Celebrating women on #IWD2016 – Carmel O'Keeffe

Yesterday as I was writing about International Women's Day I remembered that I'd interviewed Carmel O'Keeffe of Dress for Success Cork for the Sunday Business Post Magazine's This Life slot a few years ago. Carmel's story is pretty inspiring so I've reproduced it here, for a bit of motivation on IWD2016! Carmel O'Keeffe of Dress [...]

Something to smile about – the world is a happier place since 2008

It’s official. You are now living in the 18th happiest nation on earth. Not only that, but the world has become a happier and more generous place over the past five years, despite the financial collapse, while the regional distribution of happiness has become more equal. In 2011 the UN General Assembly decided it was time [...]

2013-09-29T19:00:09+00:00 September 29th, 2013|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |

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: , , , , , , , |

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: , , , |

De-energising

This is my editorial from last week's paper. I've noticed similar pieces a couple of places,in yesterday's Agenda magazine and elsewhere, but this was written last Tuesday. There are a lot of euphemisms about these days, masking unpleasant news. We’re all familiar with downsizing, resizing and – the most recent word from the world of human [...]

2010-08-23T10:09:00+00:00 August 23rd, 2010|Categories: Opinion|Tags: , , , |