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An Cúige

David Cameron has let the cat out of the bag. Northern Ireland costs too much. Wikipedia puts the cost to the British exchequer at five billion quid in 2006. That’s one fifth of all economic output. Annually. Despite this, the North remains an economic basketcase. By contrast, the Republic benefited from a EU investment in […]

Unvictory

Some arguments made on both sides of the Lisbon treaty debate are false. Some are true. Some are unprovable either way. And a large number of arguments are irrelevant. Take what was credited as a winning argument last time: ‘Save Our Commissioner: Vote No’. As it turns out, once Ireland voted No, the EU suddenly […]

Thatch

Donegal has been more badly served by it’s planning policies than anywhere else in Europe, a consultant in vernacular architecture told a Heritage Week meeting in Glencolmcille. Dr Greg Stevenson is the Honorary Research Fellow in Vernacular Architecture at the University of Wales. “It’s a great shame. The planning policies are there to serve the […]

Last Past the Post

At a recent Meet the Bloggers event, John Gormley spoke about a plan to reduce the influence of clientelism in Irish politics. The Greens want a hybrid combining the single transferable vote with a list system, so that 150 or so TDs are directly elected, with the balance of seats going on a party basis […]

Where Everybody Knows Your Name

My father showed me the brochure when I got home for the weekend. It looked well, very professionally produced, four A4 pages with full colour on glossy paper, good photographs, well lit, clearly taken by someone who knew their craft. The accompanying copy was well designed, not too wordy, but hit all the important bullet […]

Help Wanted

Willie O’Dea sought special treatment for twentynine inmates in a one year period. All of the representations were rejected. O’Dea says he was ‘merely passing on representations on behalf of the relatives of inmates.’ The minister said he ‘supports the concept of legislation which would prevent TDs from making representations on inmates who are on […]