The Dublin InQuirer- A City Desk for Dublin


I only recently became aware of The Dublin InQuirer and have become facinated by it. It started as a website and then, to fend off financial instablity, began offering a monthly print newspaper on a subscription and (limited) retail basis.

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What really makes a civil servant quit?


Between 1996 and 1999 the rate of resignations from the civil service rose by 34%. The civil service had been under resourced and demotivated, while subject to an embargo on hiring staff. Staff careers and earnings had stagnated.

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The PODcast: An interview giving the story so far

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The benighted story of the Department of Education's perennially unraveling Primary Online Database of 5+year olds has been bouncing along for over a year now. If you were to scroll through a year's worth of this blog's posts you'd have a pretty good picture of what happened when, but you might also expire with tedium. It'd be a race to see which would happen first.

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Minister for Education: We will forget nothing, learn nothing

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About two weeks ago, as letters started to arrive home in children's lunchboxes, parents started raising issues with the Department of Education's project to take children's data (racial, psychological assessment, special needs, religion, PPS number and so on) and store it until they were 30. Here's the post setting out the inital issues I had with the plan.

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Private phone messaging apps compared

Recently, for reasons, I had occasion to examine the current state of the market for encrypted messaging apps on phones. Tested: Wickr, BBM, Threema, Confide, Cyber Dust, Cyphr, Telegram. Thoughts to follow:(Notes:-All of these apps start off wanting access to your contacts.

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Thoughts on Ireland’s new Surveillance Order


Some tiny Saturday thoughts on today's Page 1 scoop by Karlin Lillington re the state's creation of a new statutory framework for secret Ministerial surveillance orders and, quite seriously, for FISA-style secret court hearings. 1) The Minister has activated a law that has been overtaken by events. 2) The Department of Justice has claimed the SI was signed to comply with EU treaty obligations.

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Water and Power

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Two kinds of protest floating in my head tonight. The first, the Irish Water protests. The second, the complaints about the fluoridation of drinking water.

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Apple Watch, HealthKit & the meaning of normal

A tiny thought about the Apple Watch and HealthKit. Long term, the flood of additional data on the general population's state of health and range of daily behaviour will be of benefit. The problem is going to come with gauging exactly when we've reached that 'long term'.

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