A Dub in Cork, like.

A Dub in Cork, like.

  Growing up in Swords, I never expected to live anywhere else. I wasn’t a full Dub in the eyes of my peers. A Father from Wexford and a Mother from Cahirsiveen in deepest South Kerry meant I was often defending my born and raised Dubness. I was told I had a country accent when I was at home, and a Dublin accent when I was holidaying in Kerry. Of course, I didn’t realise it at the time, but that…

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People with pre-existing condition’s lives matter

People with pre-existing condition’s lives matter

  We are all sick of Covid 19. Definitely not as sick of it as those who are still sick from it, or who have lost loved ones to it, but sick of it all the same. We are sick of feeling unsafe when someone stands too close. We are sick of masks. We are thirsty for pints and company. What I wouldn’t do for a proper night out. Zoom pints are great, but will never be the same.  …

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The Lockdown is not over

The Lockdown is not over

I’ve grown a beard during lockdown. It’s my Corona beard. I will be getting rid of it in early July when I return to work. My face will be back to normal. I don’t think I’ll be able to say the same about much else. The ‘new normal’ that we hear so much about is still very much in construction. As an airport worker I will see this more than most. Air Travel will look very different from now on….

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We are waiting for a Covid 19 Vaccine.

We are waiting for a Covid 19 Vaccine.

Covid 19 has changed the world. We’ve all woken up on the other side of the looking glass. Freedoms we have always taken for granted gone overnight. The feeling of being safe gone with them. All from one virus. Our way of life just wasn’t built for this. Like a well fortified castle, once the outer walls were breached, we had little or no defence left. These things are supposed to stay in Asia or Africa. Something for us to…

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Coronavirus : What comes after?

Coronavirus : What comes after?

I haven’t written anything in a while. The world has changed so quickly and so severely that my full energy has been needed to process it all. My uber safe ‘Job for Life’ in the Aviation sector is all of a sudden precarious. A childhood accident that has left me immuno-compromised (but never really affected me) is now an Achilles heel. There is no school or much of anything. Strangers are now potentially deadly. We are living in a sci…

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Radical Change doesn’t have to be all that radical

Radical Change doesn’t have to be all that radical

      General Election 2020 has sent shockwaves through the Irish political establishment. Nobody saw it coming. Sinn Fein were not running enough candidates. Even on a great day the consensus was that they would come in third in seat count. The race was between Fianna Fail and Fine Gael and one or other of them would lead a government.   On a very bad day they would be forced to go into coalition together. They haven’t even the…

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Irish General Election 2020 Odds, Tips and Analysis

Irish General Election 2020 Odds, Tips and Analysis

Irish General Election 2020 Odds, Tips and Analysis.   Quick Tips: Green Party to get over 9.5 seats 5/6. Fine Gael to get more than 42.5 seats 5/6. FF/Green/Labour/Independents to form next Government 11/1. John Maher (Lab) to take a seat in Cork North Central 7/2. Mary Linehan Foley to take a seat in Cork East 7/1.     Irish Politics has been reshaped on a number of fronts. The result of the 2016 General Election should have led to…

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Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas

  Time is speeding up. I have no evidence for this statement but I am utterly convinced that it is true. It seems to be Christmas every six months. This last year has been the quickest yet. I fear that record will continue to be broken every single year. The strangest part is that it is only at times like Christmas that I realise it. The rest is more of a blur spent doing very important things. Most of which…

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Democracy is dying

Democracy is dying

  The slow death of democracy is a lot like the climate crisis. It is a problem so big that we have no idea how to stop it. It may be even harder to fix than climate change. At least with climate change most of us have accepted that there is a real problem and there is public desire to address it. There seems to be no public recognition of the dire situation our democratic systems are in.   A…

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National Broadband Plan: A great idea with a terrible plan.

National Broadband Plan: A great idea with a terrible plan.

  It is entirely reasonable for government to provide Broadband to rural homes. The Water Charges debacle makes it even more so. Rural dwellers with their own well and septic tanks are paying towards water services for everybody else without getting any benefit. In Trump fashion, a bit of ‘Quid Pro Quo’ is fair.   The provision of rural broadband will be transformational. Comparisons can be made with rural electrification. The big difference this time though is that we won’t…

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