-acceptance) of blame in politics. It quoted a book on the subject. Its title told you everything you need to know about politics and politicians (and quite a number of other professions too).
    It was called: Somebody is to Blame (But Not Me). (more…)

  • Dissolution and Rebranding the Only Answer for Fianna Fail?

    March 27, 2012 @ 12:25 pm | by Deaglán de Bréadún

    It’s interesting to be in the People’s Republic of China when there is so much happening at home. Your humble scribe is here to cover the official visit of Taoiseach Enda Kenny for the purpose of promoting trade and investment.

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