Announcement: My column in The Sunday Times is concluding this week! I start in The Irish Times this Wednesday (22nd). For the moment they are cool with me publishing the columns on the blog, so though I am posting very … Read more
n 1999 Jim Mitchell was chairman of the Public Accounts Committee when it conducted an important and uncommonly efficient inquiry into the wholesale avoidance of Deposit Interest Retention Tax (Dirt) by Irish banks.
For years, half the country were stashing … Read more
I used to play poker. Sometimes you weren’t quite sure if you had the winning hand, but you’d go “all-in” and hope your opponent couldn’t see your heart leaping in your chest. Win or lose, it was quite a rush. … Read more
Wow..well there ya go. Looks like a No.
Well done to the No campaigners, they were good. They had great posters and a consistent message. The Yes was continually on the defence and had to explain why the No’s were … Read more
I cannot help but be moved and excited by his candidacy. Clinton would be a great VP but a volatile one. She would have to be extremely disciplined. McCain looks and sounds creepier each day that passes. I think its … Read more
LAST Monday night found me in the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan with a bunch of farmers, educating myself about the World Trade Organisation. Unsurprisingly, out of the 100 or so present there was just one lady farmer, and a total … Read more
This is the column from two weeks ago but it sooo unoriginal I didn’t post it for shame. For the record though it should go up…
The Anglo-Celt reported on a meeting of the Kilnaleck Debating Society last week. One … Read more
(Sunday’s column: this is the unedited copy – so a teency bit more ranty than that which appeared in de paper).
There are 33 million refugees across the planet. To hear some people talk, you’d think every last one of … Read more