February, 2011

Two ‘outsiders’

I was listening to RTÉ radio this morning and they were doing an archives thing about one of the periodic internecine feuds that tear at the entrails of Fianna Fáil. When I tuned in, a FF-er was screeching in a thick accent that somebody or other “should go back to Kildare!” Not “Go back to […]

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Two ‘outsiders’

I was listening to RTÉ radio this morning and they were doing an archives thing about one of the periodic internecine feuds that tear at the entrails of Fianna Fáil. When I tuned in, a FF-er was screeching in a thick accent that somebody or other “should go back to Kildare!” Not “Go back to […]

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Looking after money – and money people

Money talks but most of us don’t like talking about money, but I feel provoked this sunny near-Spring afternoon. I’m fresh from Facebook and reading an interesting suggestion re TV debates and interviews. Since we know the political allegiances of politicians who are involved, and when someone contributes from the audience the presenter often insists […]

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Looking after money – and money people

Money talks but most of us don’t like talking about money, but I feel provoked this sunny near-Spring afternoon. I’m fresh from Facebook and reading an interesting suggestion re TV debates and interviews. Since we know the political allegiances of politicians who are involved, and when someone contributes from the audience the presenter often insists […]

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Bluster, flannel and smokescreen, said the politician…

I think they do it on purpose, politicians. I really do. Especially when they’re dealing with questions about the economy. We’ll leave aside the Pat Kenny penchant for asking Gerry Adams if he was ever in the IRA, which clearly is the thought on the minds of voters in Louth every morning as soon as […]

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Bluster, flannel and smokescreen, said the politician…

I think they do it on purpose, politicians. I really do. Especially when they’re dealing with questions about the economy. We’ll leave aside the Pat Kenny penchant for asking Gerry Adams if he was ever in the IRA, which clearly is the thought on the minds of voters in Louth every morning as soon as […]

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Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam?

Why, I wonder, did nobody say that yesterday’s leaders’ debate on TG Ceathair was a waste of time? Or maybe even provocative? It was conducted in Irish  and as we know learning Irish is a fruitless pursuit and using it only alienates northern unionists. Right? Well no, not really. In fact completely wrong. Learning Irish […]

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Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam?

Why, I wonder, did nobody say that yesterday’s leaders’ debate on TG Ceathair was a waste of time? Or maybe even provocative? It was conducted in Irish  and as we know learning Irish is a fruitless pursuit and using it only alienates northern unionists. Right? Well no, not really. In fact completely wrong. Learning Irish […]

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Effing and blinding about RTÉ

I remember a stupid conversation I had some thirty years ago with a colleague. A very dull  but popular film was showing locally and my colleague insisted it was outstanding. Why, I asked. “Because for the first time ever in a major film, the word ‘fuck’ is used” he told me. I thought of his […]

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Effing and blinding about RTÉ

I remember a stupid conversation I had some thirty years ago with a colleague. A very dull  but popular film was showing locally and my colleague insisted it was outstanding. Why, I asked. “Because for the first time ever in a major film, the word ‘fuck’ is used” he told me. I thought of his […]

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