Today's Irish Times featured a column by Breda O'Brien headed "Internet Attacks on Church belie need for open secularity online". As I was recently involved in an Internet campaign to have the Papal Nuncio expelled, during which I debated Ms O'Brien, the topic caught my attention. My response to her column, which exceeds the 3000 character limit set by the Irish Times for comments, follows.
Where is the Society of Chartered Surveyors 2009 report setting the rebuild costs on which insurance companies base their premiums? Apparently they don't even have an estimated date for delivery. Instead, we're all paying our insurance companies based on values in the May 2008 report.
It is said that the mark of a gentleman is that when proved wrong he will acknowledge his error, but when proved right will never point it out. I am no gentleman. This week, Anglo-Irish Bank- the financing wing of the Fianna Fail/ Property Developer axis which has actually run the country for its own benefit for the last 15 years- finally keeled over dead.
I am not much of a socialiser. While others may be found on many's the evening dancing upon the tables of happening establishments too cool to have a name, I am more likely to be sitting on my couch mulling over the wisdom of a third digestive biscuit. Nonetheless, last week saw me in an uncharacteristically adventurous mode- making my way one evening up Thomas St towards the Guinness Storehouse.
Cash Money. I received an email today from Joe Costello telling me about a competition they're running to promote the Lisbon Treaty. In exchange for a well crafted one minute video, they're offering a prize of €1000, spendable in shops, into your hot little hands.