How many jobs does Ireland need?

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Drawing on the recent piece by Michael Taft, assessing the proportion of emigration for which the recession/response is responsible, and on some CSO estimates for population, we can see the following: The Irish population has grown by 108,000 between 2009 and 2013. Taft estimates a net 136,000 Irish aged 15-29 emigrated due ...

A mixed day for RTÉ

Tuesday, June 21st, 2011

Two rather different news stories featuring RTÉ today. The first, their triumph at the New York Festivals Radio Program and Promotion Awards (and isn't that a mouthful), where they were named Broadcaster of the year, as well as being recognized in 17 different categories, including one of only three Grand ...

A tale of two news stories

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Compare and contrast: There are fears of (more) deaths, particularly of pensioners and the homeless, as Ireland undergoes below-freezing conditions. (That's not a metaphor for the economy!) Local authorities are struggling to keep roads gritted, with limited budgets available for this purpose (and effect still being felt from repair costs after ...

It’s like they’re not really in government

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

The Green Party urge changes to NAMA legislation.

Weird community radio story of the day

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Has to be this one from Australia about FBi, a community station that ran an 'Ask Richard' campaign, calling on listeners to the the attention of Richard Branson, in the hope that he would donate $1m (AUS) to them. They succeeded in getting his attention - when an (anonymous) woman ...

Un(der)employment figures worsen

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

There's something strange in the latest live register figures released today by the CSO. Not the increase of 87.1% in a single year - that, unfortunately, could be predicted. RTÉ's report mentioned that 71% of the increase was among men. [I should note that I'm using two sets of data here ...

Irish economy in crisis

Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

It's not wholly surprising, but it seems possible that the meteoric rise of the Celtic Tiger could very soon be eclipsed by the current free-fall of the Irish economy. Following on from news that the economy fell into recession in the second quarter of 2008 (with two consecutive quarters of declining ...

Blogging while eating…

Monday, August 11th, 2008

I'm battling yet another software melt-down - just after fixing the wifi (by reinstalling everything), my MacBook has copied my Mini in refusing to open applications like Word, and showing a blank desktop (though the files are actually still on the system, the icons just aren't showing on screen). Time ...