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October 28, 2012

The Cedar Lounge Revolution

Michael McDowell has discovered the reason that apparently it is impossible to have a serious debate on the EU within the government. It seems to be democracy.

With a Dail elected on the basis of multi-seat PR, the only hope of having a serious means of considering EU affairs in the heart of our democracy lies with reforming the Senate, not abolishing it.

The winner, for the second week in the row, is Marc Coleman, who manages to top last week’s total absence of self-awareness.

WHEN SIX Italian scientists were jailed for failing to predict an earthquake in the town of L’Aquila — one that that killed over 300 people — some felt it was a little harsh. Others took inspiration from it: Why, they asked, not arrest economists who failed to predict Ireland’s economic crisis?

Having warned about the cliff the economy was headed for since July…

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Conor McCabe’s Sins of the Father out June 10th 2011

June 9, 2011

I have stolen this post from World By Storm at Cedar Lounge. I too am looking forward to getting my hands on this book, and urge anybody reading this to do the same.

News this evening that this long awaited analysis of the financial crisis and all that came before it is now available both in shops and online from the publishers – for the latter see here.

Very very much looking forward to reading it.

Worth a Thousand Words

September 26, 2009


The History of Emotion

August 12, 2009

I’ve just put up a post on Cedar Lounge Revolution discussing some thoughts by Eric Hobsbawm on writing the history of emotion should anyone be interested.

Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité

July 14, 2009


New post at Cedar Lounge Revolution

July 10, 2009

I have just put up a post discussing an article by Toiréasa Ferrris on the problems faced by her party in the south should anyone be interested.

More At Cedar Lounge

February 10, 2009

Just a quick link to a post I’ve put up on Cedar Lounge with some personal thoughts on the attempt to extradite Seán Garland.

Massive Social Problem in Ballymena Area

January 22, 2009

No, it’s not heroin. Nor indeed fundamentalist Protestantism. Both of which are massive social problems in the Ballymena area. Instead, it is an unholy alliance of Catholic and state grammar schools setting their own transfer test. And what has the Incompetent for Education got to say about it?

Ms Ruane said in a statement: “I am still working to achieve agreement which could allow schools to apply to use the department’s test during a three-year transition period.”

Well that’s just dandy then. I’m so pleased to see that as per usual, she – and her party – have done precisely nothing to address this situation beyond empty rhetoric. But not surprised in the slightest. So once again, the children of Ballymena get the short end of the stick. I’m glad I’m from Belfast.


November 5, 2008

Tweedledum beats Tweedledee. Or was it the other way round?

Cuba an Oil Giant?

October 18, 2008

The Guardian is reporting that Cuba has discovered oil reserves potentially as large as those of the United States. If this is confirmed, then the situation in Cuba could be transformed, with the country becoming not only self-sufficient in oil, but an exporting country. However, the oil is difficult to extract, and the US blockcade prevents access to the most up-to-date equipment to extract it. Nevertheless, this is excellent news, and potentially the key to raising the living standards of the entire Cuban people, as well as adding extra strength to the bloc of Latin American progressive governments. It is possible that the oil might cause the US to soften its attitude to Cuba, or step up its efforts against socialism there, with the type of shenanigans familiar to us from Cuban history, and recent developments in Venezuela.

I heard the Cuban Ambassador to Ireland Noel Carillo talk about the devestating effects of the recent hurricanes on Cuba, and of the rebuilding efforts that are taking place there. Let’s hope that the oil reserves provide the resources to transform the country.