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Abortion in Ireland

Since I can remember, the question of legalising abortion in Ireland has never been too far from the public and governments minds at any one time. It's quite shocking, that in 2012, in a period of unprecedented openness and acceptance of so many beliefs, religions, rituals, races and preferences that we, as a nation, still feel the right, to lecture women on such a fundamental part of their human rights. I want to make it absolutely clear from the offset of a few things, as the "Pro Life" / Anti Choice camp would have you believe that I am a baby murderer simply because of my quite rational views. I love life, I want to be a parent someday. I believe in the protection of children, I do not want a scenario of "abortion on demand" right up until the ninth month and I am not a child murderer.

Now with those quite exaggerated points out of the way I want to deal in a few facts, not from a moral stance, which is what the Anti Choice camp deal in, but from a point whe…

If I were Taoiseach?

As has been the norm for the last number of years, for anyone interested in current affairs at least, my reading of the newspapers, listening to the radio waves and viewing of TV has been dominated by the talk of the recession and all we are doing without as a result. There are cuts across most departments which now affect almost every section of society. On top of that we have had tax rises on the reduced income people now earn, or, for those unfortunate enough to be drawing social welfare it has been reduced. It's fair to say that everyone is earning less, has less services and are in general struggling more in 2012. It got me thinking....

.... If I were Taoiseach, what would I do within the limited parameters available in our current set of difficulties? I am not talking about feeding the world or bringing peace to the globe, albeit I would certainly love to do either. No, what I am talking about here is making one simple change, that costs the minimal amount but will have the m…

Everything happens for a Reason!

2012 has been a strange, pretty incident fraught year for me. I have been very ill, with no sign of recovery in the short term, on the horizon. I have had to resign from my two businesses as I am not physically able to make it to the office anymore. I have had to move out of the home I shared with my girlfriend and move back to my parents house. My girlfriends business is expanding rapidly and she is doing quite long hours, and, because I need a lot of help it makes sense to do so, temporarily at least. Last month, the steering rack went in my car, a big, expensive repair now necessary on a car I owe a lot of money on at a time when I am earning nothing. I can't eat a lot of my favourite foods anymore and am on quite a strict diet. No sugar, no processed food whatsoever, no chilli or spices, basically bland fresh food that won't upset my stomach or digestion. Until I have my hospital visit at the end of May, this is a diet I must adhere to very strictly. I can't exercise a…

Public v Private - The argumental epitome of the Irish psyche

I read an article in todays Journal by a recruitment consultant based in Wicklow. The article makes the point for the need for change in the public service. In my opinion some of the article is absolute nonsense whilst other parts of it are extremely sensible. But in this case, the article itself is inconsequential. It is the peoples reaction to the article and the wider argument is what interests me in this instance.

Why are we, a modern, advanced and intelligent society, constantly bound to defending the indefensible, whilst attacking what we don't understand. I am not washing my own hands of this trait, far from it in fact, I am probably the worst offender. I often criticise the Public service, banks, politicians and the media for what I believe are their wrong doings, especially now, more than before our current set of difficulties. But is this fair ? Do I know enough about the bodies I complain about? My information comes from two main sources, the first being the more respons…

Cough..... The Household Tax.... Cough

I didn't even want to write a piece on the now infamous household tax as I believe it has run its course, even with me, someone who doesn't have to pay it and wouldn't even if I had a home. I'll keep it short and hopefully sweet, I promise, but I guess you have recognised my stall has been set out already.

This week, the now infamous villain "Big Phil", riled at least 50% of the countries population, by uttering the cliches and lines, we as a nation, have got so used to hearing from our elected representatives. But the horror show didn't end there, Supervillain Shatter stepped to the fore, to tell over a million Irish citizens to "Get a life" and that it was "only €100" because we weren't being the obedient little dictatorees Fine Gael envisaged and so desire in this time of crisis, and all this at a time that Germany loses control of its memory of their very recent history. There is no doubt about it, but the combination of another…