No Likelihood of Abortion Referendum in Ireland Before Next General Election

Still celebrating their stunning success in the recent gay marriage Referendum those on the ‘liberal left’ in Ireland are desperate to get the abortion issue back onto the agenda. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is unlikely however to risk further alienating his mostly conservative base by broaching what is perhaps the most controversial and divisive social issue in Ireland (and perhaps in the entire western world). Enda Kenny: ‘I do not believe that this house should be rushed into making a decision… This requires the most careful consideration by whoever is elected… There won’t be a Referendum on this in the lifetime … Continue reading No Likelihood of Abortion Referendum in Ireland Before Next General Election

Economic Recovery In Ireland Is Under Way

Recently released statistics have revealed that 3653 new businesses were started in Ireland during May 2015, which is a 24% increase on the same month in 2014. There were 79 insolvencies registered during May, which is a 38% drop on the previous year. These numbers are a sure indicator that the Irish economy is on the way back. Combined with the reduction in the rate of unemployment to 9.9%, down from over 15% at its worst and under 10% for the first time since 2009, the indications are good. Long term unemployment fell back from 7.3% to 5.9% during the … Continue reading Economic Recovery In Ireland Is Under Way

Labour Party Attempts to Buy Votes By Squandering Millions

The Labour Party has announced its intention to squander over 566 Million Euro of taxpayers money in an attempt to buy votes in the next General Election. State employees are to receive an average of 2000 Euro each over the next two years. In an obvious throw-back to the politics of the past the blatant bribery is being criticized in many quarters, but not apparently by those who are to receive the cash. Despite this appalling wastage of public money in the interest of political salvation, the giveaway is unlikely to help the ailing Labour Party who look set to … Continue reading Labour Party Attempts to Buy Votes By Squandering Millions

Phone Boxes May Be Removed From Irish Streets

For years the telephone boxes that were about the size of a large wardrobe dotted the streets of Ireland. On rainy days (it does sometimes rain in Ireland) they provided a safe haven for a minimum of two people (depending on stature) and it was no surprise to see as many as three adults squashed into these tiny apartments, away from the torrential downpour outside. Many have already been replaced by wall-mounted kiosks and it seems that the days of the remaining telephone boxes are numbered. Due to anti-social activity and the wide-spread usage of mobile phones there have been … Continue reading Phone Boxes May Be Removed From Irish Streets

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14 Year Old Waterford Boy Was The Youngest Solider Killed In World War 1

During the 1970’s and 1980’s in Ireland the annual remembrance of those tens of thousands of Irish who gave their lives in the Great War was met with a kind of muted national indifference. Certainly there was laying of wreaths … Continue reading 14 Year Old Waterford Boy Was The Youngest Solider Killed In World War 1

Government Probe into Banking Crisis May Examine Media Collusion

In what is becoming a far-reaching examination of the disastrous events of 2008 to 2010 in Ireland the Irish Government committee set up to examine the issues has suggested that Newspaper editors and other media commentators may be called upon to give evidence. This is something quite new in Ireland. Rarely has the Irish media been examined for its role in creating and fuelling news stories. And this is the news story about the single biggest economic event in the history of the country. The collapse of the Irish banks was directly tied to the bursting of the property bubble, … Continue reading Government Probe into Banking Crisis May Examine Media Collusion

US Governor Appeals to Ireland over Cigarette Packaging

It is not often that events in Ireland register among the political fraternity in North Carolina but news that Ireland is planning to force cigarette companies to use plain packaging on their products has prompted Governor Pat McCrory to act. Writing to the Irish Ambassador to the United States, Anne Anderson, the Governor requested that his concerns be forwarded to the Irish Government for consideration in what is becoming an international assault on the Irish proposals. Ireland it will be remembered was the first country in the world to introduce a blanket ban on smoking in the workplace. The legislation … Continue reading US Governor Appeals to Ireland over Cigarette Packaging