This blog is authored by Owen Rooney, a 24 year old with an on-again-off-again relationship with Irish politics. In late 2007, he was elected as the youngest ever National Chair of the Young PDs, the youth branch of the Progressive Democrats, and as such also held a seat on the PD’s National Executive. He retained both until the dissolution of the party in 2009, and then decided to take a break from the political scene. The break didn’t last long, as he ended up getting heavily involved in the campaign for the second Lisbon referendum, volunteering full-time for Ireland for Europe, and running the group blog Bloggers for Europe. He also has an on-again-off-again relationship with mathematics, as an occasional student of the subject in Trinity College, Dublin.
Furthermore, he’s not quite sure whether he should write about himself in the third or first-person on the about page for his blog, so he decided to simply switch between them halfway through as a compromise.
A lot of what I post up here wouldn’t be considered blogging in the usual sense. There will be detailed policy proposals and political and economic essays often several thousand words long and littered with copious graphs. If you’re looking for something more succinct, check out my Twitter feed, but in so far as possible this blog will be a place for detailed discussion rather than quick thoughts. As such, it won’t be updated perhaps as much as other blogs are, but hopefully when it is it’ll be worth reading.
The name Conduct Unbecoming comes from 1985 when Charles Haughey, the most corrupt politician in the history of the state, threw Des O’Malley out of Fianna Fail for arguing passionately against restrictions to the sale of contraceptives in a now-famous speech to the Dail. Haughey claimed that this was “conduct unbecoming” a member of the party. I can only hope that my conduct on this blog will be similarly unbecoming.