Irish Blog Awards: nominations open…

Right, count down to Cork has already begun… I’m sure there’s no truth in the rumour that Damien has decamped to Cork Airport just to shake us Nordies off the trail… Anyway there are plenty of good Irish blogs out there this year to fill the nomination slots… One of the most recent is this impressive group blog of eminent Irish economists… if ever politics was subservient to the needs of economics it is now… Stephen Kinsella should be in with a shout, as should the nerveless Gerard O’Neill who has made a stunning entry into the Irish blogosphere. And, Killian Forde has got to be in with a shout for the political blog of the year, who blogs with a great mix of seriousness and humour (and he’s one of your actual politicians)… Good luck too to the boys at CLR one of our favourite southern watering holes… Northern blogs we like, but which may not find favour with the southern panel are, of course, Chekov; O’Neill and Burke’s Corner. Conall Street is a crosser of borders as is Splintered Sunrise… And Malcolm Redfellow ought to get a mention too… And one of the few Northern MLAs to take the whole blog things seriously (sorry Gerry, you’re not long enough with us yet to tell), Daithi McKay could do with a shout…

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