Posts Tagged ireland

Minister for Public Service Reform

In case you missed it, Ruairi Quinn called for the establishment of a Minister for Public Service Reform the other day. I’m going to claim partial credit for that idea.  I can’t remember whether I actually said it to Ruairi himself, but I was punting the idea around the Labour Party backrooms for a couple […]

Return to Normality

I’m back.  I’m alive.  The election was won. (Thanks, Avril). Took a bit longer to get back to blogging than expected, due to a bug in the upgrade of WordPress, but all sorted now. A few online things to note from the campaign – Liveblogs and Twitter really came to life during the counts & […]

AIB Card Security: FAIL

Following on from Active Growth’s post on Bank of Ireland security, I didn’t want AIB to feel left out. They’ve an even worse card security procedure, which they continue to use despite my repeated complaints. Picture the scene, if you will.  Something fishy is going on on your credit card (normally it’s small value internet […]

Who Pays No Tax?

RTÉ’s Prime Time last night was a discussion on tax.  Reporter/presenter Mark Little repeated several times Noel Dempsey’s (and the Government’s) claim that “38% of people pay no tax at all”.  That’s rubbish. 38% of people pay no income tax.  But they all pay tax. VAT, or sales tax, is paid by everyone, without exception.  […]

When Will the Perp Walks Start?

Interesting listening on today’s Morning Ireland (well worth a listen).  George Lee has now formally used the word “fraud” in relation to what has been happening in Anglo Irish Bank.  About time too.  And if Anglo have a problem with that, I look forward to them suing George Lee and RTÉ.  I don’t think they’ll […]

Told You So

Well, I did. Budget 2009 seems like a long time ago.  Things have gotten a hell of a lot worse since then.  But all the warning signs were there, and the Government’s failure to address them has been astonishing.  Still, in February, they’re only talking about doing something. As I said back in October, what […]

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 […]

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 […]

Boomtown

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

Blackberry Storm Launches in Ireland – 27th November

Vodafone have just announced that the Blackberry Storm will go on sale on Friday eh, Thursday (it’d help if I could read a calendar). Vodafone: We promised that you would be one of the first to know. So here’s the news to beat the queues: the BlackBerry® Storm™ smartphone is launching on November 27th, purpose-built […]

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