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Growing, Civically

‘Babies for Sale’…the danger of spectacle vs. news

July 19, 2018 0 Comments

Once again, we in Ireland are distracted from the critical issues of the day – by the spectacle of outrage at historic wrongs. Where’s the outrage at our government’s failure to cope with current crisis after crisis? Does anyone in Ireland share what I experienced in 2012 when I first read about our shock and […]

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Communication, Confusion & Irish-isms

July 13, 2018 0 Comments

The author, a fellow blow-in, and I have often discussed the challenges of understanding and being understood – even though before my arrival from America and his from England via Israel – we’d thought of English as our first language. Lest you think we exaggerate – I refer you to this “So You’ve Got an Irish Passport […]

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Bankers’ Self-Interest, 2 Households Homeless & Suicide

July 2, 2018 0 Comments

The Author will remain anonymous as this case is still in litigation. We share the story to encourage others who were similarly treated or misled by their banks – to come forward. My story: The “Bank” is now involved in trying to repossess my family home, along with my partner, his wife and children’s family […]

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Irish Mothers & Property Rights

July 2, 2018 0 Comments

Our guest contributor highlights the very different outcomes when it comes to the property rights of a married vs. an unmarried woman: “Unmarried Irish Mothers Have No Rights” Yvonne Walsh is an unmarried Irish mother.  Perhaps not a politically correct distinction to make in this 21st century Ireland of alleged equal status for all.  But no […]

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Why we tell these stories…

July 1, 2018 0 Comments

Because nothing changes until we cease to view our neighbours as them and we as us. Take for example the aftermath of one hearing before the Orieachtas. Padraic Kissane – the gently determined, brave and caring Financial Advisor who encouraged four of his tracker mortgage clients to step forward and testify before the Finance Committee. […]

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Pro Bono Publico

July 1, 2018 1 Comment

A simple latin phrase. Generally, it refers to work undertaken, voluntarily, for the public good. For our purposes, we’re setting out a space for storytelling. It too is undertaken, voluntarily, for our collective good. Here we will explore what’s legal vs. equitable in Ireland today. A wise mentor has suggested that while the recent movement […]

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Dear Daddy…

June 17, 2018 0 Comments

I miss you. And Happy Father’s Day. I miss your sense of humour, your wisdom and the very un-Irish, Talmudic way you drove home your messages, with questions. And yet, even selfishly, I’m not inclined to “wish you were here”. The world you imagined has not yet materialised. How lovely it would have been had your […]

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“Where will you be five years from today?”

June 5, 2018 1 Comment

The question is posed by author and creativity consultant, Dan Zadra. His book has the look and feel of a child’s book, which leaves us open, available and curious. This book celebrates the “want to’s”, the “choose to’s” and the “I can’t wait to’s” in your life”. Whether you’re just finishing school, starting a new venture, celebrating […]

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Driving Excellence in Ireland, a #Hashtag Primer

June 4, 2018 0 Comments

If you’re new to following current events in Ireland – this is for you. Ireland in 2018 is a very hard place to be. Correction. Ireland until late 2017 was a very hard place to be. Thanks in large measure to #Housing & #Homeless activists as well as #Together4Yes and #Repealthe8th campaigners, things started to change in […]

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A Failure of Leadership – Ireland 2018

June 3, 2018 1 Comment

On Housing and Homelessness Who is Yvonne Walsh and why does she matter? Think of her as the canary in the coal mine. Thank you, Caroline Lennon-Nally #YvonneWalsh, the poster child of everything that is wrong about home repossession in Ireland. Yvonne’s efforts to engage with the government approved Vulture Funds, to protect her home […]

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