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Beyond the Classroom - The Communities -Ep2: Tallaght

As part of the ongoing relationship with Aontas. It was suggested in mid 2008 that DCTV and the Aontas – Community Education Network would be a good fit to explore a production project. This series, supported by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland sound and vision scheme is the most visible result of that partnership [...]

October 14th After the Budget: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • October 15th 2008

You gottahand it to Fianna Fail.  A tax package that costs those on low incomes more than those on higher incomes, cutbacks on the newly-made unemployed (that’ll teach them to price themselves out of the market), bigger class sizes, more costs the sicker you get; over the next few days as people peer [...]

September 3rd Morning: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • September 3rd 2008

IBEC’s Turlough O’Sullivan has an unfortunate ideological quirk but it is treatable.  It seems he can’t say the words ‘low-paid’ without inserting ’so-called’ before them.  In fact, he has trouble using the actual words ‘low-paid’, only managing to say ‘lower-paid’. Still, his condition dictates that he still inserts ’so-called’ before them.  Mark Hennessy describes this condition [...]

August 30th Morning After the Party the Night Before: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • August 31st 2008

You can pick your friends but not your friends’ friends. Out last night with some of the former who brought some of the latter and, of course, their conversation turned to the recession. And those of the latter were real Euro-jockeys, propounding such thoughtful gems as ‘trade unions are sapping our vitals’. [...]

July 28th Morning: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • July 28th 2008

So, ‘curbing’ public spending growth is the only option. Thus spake Paul Tansey in last Friday’s Irish Times. Working from figures supplied by the Department of Finance, he attempts to show how public spending has ‘ballooned’ and now it has to be popped.
Let’s go through his apocalyptic presentation of numbers and see if [...]

July 27th Afternoon: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • July 28th 2008

Ah, the Sabbath and one is put in mind of Iris Robinson’s insistence that Governments must pursue God’s law. Now I don’t pretend to know more than the next congregant but I do have a particular background, having been engaged with American southern Christian fundamentalism in my early years. Yes, I learned the ‘good book’ [...]

July 24th Evening: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • July 25th 2008

It is a well-known fact that public sector workers are (a) greedy, (b) not productive (in fact they’re anti-productive), (c) over-paid and under-worked with big fat pensions, and (d) the single most important cause behind our recession and the poor showing of the Irish football team.  How do I know all this? Because I read the [...]

July 24th Lunchtime: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • July 24th 2008

If it wasn’t great over the last few years, how much worse can it get?  Recently, we have had to endure a mish-mash of confused debates over the ‘middle class’, the ‘coping class’, the ‘aspiring class’.  I’ve gone over this ground before but in these recession days it is always well to remind ourselves of [...]

July 21st Morning: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • July 21st 2008

If you were to correct every misconception, every mistake, every misrepresentation - every piece of sloppy journalism regarding the economic facts that spews our every day in the Irish media, you’d gum up the worldwide net. For the sake of time and sanity, sometimes you let things slide. Until, that is, you come [...]

July 16th Afternoon: The Recession Diaries

An article by Michael Taft of Notes on the Front • July 16th 2008

Here’s a thought courtesy of Cllr. Eric Byrne - a suggestion so common-sensical its’ frightening. Immediately after Bernard McNamara did a runner on the PPPs in Dublin city, Cllr. Byrne proposed that the City Council scrap all such ‘partnership’ proposals and do the following:
Dublin City Council already owns the sites in question. The Council [...]

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