IRISH SUNDAY PAPERS are flying a lot of kites this weekend with speculation rife about more swinging cuts to be made in the national fabric. The papers normally start to offer platforms by advocates opposed to the cutbacks.
I've made an eight-minute extract of Irish news that an American like myself finds most interesting on an unseasonably warm Sunday morning. The video clip shows a rose trying to bloom and three red chili peppers ready to harvest. Inside the papers I take a look at photography from Timbuktu by Brent Stirton, commentary about NAMA by Matt Cooper, Kindle affection by Catherine O'Mahony, and a campaign for the United States of Europe by Declan Ganley. Dick O'Brien makes a good case for the digital hub of Dublin, one of the so-called quangos that may be sliced and diced in one of the iterations of change ahead for Ireland. One thing that won't be removed from the Irish bureaucracy is the CAO system, although increased third level costs are certainly on the Cabinet table sometime during the course of the current government.