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Someone needs to fix democracy

Dire times for democracy it seems. Wherever it happens those who fear and mistrust it seem either to ignore, suppress or crush it. Whatever the intricate rights or wrongs of the Thai “red” protest, the government’s decision to increase the force of its response is hardly helpful or constructive.

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County’s pub trade dying off

PUBS in Clare have experienced a drop of 60% in business in the past two years and are struggling to stay trading, according to Gerry Collins, chairman of the Clare branch of the Vintners Federation of Ireland.

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