Portrait of Ireland as a laughing stock – The Irish Times
Will 10 per cent more protestants lead to less corruption? – The Irish Times
Fine Gael leader not expected to apologise for strong language – The Irish Times
Kevin Myers: Allow enough refugees in and they will provide all the evidence you need as to why a state can fail – Irish Independent
Fingleton will be forced to stand down this week – Irish Independent
Police on high alert after Belfast, Lurgan disruptions – The Irish Times
Two-thirds of firms to freeze pay – Irish Independent
Feeling blue with recession blues? – Irish Independent
Save by cutting out coffee – Irish Independent
Schillaci warns Irish players to ‘obey’ Trapattoni – Irish Independent
Seamus Heaney Honoured – The Irish Times
As an American living in Ireland for the last 7 1/2 years (I married an Englishman from London who wanted to move here to take advantage of the “Celtic Tiger” economy), I can tell you it’s been a real roller-coaster ride.
The main reason for the Irish economy having shrunk to the degree it has is construction. It was 40% of GDP, and it has evaporated, seemingly overnight. The government in power for the last 12 years is Fianna Fáil (roughly translated into English from Irish as “Soldiers of Fortune”); it has been in power, on and off, for 59 years since 1932. Fianna Fáil is, among other things, in bed with developers who grew extremely wealthy on the back of the huge construction bubble.
Ireland is bereft, bewildered, and in a current governmental vacuum where no one seems to be able to fix the problem as they are all in hock to one another. May God help this little country, of which we have grown fond but where we can no longer remain.
I don’t think God is going to do us much good to be honest, although at this point maybe all we really have to fall back on is our Good Catholic Faith.
What people don’t realise is that the Irish LOVE being poor. We’ve been oppressed and in poverty for 800 years – we just sort of forgot that we were supposed to be poor in the last 15.
But think of all the opportunities we Irish have again now – to moan, to complain about having no money, to go back to drinking the cheaper black stuff rather than newfangled beers like ‘Carlsberg’. This is the opportunity my generation has always longed for! The Celtic Tiger forced us to drink cappucinos and eat nouveau cuisine just to stay hip. But from here on it’s potatoes and buttermilk all the way.
This isn’t a recession – it’s a cultural revival.
QBCs – Quality Bus Corridors = bus lanes
Nietzsche: God is dead.
God: So is Nietzsche.
– Trinity College Dublin (even the grafitti artists are wannabe intellectuals)
What time does Roger Federer go to bed at?
(Heard on Dublin radio – I shall not mention the station)
This is only the beginning.