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  • Slane Rocks!

    Good morning readers. If you are coming to Slane today, welcome. If not, think of us all by the banks of the Boyne having a good time, and just for a while enjoying an escape from the gloom and doom that has been recently engulfing us.

  • The father of the house

    So, as things stand, in the midst of the deepest economic crisis that has faced the State since its inception, and with many people crying out for leadership and reform, we are confronted by the absolute certainty that our next Taoiseach will be a man who has been in the Dail since 1975 and is the father of the house. As I write this column and to the intense relief of his supporters he hasn’t so far made a gaffe. He has even been to Germany to talk to Angela Merkel. The future Minister for Enda, Phil Hogan, must be delighted and Fine Gael handler, Frank Flannery, must be trembling with excitement at the extraordinary prospect that the Blue Shirts might get an overall majority.

  • “Will Ireland’s money crisis sink Europe ?”

    There is something fundamentally depressing about this general election campaign. It arises from a sense that behind it all is a tremendous sense of foreboding, a realisation that after it is all over, the real battle begins, and it will be fought not in the Dail chamber but in the corridors of power in Europe.

  • A Blue-turn.

    “ I think it is grossly unfair to expect the taxpayer to have to pay 100% for the reckless lending practices of banks”. Now who could disagree with those sentiments. This was our newly elected Taoiseach speaking in Washington on St. Patrick’s Day. In the same interview, he also said he wanted to make a distinction between sovereign debt and bank debt. So, Enda, did you mean what you said or were you just spoofing ? Here is a man who over the years has had more haircuts than most, but is now presiding over a government that displays an extraordinary reluctance to impose a financial haircut on unsecured, unguaranteed bondholders. So obscene is this situation that it is no longer just a U-turn, it is a Blue- turn.

  • "TDs feel EU rod on their back. "

    By now the initial feeling of intoxication felt by new Fine Gael T.D.’s must be waning.

  • Back from the brink?

    I do not envy the task of this incoming government , for immediately following its formation it will be faced with the job of defending the nation from financial penury. Fine Gael and Labour’s achievements in the election were stunning, and Enda Kenny’s dedication to electioneering by personally telephoning voters nothing short of inspired.

  • St Patricks Day

    St. Patrick’s Day was special. I was home. Standing in the streets of Slane holding my granddaughter and watching a float go by celebrating 30 years of rock and roll, in the midst of a village steeped in history was joyous. St. Patrick lit his fire from the Hill of Slane. White doves of peace were released during the parade. It was a gathering of family and friends. There were cheerful and smiling faces everywhere. It was a reminder that we can get through this dark economic crisis that threatens to engulf us.

  • We must stand together.

    What a week. Ming Flanagan, the Independent T.D. for Roscommon/South Leitrim, is giving up smoking dope. I am shocked. Michael Lowry, Independent T.D. for North Tipperary, should take it up as, quite frankly, if he was permanently stoned he might have some excuse for so brazenly challenging the conclusions of the Moriarty Tribunal.

  • “Frankfurt’s Way or Labour’s Way”

    Good Morning Eamon Gilmore. Are you happy to be Tanaiste ? Enjoy your little jaunt to New York and Washington over St. Patrick’s Day ? Well let me bring you down to earth. Do you think for one moment that we will forget that during the election campaign you promised to renegotiate the IMF/EU bail-out. Then it was “ Frankfurt’s Way or Labour’s Way”. That was a lie, Mr. Gilmore. You knew it when you crawled into bed with your Blue Shirt buddies and sidelined Joan Burton from the Department of Finance on the basis that she just might have taken your party’s election pledges more seriously than you do. Remember the old joke. The Labour Party wrestles with its conscience and the Labour Party always wins.

  • A Blue-turn.

    “ I think it is grossly unfair to expect the taxpayer to have to pay 100% for the reckless lending practices of banks”. Now who could disagree with those sentiments. This was our newly elected Taoiseach speaking in Washington on St. Patrick’s Day. In the same interview, he also said he wanted to make a distinction between sovereign debt and bank debt. So, Enda, did you mean what you said or were you just spoofing ? Here is a man who over the years has had more haircuts than most, but is now presiding over a government that displays an extraordinary reluctance to impose a financial haircut on unsecured, unguaranteed bondholders. So obscene is this situation that it is no longer just a U-turn, it is a Blue- turn.

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