elections

Monday ReformCard Meeting

Warning, NOT PUBLISHING RELATED

So it’s election time in Ireland. One of my friends, Johnny Ryan, is one of the bods behind ReformCard.com an interesting experiment to rate and rank Irish political parties’ plans for political reform. They are having a meeting at lunchtime on Monday where the parties will get a chance top respond to their assigned rank. It should be fun! See Johnny’s note below:

Re: Meeting – Monday

Hi!

Joe and I are hosting a Reformcard event on Monday that we would like to invite you to. Attendance is free, and all are welcome.

We’re bringing representatives from all the major political parties to the Sugarclub at lunch time on Monday 21st, and they are going to respond to their Reform Scorecards and to the crowd.

This will be the last opportunity for most people to directly engage with the political representatives before the election – which will be only 4 days away by Monday.

Details: Monday, 21 Feb, at 1.00 at the Sugar Club on Lesson St. Dublin 2. The event is a Reformcard public forum, and Pat Leahy of the Sunday Business Post will be moderating.

Pat Rabbitte, Labour Party; Eamon Ryan, Green Party; Phil Hogan, Fine Gael; Mary Lou McDonald, Sinn Fein; and Averil Power, Fianna Fail; will be speaking.

Admission is free – Transparency International are covering costs.

Full details are on the event’s Facebook page (you can RSVP here too):
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=198142726878511

Poster + map are at
http://www.reformcard.com/realreform

To see recent media coverage about Reformcard seehttp://www.reformcard.com/media

Please pass the word around – the more the merrier.

Johnny

Samantha Power, The Book Festival and Distractions

Eoin Purcell

UPDATE: SAMANTHA POWER HAD TO RESIGN TODAY OVER SOME UNFORTUNATE REMARKS. IT COULDN’T BE A MORE SAD OUTCOME FOR HER! BLATHNAID HAS SOME MORE.
Distracted
Frankly, it’s amazing I’ve done anything this week. I’ve been busy obsessing over this. But I have somehow, including this.

Lectures
I left work early and drove to Dublin (a relatively limited distance I think, but I wish the road was better) and went to see a lecture by one of Barak Obama’s chief policy advisers, Samantha Power who has just release a very interesting book and one a pulitzer for this one! She didn’t change my mind on Obama, if I had a vote it’d go to Clinton, but I’d vote for Power for sure! An excellent speaker with a fine sense of the world she hammered points I have felt myself for some time about the Rule of Law and what not. It went too quickly!

The Book Festival
I’ve a breakfast meeting tomorrow then loads of Book Festival Stuff I want to do. It’ll be a good day.

Tired but looking forward to tomorrow
Eoin