State move to borrow billions will test standing of economy
The first of many billions. We might get screwed on costs too.
8,000 Waterford pensions under threat from collapse
Pension scheme €111m in the red.
Child report dismissed by diocese committee
Apparently the diocese is prepared to sue over the report.
High-rise areas set out in latest draft plan
Planners will refine high-rise policy.
ESB to pay rebates on 100,000 overcharged bill
Shane Ross scores another victory. Why do I feel like ESB are still overcharging though?
More than half of litter fines unpaid
Council staff writing off fines.
FF not able to claim Flynn’s allowance
The allowance she says she is “entitled” to. Hearing that word a lot lately. FF can’t get their hands on it, but it should go to taxpayer. Flynn can feck off.
In a Quiet Rebellion, Parishioners Keep the Faith
For 1,533 days, parishioners in Massachusetts have been guarding a church so that the archdiocese cannot sell it.
Prosecutors Want Madoff’s Bail Revoked
He apparently tried to mail $1m worth of jewellery to friends.
Twitter-Savvy Hackers Tweak the Twitterati
For anyone not on Twitter, the big news was the spammin’ and the hackin’ and the phishin’. Techcrunch was on it.
President says Irish society hollowed out by individualism
She seems to be getting rather fond of this angle.
Senior civil servant offered to take €10,000 pay cut
But wanted to remain anonymous. Reminds me of this episode of CYE.
Law professor says Barr and Morris tribunals and reports a watershed
Not so sure about that myself.
Survey finds Cobh to be dirtiest town in Ireland
Ouch. And yes, I would tend to agree.
Dunne admits he could be insolvent
Irish Times follows up on the NYT story I blogged earlier.
In search of a husband missing in Georgia’s forgotten war
A good story from the WaPo. I was met with similar stories about the “air” in Abkhazia. My guide was a veteran of the 1993 war (and has two missing fingers to show for it), and he spoke lyrically about his love for Abkhazia, where the Caucasus mountains meet the Black Sea. It was he said, the most beautiful part of Georgia.
My only vantage point was looking at the foothills around Gali from a Russian military checkpoint just outside Zugdidi. In fact the bridge mentioned in the article is I believe the one I seen, although it was still standing when I was there. I really must write down some of the stories from Georgia…
Google Hopes to Open a Trove of Little-Seen Books
How Google Books helps the study of language. My best find so far is this.
Al Franken to be declared Senate victor in Minnesota
Well done Al
Business consortium bids to ‘save’ 2,000 jobs at Dell
Outsource to Limerick?
We must be ready when the global upturn comes
Coughlan talks an awful lot of shite
Haughey’s Irish solution to an Irish problem
Elaine Byrne on 1978
Lifting the tent flaps to reveal the warm air and half truths of Irish politics
Conor Lenihan sort of reviews a book on spin and Irish politics by Anton Savage. As ever Lenihan talks straight out of his arse:
This book is a tacit acknowledgment that our political system, far more up close and personal than that of the United States, is in good health and has withstood the assault of the politics of spin which reached its high point at the hands of Bill Clinton, George Bush and Tony Blair.
Government proposal to encourage working from home
Eh, maybe when we all get that thing called broadband, Noel. Weren’t we all supposed to have 5mb broadband 7 years ago?
Rail tunnel plan to go ahead – Dempsey
I’ll believe it when I see it.
Ahern and Martin at odds over Guantanamo
As ever, the Government talks out of both sides of the mouth.