Archive for December, 2008

New Job: Campaign Manager, Ireland East

As many of you will already have heard, I will be starting a new job in January.   I’ve been appointed Labour Party campaign manager for the European Elections in Ireland East.  Our candidate there is Nessa Childers (and yes, you do recognise the name, she’s the daughter of (Fianna Fáil) President Erskine H Childers […]

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas Have a good one, wherever you are. No idea where to give the hat tip – the image has been in my files since Christmas 2003 in Afghanistan.

The System

The System is a great series of comics by Ross, who’s one of the lads I was hanging out with in DC. Click for a full size version.

The Next Leap

I was at a very interesting presentation this week (probably last week by the time you read this) at the Irish Institute for European Affairs (IIEA).  They were launching Johnny Ryan‘s paper The Next Leap.  It describes what we should be doing to bring Ireland into the next stage of its economic development.  It would […]


You’ll notice there’s now snow on the blog.  Thanks to the ‘Let it Snow‘ plugin by Aen Tan.

Security Cartoon

Over-specific security reactions of the 21st Century. Hat tip to Bruce, originally from

Crime – Getting Worse?

If you listened to the various TV and radio vox-pops over the last few days, following the tragic murders in East Wall, Howth and Ranelagh, and even Dick Roche’s hold up in Wicklow, you’d think the murder rate was soaring and the country was going to pot. But what’s the real situation? In reality, the […]


Apologies for the quietness – been busy! It is the Christmas Drinks and book launches season, after all. Have written three posts tonight (last night when you read this, um, tomorrow), which will be posted gradually over the next few days.

I’m not being sued by Declan Ganley (yet)

Declan Ganley is now suing RTÉ over their depiction of him on Prime Time.  That’s on top of Joe Costello, the Labour Party.  The rumour mill says he’s also threatened The Irish Times and Colm Keena with action. Is there anyone left who isn’t being sued by Declan Ganley?  Give us a pingback or a […]


With a hat tip to RedMum.  Needs sound, but probably headphones in the office!