The trail of cookie crumbs my browsing history has been leaving recently has seen some curious advertising stalkers creeping after me. One particularly persistent ad is trying to convince me to attend a 2-day property investment workshop, entitled Jumpstart. This targeted ad is obviously because I have been looking at property online. However, I'm simply … Continue reading Jumpstarting my Road to Damnation
I've been in a letter-writing mood of late. This week, I've initiated a tête-à-tête with the Minister for Finance Pascal Donohue. Feel free to adapt this material to contact your own TD if you have had the same issue. Dear Minister Donohoe, I have just received a letter, dated 29th January, from your office soliciting … Continue reading Taking on the Blueshirts
My saga with my property agency (parasites) continued this week. Apparently they are claiming I have lived at my current address for just over a year, whereas in actuality it is approaching a depressing five and a half years of lining investor's pockets at my expense. It was the Residential Tenancies Board that informed of … Continue reading The Dead Kennedys were Right about Landlords.
The above sign is on a terrace in Stoneybatter, close to where I live in Dublin, showing two houses up for sale. Sorry, not two houses. Two investment opportunities. Just look at the language on the sign. Development. Investment. Tenants. Apartments. Nowhere does it mention house or home. I suppose we should appreciate their honesty … Continue reading They’re not even pretending anymore
I'm not sure if anybody else is seeing this, but over the last few days I've seen a proliferation of online ads for competitions offering actual houses as prizes. The screenshot above is just one of many I've seen, all featuring property in different parts of the country. All of these competitions have one thing … Continue reading The Housing Lottery
One of the many consequences of the sweeping neoliberal policies of Ireland's current government is that homelessness is now at record numbers. The latest figures published by non-profit organisation Focus Ireland count the number of homeless people as 10,397, while also noting that the number of homeless families has increased by 354% in the five years … Continue reading Bord of Privatisation
The Irish Times have once again elected not to publish a letter from me taking one of their writers to task. However, dear reader, what is their loss is your gain. In response to this article, here is my missive: A chara, Mark Paul's assertion, in Friday September 27th's Business This Week, that blocking new … Continue reading An Alternative Take on Economic Vandalism
Currently, my daily commute takes me past Croke Park, the home of the great Irish sport of hurling (and some other unimportant sports...). This week I noticed that they have been setting up lighting rigs and sound systems there, for concerts taking place this weekend. The Irish manufactured-pop act Westlife (one of a slew of … Continue reading Not in my Back Yard
I stumbled across this article a couple of days ago, and it reminded me of a couple of other times I saw the same topic mentioned in letters-to-the-editor pieces. The article in question and the similar gripes I had previously come across left me bemused. The gist of the topic is that Dublin is a … Continue reading Dangerous? By whose Standards?
I started the notes for this piece last week. It might appear timely considering the deeply saddening events in Paris earlier this week, but it is purely coincidental. The more mundane reason that the topic of fire has been on my mind is because I recently went through fire safety training at work (again). While … Continue reading Let it Burn – It’s Cheaper