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I've just been reading an Irish Independent debate about whether or not a €10 increase in social welfare is generous.

That's debateable. I think the money is very high when you consider that the jobs that many ex welfare recipients are most likely to get are paid about double that, but they will not get the percentage increases in a low paid job. Also you must consider that even a single person in rented accomodation can get up to 70 a week outside Dublin and up to 110 a week in Dublin - and then they still moan about that.

In fairness 134 a week is a very small amount but a person earning 1283 a month paying 400 rent and 40 on medical expenses is only 41 euro a week better off, and the likelihood of them getting a 10 euro a week increase would require a pay rise that they have no guarantee of getting. So the nearer that social welfare gets to this figure, the less incentive there is to work. I notice that social welfare payments have nearly reached a point where they have…

Online Dating

http://www.adequacy.org/public/stories/2001.7.25.153123.334.html

Through some raddom webbrowsing, I found the site above - the article, is highly biased and makes a lot of assumptions, but the discussion was interesting.

For a start, as somebody who extensively used online dating for the guts of 7 years, I would strongly, heavily, advise anybody to be ultra-cautious. I dated both men and women (ok for a few years I was still trying to do the bisexual thing). Also I did actually end up with a flatmate through online - flatmate from hell I should add. The men were all completely and utterly wasters - their selfishness seemed to know no depth. Most of the women I met were varying degrees of "unstable" from mildly disturbed to pretty much hysterical. Lots seemed to have little or no life. Social class, interestingly, was varied as early on a lot of people online were students.

First of all be warned that a lot of people who go online to build up their relationships do so b…

Valetine's Weekend . . .

Just had a nice Valentine's weekend, didn't spend the whole lot with Dawn, but some of it. Its really quite strange being in a relationship again after so long. I didn't expect to meet anybody for a some time, and least of all in Cork. So far its been pretty good - its really nice having somebody to share evenings with, muck around with. Best of all is thinking for two. I guess thats something I missed a lot. As well, and I suppose this sounds cliched, but I found it true, was for some time I found it difficult to sleep in a double bed alone. Well not difficult to sleep (I've an excellent bed, real sleep inducer), but strange.

Its also really weird since it doesn't at all fit into the pattern of relationships I've had over the last 4+ years - which were almost all on-scene, very "public" relationships insofar as we were all part of the eternal circle of Dublin gay women. This is quite different - we rarely go out on the scene, we don't liv…

Thought on CORI's positions

CORI and their policies

I've just been reading the CORI website and I have to say I find most of what they write very well intentioned, if perhaps lacking in foresight and originality.

I've in particular noticed that CORI are fixated on preserving and developing services which have already proved to be catastrophic and expensive failures, rather than suggesting totally new ideas. To give an example CORI are critical of the winding down of the CES schemes, despite the fact that the failure rate is enormous: 4 out of every 5 participants do not find meaningful work upon the completion of the course. Likewise Rent Supplement - the entire rent supplement system is fundamentally flawed as it is a non statutory benefit - outrageous in this age of non-supply of social housing. Another good example is that CORI suggest widening the tax band - but widening to whom? One of the most catastrophic side effects of tax reform in the UK is that while taxes as a whole have reduced, the tax…