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Why isn’t Funny, Funny?!

Why isn’t Funny, Funny?! Recently, I watched an episode of Father Ted and almost immediately, was reminded of how funny Irish people are. I mean you can sit down in any coffee shop or public house and just listen to the banter from some people and it’s sure to bring a smile to your face. It’s... 

Gerard Gavin – Husband, Solider & Wet House Dweller

  Gerard Gavin Husband, Solider & Wet House Dweller Last Saturday morning I woke to the news that someone had been knocked down and died just outside my front door. Being curious, I tried to find out who it was, but it took me a few days to find this out, which was very unusual for this area... 

Water Water everywhere and not a drop for free

Water Water everywhere and not a drop for free (except for the stuff you have to boil)   Well here we go again, a new Tax for a New Ireland, does anyone remember the old Robin Hood movie with Earl Flynn as Robin and Basil Rathbone as the Sheriff of Nottingham? The Sheriff was constantly on the prowl... 

Is Smoking going up in Smoke? – The future of Tobacco

Is Smoking going up in Smoke? – The future of Tobacco Now before we go any further I don’t want anyone thinking I’m some sort of an anti smoking campaigner, in fact if anything, up until very recently I would have enjoyed nothing more than my morning cup of coffee and my morning smoke. ... 

The Greyhound Strike

The Greyhound Strike The following is an opinion piece by Mr Alan Finn and does not necessarily represent the views of the FRG. On Tuesday 17th of June 2014, workers who turned up to do their shift work at the Greyhound plant in Clondalkin, where met by management who had new contacts for them to sign.... 

One Parent Family Payment Changes

One Parent Family Payment Changes The One-Parent Family Payment is a means-tested payment, which is made to men or women who are caring for a child or children without the support of a partner and are under the age of a state pension entitlement. Changes in the guidelines for the One Parent Family Payment... 

Ireland has talent! So what’s wrong with our TV?

I could often be accused of taking a pop at Irish made productions but it’s not the people who work on these productions where the problem lies. In fact, if you look at the credits on most Hollywood blockbusters I think you might be surprised to see how many Irish names will appear, without a... 

Dublin in The Rare Old Times

But was the rare old times really that long ago?, I mean I’m not old, I’m in my forty’s (early forty’s actually) but the Dublin City I grew up in has changed almost beyond recognition, so what if I was in my sixty’s or even in my eighty’s, how would the city look to me then?... 

Mrs Brown’s Boys:Local Hero’s come home, But at what cost?

There’s been many so called Irish success stories over the last couple of decades, but what is success? Revenue? If so, I have to bite my lip and bow to the likes of Jedward, West Life and the entertainment values of every five year old in the country (that’s entertainment?), which led to a... 

Dublin 8’s South West Side – The City’s New Bohemian Quarter

Bohemian, the term is used synonymously with risqué cultural expressions, avant-garde galleries and cafes, the undercurrent and perhaps reaction to, mainstream culture.  The term is seldom used derisively and often seen as a positive, to be Bohemian is to be daring!  The strict definition of the... 

Dublin’s Elected Mayor – Democracy On A Hairpin

The Green Party were the first of the main political parties (and I use that term loosely given their present circumstances) to propose the idea of a directly Elected Mayor for Dublin.  It is an idea that immediately caused controversy, governments, as a rule, are usually quite reluctant to devolve... 

Is there a difference?

If I asked you or anyone else to take me to a drug pusher, where would you take me if you knew? Would it be some little flat, hid by towering complexes with blocked up stairways? Or would it be an off licence or a pub? There is a difference you may say, but I believe that there really isn’t when you... 

NINTENDO’S LINK TO THE PAST IS STRONGER THAN EVER

  Everybody’s Favourite Super Mario When I think of computer games, I immediately think Nintendo.  Growing up, I was always a Nintendo kid.  I spent hours playing Mario, Zelda, Starfox, and Super Metroid, to name but a few.  A lot of the games I grew up playing lent themselves to being... 

The Value of Community Employment (CE Schemes)

Community Employment or C.E. as it is more commonly known is a Department of Social Protection (DSP) scheme that is designed to bring people who are aged 25 years or over and in receipt of a DSP payment for a year or more back into the labour market. Participants of C.E. schemes are primarily sponsored... 

Homeless In Dublin: One Man’s Real-Life Story

Have you ever been homeless? I was in the summer of 2006, and it wasn’t a great situation to be in, in fact, it was the loneliest time of my life. I was actually put out of the family home and I sought help from the outreach services which are run by the Dublin Simon Community, they put me in touch... 

Poets Corner: Mind, Body and Soul

Having been inspired by Alan Finn’s pieces relating to the issue of drugs, I decided to submit some of my own work which was done during my time in detox and residential rehab. It was the beginning of a journey that ended up changing my life. Over the coming weeks, the FRG.ie have kindly agreed... 

What’s Your Ideas For A New Public Park On Cork/Chamber Street?

I have campaigned with Sandy Hazel of the Cork Street Park campaign (who spearheaded this campaign) to have a wasteland site converted into a park. Due to public support, and the response this campaign garnered, and with many community groups being involved, the Dublin City Council (DCC) has agreed... 

Poets Corner: Everyone’s Fault But Mine

Having been inspired by Alan Finn’s pieces relating to the issue of drugs, I decided to submit some of my own work which was done during my time in detox and residential rehab. It was the beginning of a journey that ended up changing my life. Over the coming weeks, the FRG.ie have kindly agreed... 

Saved By The Bible [Short Story, Fiction]

Joshua Wills was a travelling sales rep selling household goods, including small kitchen electric gadgets. He was eager to move on and didn’t want to offend the little old woman, but took her parting gift-a bible, and put it in his shirt pocket. It wasn’t a bad day so far he had sold nearly €100.00... 

The New Children’s Hospital May Impact Jobs + Nutrition

I agree totally that the children’s hospital coming to the James’s campus is great for the area and will lead to regeneration, investment and employment. My issue lies with hospital management who have been looking to bring in ready cooked meals from the UK as a cost cutting exercise, since... 
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