Tag Archives: Ireland

The wrath of Ophelia unfolding on Twitter.

AA Roadwatch

Apple’s European headquarters in Cork

Bloomberg reports:

Ireland is being sued by the European Union authorities for failing to collect a year-old bill of as much as 13 billion euros ($15.3 billion) from Apple Inc. in a move that risks escalating tensions over the nation’s tax policies.

The European Commission on Wednesday referred Ireland to the European Court of Justice for failing to recoup the Apple bill…

…The dispute is part of a two-year-old crackdown by regulators on questionable tax deals — often involving American tech companies — throughout the EU. On Wednesday, Vestager also ordered Amazon.com Inc. to pay 250 million euros ($294 million) plus interest in back taxes to Luxembourg.

In the Irish case, until the money is recovered, Apple continues to get an illegal advantage, Vestager said.

EU sues Ireland over Apple bill as tax tensions flare up (Bloomberg)

Previously: The €13billion Apple Tax Bill

Grafton Street

Further to the release of the latest homeless figures last Friday showing 7,941 people registered as homeless in June 2017, 5,046 adults and 2,895 children – an overall increase of 241 people form May 2017…

RTE reports:

Ireland has now recovered from the economic crash of a decade ago, according to Goodbody stockbroker’s latest quarterly Irish Economy Health Check.

It is forecasting a return of domestic spending levels to their 2007 peak this year and suggests that full employment will be achieved by the end of next year.

Goodbody’s report says rapid growth in construction and consumer spending will push core domestic demand beyond previous forecasts and Ireland will retain its status as one of the fastest-growing European economies.

With jobs growing at the fastest pace since 1999, unemployment will fall to just 5% in late 2018, according to Goodbody Chief Economist Dermot O’Leary.

As a result, Ireland may need to start relying on immigrant labour to maintain its momentum as one of Europe’s fastest-growing economies.


Ireland has emerged from ‘lost decade’ – Goodbody (RTE)

Previously: A Rising Tide


Total number of people homeless in Ireland

Total number of homeless adults in Ireland

Total number of homeless children in Ireland

Total number of homeless families in Ireland

Total number of single-parent families who are homeless in Ireland

Further to the Department of Housing’s release of the homeless figures for June 2017 yesterday evening…

A few graphs (click to enlarge) which show how the number of people who are homeless has been rising steadily.

Readers will recall how June’s figures showed 7,941 people registered as homeless in June 2017, 5,046 adults and 2,895 children.

The overall figure represents an increase of 241 people since May 2017.

Previously: A Good Time To Bury Bad News

Natasha Browne is right when she says that the decision of the British think tank Policy Exchange to advise Ireland to follow the UK out of the EU demonstrates “the British superiority complex” in feeling they can determine the fate of this country.

The think tank advises that Ireland should consider leaving the EU. It is not quoted as saying we should rejoin the UK but the implication is clear.

After centuries of colonial exploitation, we still have to put up with the neighbouring former imperial power telling us what to do – or else.

It wants us to follow it in tearing up the agreement it signed with its fellow European citizens to join the EU.

The EU represents the cooperation of nearly 30 European democracies in matters of mutual interest. It replaces centuries of imperial and totalitarian conflict in Europe and is the most advanced example of such cooperation in the world.

All Ireland can say to the UK in reply is no, we will not tear up that agreement. But we should also respectfully suggest that the UK should reverse what the UK’s own think tank defines as the “massively damaging” decision to tear it up.

A Leavy,
Dublin 13.


Europe, Brexit, Ireland (Irish Times letters page)


Cat MeatAmericana with some very familiar faces

What you may need to know…

01. Cat Meat are something of a hub of Irish music veterans to say the least: Ian Olney (Power of Dreams/Cypress, Mine!) is central to the main line-up, while Morty McCarthy (Sultans of Ping/Pharmacy) has guested behind the kit, and live bassist Mark Healy has prior form in Cypress, Mine! and Lift.

02. Emerging a few years back, the band have recently dropped by some old stomping grounds, with gigs in Cork city and Ballydehob. The outfit plies a warm if somewhat forlorn mix of folk, Americana and blues.

03. Streaming above is the band’s new full-length, Trembling Tongues Make Magpie Bait, also available for free/pay-what-you-want download from the band’s Bandcamp.

04. We’ll keep you posted on any upcoming return Irish legs for the band, though video from their last few shows is up on their Facebook.

Thoughts: The sum of their influences and reference points, but with a hint of ’90s alternative ingenue amid it all.

Cat Meat


Morning VeilsCork folk harbingers

What you may need to know…

01. The bearers of bad tidings sometimes do so with a slight grin, knowing well the nature of their predicament. So too do Leeside “forgotten folk” trio Morning Veils.

02. Emerging a few years back as an aside to its members’ main preoccupations, the trio is comprised of Elaine Howley (The Altered Hours/Crevice), Roslyn Steer (solo/Crevice/KantCope label/ex-Saint Yorda) and Aisling O’Riordan (Quarter Block Party festival).

03. Streaming above is the newly-released video for single Elusive Fruit, created, produced and directed by local performance artist Eilis Collins.

04. It’s taken from the band’s debut release, Her Kind, available for streaming and download from KantCope’s Bandcamp page. Cassette copies long sold out by now, of course.

Thoughts: Rarely seen in the wild, but always worth observing, Morning Veils’ reverby, shoegaze-leaning folk is a joy.

Morning Veils