Articles 2010


What’s happening in Haiti?
January 27th, 2010
The news from Haiti is grim but thanks to the media mob we know how many planes have landed today, how many litres of water were distributed and how many tents pitched. However the information experts have failed to answer one important question-How did a country with a thriving economy and a proud people turn into a country where government is invisible and the economy in ruins? In the 18th century Haiti was the world’s richest colony where half a million slaves worked the sugar, coffee and… continue

An energy industry insider’s view on climate change
March 26th, 2010
I have mixed reactions when I’m confronted by the daily headlines evoking images of global famine, flood and drought caused by man’s emissions of greenhouse gases. As a geologist, I know that the planet has been through numerous cycles of climatic variations over the last several billion years and I know that change is part of the natural geological cycle. I… continue

Claiming our Future
November 5th, 2010
One hundred tables waited in evenly spaced rows for the one thousand people who filed into the RDS, armed only with their hopes of a better future. The venue was a giant hall the size of an aircraft hanger, the task improbable – reshaping Irish political life. Most people had no idea what to expect. A stage had been set up halfway down the hall, not to indulge the usual spokespeople but to welcome a gay and lesbian choir, a trio of young Ballyfermot rappers, Mary Coughlan and soul singer Shaz… continue

I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day
December 21st, 2010
Christmas came early this year, Nov 28th to be precise.  That was the day Wikileaks began releasing secret dispatches exposing the private thoughts of US officials in cables sent home to Washington DC. Back in the 1960s US scientists administered LSD to unwitting citizens in an effort to find a ‘truth drug’ which would oblige detainees to give up their secrets without using traditional torture methods. The Wikileaks… continue