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Our merry bunch of no-hopers

One of the most iconic images of American President Barack Obama shows him adopting a typically statesman-like pensive pose. The image is simply tagged: 'Hope'.

But, an imaginative blogger, Damien Mulley, has decided to have a little fun with the image and has adapted it to the Irish context.

In a trio of similar images, Obama is joined by a smiling Brian Cowen and a rather startled-looking Enda Kenny with the succinct titles 'Dope' and 'Nope'.

Meanwhile, a number of other bloggers have raised concerns about the whereabouts of Mary Harney, well at least the cyberspace version thereof.

Regular visitors to her website www.maryharney.ie have been greeted with a familiar statement for some time: "The new Mary Harney website will be available soon. In the meantime, why not visit progressive democrats.ie for more information."

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern redesigned his website when he stepped down, prompting major speculation that it was the first step in his bid for the Aras.

What has Mary got planned for us?

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