The week I became a threat to Ireland

On Sunday, I had the rare privilege of being denounced in the opinion pages of no less an organ of official Irish conventional wisdom than the Sunday Times. “Politics,” announced Justine McCarthy, “needs more Kate O’Connell’s to defend us from the John McGuirk’s”. Last week, by happy coincidence, I celebrated my 36th birthday. That is, it turns…

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Impossible police work for internet giants

Facebook and Twitter can’t make hate go away, and we shouldn’t ask them to, writes John McGuirk “Hatred,” The Sunday Business Post declared this week, “is still having its say”. The paper’s eye-catching headline referred to a story by its reporter, Aaron Rogan, that Facebook and Twitter were still, as he put it, failing to…

Ireland is at the mercy of a Quangocracy

Government-funded lobby groups crowd out the ordinary citizen from the decision-making process writes John McGuirk   The cost of the National Children’s Hospital – coming in at a touch over €3billion – has been a source of some frustration to voters over the last year. The cost of the national broadband plan, another €3billion, has…

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