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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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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