Monthly Archives: November 2010

The Irish Crisis.

Come on. Really? No-one seen this coming even a little bit?

A few years before the recession began Ireland was doing extremely well. The Celtic Tiger was on the prowl. The property market was booming, business was flourishing and Guinness was more expensive than ever.

Then, in what some are labelling a shock everything comes tumbling down. Ireland needs bailed out.

Yes. You read that correctly. Ireland. The country! Not an Irish Institution…the country.

Ireland had (and rightly so in my opinion) been riding the wave that it had experienced before the recession. The problem is they thought they were better surfers than they were! They financed their rapid economic loans with money from all over – mainly RBS it seems Perhaps, even, with the best intentions of being able to pay them back in a timely fashion.

Now what?

It will be very interesting to see what unfolds from the IMF, EU and UK in the next few weeks. One thing is for sure though, Mr Osborne and the nation of Ireland is in for a fair tumultuous Christmas.


Here’s Jonny!

Well, I’m back.

I have journeyed into the world of blogging a few times before with varying levels of success and I thought it was time to start something new to reflect the new stage of life that I have entered.

The last few months I have been caught up in a whirlwind of change – good change!  In August I got married to the woman of my dreams, Cassie.  We moved to Birmingham.  She commenced a Graduate course in Law.  I commenced postgraduate studies with the University of Birmingham.

I am currently studying an MA in International Relations with a specialist pathway in International Peacekeeping.  The course is a lot of work, very challenging and extremely encouraging.

I have also been assigned as a Research Assistant to one of the Professors in my department – so I am getting many great opportunities to develop personally.

My own research is, as usual, flirting on the lines of theory and practice.  I just love exploring that tension and asking the tough questions that are rarely covered in mainstream academia.

This blog will, undoubtedly, act as a sounding board for my academic work.  My dissertation progress.  My Research Assistantship.  And, all manner of personal projects.

Please feel free to engage and let’s see where this journey goes.


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