November 30, 2011

Hospital bugs

I have written here before about how futile it is for hospitals and local authorities to try to ban smoking. The other day I had a […]
November 25, 2011

The pubs crisis

Revenue Commissioner records obtained by the Irish Independent show the country had 8,617 pubs in 2005, at the height of the Celtic Tiger boom. However, the […]
November 24, 2011

Forest Eireann tour part 6 – the publican

The feedback I have been getting from smokers has been unsurprising. But what do publicans make of the ban? I have argued that smokers have never […]
November 22, 2011

A confession from government

While on my travels, this item appeared in the Irish Times (Thursday, October 27, 2011). Confirmation the 2004 smoking ban has not had any appreciable effect […]
November 18, 2011

Forest Eireann tour – part 5

Following on my last blog, another point was made to me more than once. Those adults who choose to smoke have become quite resolute about it. […]