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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Everybody is writing a book

Everybody is writing a book

I’ve heard it said that everybody has a book in them. It just needs to be let out they say. What I didn’t know was that a large percentage of everybody has gone ahead and written one. That’s certainly how it feels.   I’m willing to wager that my misconceptions about writing a book were not at all unusual. You see I thought the hard part would be writing it. And don’t get me wrong, it was both time consuming…

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Irish Politics after Brexit

Irish Politics after Brexit

  It’s hard to believe that the Brexit referendum took place over three years ago. June 23rd 2016 brought us a democratic result that nobody believed was possible, including a lot of the people that campaigned and voted for it. As Britain’s nearest neighbours it was clear that Brexit was going to have a huge impact on Irish Politics. I’m not sure anyone expected it to be the all-consuming issue that it has been for over three years and counting….

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Gender Quotas reduce quality.

Gender Quotas reduce quality.

  There was much debate when Gender Quotas were introduced in Irish National Politics back in 2012. Although I saw many dangers I agreed with the measure. We were told that gender imbalance was so serious that this drastic step was needed if we were to make progress in any reasonable timescale. We were told that Gender Quotas would be a temporary measure and other actions would be taken that would address the underlying reasons for gender imbalance which would…

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The joke is on those that are ridiculing Greta Thunberg.

The joke is on those that are ridiculing Greta Thunberg.

I’ve been reading a lot of negative commentary towards 16 year old climate striker Greta Thunberg in recent days. R.T.E. luminary Ryan Tubridy not least amongst them. The most striking thing (forgive the pun) about much of the negativity has been the clear ignorance those criticizing have displayed. It is very obvious that most have not heard any of Greta’s speeches. At least they haven’t listened. The laziest critics have used lines like ‘I wouldn’t want a sixteen year old…

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If Laura Brennan hasn’t convinced them, nothing will.

If Laura Brennan hasn’t convinced them, nothing will.

If you are one of the few that hasn’t watched ‘Laura Brennan: This is me’ then I highly recommend you do. Especially if you are a parent or ever plan on becoming one. It’s been a long time since I’ve shed a tear watching T.V. Even though I was already familiar with Laura’s story, I found the programme incredibly emotional. The scene where they went to see Santa got me. I have daughters. I can only imagine how they all…

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Northern Ireland at a crossroads

Northern Ireland at a crossroads

We all have stories of choices we made that defined our lives ever after. Important points in time that had weighty consequences. That time you applied for the job that led to you getting where you are now. Or that time you didn’t apply and your friend who did is now a millionaire with a big house and a cleaner. (Appearances can be deceiving, maybe he’s miserable inside). Northern Ireland is in this situation right now. Unlike us all those…

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