Brian Cowen

An analysis of Brian Cowens’ first year in office and his handling of the economic crisis….. Kathleen

Dulaman

At last, RTE today aired the Priests in concert at Armagh Cathederal. Joining them was Moya Brennan and Liam O’Flynn. Moya sings Dulaman and Laim joins the priests in the beautiful and haunting Ag Criost an siol, and gives us a beautiful piped version of water under the keel. Armagh cathederal is a marvellous setting, and the three priests, Fathers Martin O’Hagan Eugene O’Hagan and David Delargey, the latest musical sensation to hit Ireland since the three tenors. For a …

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Only four more sleeps till Santa.

The parents of young Madeleine McCann have released a new video to help find their daughter. What ever the rights and wrongs of their decision to go out to dinner that night and leave their children unattended, their heartbreak is evident. After receiving a phone call from my own grandchild, a year younger than Madeleine who told me it was only four more sleeps to santa, I thought how devistated we’d be for her to have gone missing like that. …

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The inquiry is willing to act as a puppet for special branch….

An interesting discussion between Brendan Mac Cionnaith and Radio Free Eirean’s Sandy Boyer on the Rosemary Nelson inquiry. According to Mr Mac Cionnaith the inquiry is willing to act as a puppet for special branch. It has moved from its remit of establishing who murdered Rosemary Nelson …. and it’s now going into grounds of speculation inuendo and character assination. The terms of reference are “ To inquire into the death of Rosemary Nelson with a view to determining whether …

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Our Jimmy reincarnated.

The Saturday night show with James Young was first broadcast here in 1972. In those days the road to stardom did not come via the X factor, but from treading the boards on the local stage. Jimmys stage career was so successful it paved the way for him to do BBC radio and eventually television. The show had few resources and little money, and the house they used in the wee street actually belonged to a woman worker in the …

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The troubles….redux. Dublins murder triangle and killing fields.

Due to the threat posed by organised crime Brian Sherry a former Garda detective would like to see methods brought in to deal with criminals in much the same way as republican paramilitaries were dealt with. He argues that a senior officer should be able to go into court and give evidence based on intelligence to put these criminals away. The extent of the threat of organised crime today requires the state to use methods previously employed against republican paramilitaries.

Could the PSNI please pull the other one!

This letter came this morning from the police. to see if we had filled in and returned our questionnaire.. A fortnight ago a questionnaire (anonymous questionnaire?)came to ask us about the quality of service received from the police when you reported being the victim of vehicle crime in July. Firstly no one here reported being the victim of vehicle crime in July, a call came from the police in July to tell us that they now had someone in the …

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Culture and heritage and a bit of this and that.

While doing the poll of slugger readers, 41.4% of people who took the survey said they’d like to see more cultural issues on slugger. In the others please specify there were some interesting comments. 1. Events on a small local scale; things that we can’t learn from reading the local papers Sun, 12/14/08 12:29 PM 2. More international issues, esp middle east Sat, 12/13/08 11:34 PM 3. Less astronomical and irish language threads Sat, 12/13/08 1:21 AM 4. More stories …

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Results of earlier survey. Responses and updates.

Firstly I had to upgrade to a paid account in order to continue with the surveys. 🙂 It appears that a basic account will only cover 100 responses. So, now that I’ve done that we can continue with the surveys until all the information is in. Here is a new survey for Northern Ireland voters and what I will do later is replicate the survey that we have already done, since it only covered 100 responses. But even that 100 …

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Survey of slugger readers.

Please take a minute to take this survey. It would be interesting to see who reads slugger and comments. ***update*** Survey re-opened. Click Here to take survey The data from the survey would be useful in implementing new ideas for discussion on slugger. Also please use the comments for any ideas you would like to see happen. In the middle of these harsh economic times would anyone like to see discussions on accessing benefits or survices if they are out …

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