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As I'm sure the readers of IrishCentral are aware, Ireland is all talk about the upcoming elections at the moment.
Outgoing Taoiseach Brian Cowen must have few friends left in the country at the moment, but amidst all the opprobrium, scorn, and criticism heaped on the beleaguered Taoiseach over the last few years, I think a different side to the leader was entirely missed out on during the media onslaught that has more or less defined his hapless career in politics.
I had two chances to watch the outgoing Taoiseach in action over the past six months. The first was at a swanky function hosted in the Irish Consulate, New York City which was being put on to commemorate a special edition of The Irish Voice commemorating the top 50 Irish-American businesswomen. The second was at a private party function from which journalists were supposed to be excluded from at a local hotel in Cork City.
Cork, Ireland is still in a sense of shock after yesterday morning's tragic air crash which killed six and injured several others, when a light aircraft crashed at the airport on its third attempt to land in thick fog.
Strictly speaking this isn't the first crash at Cork (an Aer Lingus Viscount went down en route to London in '68, crashing into the sea off Tuskar Rock, County Wexord), but it's the first one to occur at the airport itself, and the first in many years.
Above: passengers waiting to board a flight at Shannon Airport, Ireland's Western gateway to the US. Unless students demand of politicians that they take steps to address the emigration problem, there'll be plenty more of these flights.
Excuse me if I've come to be known as the weekly bearer of doom and gloom from Ireland, but there's so much about student emigration that's worth reporting on, and so little seemingly being done about it.
I had a very interesting talk with the President of the university I attend this morning, to write an interview for the news website I run in Cork.