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The Art of Economic Misdirection

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in July 2010)

That’s it folks. Game over. Ireland Inc is well and truly on the way down. I have been rather sceptical of the country having the ability to weather the recessionary storm that has gripped us for the last 2 years but now the game is well and truly up. The government on the other hand seem intent on either ignoring the evidence or they are just too dumb to read all the signs. The former, and more insidious fact, is what I believe to be the truth. They are actively ignoring the evidentiary statistics and figures in order to complete their “doublethink” and attempt to enforce this on the public via the government media outlets and their representatives. We have been hearing over the last number of months about how the country “has turned the corner” or “is turning the corner” and that economic growth is projected for next year and the years to come.

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Emperor Kenny’s New Clothes

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in June 2010)

It has now been just over two weeks since Richard Bruton directly or indirectly, whichever way you want to look at it, challenged Enda Kenny’s leadership of the main opposition party, Fine Gael. While it might have been an important enough event to write about at the time, I felt that it was better to wait until some time had passed so that an assessment of the fallout from the ruckus within the ranks of Fine Gael can be made. It seems now that in the two weeks since the failed coup, Kenny has emerged victorious and even the polls point to this. However, this much is obvious. Things are far from settled in the seats of the opposition in Dáil Éireann and the Irish public has a notoriously short memory when it comes to politics.

The Economics of Failure

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in June 2010)

Economics has always bored and intrigued me at the same time. The use of almost indecipherable lingo and seemingly huge figures turned me off instantly but despite this, I always tried my best to keep abreast of things, how they were developing and who was trying to screw whom. This seems to be kind of odd in Ireland, maybe Ireland is the exception, as most people couldn’t care less about the economy and the vagaries that go along with it. This changed however once people’s livelihoods were threatened and rightly so.

We Don’t Need No Education (Part 2)

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in March 2010)

Part 2

In my previous article, here, I discussed the approach to religious education in Ireland and the various problems, failings of the system that is currently in place and how it is currently changing. In this week’s follow on article, I will be discussing the same things but this time my attention is focused on America.

The American Dream?

In the United States, there is no religious instruction whatsoever within the public education system. Whilst this has been the norm for many years, there are certain religious organisations who have been challenging this in recent years, however, I digress.

We Don’t Need No Education (Part 1)

(Originally Published on Corkstudentnews.com in March 2010)

Preface

This was originally written for a purely academic purpose but I felt that it was worth disseminating it among the greater readership, whoever that may be. I have tried my best to adopt the writing to a more non-academic format and hopefully I have been successful.

An Irish “Education”? (Part 1)

The education system in Ireland today is roughly the same type of system that was set up during the foundation of the State; that being the teaching of religion in the class room has always been a prominent feature of Irish education. The religion that was taught in the classroom has always been predominantly of the Catholic ethos. This is due in no small part to the way the education system has been set up. The Catholic Church has had a monopoly on education in Ireland for decades and therefore they decided what was taught and what wasn’t.