Watch the video to find out why the theme of misery has coursed through this blog this week. (more…)
If by chance monsoon rains had fallen on Friday and the carpark of Leinster House was under several metres of water, it would not have deterred Eamon Gilmore. He would have waded through it (or maybe walked on it!) without breaking a stride in order to get to the scrum of reporters waiting on the plinth (a raised platform outside the front of Leinster House where most media interviews take place) (more…)
Got an intriguing email from Padraig Yeates, formerly a colleague of mine on The Irish Times, now a press spokesman for the Siptu trade union. The heading was, “The Only Economist Who Got It Right”. Who could it be, I wondered? Morgan Kelly? Michael Casey? Paul Sweeney? (more…)
RTE very kindly repeated the vice-presidential debate at 8.30 this morning for the benefit of Irish political nerds who still like to get a night’s sleep. A friend of mine in the US texted me earlier, just when the debate was over. That was about 3.30 a.m. Irish time. “What do you think? Who won?” my friend asked. (more…)
One of my favourite documentaries of all time is Errol Morris’s masterful portrait of Robert McNamara, JFK and Lyndon Johnson’s defence secretary during the Vietnam War. The film is essentially McNamara speaking – with extraordinary clarity intelligence and insight – about the 11 lessons he has learned in life.