Allen's Irelandby Paul Allen
- What Ryanair's Michael O’Leary could teach Enda Kenny about communications and political battles
- Could it be time for Ireland to bring Bertie Ahern back?
- Pre-budget politics: lies, damned lies, and a gullible Irish public
- Why Irish broadcaster Pat Kenny is worth every penny and more
- The Royal baby and hidden agendas, blanket coverage an exercise in cynicism
Rather than ducking out of debates and avoiding the media, Enda Kenny should look to Michael O’Leary as a role model, writes Paul Allen
The stage was set for a showdown. The economy was still creaking under the weight of excessive spending and the Seanad was seen as a politically prehistoric talking shop for has-beens and wannabes.
If we do not learn from our mistakes and embrace those that have made them, we will always be prone to repeating the errors of the past.
With the housing market looking likely to blossom once again, the sense of excitement in the media is palpable. Indeed, many are using the Dublin-led property price rise as the barometer signalling an economy on the steady rise out of recession.
A fat tax, where homes are fitted with scales and the inhabitants weighed every month and taxed accordingly, is being considered for the forthcoming budget, according to newspaper reports.
The haters will hate, and the begrudgers will begrudge, but Pat Kenny’s million-euro move to Newstalk was a stroke of genius by the independent broadcaster, writes Paul Allen.
“Price is what you pay. Value is what you get.” This no-nonsense philosophy underpinned Warren Buffett’s success throughout his career.
Because until we know the full details of this latest scandal, Drumm and Co will not be the last ones to laugh at us for being gullible fools.
In the supposed year of the Gathering, and with the country’s coffers still struggling, our politicians would have been be better off welcoming the world to Ireland, rather than jetting away for St Patrick’s Day.
Despite the might of its football team and the fact it got a better bailout deal from Europe, Ireland is likely to triumph Spain, writes Paul Allen.
We used to laugh at the English. Every European Championship they qualified for they believed they would win it.
But while England fans took a more sober approach regarding their chances at Euro 2012, Ireland’s cheer leading brigade managed to convince themselves we would crush Croatia, spank Spain and lash
How Minister Rabbitte proceeds is of critical importance because, we need a media that not only has the power, but also the resources to reflect the truth as clearly as possible. This is highly important because if we cannot view the past and present with unbiased clarity, our view of the future will always be worryingly skewed.
But thankfully, the Irish nation is no longer stuck in such time warp. And neither should Irish Americans.
And the begrudgers should remember that on March 17 there are, as the saying goes, only two kinds of people in the world — the Irish and those who wish they were.
So now as the media turns on Enda and Leo for telling the truth, at least Irish people will now have two others to blame for their woes. *
Thankfully, for the families of those who lost their lives, the inquiry rather than the media will bring to light who the real villains in this tragedy are.