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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,... 

The Financial Strain of Christmas

The Financial Strain of Christmas It’s that festive time of year again and with just over a week to go until Christmas day, people are starting to feel the financial burden of it unfolding.  While most people enjoy buying gifts for family and friends, it can be very expensive, especially if they... 

St Catherine’s Gate Vigil

St Catherine’s Gate Vigil In modern Ireland, people who are serving time in prison have rights. They are entitled to receive a visit from a loved one, to be safe, to have shelter over their heads, as it should be, for everyone should have these basic rights. In the emergency accommodation units... 

Christmas Cheer!

Christmas cheer and carols sing People go on the beer and gin Snow falls and children play As Santa prepares his reindeer and sleigh It doesn’t matter if you have been naughty or nice  This year leave out the cinnamon spice Children gaze into the sky Hoping to see Santa when he drops by In the... 

Conor – Life on the Streets

I first met Conor outside Centra in Rathmines in late October.  He was sitting under his sleeping bag with a beige blanket wrapped around him; his light blue eyes were fixated on his book.  His face was pale and his wavy red hair looked unwashed.  His body looked thin and undernourished.  My sister... 

Irish Water Protesters appear before Court

A total of 32 protesters made an appearance at the Dublin District Court on Monday afternoon. The defendants, who were been charged over three separate incidents relating to water charge and anti austerity protests, were met at the steps of the court house by a group of several hundred demonstrators. Speaking... 

Help! The Halloween Party!

Help! The Halloween Party! Every weekday morning, I walk my two young daughters to school along with my friend’s little boy. Last Friday, the last before the mid-term break also happened to be the day of the school Halloween party. Every child and teacher would be in full costume for the day. My friend... 

Is Temporary Good Enough Now?

Is Temporary Good Enough Now? Having been homeless myself I know what it feels like not having a permanent roof over my head.  Now, 10 years later, homelessness in Ireland is a serious problem. We are now seeing people of all ages and families on our streets. Families through no fault of their own... 

Law and Disorder

There is only one occasion this correspondent can recollect being openly discriminated against in the nearly two score years of being privately discriminated against (by girls in nightclubs, previous employers in work, etc….). The incident occurred on a train journey from Liverpool Street to Chelmsford,... 

Safe Hands

Safe Hands This writing lark can be a tough job, especially when you have nothing to write about. Last week your correspondent found himself in such a story-less state and told his colleague Jackie Spain of his predicament. She informed this correspondent of a story she’d heard of ten wheel-barrows... 

Empty Council Houses Unfit for Homeless?

Empty Council Houses Unfit for Homeless? A home is more than a place of shelter and comfort. It is a place where a person feels safe, loved and content, as the old saying goes ‘home is where the heart is’. So knowing this, it saddens me to hear the news that another homeless man has died... 

Pay Rise for Senior Management at Irish Water

Pay Rise for Senior Management at Irish Water The Labour Relations CommiBack dated Pay rise for Senior Management at Irish Waterssion has announced that Senior Management in Irish Water will receive an annual pay rise of 1.5 percent to 3 percent.  Unions had brought the matter to the LRC last November... 

Separate Ways

As daft entitlements go, your correspondent came across a doozy recently while reading a story concerning a  ruling made by the High Court of Madras, India in relation to a disagreement between a divorced couple over maintenance. To fill you (reader) in, a divorced women had argued that she wished... 

How Could This Still Be Happening?

How Could This Still Be Happening? On a rainy day on Friday 14th August 2015, at a little past 3 pm, on a grass public area between Fatima & Rialto Luas stop two people lay on the ground in an embraced way. The two were keeping warm and dry as best as they could possibly could. They had some kind... 

Life Saving

Life Saving Earlier last week this correspondent sent out his usual bi-monthly email to various publishers, dispatching the latest story wrote, for their perusal. Your Correspondent can deduce from their response (none) & the previous three-or-so-years of similar correspondences that they don’t... 

Is it Stalingrad for Irish Water?

Is it Stalingrad for Irish Water? – Dave Carr opines about how the Irish Government as unsuccessfully lobbied the majority for support There comes a time in any conflict, a Stalingrad or a Gettysburg when historians look back and say “that was the point it all ended”. Yes of course there were... 

Spy Saturday – The Water Protest and the State

Spy Saturday – The Water Protest and the State On Friday 28th of August, the people of Ireland woke up to a national paper headlines revealing “Garda Team Spying on Water Activities”. It’s been alleged that ordinary people and activists are been closely followed and their daily activities... 

On the Company’s Time

A while back, a fellow regular in the local (who runs his own business) told this correspondent of a cheque he’d received from the tax office, for expenses he’d put in for, from the tax-man. As someone who’d never claimed back expenses, in any jobs worked at, your correspondent was... 

The Impact of Technology on Children

Young children have become very adept with modern technology. Whether it is showing grandma how to send a text or playing with their computer games, they know how to do it. While it is beneficial to be computer savvy and not a technophobe, it can cause some problems. Dr Iain McGilchrist, who is a medical... 
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