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Historic Day July 28, 2005

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News just breaking of the historic announcement by the IRA army council that it is to cease all activities and put weapons beyond use. The statement has been welcomed by all parties who are seeking progress. It is a major development in the Northern Ireland peace process and hopefully the beginning of a new era in Irish politics. source: Irish Times

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Cash for Cameras July 23, 2005

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You would think in this day and age that the Irish government would be more concerned with improving road safety and lowering dead tolls than they would be with trying to generate revenue from those who violate road safety regulations? Sadly it would appear that this is not the case. This latest proposal to the cabinet, to privatise speed cameras across the country is headlined with the clause “more than �70 million could be raised in the first year of the system’s full operation”. Who cares how much revenue could be generated from this? Surely this is missing the issue altogether? Am I the only person who still believes that road safety is not linked to revenue creation? It’s disgusting! source: Irish Times

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0.5 Billion Reasons Why… July 22, 2005

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Apple’s iTunes store has just hit the 500,000,000 download mark (in only 19 countries). The ultimate answer to those in the music industry who said it would never work.

Scare Lingus July 20, 2005

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It has been revealed that a document has been found within Aer Lingus that outlines tactics to gently “push” staff out of the company. Many ideas such as tacky uniforms, boring training programs, etc were mentioned in the document. Some would say these tactics were already in place for some time without effect. Regardless, the management are denying that this “draft” plan would ever have been put into action and it was only a “discussion” document. Either way if it’s on paper it’s a serious issue when it’s not marked as a joke. It will be interesting to see how the government handle this one. C’mon Martin we’re eagerly awaiting your statement. source: Irish Times

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The Creature from the Deep July 12, 2005

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Thanks to Rob for this story about a creature found washed up on a beach in Laytown. It looks like an eel but is black and red, has one eye, is about 1 metre in length, and has very strange looking teeth. I’m sure that the marine biologists will be flocking to Laytown to examine the creature. Full story is available in the Drogheda Independent.

Tall Ships have Arrived July 6, 2005

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The Tall Ships have arrived in Waterford for the start of the 3-day festival. Every road in the city is locked down for resident only access. Only in Ireland could we close roads for the arrival of ships! There are more Gardaí performing point duty than I ever knew existed in the city (certainly in the case of drunken and aggressive behaviour on Saturday nights). However, it’s not all bad and so far I have to say that traffic is flowing smoothly and disruption is being kept to a minimum. This might be down to the excellent work of the organising committee or perhaps due to the fact that most people just took the 3 days off work because it looked like too much hassle to deal with. Either way Waterford has answered its critics by verifying the ability to lock down a city and control everything in a professional manner for such a large event as this. Up the Déise!