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Ireland : 1 October ’07 October 1, 2007

Posted by Rambling Man in Ireland & the Irish.
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I haven’t attempted an “around the country” newsround for quite some time, and with so many things sticking in my mind, when better than now to start again …

Sporting wise, the country is trying to digest the rather shambolic performances of the rugby team, which have seen Ireland exit the World Cup competition at the earliest possible stage for the first time. Rugby giants like Fiji and Scotland march on … it’s beginning to dawn on me that we weren’t actually as good as everyone thought.

News reaches us this morning of the death of Irish born US soldier Ciara Durkin, a Connemara native serving with the Massachusetts National Guard. Ms. Durkin met her untimely end in an incident in Bagram airbase, near Kabul, Afghanistan. It is not yet clear as to the nature of the incident, vis-a-vis whether it was accidental or not, and there is to be an inquiry by the US military.

The funerals of the two tragic firefighters who lost their lives in a Bray, Co.Wicklow fire last week are taking place today and tomorrow. Mark O’Shaughnessy and Brian Murray were killed last week when a roof collapsed on them while attending a fire in the town. Ar Dheis Dé go rabhaid.

The new Minister for the Environment, John Gormley of the Green Party has increased the on-the-spot litter fine for litter louts to €150.  It goes up from €125 to €150 – I don’t know whether the extra €25 will frighten the louts into throwing their stuff on the ground anyway ??  “Litter is the most visible affront to the kind of environment most people want to see and live in.” says Gormley and sure who could argue with that.  It’s a pity though that he doesn’t put more money into policing and enforcing the rules, as and when the incidents happen … the litter in this town of a morning stroll to work is nothing but appalling … every morning …

Around 100 Aer Wingless Lingus pilots have written to their CEO about their interest in taking up one of the 30 new positions with the company based out of Belfast airport.  The pilots, who have been in dispute with management over terms and conditions, have threatened strike action … and want their pay and conditions in Dublin not to be inferior to those in the North.  Recently, however, Aer Lingus found out that Belfast was not in it’s jurisdiction as far as rule making went so couldn’t be held accountable … money does indeed make the world go round.

Construction on the second terminal at Dublin airport has gotten underway today so be sure to add even more time to your departure schedule, lest you be stepping over bricks and all sorts the next time you try to get away for a weekend.  €609+ million the project is costing … must be building it with the most expensive concrete blocks on the planet … looks like landing charges could be on the up too, in order to make some cash for the project.  You can sees plans and progress here … it’s set to open sometime in 2109 2009.

And finally ….

I came across this website which is proving to be excellent for doing up the old family tree – knock yourself out and hat tip to Keith in NZ for advertising this one.

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1. peter donegan MI Hort - October 2, 2007

rambling man

I wrote this as an added comment to my blog on alternative irish enery and sellafield. I emailed John Gormley office and asked for a response/ his thoughts on the matter – no reply yet. Shortly afterwards……

I just had this conversation with a friend of mine who asked me what’s wrong with The Irish Government.

I said:
i need to get my rant off my chest ‘John’ [not his real name] Michael Martin can bring a smoking ban into ireland, while my Father in Law lies on a hospital trolley waiting for three days, [then throws a forward pass – rugby – to Mary Harney]. BUT by 2020 we may [not] achieve 33% self sustainable energy for the national grid – I cant get a wind turbine on an acre of farmland and – ‘we’ can [pay] put a motorway through tara – pay a gizillion pound for a prison site and stick in a superdump in tomorrow – i can get a wind turbine in B and Q – it wont power a toaster – but i can put it up straight away. If we can get Irish pubs to close, smoking bans into Ireland and anything we want anywhere – surely to God we can get more wind from OUR [paid] politicians ?

breath
slán go foill
peter

I hope you like my rant
slán agus [and don’t we need lots of them] beanacht

peter

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