Category Archives: dail eireann

“If you wish to be a success in the world, promise everything, deliver nothing.”

Over the past two months or so i’ve been letting things get on my nerve, stuff that ordinarily annoys me but which i try and ignore, such as Una Mullally, The Irish Times, Broadsheet, The Guardian, Ivana Bacik, Clurr Daly … Continue reading

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“Pylons, those pillars Bare like nude, giant girls that have no secret” Sir Stephen Harold Spender

  From earlier today on my way to work . . .

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Welcome to the Soft Parade

i even washed to attend the “monster rally” in the RDS and as i waited to dry i thought of why the word monster was used?  the papers that described the conference must have imagined that strange and horrible imaginary … Continue reading

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Load of balls

After their 2013 Annual General Meeting last weekend, the Football Association of Ireland took the unprecedented decision not to hold a press conference, effectively enforcing a media blackout. There were no questions permitted from the floor during the meeting and … Continue reading

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I love Lucy

Whatever your views on Lucinda Creighton’s stance on the abortion legislation, it must be acknowledged that she did the unthinkable in politics – stood by her beliefs and acted with integrity. In voting against the government last night, she was … Continue reading

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Barking up the wrong tree

Michael Noonan has committed to aggressively pursue the source of the leaked Anglo tapes. If only the government had expended as much effort in bringing disgraced bankers to justice, instead of sitting on their hands for the past five years, … Continue reading

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Groupthink

In a recent discussion on Newstalk, one contributor made an interesting point about homogeneity in our political landscape. We all know that our main parties, while divided on historical ideological grounds, are all really sides of the same coin and … Continue reading

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Newsflash! Bankers revealed as greedy and self-interested

The Anglo Tapes released this week by the Irish Independent reveal that prominent executives in the toxic bank pursued an agenda inimical to the public interest. Their phone conversations were replete with schoolboy humour, hubris and a sense of superiority … Continue reading

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Extremist etiquette

Campaigners and protesters really excel at losing friends and alienating people. Rather than winning sympathy from the wider public they often shoot themselves in the foot by employing extremist tactics designed to draw attention to their cause but in fact only succeed … Continue reading

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Seeing red

In their ongoing quest to sanitise Irish society, the next target for a government sponsored witch hunt is the sex trade (they’ve already tackled smoking, boozing, head shops, obesity and speeding). Their proposed legislation will criminalise the act of paying … Continue reading

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