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Maureen Gaffney - Ireland’s boom and bust ‘was mania combined with anxiety’

In 2006, when the economy was at full throttle, powering inexorably towards a cliff that had yet to loom into view, the annual Gallup survey of national wellbeing placed Irish people in eighth place on its global index. Seventy per cent of Irish people told the pollster they were thriving. On a scale of one to 10, they ranked their... Read More

Posted: 14 June 2014

Book Review

It’s Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens By Danah Boyd

‘Kids today. They have no sense of shame. They have no sense of privacy. They are show-offs, fame whores, pornographic little loons who post their diaries, their phone numbers, their stupid poetry –for God’s sake their dirty photos! –online’   So wrote Emily Nussbaum in her New York Magazine article lamenting the death of privacy.  It is one of the example of what Danah Boyd... Read More

Posted: 17 May 2014

Book Review

An Act of Love by Marie Fleming

I came to Marie Fleming’s book knowing just a few facts about her. I knew that she suffered from multiple sclerosis. Faced by the certai prospect of an even more egregious deterioration in her already frail health, which would deprive her of the capacity to end her own life if it became unbearable, in 2012 she took a landmark case... Read More

Posted: 22 February 2014

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How the Irish just got on with things after the financial crash

Did Ireland’s bailout in December 2010 constitute a national trauma? Well, it certainly seemed so at the time. The government was floundering.  The airways were alight with forecasts of national doom.  It seemed that the game was up for Ireland . We watched in horror as our hard won view of ourselves dissolved before our eyes. What we had painstakingly built up over the preceding... Read More

Posted: 13 December 2013

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Most of us decided to hold our nerve, to stay positive and to remain doggedly optimistic

Did Ireland’s bailout in December 2010 constitute a national trauma? Well, it certainly seemed so at the time. The government was floundering. The airways were alight with forecasts of national doom. It seemed that the game was up for Ireland. We watched in horror as our hard won view of ourselves dissolved before our eyes. What we had painstakingly built... Read More

Posted: 13 December 2013

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Our dystopian view of Ireland

If this were the Leaving Cert exam, then the questions in this week’s Irish Times MRBI Poll would deem it a ‘hard paper’. Apart from policy wonks and avid consumers of official reports, I suspect most of us would struggle to give completely accurate answers to the questions asked. But this survey is not just a test of pubic knowledge.... Read More

Posted: 01 December 2013