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 [...]

"It's a disgrace"… or is it?

We had a call on the show today from Anne, who wanted to discuss emigration. Earlier on in the show, Jerry had been speaking to myself and PJ about the same topic. He maintained that emigrants should vote on Twitter and Facebook, because if they voted for Sinn Féin, SF would create a country they would [...]

2018-12-01T09:54:47+00:00 February 5th, 2016|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

Visiting emigrant friends is bittersweet

It was my first visit to London in three years. It was also the closest thing I’ve had to a reunion of my college class in nearly ten years, as so many of my classmates have ended up there. The week before, I’d visited a friend at home on his family’s farm. One of four kids, [...]

2013-09-07T18:42:32+00:00 September 7th, 2013|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: , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Want a job? Put in the work, and I don't mean get a degree

Listening to Morning Ireland today as the show’s reporter Cian McCormack travelled the country, I heard the sad, but very familiar, tale of a family where two of three sons were emigrating. I nodded in agreement and felt a tear come to my eye as I heard the mother, who supports the family singlehandedly, say she [...]

2011-02-01T20:15:48+00:00 February 1st, 2011|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

I'm not leaving

My latest piece on why I don't intend to leave Ireland, is over at The Antiroom. It's getting a lot of reaction, and I've just done an interview with Associated Press which will hopefully be featured in some of the international press next week - hopefully it will show people that there are still [...]

2010-11-26T11:06:43+00:00 November 26th, 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: , , , |