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
Here in Ireland, the Gardai need to be very careful never to act on the basis of racial profiling. But particularly in cases where children are involved, never investigating is never going to be an option.
Against all the predictions by political experts and opinion polls in the past few weeks, the government lost the referendum last Friday that proposed the abolition of the Seanad, or Senate.
The Senate, the upper house in the Dail (Irish Parliament), is famous for being useless. But it is part of our structure of governance, enshrined in the Constitution, which is why a referendum was required to get rid of it.
When the realization sinks in that nothing is going to change any time soon and tax hikes and cutbacks are not going to ease off for years, the question is not why would you leave, but why would you stay?