Wednesday, 30 November 2011
As a resident of Limerick city I am growing a little weary of seeing the Rubberbandits profiting from its terrible image problem. Their crass sense of humour and f**k you mentality is only adding to the negative perception people have of our city. They are feeding into the view of Limerick as an 'anything goes' kind of place which is wrong. There is nothing funny about the generational poverty and the large proportion of its citizens who cannot afford a mortgage. Its notorious housing estates of Moyross and Southill are known throughout Ireland. The 'stab city' image is so ingrained in the national psyche that there Limerick City Council has to employ a full time 'communications executive' in order to keep Limerick in the headlines for the right reasons. This perception of Limerick is not limited to Ireland/Northern Ireland but goes beyond this island into the UK, where some of its national newspapers such as 'The Guardian' have run some negative stories in the past. The joke is wearing thin lads...
Sunday, 27 November 2011
Even though my heart goes out to Greece for their economic woes, and especially to the younger Greek generation, its hard to avoid the conclusion that their culture of crony-ism and tax dodging has come back to haunt them. It is astonishing that a government was willing to lie to EU officials about its finances in order to get into the single currency and then reluctantly admit several years later that they had inflated their figures. Their recklessness has endangered the Euro as a project and their impending default could have severe consequences for other struggling countries like Ireland in the Euro zone. It is officially estimated that Greece's coffers are hit with approximately €15 billion a year in unpaid tax. Now as the recession gets deeper in Greece one cannot see how they are going to repay all their debt of €340 billion on top of the bailout money. Europe was duped by Greece and we all could be paying a heavy price for this deceitfulness..a case of more stupid than clever.
Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Sunday, 13 November 2011
Wednesday, 2 November 2011
I was staying in the Jury's Inn on Parnell Street, Dublin this night last week and I am convinced I saw a ghost in room 467 - it was a young man with short cropped hair, a black silhouette... I was not asleep at the time and it appeared very shortly after turning off the lights. I actually thought it was someone trying to rob me and I made a swing at it.Has anybody else heard of sightings in Jury's Parnell street?? I would be very interested in knowing.