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"1169 And Counting is a wealth of information on our Republican past and present , and demonstrates how the Irish political landscape , like that of any nation, will never be a black and white issue..."

(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)

This blog was listed as one of the 'Finalists' in the '2016 current affairs/politics' category of the Littlewoods Ireland blog awards - but we didn't win the award. But not to worry -thanks to everyone involved for getting us to the final stage of the competition and sure we'll try again the next time!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012



So you're a doctor with a nice house in County Offaly which sits in a 150-acre 'garden' , you own a building in Lusk , County Dublin, which houses a supermarker and a doctors surgery and a smaller building in another Dublin area , Donabate, in which another doctor operates a practice from.

You get into politics and eventually become Free State Minister for Health , a position which allows you to close down almost 300 public nursing home beds this year alone and an Office from which you would be aware that there are almost 600 elderly people in public hospitals throughout the State who desperately need a bed in a public nursing home ; beds which aren't there. But what of it - you yourself are not yet of an age where you need to be in a nursing home and when that time does come , you (and your wife/partner)will go 'Private' , not public.

You have bags of cash to spare and more arriving each week and , given your 'insider knowledge' of the state of nursing home 'care' , you decide to have a flutter , but it doesn't quite go according to plan....


Thanks for reading : see you here tomorrow night (Wednesday 11th July 2012)for our usual offering!