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C. Flower
24-02-2010, 10:19 PM
http://www.independent.ie/national-news/president-launches-search-for-ideas-to-lift-economic-gloom-2068506.html

From the husband of President MacAleese:



A lucrative new competition that will reward real proposals to help lift the country out of the doldrums -- and might do something to reduce constant moaning about the economic mess -- was launched yesterday by President Mary McAleese. The two winners of 'Your Country, Your Call' will each receive a cash prize of €100,000. But, more significantly, the two winning ideas will then be implemented with the support of an independent working group and with a development fund of up to €500,000 each.
It is hoped that the ideas will help to create jobs and further prosperity over the medium and long term.
The competition is the brainchild of Dr Martin McAleese, and the President said it came about in reaction to the mood of dark pessimism, verging "on unhealthy cynicism", that has enveloped the country.
Dr Crowley, who is one of those involved, cites the Financial Services Centre as the sort of inspirational idea they are after.:eek:

While this is going on, a large number of schools are ending teaching physics and chemistry for cost reasons.


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Xray
24-02-2010, 11:28 PM
well done, something positive :o

i would suggest managing native grouse populations like scotland does, it is very beneficial to environment and great tourism. we would need game keepers employed on peatland. we used to have millions of them when the brits managed estates here.

5intheface
24-02-2010, 11:55 PM
How about the establishment of some sort of national media outlet which would fail to hold bad governance to account, feed us a diet of second rate British programming and swamp our written press with the dregs of reality TV and the love lives of not very bright pop stars and footballers?

Failing that, monkey tennis.

Edit: Just checking, that's Dr Crowley, not Mr Crowley? Where is Mr Crowley?

C. Flower
25-02-2010, 11:49 AM
Where is Mr Crowley?


Will somebody go and fetch him, please.

Tony1975
25-02-2010, 12:00 PM
How about the establishment of some sort of national media outlet which would fail to hold bad governance to account, feed us a diet of second rate British programming and swamp our written press with the dregs of reality TV and the love lives of not very bright pop stars and footballers?


Good plan 5. And you could even ask the bad Government to pass a law forcing everyone to pay a licence fee for having access parts of this media, whether they asked for it or not. It's a guaranteed success.

5intheface
25-02-2010, 02:12 PM
Will somebody go and fetch him, please.

Tried, will try again.

5intheface
25-02-2010, 02:13 PM
Good plan 5. And you could even ask the bad Government to pass a law forcing everyone to pay a licence fee for having access parts of this media, whether they asked for it or not. It's a guaranteed success.

It'll never work, people would never be so gullible. :eek:

C. Flower
07-11-2012, 11:57 PM
Your County Your Call Winner creates 1 job....

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland/politics/your-call-competition-winners-hire-just-1-person-169534.html

jmcc
08-11-2012, 12:40 AM
I think that there was a report that the company had been wound up recently.
http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/10/30/is-leatsa-eh/

It was all very strange though. I remember watching Leyden's presentation at the Gateway Ireland thing about a directory for Irish websites and media and thinking it was very DotBombish.

Regards...jmcc

C. Flower
08-11-2012, 04:57 PM
I think that there was a report that the company had been wound up recently.
http://www.broadsheet.ie/2012/10/30/is-leatsa-eh/

It was all very strange though. I remember watching Leyden's presentation at the Gateway Ireland thing about a directory for Irish websites and media and thinking it was very DotBombish.

Regards...jmcc

I wonder who got the €600,000 ? What it was spent on ?


“The data island proposal was subsequently dropped because it was ‘simply too big’ ” – refers to the lad who said he could create 45,000 jobs with the €600,000 prize + investment. I tried to investigate around this time last year what had come out of it and ALL I COULD FIND was a really strange powerpoint presentation. The project didn’t even launch a website
via broadsheet.ie

jmcc
08-11-2012, 11:47 PM
I wonder who got the €600,000 ? What it was spent on ?Marketing and "research". The Tuppenceworth blog was covering the issue and filed a number of FOI requests.

http://www.tuppenceworth.ie/blog/2010/05/20/your-country-your-call-the-sipo-question/

That Gateway Ireland presentation was for something that became Worldirish and it is still around. It is supposed to be some kind of Facebook effort for Ireland and the Disapora (the company also registered a pile of other country world* type domains just in case it worked).

The pitch at Gateway Ireland showed a web directory with multimedia tie-ins. In my opinion, Leyden hadn't a clue about the Irish webscape or the difficulties and complexities of building a country level directory. Most people do not understand how web development works in a TLD (many domains will be registered and dropped without ever having been developed) and think that because about 380K domains are associated with Ireland, each of those leads to a fully functioning website. I don't think that the web directory idea made it to WorldIrish.

Here's the Boards.ie thread ( http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=79465973 )and it is somewhat skeptical.

Regards...jmcc

C. Flower
09-11-2012, 12:08 AM
Marketing and "research". The Tuppenceworth blog was covering the issue and filed a number of FOI requests.

http://www.tuppenceworth.ie/blog/2010/05/20/your-country-your-call-the-sipo-question/

That Gateway Ireland presentation was for something that became Worldirish and it is still around. It is supposed to be some kind of Facebook effort for Ireland and the Disapora (the company also registered a pile of other country world* type domains just in case it worked).

The pitch at Gateway Ireland showed a web directory with multimedia tie-ins. In my opinion, Leyden hadn't a clue about the Irish webscape or the difficulties and complexities of building a country level directory. Most people do not understand how web development works in a TLD (many domains will be registered and dropped without ever having been developed) and think that because about 380K domains are associated with Ireland, each of those leads to a fully functioning website. I don't think that the web directory idea made it to WorldIrish.

Here's the Boards.ie thread ( http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?p=79465973 )and it is somewhat skeptical.

Regards...jmcc

The digital version of The Gathering ?

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=77977652&postcount=9

Mortifying stuff.

jmcc
09-11-2012, 12:18 AM
The digital version of The Gathering ?

http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showpost.php?p=77977652&postcount=9

Mortifying stuff.The guest list for the Gateway Ireland event was interesting. The site is actually still live:

http://www.gateway-ireland.com

Here's the team:
http://www.gateway-ireland.com/index.php?page=team

The advisory list is interesting in that there are the usual tourists and people who are there to find out if there's anything (positive or negative) in the venture for their company. (Being cynical - some of them might have had altruistic intentions.)
http://www.gateway-ireland.com/index.php?page=advisory

Regards...jmcc

C. Flower
09-11-2012, 12:23 AM
The guest list for the Gateway Ireland event was interesting. The site is actually still live:

http://www.gateway-ireland.com

Here's the team:
http://www.gateway-ireland.com/index.php?page=team

The advisory list is interesting in that there are the usual tourists and people who are there to find out if there's anything (positive or negative) in the venture for their company. (Being cynical - some of them might have had altruistic intentions.)
http://www.gateway-ireland.com/index.php?page=advisory

Regards...jmcc

Desmond and OBrien. Not paying tax here, anyway.


Gabriel Byrne Cultural Ambassador for Ireland

I take back the remark about The Gathering.

jmcc
09-11-2012, 12:46 AM
I take back the remark about The Gathering.The Gateway Ireland thing seemed to have a few good ideas but when you are putting a startup operation together, you need dedicated, ruthless operators rather than targets, tourists, spoofers, has-beens, never-weres and the opposition.

Social Media was the buzz du jour at the time. Facebook was the main player, Google was building its own operation, Myspace and Bebo were tanking. The WorldIrish thing looked like an attempt to muscle in on the Social Media marketing using "Irishness" as its hook. The one thing that search engines guard jealously is their index and it was very unlikely that Google would hand over its index of Irish sites to this venture.

Regards...jmcc

C. Flower
09-11-2012, 12:54 AM
The Gateway Ireland thing seemed to have a few good ideas but when you are putting a startup operation together, you need dedicated, ruthless operators rather than targets, tourists, spoofers, has-beens, never-weres and the opposition.

Social Media was the buzz du jour at the time. Facebook was the main player, Google was building its own operation, Myspace and Bebo were tanking. The WorldIrish thing looked like an attempt to muscle in on the Social Media marketing using "Irishness" as its hook. The one thing that search engines guard jealously is their index and it was very unlikely that Google would hand over its index of Irish sites to this venture.

Regards...jmcc

WorldIrish there looking harmless enough, but no mention of The Gathering on it - they would seem to have been made for each other.... :confused:

jmcc
09-11-2012, 01:03 AM
WorldIrish there looking harmless enough, but no mention of The Gathering on it - they would seem to have been made for each other.... :confused:Curiouser and curiouser. :)

Regards...jmcc

C. Flower
09-11-2012, 09:21 AM
Curiouser and curiouser. :)

Regards...jmcc

Not just a case of common or garden failure of joined-upness of thinking ?

I'm not sure that the Top People dealing with the Gathering are au fait with how the internet works.

jmcc
09-11-2012, 12:58 PM
Not just a case of common or garden failure of joined-upness of thinking ?Or, getting into speculative territory, a case of consciously broken thinking so that there is clear water between the Gateway Ireland/WorldIrish venture and The Gathering.

Regards...jmcc

Captain Con O'Sullivan
09-11-2012, 01:34 PM
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jmcc
09-11-2012, 02:07 PM
Not just a case of common or garden failure of joined-upness of thinking ?

I'm not sure that the Top People dealing with the Gathering are au fait with how the internet works.Perhaps not but with Tourism Ireland buying the ireland.com domain name and having a content deal with the Irish Times, would they really need WorldIrish? Wouldn't it be better to simply set up a group on Facebook?

Regards...jmcc