Election Day 2016

Oireachtas Retort


Today I had planned to publish two posts on Fine Gael and the Labour Party.

A comprehensive account of their time in government. Both articles had been at least a year in the making, extensive notes and several drafts written but for some reason I couldn’t quite find the words to fully reflect what has occurred since 2011.

A wall kept coming down. What can you say, really? How do you quantify a legacy like that. In truth, there is not much more I can tell you. We have all seen enough without me recounting the nightmare here.

Instead, I want to focus on two issues that throughout everything have been by far the lowest points for me since 2011. You can take your own pick, in the full spectrum from distant bank billions to water meters outside your front door but for me, nothing compares to the treatment of the…

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Varoufakis tells Irish people to ‘send Michael Noonan packing’ – The Irish Times

Yanis Varoufakis

Former Greek finance minister accuses government of pandering to oligarchs

At a Right2Change meeting in Dublin’s Mansion House, the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis accused the Irish government of pandering to oligarchs. Video: Ronan McGreevy

Ireland faces a “stark choice” at the next election between those who have imposed austerity on the Irish people and those who have an alternative vision, the former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis has said.

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Be on the Watch

I’ve never read much poetry since school. This is powerful stuff!


The Laughing Heart

by Charles Bukowski

your life is your life
don’t let it be clubbed into dank submission.
be on the watch.
there are ways out.
there is light somewhere.
it may not be much light but
it beats the darkness.
be on the watch.
the gods will offer you chances.
know them.
take them.
you can’t beat death but
you can beat death in life, sometimes.
and the more often you learn to do it,
the more light there will be.
your life is your life.
know it while you have it.
you are marvelous
the gods wait to delight
in you.

Found on The Best American Poetry.

Your life is our life…. “Be on the watch” is great advice.

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