Letters: Tourist liked the scenery, shame about the dog poo
What can we say about our trip to Armagh on Sunday – A total disaster – and I believe you will find that word used elsewhere in this paper today.
It was Bray's darkest day – Wednesday September 26, 2007. It has been six years coming, and something of a resolution has been reached.
WHAT A wonderful idea The Gathering is- an initiative designed at encouraging all those around the world with connections to Ireland to make a visit to our little country. They get to bask in our Irishness and we get to boost our troubled economy in the process.
THIS TIME last year the main political parties were in ' general election' mode, and each of them were vying to gain enough seats to form the next government. In the end, Fine Gael and Labour won, and the remainder were left languishing in opposition.
THIS YEAR Ireland, is giving €669 million in Overseas Development Aid. Hopefully, the upcoming budget will not see the Government renege on its word by slashing vital Development funds. Recently, a commentator took to radio and television arguing that we spend too much on overseas aid. On the one hand, he argues that money for emergency aid is necessary, on the other, that the development budget needs to be cut. Drastically. The inter-relatedness of the two issues exposes a glaring inconsistency in his argument. Countries with a sound, adequate infrastructure are always able to manage natural disasters better than those lacking even the most basic services.
Martin McGuinness is the latest name pencilled into the race to be President. It has been the most entertaining Aras campaign I can remember. Eight days left. Will we see Bob Geldof enter the fray? You know we want to.
L IFE AS we know it in our house has ceased to exist in recent days due to extended work commitments on my behalf for a few weeks. 12 hour shifts and night-time meetings have resulted in the house turning into an even bigger tip than normal (I actually didn't think it was possible but it is) and the kids threatening to ring Childline on the basis of parental neglect.
DO YOU know your next door neighbour? How about that family that live three houses away?
LEAVING AND Junior Cert results are history and it's back to 'normality'. At least for most people. Four years ago I got a call asking me if I would fill in teaching German for a teacher out on maternity leave. It was great to be back in the classroom. When the teacher came back the principal kept me on teaching English and religion. It's the job I like best and I managed to keep the job for four years.
AFTER YEARS when the perception was that the Central Bank did very little to control the activities of our financial institutions, it's perhaps not surprising that Big Brother has decided to more tightly regulate, not the banks, but the credit unions.
WHAT IS it about sport that gets almost everyone in Ireland so riled up? I might be on my own here but I just don't get all the hype. This past weekend was jam-packed with various events-so I'm told and the way people were acting it was as if all their Christmases had come at once. For some, I suppose it's entertaining to watch their county or national team compete for the top prize but for others it's a case of any teams, any match will do, so long as sport is on the box.
ON SUNDAY New York remembered the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Not just New York, but right across the world, people paused to remember that awful day when the planes hit the Twin Towers in lower Manhattan.
Since 2006 average earnings have been reduced by more than 25%. An exception to the rule is an increase in legal service costs, which have risen by 12%. National Competitiveness Council reports that we are the fourth most expensive country in the world to enforce business transactions to the courts. The Competition Authority produced a blueprint, five years ago, that would enhance productivity, efficiency and cut costs of legal work. Most recommendations have gathered dust to date.
AS BOB Dylan once said ' the times they are a changin' and parents, for one have all sorts of unprecedented issues to deal with. This week saw a new departure as a parent filed a law suit against Facebook for failing to do, frankly what he should have been doing himself-monitor his child's online activity.
THE 10TH anniversary of 9/11 has passed with an emotional outpouring of collective grief in the United States and in other country's affected by the world's worst terrorist outrage in which almost 3,000 innocent people lost their lives.
Last week's fatal road accident on the Bray to Roundwood road occurred at the exact location where a leading author has been campaigning for safety improvements.
County Wicklow's economy could receive a much welcome boost after the Supreme Court paved the way for the development of a huge data centre in Newtownmountkennedy.
Wicklow County Council will lodge a submission with Eirgrid outlining concerns councillors have over the Grid Link pylons project.
A confessed paedophile who was advertising a one bed apartment attached to his home as being a suitable place for children hurriedly changed the listing after he appeared in a national newspaper at the weekend.
Wicklow County Council will lodge a submission with Eirgrid outlining concerns the elected members have with Wicklow being selected as a route corridor for the Grid Link project.
Seven properties in Wicklow went under the hammer at last Tuesday's Allsops auction in the RDS.
Singer Chris de Burgh has sold his Enniskerry mansion for €5.85 million.
The Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers' Association has sounded note of caution on the optimistic outlook for farming in 2014 presented by Teagasc last week.
In spite of the fodder crisis, which Teagasc estimates cost farming €400 million, Irish agricultural sector income was relatively unchanged in 2013 compared with 2012.
Wicklow County Council's budget for 2014 was narrowly passed by a just a single vote by councillors on Monday.