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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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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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Why isn’t there Accountability?

Why isn’t there Accountability?

  There is widespread belief that we do not have accountability in this country. At least for the elites or those in positions of authority. Whether it be the harrowing Cervical Smear scandal, the incredible National Children’s Hospital cost overrun or any other high profile scandal or error. The Public perception is that no one is accountable. No one is ever fired. Maria Bailey is yet another high profile example of this. Even if there are casualties, they usually take…

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Racism is a distraction

Racism is a distraction

‘It’s the foreigners fault’ and ‘We should look after our own’ are statements I have heard more than once recently. It hasn’t been common but it is happening more than it used to. Each person that expressed these views was at pains to point out that they were not racist. They had ‘foreign’ friends. Each person lamented the politically correct culture that meant they could never say what they were telling me openly. As they were making their points from…

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Are we living in ‘Animal Farm’?

Are we living in ‘Animal Farm’?

  ‘All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others’ is a famous proclamation made by the ruling pigs as the situation for the citizens of Animal Farm became truly clear. I recently read George Orwell’s Animal Farm to my young children. I hadn’t read it since my own childhood and I thought it might be a good way to teach them about critical thinking and the importance of analysing the source of news and information. Propaganda…

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