Stuff, Issues and Current Affairs in Ireland (…this may be a bit Dublin-centric!) – currently a bit EconoCrisis centric…

Contantin Gurdgiev Blog on the Irish Economy


That Jay Leno Clip http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRZvERI5nf8

Icelanders consider charging their politicians with negligence: http://www.grapevine.is/News/ReadArticle/Other-Ideas-About-Charging-Ministers

NYT on Ireland and the Eurozone  http://baselinescenario.com/2010/09/02/irish-worries-for-the-global-economy/

Nama Wine Lake (Sept 2010) The Blog about all things Nama – http://namawinelake.wordpress.com/ – see the ‘interview’ with Tony Soprano.  “TS:  So we worked the bust out scam on his stores. We ordered to the limit from his existing suppliers and sold the goods on, we opened up accounts with more suppliers, everything from flat screen TVs to computers and we maxed the credit and when the goods came in the front door we shipped them out the back door. All in, we took €500,000 of goods and sold them for €200,000. That’s when the credit stopped. John was ruined and never recovered. But we got our money.

NWL: But as you say, John was ruined, he was labelled a dead beat, he’d lost all trust and he’d never have a business again.

TS: Yeah but that was John, you’re talking about a country and you know sovereign debt it’s like diplomatic immunity”.

On the Possible Irish Risk of Soveriegn Debt Default   http://baselinescenario.com/2010/05/20/the-very-bad-luck-of-the-irish/

On Ireland Leaving the Euro:  Charlie fell in the Irish Times ‘ Solo run on Currency would be Economic Suicide’ http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/finance/2010/0806/1224276306577.html

 Dublin just declared a UNESCO City of Literature http://www.dublincityofliterature.com/

If  you are ever in need of an cupla focal..   http://www.focal.ie/Home.aspx

‘A Haunted Landscape’ Report on Housing & Planning in Ireland from the The National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis, NUIM   http://www.nuim.ie/nirsa/research/documents/WP59-A-Haunted-Landscape.pdf  a shocking account of property development over the last decade.

Magill Summer School 2010: Irelands 6th Crisis ‘Implentation Deficit Disorder’.

At last – some one speaks out! Quotes  ‘the people at the top are lifers’ and ‘you can’t put new wine in old wineskins’ . See  http://www.donegalcoco.public-i.tv/site/player/pl_compact.php?a=43391&t=0&m=wm&l=en_GB#the_data_area  Select ‘Index Points’ and then Dr Eddie  Molloy.  Webcast lasts about 30 minutes. Not to be missed.

Belfast Street Pianos: http://www.streetpianos.com/belfast2010/ – From the 14th to the 28th of August 2010, 10 Streetpianos will be distributed across the streets of Belfast. Located in public parks, streets and squares, the pianos are available for any member of the public to play and enjoy

Cultural Technology Grant Scheme http://www.maryhanafin.ie/news/73/64/Hanafin-announces-Cultural-Technology-Grant-Scheme-to-promote-cultural-Ireland-to-new-markets.html and for details of the scheme http://www.tcs.gov.ie/pdfs/cultural_technology_scheme_2010.pdf  Deadline September 15th 2010

 The 1901 Census goes online


Innovation Dublin 2010 – “The festival celebrates innovation in all its forms. Whether it’s business, the arts, education, science, sports, the environment – whatever your field! – the festival is about promoting your creative thinking and new ideas”.  http://www.innovationdublin.ie/utm_source=InnoDub+Newsletter&utm_campaign=0535348511-Innovation_Dublin_2010_Festival_Launch&utm_medium=email

Constantin Gurdgiev speaks at CPAs Conference (June 2010). Ireland faces structural recession and eight more years of asset implosion if action not taken to develop knowledge economy


Photo taken recently in Dublin. (Spring 2010)

Spring Gallery Closure

Sign of the times

TASCnet report on the ‘Golden Circle’.

Just published.  See  http://www.tascnet.ie/upload/file/MtGC%20ISSU.pdf

Elderfield on private mortgage debt  (May 2010)


Burden of Irish Debt could yet eclipse that of Greece http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/opinion/2010/0522/1224270888132.html  by MORGAN KELLY