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“I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot.
Would that you were cold or hot!
So, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot,
I will spew you out of my mouth.”
(Revelations, 3:15-16)
In Dante’s Inferno, at the threshold of Hell, lie abandoned the apathetic:- “That craven crew / Of angels who […]

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Lovely weather we’re having, is it? I was up at 6:30 this morning to feed littlest his good morning bottle and as I opened the bedroom curtains I was elated to see the empty street bright with early morning sunshine. Not a cloud in the sky, a clear Californian blue. It’s the sort of weather […]

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On Tuesday I wrote about Bertie’s claim that part of the money he received in 1994 was used to settle a stamp duty bill.
I said:
“But stamp duty only applies when there is a house purchase. Bertie didn’t buy the house, so he would not have been liable for stamp duty.
Legislation surrounding stamp duty […]

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I happened to be walking by Bertie’s office in Drumcondra this morning, when I came across a protest by the parents and teachers of Gaelscoil Cholmcille. I asked them what it was about, and this is what they told me.
The parents are extremely frustrated with the government and the Department of Education as a result […]

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Ditching the Diaspora

Seanachie, of the superlative Pleasures of Underachievement highlights something that perhaps should be getting as much prominence as the Weekend vote issue but has, so far, managed to go completely under the electoral radar.
There are still no facilities for Irish citizens living outside the island of Ireland to vote. Seanachie, who lives in Paris, […]

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Bertie’s election call is somewhat bizzare, to say the least. Were it called last Sunday, the Mahon tribunal would have been suspended. This is not the first time Bertie has lost his nerve - remember his party address? Reminds me that Bertie might not be the political genius that he believes himself to be.

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John Dwyer, the Sinn Féin candidate for Wexford, has an interesting election poster.
At the moment only Fine Gael and the PDs have put billboards up in the town, and both are calling for your no.1, reminding us how great they are as people and as public representatives. The Fine Gaelers all wear suits, while […]

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Almost all TV critics, when under whelmed by the first offering of a new series that they expected to be great because of the pedigree of those involved, will tell us that they would prefer to restrain their full fury about its lack of worth until after more episodes have aired.
‘The series needs to […]

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It must be a bitch to date Fine Gael.
I mean, one day she’s promising to get all down and dirty, the next she’s in the church saying rosaries for our souls. All hard-on and no pay-off. It’s enough to make any sane man despair.
The allegations in the Sunday independent regarding Bertie Ahern – allegations involving, […]

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The Irish fear crime with as much passion as they love property: no strange wonder, as both are based on speculation.
When it comes to irrational behaviour why hold back? Once you’ve committed yourself, make the tackle and hang the cost. And across the main political parties, regardless of the font size and headed […]

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