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Month: October 2019

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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