Lise Hand: Brian Song-ill cranks up the propaganda machine
IT was like the Cold War had never gone away, what with talk of Russian spies and sinister propaganda abounding in the Dail yesterday.
But it wasn't some cabal of Commies who were in the firing-line for trying to brainwash the masses but our very our Dear Leader, Brian Cowen.
For the opposition parties got quite worked up over a newfangled website called www.merrionstreet.ie, which is very swish altogether and sparkles with glossy photos of the Taoiseach hobnobbing with other world leaders, audio of doorstep interviews with the Taoiseach and various members of the Cabinet, and breathless news items such as 'Irish and German Agriculture Ministers Meet'. Enda Kenny wanted to know how much the website cost -- though his insistence on referring to it by its full moniker -- "www dot merrion street dot ie" -- indicates that perhaps the Fine Gael leader isn't a regular commuter along the information superhighway.