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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.... 

Asking for it!

The Monday morning before last, I was seated at my desk in work with a cuppa tea counting the minutes down till I finished work (think I’d 120 of them to go, at the time) when my Boss (Eoghan) came through the door with a smile on his face. He sat down and relaid an interesting tale that put that... 

Anti – Homelessness March

We have a serious problem regarding homelessness in Ireland today. It’s heartbreaking to witness people and families struggling to keep a roof under their heads. Should banks be allowed to evict tenants regardless if they have a contract with an ex landlord? Why put out a family on the streets... 

Giving Chase

Giving Chase As reactions to being abandoned go, I came across a crackerjack of a one, a few weeks back. It concerned an incident involving a Mrs Susan Brown, 65, from Fontmell Magna, Dorset. She had been on a four-week cruise of the West Indies with her husband. With a few days left of the cruise,... 

Cause a Commotion

Cause a Commotion Last Saturday week just gone I was in a boarding queue (No.3; Non/Priority) at Terminal One, Dublin airport, with six friends waiting to get on a Ryanair plane. We were heading to the Basque country, a place I always enjoy visiting for its relaxed way of life, beautiful beaches, cheap... 

Fairy Tales

Fairy Tales The other day while watching evening-time Television I observed an advert by Insurance Confidential (the industry’s representative body) which made me laugh. The cause of my mirth was down to Insurance Confidential’s portrayal of Insurance Fraud & its explanation for the increases... 

Pastafarianism

“I agree that I will always put salt in the water and allow it to boil before cooking the pasta.” These are the vows that were said when the world’s first ever Pastafarian couple got married. On the 16th of April 2016, Toby Ricketts (35) from Britain, married Marianna Fenn (33) from New Zealand. The... 

Demonstration for the “Crumlin2”

Demonstration for the “Crumlin2” On Wednesday 27th April, Ireland woke up to the news that water charges now looked to be suspended for at least two years according to sources who are negotiating the formation of the next government. This of course, means no new bills.  Standing Minister for the... 

Get Parked

Get Parked For those of us that live on the Luas line, we know firsthand how hard it is to find parking on a daily basis. I am talking about the people who like to leave their cars on our roads, then jump on the Luas, then return later on in the evening. The problem is so bad it’s nearly impossible... 

Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking Apologies to the two readers of this column for not producing anything since November. My reason for being out of circulation had to do with writing a play for work (in case you thought I carked it or more likely was sacked). Anyhow not much has changed in the life of this correspondent... 

The Big Lie In

Our Lady’s Hospice and Care Services has arranged for a day in bed for everyone in the country. On Sunday the 17th of April Ireland is being asked to stay in bed the whole day without feeling guilty – all you need is a sponsor and the proceeds will be donated to Our Lady’s Hospice and Care... 

Who’s That Knocking on my Door?

For the last few weeks, I had many TDs knocking on my door.  I had them all except the three main parties I would have liked. I was ready with my list of questions but to my disappointment they never came. Just because they did not knock on my door, I was still flooded with leaflets asking for my... 

Saturday’s National Day of Protest

Saturday’s National Day of Protest Saturday 23rd January 2016 be a special date for me, indeed many others, who have fought the good fight against water charges over the past years. In Dublin City and other main urban centres, ordinary people took to the streets again voted on this highly controversial... 

Escaping the Grim Reaper

My time it had been borrowed From the clock upon the wall Its pendulums just ticked away As my life heard death’s loud call Every day the clock ticked louder To help my life extend As the minutes turned to hours Its face became my friend And days turned into months And the months turned into years And... 

Minimum Cans – A Minister’s Drink Problem

It was Sunday the 29th of March 2004: The last day a person could legally smoke in Ireland’s public houses and nightclubs. I was working in a well known establishment in Dublin’s city centre. Just after we finished last orders, the manager pulled me aside and told me that as soon as it was midnight,... 
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