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Two Stories Out of the Kindgom of Kerry

Apparently a French island with a 70% percent female population is recruiting Kerrymen for 'high paying jobs'. Be sure to check out the interviews from Radio Kerry.   
The Healy-Rae family made news again for their gombeen style politics in the County of Kerry. Each year the family awards themselves hundreds of thousands of euro worth of road repair contracts in their roles as local county councillors and members of the Oireachtas. 2016 was no different. A quick search will confirm this news story appears on an annual basis. They continue to get elected. For more on this Irish political dynasty see my article on the 'Politics of Puzzling Hair'.        

Ireland's largest trade union sells its 16-storey building to President Trump. 
The Irish Times has seen plans for a new 32 storey Trump Tower-style development in Dublin planned by Trump International Holdings. The company just completed the purchase of Liberty Hall and plans to double its size. No surprises that Trump is tweeting about the purchase at #trumpdublin,
“Is é an farraige – that’s the sea”
Ireland is no stranger to tragic losses at sea and this week saw further sad developments for the Irish Coast Guard community as the search and salvage operation continued for the two remaining airmen missing from the Rescue 116 helicopter that crashed during a rescue mission three weeks ago. 

The wreckage of the helicopter was lifted from the seabed off the Mayo coast today. The operation faced horrific weather challenges this week and it was hoped the wreckage would contain the two remaining bodies.  All agencies involved expressed 'desperate disappointment' at not finding the remaining airmen. 

Co-pilot Captain Mark Duffy was buried this week in Louth by his children and wife. 

Captain FItzpatrick was one of the first female civilian rescue pilots and she had an accomplished flying career in Ireland. She was rescued from the crash and named as the first casualty following the crash 6 miles off the Mayo island. 
Irish Made Recommendation 
There are no shortage of outstanding Irish books and authors to keep any reader satisfied but this 1918 portrayal of a rural Irish village is haunting.  Its original publication caused outrage and forced MacNamara to flee his home. Its social commentary is just as powerful today and applicable to communities around the world. 
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