Abortion: Lies, damned lies, and statistics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5dSICoqnFGA When news broke last week that the number of Irish women having abortions in the UK had dropped considerably, responses were predictable. The anti-abortion groups were out quickly to welcome the news. The pro-choice campaign suggested austerity budgets were to blame, with fewer women financially able to travel abroad. Nobody would for a moment [...]

HMV, horseburgers, and what they have in common

HK Central Building HMV Group shop (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Both begin with H; both sometimes feature a small dog looking up at them quizzically; and both were in the news this week as evidence of a failure of consumerism to work for consumers. The nostalgia evident among people of a certain age, we'll say [...]

Viva España

I'm in Gran Canaria this week on holidays with my mother. We're staying at a nice resort, in a lovely apartment, and we're 100% conscious of our comparative wealth here in a way I've never been in a country of 'old Europe' before. On (budget) trips to Morocco, Egypt, and even Hungary, I have been super [...]

2012-04-19T13:12:30+00:00 April 19th, 2012|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Get on with it

The latest economic monitor report produced by Cork City Council tells us that unemployment in Metropolitan Cork increased by just 1.2 per cent between the end of 2009 and the end of 2010. There was a boost of 3.7 per cent between quarter three 2010 and quarter four (probably largely due to seasonal employment). [...]

2011-05-03T16:19:21+00:00 May 3rd, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ireland’s friendliest city?

Edit: please leave a comment below if you'd like to volunteer! I’ve always considered Cork to be Ireland’s friendliest city, and given the week that’s in it, it’s good to be mindful of the impression we give to visitors. Initiatives like the Lonely Planet iPhone app, the postering campaign, and twinning with various cities [...]

2011-03-16T11:02:40+00:00 March 16th, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , |

Bail and bail outs

This was written yesterday, before we had all the figures. For a proper analysis of those see www.irishtimes.com, where they have people who know about maths! The concept of bail is an odd one. It’s a bit like a hostage situation really, except the Government is the kidnapper and it’s the family who pays up. If, [...]

2010-09-30T09:29:00+00:00 September 30th, 2010|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , |

Saving the nation

Yesterday I went to get a sandwich in the middle of the newsroom rush. One of the annoying things about working in an industrial estate (lovely and all as Northpoint is) is that you have to drive practically everywhere, so I hopped into my car and zipped up to our local garage. On the way, I [...]

2010-09-24T15:56:00+00:00 September 24th, 2010|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

Working things out

Editorial from Thursday 2 SeptemberThroughout the Celtic Tiger years we were told that the rising tide was lifting all boats, and the lot of every sector in society was improving as a consequence of the genius of our bankers and the Government. There are a number of untruths in that sentence, but you can pick those [...]

2010-09-18T17:42:00+00:00 September 18th, 2010|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

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