General Election 2011: Election Primer

Our first acquisition of the January transfer window, Padraig McCarrick, kicks off our General Election coverage

It’s hard not to be apathetic towards politicians, voting and just democracy in general at a time like this. It becomes especially so when over the last two weeks, every hour churns out a new development in the three-ring circus that is Irish politics. Instead of the important economic and social issues at hand, we have all been sucked into the Fianna Fail merry-go-round making it all about them. While opponents seek to land another blow on a party that seems to be in complete disarray, the actual issues at hand seem to be becoming of lesser importance. By the time the canvassing is in full swing, you can bet that candidates will be more concerned with ‘getting Fianna Fail out’ rather than bringing anything positive to voters. Continue reading

Featured Blog: The Inkling

Here at the Observer, we are always keen to give people a voice. To that end, we constantly offer the chance for people to volunteer articles or blog posts to us. Taking up our offer this week is Observer reader Thobias Inkblot, who began a blog this week called the Inkblot, at http://aninkblot.blogspot.com

This week in Lolitics

I am Tiger Hear me Roar So here we have it, the butt end of the Celtic Tiger, personified in the corpulent body of Fianna Fáil and their final gasp. What was is i hear you ask? The easiest way to describe it is as the longest and most pointless exhalation in history. Normally when one exhales it is to get rid of the of the waste materials that the body no longer needs and then to replenish itself with fresh nutrients. However the long and well documented death of the Fianna Fáil party has done nothing but infect an already decrepit environment with a miasma of wasted words. We must however remember Brian Lenihan’s inspiring words, ‘the worst is over’. We laughed then at his idiocy the vacuous nature of his words. Little did we know what internal machinations had been taking place. Continue reading

Communications Office announce progress toward free city-wide broadband

http://communications.nuim.ie/press/040111.shtml

Communications Office Press Release:

NUI MAYNOOTH RESEARCHERS POINT WAY TO

FREE CITY-WIDE BROADBAND

New Maths Framework solves 10 year old issue

Scientists at NUI Maynooth have devised a solution to what is a major challenge for cities worldwide – the provision of widespread, free, effective broadband for all their citizens.  For more than 10 years, this has been a goal of cities in their drive to support the ‘smart economy’ but it had remained elusive due to technological limitations.

“It’s a very complex problem and a decade of research internationally had failed to provide any real progress.  The key was to stop looking for complex solutions, think differently about the issue and come up with simple answers to the issues”, said Professor Doug Leith, Director of the Hamilton Institute at NUI Maynooth. Continue reading

A shameless plea for volunteers.

Does exactly what it says on the tin.

Busy season is upon us at The Observer, with a General Election and an Exec election approaching us in the next couple of months, and now is as good a time as any to beg for help from our kind readers. If you’ve ever fancied a go at a bit of journalism, why not chat to The Observer about becoming a staff writer? I can promise as much creative freedom as I can possibly grant, and a willingness to work around the schedule of a potential writer. I can’t offer money, you may be able to tell we’re a low-rent operation here (though I may spring to a pint if you sign on). We’re looking to publish a phenomenal amount of content during the election period, so any and all possible help is welcome, be it writing, picture-taking, or any idea you may have. Continue reading