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bfsmaller.jpgThis blog serves as an outlet for Brian Flanagan's rants, raves and opinions on social, economic and political issues in Ireland. It arises from a frustration and concern about aspects of Irish life before, during and after the so-called Celtic Tiger years.

To get the blog started, I have backfilled it mainly with Letters to the Editor submitted to, and in many cases published in, the national press over many years. I may have some journalism in my genes as my late father was a journalist, mainly with the Independent Group, for all his working life. If you see any spelling mistakes, they were definitely not inherited as my mother was the world's best speller! 

By way of background, I live in Blackrock, Co Dublin, Ireland. I'm an engineer by education and a Certified Management Consultant by profession. I'm a widower with four children who think I'm mad for keeping this blog etc. I say that it is less time consuming than keeping a dog!

Finally, I also have a business-related blog which concentrates on business planning matters - writing business plans, making financial projections, cash flow forecasting, strategic planning etc. - for entrepreneurs, business owners, managers and advisers.

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Hi Brian,
this is Jack, Julie's friend - I've seen your comments on irisheconomy a lot but only just came across the blog - I like what I've read so far and will add it to my daily list!
Jack Hickey

Hi Brian,

Have been having a look at the nama wine lake blog site. Also at your own blog and see your interest in matters relating to politics and public expenditure.

You may be interested to know that with two others we have just recently completed for publication later in the year/early 2011 (by Gill & Macmillan) a comprehensive annotation and commentary on the National Asset Management Agency Act 2009. The thing will weigh in at about a thousand pages and is intended as a guide for users of the legislation. It makes no judgment of the Act good or bad. It simply provides users with an understanding of the monster. Each individual section is separately annotated including references to relevant cases and so on.

On public spending generally, I don't know if you are familiar with the report, Proposals for alterations in the way that Estimates for expenditure are considered by Dail Eireann (published by the PAC in 2005).

It can be downloaded at

Proposals for alterations in the way that Estimates for expenditure are considered by Dáil Éireann - House of the Oireachtas



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