39 thoughts on “A Limerick A Day

        1. Dόn Pídgéόní

          The sign of true wealth is snippy comments on said wealth on a small internet website all right. It’s what Bill Gates dreams of doing one day…

          1. Joni2015

            It doesn’t change the reality of my earnings. I barely post here any more. Too busy making money and keeping the girlfriends away from each other.

          2. ReproBertie

            “You’ll make more friends in two months by being interested in other people than you’ll make in two years by trying to make other people interested in you.” – Dale Carnegie

          3. scottser

            ‘I’m polite and women find me intriguing. They never stay around long enough to realise the truth.’

            dude, stop reading celia aherne. if you must adopt a character can you not make it someone a bit more imaginative?

    1. DubLoony

      I remember the “Hire the Irish, before they hire you” ad back in the early 90s.
      Funny thing was, the IDA were more clued into what was about to take off while people were still deeply in despair of never working again.

      To move back to a country takes time & planning. Sowing the seeds of the idea now means that industries that are starting to feel a squeeze now won’t face a full blown crisis in a 1-2 years.
      Biggest growth area will be the construction sector.

  1. Annie

    Strikes me as somewhat cheesy to attempt to hijack I mean emulate the #hometovote thing with this . And to even admit to it .

  2. Dόn Pídgéόní

    Surely this only works if the 1000 jobs a week being created are those that people want to come back for. And they aren’t going to if there are added benefits of staying overseas as opposed to doing the same thing in Ireland.

    1. Neilo

      @Don Pidg: agree with you there and that these jobs aren’t taxed to the gills in return for a parsimonious level of social services/benefits.

      1. Dόn Pídgéόní

        Do you still have the ban on hiring into hospitals and universities or has that been lifted?

        1. Neilo

          The embargo is being honoured in spirit rather than letter, I think. There’s certainly a push to recruit nurses (maybe junior doctors as well?) but I’m unsure what the situation is with the universities.

        2. scottser

          the public sector recruitment embargo was lifted last year don. there’s a clatter of competitions going on at the minute – in fact i got #2 on a grade 6 panel, just waiting to hear about a start date :)

          1. Joni2015

            €2,500 per month Scottser. I hope you’ve no plans for a having a family or not living in a house share.

          2. ahjayzis

            Christ joni you must be insufferable in real life.

            I can see you haranguing a nurse treating you, telling her she’s mad not to retrain as a PR consultant or something equally ‘valuable’.

            Sometimes there’s more to life, a job choice and a career than the bank balance.

          3. Joni2015

            I used to think the same but my eyes have been opened to what I can achieve. Never settle. Not to get too Tony Robbins but if you’re happy with your lot then it will be your lot for life.

          4. ReproBertie

            “It isn’t what you have or who you are or where you are or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about it.” – Dale Carnegie (again)

          5. scottser

            ah joni, i made 2,500 a month teaching in the VEC. I was able to go travelling for a year on the savings. I’ll be looking at a 10k increase in salary from the new year on. but hey, when the missis kicks you out and the banks reclaim your property and you need some homeless advice, come look me up. remember, the state always has a duty of care no matter how big a knobend you are ;)

          6. Joni2015

            The first point of the salary scale is €44,849. Put that into taxcalc.eu for a public servant. You will struggle on that money. If you finished second on the panel I dare say you’re quite a sharp guy as that’s usually the top percentile. Don’t settle for mickey mouse money in Ireland.

  3. ahjayzis

    Think they’re coming at it in the wrong way.

    Like, imagine convincing your significant other to move with you to Ireland. Ireland’s a great place to live, but there’s serious problems you forget about if you’ve been away / seem *mad* when thought about from afar.

    – Telling him/her that we’d need to organise a quickie baptism to get the sprog into a school without having been on the waiting list since before it was born

    – Warning them to keep an open plane ticket at the ready so as to avoid 24 hours on a hard chair in A&E if anyone gets appendicitis or the like.

    – Zero affordable childcare

    – Things like taking foreign credit history into account when applying for a mortgage. UK banks/phone company wouldn’t accept my credit report from Ireland, I’d say the reverse is true too, even though the reports are done by the same company.

    It’s things like this that’ll improve the lives of people at home and tempt people away from countries that don’t have these problems, not a crumby poster campaign appealing to sentimentality – that’ll never work, it’s never sentiment that drives you to uproot your life. Make the same effort attracting workers home as they do attracting multinationals.

    1. sanctimoniousbroadsheetcommenter

      You must be great craic at parties. If it is that rubbish why don’t you leave instead of whinging all the time? If you don’t like it do something about it. This website is the online Joe Duffy and Adrian Kennedy radio show all wrapped into one.

      If you are going to reply, please be as sanctimonious as possible.

      1. ahjayzis

        (I’ll try)

        Bless you, you poor misguided little fella. And aren’t you very good for reading all the way though?

        I did leave.

        And my point is if their aim is to entice people back – a poster campaign doesn’t address a single real concern of what people will lose access to if they leave the countries they’ve moved to. And nicely coincidentally, the things I’ve highlighted aren’t special treatment for anyone – they benefit everyone.

    2. rotide

      ZERO affordable childcare?

      Everyone I know with kids in childcare must be billionaires so, pints on them at xmas.

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