Ironies abound. On the very day the website Iraq Body Count announced that 24,805 Iraqis, mostly civilians, had been reported killed between March 2003 and March 2005 (35 a day), there was another death in a nursing home in Charleston, South Carolina
It's the same story every year, I'm afraid. I look forward to the GAA football championship and by the end of the season I have come to the same conclusion: that a potentially wonderful field game is still being ruined by its failure to agree proper
What an extraordinary political week it has been. The backdrop to the desultory by-election campaigns in Kildare and Meath has illustrated, if illustration were ever needed, the sheer mediocrity of our public services and political classes.