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Niall O'Dowd

Entries by Niall O'Dowd

Rick Santorum Is Blowing the Election by Losing Catholic Vote to Romney

(4) Comments | Posted March 8, 2012 | 11:21 AM

Conventional wisdom is that Mitt Romney is far from the perfect candidate who, if he loses, can only blame himself. That same wisdom posts that Rick Santorum is running an excellent underdog campaign.

However, the reality is different. It is Santorum who is throwing the election away by failing...

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The Irish Presidential Race Becomes a Gripping Soap Opera

(0) Comments | Posted October 19, 2011 | 4:38 PM

The strangest Irish presidential election ever just got a whole Twilight Zone twist when the husband of Dana, alias Rosemary Scallon, a former gospel singer once based in America, claimed she had been the target of an assassination attempt.

Driving back to Dublin from the West of Ireland on Tuesday,...

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Seven Line Up for President of Ireland in Unpredictable Race

(1) Comments | Posted September 28, 2011 | 5:30 PM

With nomination closing on Wednesday the Irish presidential contenders, seven in all, are finally in the starting gate and they include a former IRA leader, a Gay activist and a bible belt singer.

The election will be October 27 and five of the seven seem to have a realistic chance...

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IRA Leader Martin McGuinness May Become President of Ireland

(10) Comments | Posted September 21, 2011 | 9:33 AM

Martin McGuinness was once a very senior commander in the Provisional IRA and now could become president of Ireland.

His entry last week into the campaign has transformed a sleepy race for Ireland's top constitutional job and head of state into a hotly contested race.

The joke going around is...

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Parish Priest Compares Irish Leader to Hitler as Church/State War Escalates

(11) Comments | Posted July 28, 2011 | 10:05 AM

A parish priest in Ireland has compared Enda Kenny, the Irish leader, to Hitler.

It is the latest volley in the war between church and state that has transfixed the country.

One James Joyce wrote that Ireland was about 'God and Caesar hand in glove'; if so, Caesar has...

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Queen Elizabeth Visit to Ireland Fraught With Violence Fears

(21) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 4:40 PM

The visit of Queen Elizabeth to Ireland marks a truly historic moment in a centuries-old relationship that has often been marked by sorrow and pain.

Think Sadat visiting Israel when the queen's plane touches down in Baldonnel Airport outside Dublin tomorrow.

The Queen is finally visiting Ireland one hundred years...

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This Royal Wedding Nonsense Cleverly Drowns Out Real Issues

(7) Comments | Posted April 28, 2011 | 6:59 PM

As an Irishman, there are many things about Britain that I deeply like. Royalty is not one of them.

The British have a great culture: they gave the world soccer, rugby and much of modern democracy. I love London, their chocolate and the ordinary British bloke or gal. Just not...

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St.Patrick's Day Glimmer of Hope for Ireland With Dynamic New Government

(7) Comments | Posted March 16, 2011 | 5:00 PM

The two leaders of the new Irish government have landed in America for St.Patrick' Day with a spring in their step and a desire to write a new chapter in the history of Ireland and America.

Prime Minister Enda Kenny and Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore, leaders of the two coalition...

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All Changed Utterly as Ireland's 'Democratic Revolution' Takes Place

(28) Comments | Posted February 27, 2011 | 3:37 PM

The Irish election can be summed up in the experience at one polling station in Dublin at 7 a.m. on Friday morning last just as the voting began and recounted on national television by one of the guest experts, Dr. Michael Marsh of Trinity College.

First in the door was...

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Suddenly in Irish Election, an Historic Outcome on the Cards

(14) Comments | Posted February 15, 2011 | 9:44 PM

Ireland's general election on Friday, February 25th may be about to return the kind of verdict that was so unlikely a few days ago that bookmakers were offering 25/1 on it.

A weekend poll showed the opposition right of center Fine Gael party on 38 percent and surging and the...

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Irish Election Date Means End of Europe's Most Successful Political Party

(28) Comments | Posted January 20, 2011 | 6:43 PM

After a day of complete chaos in the Irish parliament Irish Prime Minister Brian Cowen has called an Irish election for March 11, and in the process sealed the fate of his party, Fianna Fail (Feena Fawl).

The party is likely to be wiped out in...

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What Obama Should Have Said in Tucson but Lacked the Courage to

(816) Comments | Posted January 15, 2011 | 12:53 PM

My friends we live in a country where a mentally deranged man may have access to a firearm and ammunition as easily as he may access getting a license for his dog. We have been afraid for too long to address the consequences of this. How many more Virginia Techs...

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From Hero to Zero: Why Former Irish Leader Bertie Ahern Has Now Quit Politics

(7) Comments | Posted December 31, 2010 | 8:18 AM

If you needed proof that all political careers end in failure look no further than former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern.

Ahern announced on Thursday he was quitting Irish politics, not running again for his seat on Dublin's north side in the upcoming election, likely to be held in March.

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My Top Ten Political Winners and Losers for 2010

(5) Comments | Posted December 23, 2010 | 11:53 AM


1. Barack Obama. Written off after the mid-term elections, a few weeks later he glides, if not exactly walks, on water. Has triangulated faster than Bill Clinton and didn't need the obnoxious Dick Morris to do it, either.

2. Joe Biden. Have you noticed how successful Obama has suddenly...

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Irish relieved they are not paragons of success any more

(6) Comments | Posted December 12, 2010 | 12:21 PM

Dublin: The children lining up to see Santa and some Christmas animals outside the Mansion House in Dublin, home of the Lord Mayor, luckily didn't overhear the remark of one passer by.

"Look at that donkey" he said, pointing to the little animal shivering in the stable." He's perfect. We...

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Ireland Must Now Hit the Reset Button -- A View From the Diaspora

(24) Comments | Posted November 29, 2010 | 11:24 AM

In 1607 the great Irish scholar Geoffrey Keating, writing from exile in Bordeaux, wrote his poem "A Lament on the Sad State of Ireland."

It was prompted by the news of the departure of the Wild Geese chieftains Hugh O'Neill and O'Donnell from Irish shores, fleeing after the Battles...

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Governor Chris Christie Is Our Nightmare, Say Democratic Insiders About 2012 Race

(493) Comments | Posted November 19, 2010 | 2:58 PM

Republican New Jersey governor Chris Christie is the person Democrats fear most in the run for the White House in 2012.

At a farewell reception and dinner for Senator Chris Dodd at the Irish Embassy this week I heard his name over and over.

Among the Democratic bigs present were...

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Prince Charles and Camilla's Powerful Message of Peace

(0) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 3:33 PM

The mountain came to Mohammed this week when Prince Charles and his wife Camilla went to the Irish embassy in London. It was the first time the prince of Wales had set foot in an Irish embassy and he was greeted with warmth and respect by Ambassador Bobby McDonagh and...

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Harry Reid Defeat No Bad Thing for Democrats With Chuck Schumer in the Wings

(39) Comments | Posted October 28, 2010 | 4:18 PM

Whisper it, but a defeat for Harry Reid in his senate race in Nevada would not be a bad thing for Democrats.

Cometh the hour cometh the man -- Chuck Schumer.

Take it from me. For years I have dealt with Irish issues with Reid's likely successor Senator Chuck Schumer,...

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Juan Williams Was Truthful, and We Need to Be As Honest to Understand Why

(340) Comments | Posted October 21, 2010 | 10:05 PM

The Juan Williams case shows once again the fraught arena of racial stereotyping. He was being undeniably honest when he said he felt a flicker of fear when spotting Muslims in garb boarding a flight he is taking. I do, too, in similar circumstances, feel a momentary tic of the...

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