Dublin Central: Mary Lou to rise again?

For two days now, the Irish political press have been getting very excited about a meeting (and possibly a round of golf ) that Brian Cowen had with Seanie FitzPatrick… So far, well nothing more than that… Back at Drumcondra there’s a rather tetchy fight going on at the paper Cumann once owned and driven by one Patrick Bartholomew Ahern (soon to be ex) TD. Ahern’s brother Maurice has been flatlining there for the last few outings, but it’s thought …

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Odds shorten on Enda as next Taoiseach…

Mark’s rightly focused on a bravura (and extremely well sustained) speech from Pearse Doherty. He made Joan Burton (who was on just before him) look decidedly academic and flat footed. But the other sound performer of the day was Michael Noonan of Fine Gael, whose more relaxed delivery held the attention of the Dail. He has a way of commanding attention that still eludes his party leader. He gets the best heckler put down award when he turned to Paul …

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As the FF tide goes out will the SF boat rise?

With Mick and many others doing serious political analysis based on polls and the DWS by-election, I thought’d I’d drag up some old election results for the discussion. While one seat or poll does not make an electoral summer, SF members clearly feel the sun on their backs and few would argue with them. If their difficulties with transfers diminish and they do poll over 10%, how far could they go? One indicator might be looking at the return for …

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