Monthly Archives: April 2011

Eyjafjallajökull One Year On

Like Z-list celebrities, volcanoes are often more infamous than famous. Vesuvius, Krakatoa, Etna: all owe their household name status to the destructive force of their periodic eruptions. Last year, another, more difficult to pronounce name entered the pantheon of volcanic … Continue reading

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Iceland’s no vote on Icesave was a public display of anger

Which way now? The neoliberals who created the bubble are resurgent, but many Icelanders want to move away from finance. My analysis from the Guardian’s Comment is Free. Even before the final result was in, the tenor of national and … Continue reading

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Public anger is understandable but there will be a price to pay

In MANY respects, a lengthy legal battle over the Icelandic public’s latest rejection of a deal for Icesave is the least of the country’s worries. Finance minister Steingrímur Sigfússon was at pains to stress yesterday that the “no” vote will … Continue reading

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Iceland still divided over deal to repay UK for online bank losses

By Peter Geoghegan in Reykjavik Public opinion in Iceland is split over a deal to repay the British government £2.35 billion for losses incurred following the failure of online bank Icesave. Icelanders will vote on the issue in a referendum … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland analysis: Ways to take the sting out of dissidents’ tail

THE fatal attack in Omagh was deeply shocking but, in its own way, all too predictable. The chief constable of the PSNI, Matt Baggott, has spent much of the last year warning of the threat dissident republicans pose to his … Continue reading

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Old certainties gone for new writers

My review of New Irish Short Stories, edited by Joseph O’Connor from the Sunday Business Post. Last February, Irish novelist Julian Gough was at the centre of a literary spate about the state of contemporary Irish fiction. In comments published … Continue reading

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Analysis: Let him enjoy his day in the sun. It’s going to get stormy

IF ONLY every day was as easy for Enda Kenny, as, on a bright lunchtime in Dublin, the Fine Gael leader was elected Taoiseach. Last weekend’s ratification of the Fine Gael-Labour coalition pact paved the way for Kenny’s day in … Continue reading

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Analysis: Familiar bedfellows must now face up to their severest test

Ireland’s recent general election was the most dramatic in the country’s history: Fianna Fáil lost almost three-quarters of its seats, the hard Left made significant gains and Gerry Adams will now sit in the Dáil as the head of the … Continue reading

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#ge11 – The roadtrip analysed

I spent election day 2011 in the company of Mick Fealty from Slugger taking a roadtrip around Ireland as part of RTE’s election coverage. Here’s what we found: As former US Senator Tip O’Neill once quipped: ‘All politics is local’. … Continue reading

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Coalition partners hammer out deal on Ireland’s future

Fine Gael and Labour will form a coalition government in Ireland following the ratification of a draft programme for government by a special Labour Party delegate conference in Dublin yesterday. Separately, the Fine Gael parliamentary party unanimously endorsed the proposed … Continue reading

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