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A Productive Euro Summit...

This morning I woke with delight to the news on RTE's morning Ireland that in the very early hours of this morning a Euro summit actually achieved something. It has been agreed by the Euro members to finally sever the link between sovereign and bank, a moral and common sense stance that we have been arguing for for the past four years. Nevertheless this is fantastic news for Ireland and the importance of the shift in policy cannot be understated.

I am one of the biggest critics of this government and will remain to be, however, I always believe in being fair and objective in any analysis. It would be mad of me not to congratulate this particular government for the very positive news that came out of the EU summit last night. I do believe the size and no nonsense politics from Spain had more of a hand to play in our mention in this landmark shift in policy than the negotiation skills of Gilmore and Kenny, however, I will take a lucky government second to a competent one and far ahea…

The State of the Nation...

The past week has been an eventful one in our little nation. We've witnessed Roy Keane complaining about the conduct of the Irish fans post what could have been perceived as humiliating defeats, a report released on the treatment of children by the HSE for the last decade and we've even had a report to cut numbers in the Dail paraded in front of us. This weeks events have got me thinking about the current state of our nation and how our people react and act when presented with certain situations.

First of all, may I point out being a Cork man doesn't automatically qualify you to be a Roy Keane fan, I have never been one to be honest. However, I could see both sides of the argument in the latest controversy. I think what Roy said was silly, yet totally misrepresented by the media. What I mean by that is there was a certain logic to what he was saying, just might have been better received if it wasn't said in such a, well, Roy kind of way. On the other hand when I was vie…

What Matters Most?

In case anyone who reads my blogs has forgotten, I will remind you, I have been very sick for all of 2012. It's been a long road, with many tears being shed, plenty sleepless nights, countless anxious conversations with my GP and mother, who is a nurse, and such a variety of tests that it puts the wide selection of pick n mix in a cinema to shame.

When my illness began, I was after completing a pretty successful year personally. I had appeared on Dragons Den and received an investment for my new business. This then fell apart, but I got an even bigger investment pretty much straight away. By September we were up and running and in the final quarter of 2011 I had tied up alot of big sales for 2012, whilst also attracting some big name brands for promotions within that final quarter of 2011. It was all going to plan. Even in November I travelled to the UK and tied up a deal with a UK company to bring in a highly successful patented advertising product to Ireland where I would hold th…