The Golden Years

For a week now, I’ve been avoiding the R word. In case you missed it, the ESRI announced that the Celtic Tiger was no more, and we were in a recession. The Irish news media responded with something that looked suspiciously like nostalgia for the eighties, when we were a nation of emigrants instead of […]


‘The undetermined and unindicated status of authors and publishers of weblogs causes uncertainties regarding impartiality, reliability, source protection, applicability of ethical codes and the assignment of liability in the event of lawsuits,’ according to a draft report by MEP Marianne Mikko. The MEP wants ‘clarification of the legal status of different categories of weblog authors […]

Identity Politics

One in eight who voted No to the Lisbon treaty say they did so to protect Irish identity. What does that mean? Is it simply a polite way of saying no to immigration, the reason given by one percent of those asked? Perhaps. But I think there’s another meaning. After asking voters why they voted, […]

Follow The Money

Something strange is going on in the funding of the political parties. Fianna Fáil, for instance, declared it received donations of €19044 during last year’s general election, from three donors. Yet in the same election, it spent €3 millon. A similar picture emerges with the other parties. In fact, there’s a gap of €8.8 million […]