Wednesday 13 December 2017

Wayne O'Connor

HOPES DASHED: Bid Oversight Board chairman Dick Spring, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and rugby legend Brian O’Driscoll make final preparations for the ultimately unsuccessful Rugby World Cup bid presentation to World Rugby in London

Anatomy of a broken dream: how our World Cup bid sold us short 

Resplendent six weeks ago in matching green ties and smart tailored suits, the team presenting Ireland's bid to host the Rugby World Cup appeared to have its ducks in a row when they arrived in London. Bob Geldof, Bono and Liam Neeson were cast in a variety of roles to add pizzazz to the formalities. Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, Brian O'Driscoll and Co showed video images of great Irish successes. They quoted Yeats but, it seems, their efforts were in vain.

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The true cost of nursing home care in Ireland 

On a recent weekday morning, a group of people gathered for a tour of The Marlay, a gleaming state-of-the-art nursing home just off the M50, close to Rathfarnham in south Dublin. The rooms were bright and airy. The place was buzzing with activity. A couple of residents read the in-house newspapers in the lobby. A group of ladies watched Sammy Davis Jr on TV in the sitting room. In another room, an activities coordinator read the newspaper aloud to her audience. Outside, the sun shone on a flower-filled courtyard.