After a very pleasant, though surprisingly wearing, trawl through yesterday's papers it was agreed by all those present to meet again the following day in the same spot (Westin Mezzanine, or Atrium as styled by some) at 2pm. So if you're in town pop in and prepare to be handed a Sunday supplement to ponder.
I previously wrote about how a handful of votes in a handful of constituencies will decide the next election. I took us on a little tour of the Irish PR system, explaining why your fourth and fifth preferences can make the difference between success or failure for a candidate. And I gave a link to a printable version of the Irish voter registration form.
I previously posted about the importance of registering to vote, with some figures intending to show that individual votes can make the difference between one government and another. As part of that, I linked to the pdf of the voter registration form. It was pointed out to me recently that this form is unprintable.
My alter ego at the McGarr Solicitors website has posted up an exchange relating to the Irish Government's relationship to the negotiations currently occuring in Geneva at the WIPO. These are aimed at to bringing about "A Treaty on the Protection of Broadcasting Organisations".
Over at Winds and Breezes Treasa noticed something odd about the government's readiness for predicted floods;I see from breakingnews that we could be facing the worst flooding in 25 years this weekend. I unfortunately shall be nowhere near the coast to see the unusual high tides, but that’s irrelevant at this junction. Mr Roche advised people to follow guidelines on the www.
Last week, Damien Mulley emailed a goodly number of bloggers and asked them for a max of 5 questions they'd like politicians to answer on their door steps. Some of the subjects were fairly predictable- each person took the chance to take a quick ride on their hobby horses, myself included. However, there are also a fair number of interesting questions raised.
I've mentioned before that the number of seats with a winning margin of less than 500 doubled from the 1997 election to the 2002 one- from 9 to 18. Of those, in the last election, two were decided by less than 10 votes. That means that your vote, and the votes of your family and friends, may be enough to tip the election one way or another next year.