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So, it never rains in Ireland

It’s no joke It must be some kind of Irish joke that the rainy-day fund that is meant to save us during the next economic downturn, won’t see that light of day for another two years. By that time we
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Casting a Hawkeye on GAA tax proposals

Those lazy, crazy days Ah yes, remember those glorious summer days of yore? The rain. The delicate exfoliation delivered by damp, sandy, beach towels to post swim shivering, skin. That same sand that put the sand into sandwich. And all
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Can We Handle The Truth?

Lying What is perjury? You and I as laymen have a pretty good idea what perjury is- telling a lie under oath or affirmation. There are two old English statutes of perjury on our books, the Perjury Act 1586, and
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Dumb and Dumber

By the time you’re reading this… … We will probably know the result of the British General Election 2017. We here in ISME aren’t holding our breath on the result, because frankly, the return of Mrs May or the election
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Playing the ball, not the man

It was pretty depressing stuff. Listening to one of our leading government ministers telling one of our leading broadcast journalists that the country was paying off its debts. This, as ISME members know, is simply untrue. Why any politician that
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Play the Lotto – for free!

Heads you win How much would you pay for a Lotto ticket that gave you a one in two chance to win €120,000? What if we changed the rules, and told you that you didn’t have to pay for your
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Read this and weep

I read an article in Fortune online yesterday that brought a tear to the eye. Writer Adam Lashinsky wrote about what former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was doing with some of his many Microsoft millions of dollars. Ballmer said that
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A FEW GOOD MEN (AND WOMEN…)

Remember that US Navy court-room drama, A Few Good Men? The one where Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson competed to see who could eat the most scenery in 138 minutes? It concerned a Navy attorney, excessively prone to plea-bargains, who
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How to eat an elephant

Too big to be true Sometimes in business, as in life, a problem is so big it’s even hard to comprehend and therefore hard to tackle. But what if that ‘problem’ was a market so large in value terms that
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The unicorns are taking over the asylum

Rare as… In today’s world of investment, the 0.00001% of (mainly) tech companies that get a market valuation of over $1 billion are called unicorns. The recently floated, yet massively loss making, Snap (AKA Snapchat) was valued at an eye
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