Ireland Callingby John Spain
- "Greed is good", especially in Ireland it seems with pillars of society on the take
- Vintage pamphlets offer a glimpse at the rules of 50s-era Irish Catholicism
- A leap of faith by Ireland, the exit from the IMF/EU bailout
- A temporary detour from ecomic issues to Irish soccer madness
- Give Britain a break after decades of Irish emigration to the UK
We got the perfect example of what's wrong with the Irish economy last week when our air traffic controllers went on strike.
The four-hour stoppage last Wednesday shut down our three main airports, grounding 150 flights. Over 20,000 passengers were affected, with missed connections, screwed up holidays, appointments abroad that could not be kept and so on.
Time was in Ireland when we used to bring tourists to stay in haunted castles. These days we have haunted houses of a different kind, so-called ghost estates on the outskirts of many towns around Ireland. And they're not the kind of places that tourists would want to stay in.
The new ghost estates don't actually have ghosts. They're called ghost estates because they're empty.
Greetings from the North Pole. Well, not exactly, but that's what it feels like.