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A Conversation with “Mike”

The human face of homelessness in Ireland. I was coming out of Fresh in Camden Street Friday when a homeless guy asked if I had any spare change. I did, and put about €4 into his cup. He said “thank you, and have a good weekend”. Without thinking, I said “same to you”. Almost immediately,... 

Putting “Che” on a stamp? Why not Stalin? There really was no difference.

There seems to be something of a defect in the Irish psyche. If we as a nation find anyone of historical note that has any minute connection to Ireland, we go into full PR mode. Combine this geo-historical egotism with the innately Irish moral fallacy that if someone dies for a cause, the cause, and... 

Heart Of The Community

The dictionary describes the word community as a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. I, along with many other people, would like the word community to hold a much heavier weight; to strike a larger chord. We can all agree that 2016 may have been... 

Washington, D.C. Saturday 21st of January 2017

Washington, D.C. Saturday 23rd of January 2017 Meeting up with friends I was going to the Women’s March with proved a little more awkward than expected. There was a queue of 20 minutes to get a Metro ticket but once purchased long Metro trains were arriving every 1 – 3 minutes. I had to coordinate... 

Apollo 13 no Apollo House 16 take over!

 A Nama owned building known as Apollo House in Dublin City has been taken over and used as a homeless shelter. Up to 40 rough sleepers are believed to be sleeping in this building. Home Sweet Home a group of housing activists took over this building last week and yesterday they were informed by a... 

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol production took place in The Dolours Church in Dolphins Barn over the weekend. Fr. Peter McVerry gave a moving speech to the crowd about the devastating effects of the homelessness crisis we have in Ireland. The production was a delight to see and showcased the wonderful talents of... 

A Course in Bereavement

When sickness takes the one’s you love and you are in despair And grief becomes a part of you and tears are all you share Bring memories back into your mind of happier days gone by And share these memories with those who lend their shoulder when you cry For loved ones who have passed over are never... 

Homelessness Crisis

Thursday 1st December 2016 will mark the second death anniversary of the Irish homeless man- Mr. Jonathan Corrie, who died on a door step near the Dail in Dublin. This man’s tragic death caused a huge media outcry and many a voice spoke out demanding to address the homeless crisis. Sadly in our society... 

Aesthetic Writings by Jack McCormack

We at Fountain Resource Group are delighted to welcome Jack McCormack, a Dublin based reader who has sent us in some original writings that he has kindly shared with us. His first offering is called  “Melancholy”, we hope you enjoy it as much as we did. ‘Melancholy’ “She hauled... 

Why did Hillary get Trumped & What Does it Mean for Ireland?

Why did Hillary get Trumped and what does it mean for Ireland? Up until a few hours ago, how many of us uttered the words “President Trump” without smiling to ourselves at the sheer absurdity of such a notion? How we all laughed when he arrogantly announced that his victory would be like “Brexit... 

Increasing The Fuel Allowance By Another Three Weeks?

Increasing The Fuel Allowance By Another Three Weeks?  In a recent debate in the Oireachtas with Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar T.D. the cost of increasing the fuel allowance by three weeks for 2017 was mentioned. The fuel allowance is a payment of €22.50 per week, paid during October... 

A Sinking Blunder Or A Celtic Wonder

A Sinking Blunder Or A Celtic Wonder The Balgaddy housing complex, between Lucan and Clondalkin, won a Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland award in 2004, for its striking design. Only 12 years later, many houses in the estate are so badly damaged by apparent poor construction, some of the residents... 

A Full English Brexit

A Full English Brexit It’s been almost two months since the British voted to leave the European Union (EU) and finally, the dust is starting to settle. There’s no getting around the fact that Brexit is a major setback for the European project. When the result was announced, the EU initially wanted... 

Why can’t we do social housing?

Why can’t we do social housing? Anyone venturing down Watling Street will notice that the old corporation flats near the top of the hill are now dwarfed by a massive new building complex. Around the corner at Bonham Street, work is almost completed on Binary Hub, a €40 million development which... 

From a Minimum Wage to a Living Wage

From a Minimum Wage to a Living Wage If you’re someone in their twenties or thirties who’s working in the retail or hospitality industries and earning the current minimum wage of €9.15 per hour, then you should mark a date in your calendar: January 1st… 2029. If the minimum wage continues... 

Pot Holed

                                     Motorists using the roadways inside St James Hospital have lashed out at the maintenance department for not doing enough in preventing and repairing potholes.  According to staff, the roads have not been fixed in years, and the... 

Want for Something

£18,000 is the amount Christina Estrada requires to make her ends meet on a daily basis. It was reported in the Times newspaper the other day that Christina has taken her ex-husband Dr. Walid Juffali (a sixty-one year reputed Saudi Billionaire) to court to pay for her basic needs which she estimates... 

All Shapes & Sizes

After reading about the plight of Rebekah Sutcliffe recently (She has been suspended from her job as Assistant Chief Constable for Greater Manchester Police after claims she had a row with a fellow female colleague in a hotel bar over whose breasts were more attractive. She had been at a three-day conference... 

Trigger-Off

Last Monday week, I was in the kitchen with a large bowl in my hand about to mix oil, xylotol (sweetener), toasted flaked almonds, an egg & a ½ cup of potato flour together to make some biscuits (had a craving for something crunchy) when Molly (family dog) started her usual night-time whine to... 

Is This Fair?

I began driving four years ago. When I first got my car insurance it was €1,200. That fee was paid monthly. I had a provisional license at that stage and I was informed that the no more claims bonus would be cheaper if I got a full driving license. About two years ago I did my test and passed it.... 
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