Skimmer Update

Well following may last post on skimmers it was on the front page of the Evening Echo (Im the Bank Customer) but it seams the Ulster Bank on Patrick St was also hit by the same people and people have been caught by that one.

So people beware

UPDATE: Front Page (PDF)

My Opinion – Year in Review

Well that is the visitor stats for My Opinion this year, and I must say its been the best year yet. I started off blogging back in March ’05 but its only in the last few months that I really got into blogging as can be seen in the graph!

2006 has been quite a year for me. Mainly down as my health, mentally and physically deteriorated. Between my tonsils and left eye (I’ve developed a blind spot) and my mental health difficulties (Panic Attacks nearly over them, hence all the posts on Mental Health!) I have had bright spots. My excellent parents, sister, extended family, friends and colleagues have all rallied around and given me excellent support and I love ye all!!! I’m leaving out one very important person, my rock, my Boyfriend. He was the bright spot of 2006 for me, and the year would have been terrible without him and his support. I’ve been with him for half the year now and, for the first time, I defiantly can say, that I know what it is to be loved and to love!

On this blog though I’ve continued with the old FG slant (obv like!) and started a new daily blog post, Morning Briefing, which I’m really enjoying. My interest in the Irish Language as been rekindled through various blogs and taking to people as Gaeilge and starting off my Morning Briefings with a bit of Irish!

Well 2006 will be a year that I will never forget for good and bad reasons! Heres to 2007!

Saddam RIP – Reaction

Sam over at Pull Out The Pin believes that the execution of Saddam was the right thing to do. Me I don’t think so. I blogged before on Capital Punishment and im still opposed to it.

CNN reported that Saddam faced the execution with fear in his face, what is the point in that? Seriously like?

Nothing gives us the right to end someone elses life so why does a fledgling ‘democratic’ state have that right. To me the death penalty is only used by tyrannical regimes to instil fear into a populace.

I don’t see the point.

Irish Political Reaction

Fine Gael Foreign Affairs Spokesman, Bernard Allen TD, said:

“While we don’t agree with execution and capital punishment, we must recognise that Saddam Hussein was a dreadful despot with the blood of tens of thousands of people on his hands and was guilty of serious war crimes both against his own people and against the Kurds.

“His execution, however, will deepen the already open wounds in Iraqi society and will inevitably lead to increased violence and bloodshed with further consequences for other parts of the Middle East.”

Michael D Higgins TD, Labour Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs said:

Saddam Hussein was a brutal dictator who was responsible for appalling crimes against his own people, but it is unlikely that his execution will achieve anything other than to further fuel the cycle of violence that has taken so many lives since the illegal invasion of Iraq.

Many innocent Iraqis died at the hands of his regime; many more will die in the aftermath of his execution which came at the end of a trial process regarded by most independent observers as being deeply flawed.

The execution may bring some satisfaction to President Bush and the dwindling number of those who now support the invasion, but it will do nothing to contribute towards peace and reconciliation in Iraq.

The Labour Party is opposed to the death penalty. This is a fundamental matter of principle and applies regardless of who the accused person is or what crimes are alleged to have been committed. In this regard it is most disappointing to hear international politicians, such as the British Foreign Secretary, Margaret Becket, who oppose the death penalty in their own country, effectively welcoming the execution of Saddam.

The presentation by television companies of the events immediately before the hooded hangmen pulled the leaver as a sort of media spectacle will be repellent to most decent people. Taken together with repeated showings of film of Saddam undergoing medical examination from the time of his capture by U.S. forces, these images can only further inflame opinion in Iraq and the Middle East generally.

Via BreakingNews.ie

Ahern: We must respect Iraqi right to hang Saddam

Iraqis’ right to hang Saddam Hussein “must be respected” Minister for Foreign Affairs Dermot Ahern said today.

However, he stressed Ireland was opposed to the death penalty and expressed his personal opinion that the former dictator should have died in prison.

“My view is Saddam should have spent his last years behind bars for his heinous crimes,” he said.

The minister made his remarks as television pictures broadcast around the world showed the ex-ruler lying wrapped in a shroud, his neck sharply twisted to one side, after his execution in Baghdad earlier today.

Irish Bloggers Reaction

As i said at the start Pull Out The Pin think it was the right thing to do saying

The failure was in allowing the monster to live for so long, standing aside while he gassed the people of Halabja and committed genocide when we could have easily stopped him.

Riemanns Cut is unsure on it but does believe it was too rushed

I have no real views on Saddam Hussein. I think the execution, right or wrong, was far too rushed.

A view from the Left – Cllr Seamus Ryan’s Blog also thinks the execution was wrong

Without a doubt Saddam Hussein committed terrible crimes and should have been brought to justice for his actions. The Iraqi government have now created a martyr for Hussein supporters and may live to regret this execution. It is also disturbing to see politicians who supposedly oppose the death penalty in their own country fail to condemn the execution of Saddam Hussein. The death penalty is either right or wrong. It is my belief that it is fundamentally wrong and I welcome the words of Micheal D Higgins on the matter.

Captain Purplehead believes the trial was a farce and gives a run down of doctators supported by the US!

1st of January what a busy day!

I recently posted about what will happen to Slovenia, Bulgaria and Romania on the 1st of January 2007, but that’s not all that will happen.

The EU institutions will be able to work in Irish from now on, that includes Irish MEP’s addressing the EU Parliament as Gaeilge and the EU publishing more documents in Irish.

Also on the 1st of January ASBO’s will be introduced in Ireland, these arent been welcomed by all though. Youth groups are opposed to them as there is no oversight on them, which is an issue.

One thing for certain, it looks like Saddam wont be alive to see in the new year.

RE: Dublin Coastel Developments

well it turns out that that excellent video is not showcasing what will be built in Dublin Bay but is a viral advert (only found out about that today) for funda.ie a property sales website. Must say it was an excellent video.

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Below is info from Wikipedia for those of you, who like me, have no idea about Viral Marketing.

Viral marketing and viral advertising refer to marketing techniques that use pre-existing social networks to produce exponential increases in brand awareness, through self-replicating viral processes, analogous to the spread of a computer virus. It can often be word-of-mouth delivered and enhanced online; it can harness the network effect of the Internet and can be very useful in reaching a large number of people rapidly.

Finding this site

I was looking at the recent keyword activity for this blog and i must say people are finding this site with the weirdest searches!

These are a few examples
– “step to replacing tyres” finds this post FG Launches 6 Step Plan for Safer Roads and Safer Driving
– “germans bombed dublin” finds the Ireland label
– “10000 gays” finds 10,000 Gay Irish Citizens Denied Right To Marry

and theres others

thanks to statcounter.com for the details