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Terry Prone – Examiner, July 25th

David Marcus was the lapsed Jew from Cork who did so much to encourage Irish writers. Some people have an irrational fear of lifts. In my teens, I had an irrational fear of stairs. Not stairs in general. Just one particular flight of stairs; the ones that led to several upper storeys in the old Irish Press Building on the Liffey... Link - http://tiny.cc/hc9gey  

Terry Prone – Examiner, July 11th

Charity begins at home, but it’s finally coming to an end here. We ignore the fact that most of the services are... state services with a different sign on the door. CONSOLE isn’t the only charity being scrutinised. There are four, for different reasons. CRC because their former CEO is not minded to give back his severance package, which amounted to three quarters of a million. Carline because substantial money seems to have gone AWOL. Link - http://tiny.cc/ysf6cy

Assay Launch

Attached is a picture taken when Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O'Connor visited the Assay Office in Dublin Castle. To her left is the Assay Master Ana Izquierdo. The Minister was there to launch the Assay Office's new laser hallmarking machine.

Terry Prone – Examiner, July 4th

It has become obvious that Nigel Farage, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, and their fellow Brexiteers were, to differing degrees of overt appeal, tapping into a mythic nostalgia about a Noddy and Big Ears Enid Blyton UK where Mr Plod the Policeman was very definitely, right down to his DNA and skin colour, one of ‘Us’. Link - http://tiny.cc/rof6cy

Terry Prone – Newstalk, July 1st

Terry appearance on Newstalk Breakfast, July 1st 2016 Link - http://www.newstalk.com/listen_back/5/28491/01st_July_2016_-_Breakfast_Part_4/

Terry Prone – Sunday AM, July 1st 2016

Terry appeared on TV3's Sunday AM on July 1st 2016 Link - http://www.tv3.ie/3player/show/800/110520/0/Sunday-AM

Terry Prone – Examiner, June 27th

WHEN Omar Mateen shot dead 49 people in an Orlando nightclub, on June 12, it was the worst mass murder in US history. It seemed unimaginable and seemed to be without precedent. In fact, there was a precedent, although it has never been officially classified as a mass murder, and has been forgotten. The deadliest fire in the history of New Orleans — a fire-prone city — killed 32 gay men... Link [...]

Terry Prone – Examiner, June 20th

The PSNI decided to put cheating recruits through the course again, instead of getting new, clean applicants. You could imagine putting it to a job applicant as a killer scenario question designed to explore the judgment, analytical competence, economic awareness, decision-making capacity and ethical core of the applicant. All in one question. That can’t be bad. Link - http://tiny.cc/7gfmcy

Terry Prone – Examiner, June 13th

Between unsought neck massages, sexist posters at gender-specific mini marathons, and judges postponing drink-driving bans on farmers to allow them the time to go to Lisdoonvarna and hook up with a woman who will drive them when they’re not allowed to drive themselves, it’s all very exciting, at the moment. Link - http://tiny.cc/58emcy

Terry Prone – Examiner, June 6th

A nation drunk on sunshine could produce another baby boom. It hasn't been a bad long weekend so far, has it? Thirty percent higher attendance at the first day of Bloom, for one thing. For another, the possibility of a baby boom with numbers also increased by 30%, just nine months from now... Link - http://tiny.cc/2p15by

Terry Prone – Examiner, May 30th

Hiroshima victims still suffered long after the bomb was dropped... Barack Obama visited Hiroshima this week, the first American president to do so. That’s something. He met and listened to hibakusha — the survivors of the explosion whose bodies and lives were re-shaped by the atomic bomb. That’s something, too. Link - http://tiny.cc/nn15by

Rory McIlroy wins Irish Open 2016

Congratulations to our client Rory McIlroy who won the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open 2016 at The K Club.

Terry Prone – Examiner, May 23rd

DNA technology is a true crime against a popular literary genre. On my bookshelves, in the extensive true crime section, sits a series of battered paperbacks, some of them published 50 years ago, examining high profile crimes, the conviction of those who committed them, and, in some cases, the questions raised about the validity of those convictions. Link - http://tiny.cc/5k15by

Terry Prone – Examiner, May 16th

If you’re a nurse, a surgeon, a cabin steward... you wear a uniform on the job and you expect to wear a uniform. The freedom to not wear high heels — or indeed heels of any kind — is now properly asserted on behalf of women, worldwide. Link - http://tiny.cc/9h15by    

Terry Prone – Examiner, May 9th

THESE days, if you’re not an outdoorsy sort of person, you’re essentially a discard. Everybody’s out hillwalking, running, Ironmanning. Except me. I believe if God wanted us to do that sort of stuff, She wouldn’t have allowed the invention of 4in high heels, which, let’s be honest, are the essentials of a decent life... Link - http://tiny.cc/zugjby 

Terry Prone – Examiner, May 2nd

New Politics seems to be predicated on a number of assumptions, starting with the belief that all politicians up to this enlightened point were venal, venomous, and out for themselves, whereas the New Politicians are pure, pious, socially motivated idealists, clean in word and deed. Having worked with politicians continuously these 40 years, I have met a fair number of the venal, venomous, and self-aggrandising. Link - http://tiny.cc/ongjby

Terry Prone – Examiner, April 25th

If fast-food restaurants are infested with rats, the rest of us better stock up on Warfarin. Or domesticate them and keep them as pets. A client told me last week, at the end of a consultation, that I was like a rat up a drainpipe. He was in such good humour, it clearly wasn’t meant as an insult but, having never before encountered it as a compliment, I was sufficiently [...]

Eoghan McDermott – TheJournal.ie, April 25th

CAREERS WEBSITE GLASSDOOR recently released a list of the toughest or most left-of-field questions interview candidates had been asked over the last year, and it really is something. The questions broadly fall into two buckets: one bucket is “maybe if the wind was blowing in the right direction you could argue there’s value to asking it” and the other is utterly pointless. The first contains questions like this one from Dropbox: [...]

Terry Prone – Examiner, April 18th

Is Tusla successfully reducing risks for children in foster homes? We have a century-long history, in mental illness particularly, of blaming mothers. YOU’RE lousy at it. I’m lousy at it. And the media are worst of all at it. We have no clue about risk, so we get our knickers knotted about phenomenally safe things while happily engaging in high risk behaviour. Link - http://tiny.cc/kbdjby

Terry Prone – Examiner, April 11th

Valiant effort to screw workforce and mortgage future, for what? It seemed the wrong time to be leaving the company. The boom, at the time, could not have been better, and the company had a new CEO who had everything going for him. He was young, good looking, driven, and because of all of those factors, he was much profiled in the business pages.   Link - http://tiny.cc/jcdray