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It struck me very strongly when I was beginning this column that many of the events of these few days are of a national and international variety.
The scene of the Sunday morning breakfast table in Biarritz at the beginning of the recent G7 summit was a sobering one for Irish viewers. President Donald Tump and prime minister Boris Johnson, leaders of the two countries that would traditionally be considered our main allies, egging each other on in pursuit of a hard Brexit that would be detrimental to this country.
Despite the constant Brexit talk on radio and television, and the miles of column inches in the press, one thing is never mentioned – it seems virtually impossible to leave the EU.
What a time to be alive. The window for action on climate change is rapidly closing; democratic politics are under threat from a resurgent far-right in many of the world's most influential countries; and there are few obvious reasons for hope or optimism.
Official statistics released this week by the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI ) show that the total new car registrations for the month of August are down 13.3 percent (5,131) when compared with August 2018 (5,921).
Question: Can I use a passport card when travelling to Europe and how do I apply for one?
Programme Director for the Bachelor of Business in Finance and Economics.
President of the Irish Road Haulage Association, Verona Murphy has called on industry bodies and political commentators to exercise high levels of sensitivity in their public comments on Brexit in the coming weeks. In particular the IRHA President said that any alarmist or incendiary remarks will be seized upon by those driving for a hard Brexit in the UK.
September heralds the resumption of political activity with party think-ins and shadow boxing between the various parties preceding the return of the Dáil in the middle of the month.
I suppose the hurling final was the event of the weekend. But the result was disappointing, in that the gap between Kilkenny and Tipperary was 14 points, which did not indicate a very close game. Nonetheless, it is always exciting to see hurling played at a very high level, which this was, and the prowess and skill of the combatants on each team was not in doubt.