Ireland Callingby John Spain
- Young Irish high on drugs and booze and vandalism are a disgrace
- Suffer the little Irish children - the government's regulations failed to protect babies being abused in day care centers
- Ireland: A tax haven for American tech companies like Google, Twitter and Apple but without the sun
- Pro-Life campaigners need to get a grip - Irish women still have no choice over abortion
- Abortion reform Irish style - Women still have no rights over their own bodies, continue to travel to the UK for procedure
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.