Browne on Haughey, Ahern, power and corruption
Denis O'Brien's victory in his action against the Irish Daily Mail will have an inevitable effect on reporting and commentary on matters concerning him.
While government ministers are putting a positive spin on 2013, the truth is that things are still looking pretty dire, writes Vincent Browne.
Whatever discussion there is within the Fine Gael parliamentary party on abortion legislation is unlikely to be calm, and is certain to be unconsidered and insensitive.
Even though there are another three years to go to an election, the goose is already cooked for many Labour TDs.
Four years ago last week, the Dáil debated and then endorsed the bank guarantee scheme, which has cost this society at least €64 billion.