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Politicians - to much drift, too little grasp of the real issues

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The first six months of 2017 have been hectic to say the least - a change of taoiseach, arguments which have severely tested the stability of the government and brought us to the brink of a general election more than once, a UK general election, and the collapse of the Stormont Assembly.

Multi-tasking while driving ‘detrimental’ to driving performance

Multi-tasking while driving can have a “detrimental” effect on the quality and accuracy of driving performance, according to a new report produced by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) and the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).

Drivers texting cause near misses on the road

Sending or reading mobile phone texts has been identified as the most common dangerously distracting activity for drivers on Ireland’s roads.

Spare a few euro for those who have lost all

The Filipinos are a very resilient people. I know from personal experience how they can go with a flick of a switch from the depths of despair to the extremes of happiness. Their smile makes them the envy of the world. Their industriousness makes them popular and in demand employees and friends all over the world. Many million of them work overseas in a variety of conditions and environments, to send much needed funds back to families — a concept with which this country is familiar.

Support children’s charity

The Jack and Jill Children’s Foundation has launched a national mobile phone text campaign asking people to give the price of a pint (€5) to Jack and Jill by texting the word PINT to 57034.

Instant text messaging now widely used by schools for alerts

The Irish Primary Principals’ Network is advising parents that most schools are using TextaParent.ie to provide reliable information to parents about school closures.

Technology is good but human contact is even better

The internet is over, declared pint-sized eighties pop star Prince recently, and in a fashion he may be right. Prince was refusing to hand over his latest music compilation to iTunes, which he claimed would not pay him anything for the privilege but would instead only leave his work open to piracy. If people want the newest album by Prince - and apparently many do - they will just have to buy it from source, he determined. Hurrah for Prince.

Text messages could help emergency response - Kelly

Mobile phone text messages could help to improve early warning systems to ensure that the public and emergency services are better prepared for natural disasters, extreme weather events, or unpredictable catastrophes, according to TD for Longford/Westmeath, Peter Kelly.

Have your say on British queen’s visit

Does the idea of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II visiting Ireland horrify you? Delight you? Or do you think there is too much fuss over someone who is simply another foreign head of state?

Win a licence for secret text messages

Do you have a secret? If you do, you need Matant. Matant is an innovative and original coded writing system for mobile phones. Matant translates your text message into symbols so they can only be deciphered by the recipient, who will need the same language on his/her phone.

 

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