The dog, six seconds of silence and the Browne inquisition

Opposition parties could not have hoped for a better start to the election campaign. An Irish Times opinion poll published two days before the election was called by Bertie Ahern last Sunday showed a dramatic increase in Fine Gael's approval rating to 31 per cent from 26 per cent in January. The increase came largely at the expense of Fianna Fail who slid three points to 34 per cent, bringing the Fine Gael-Labour alternative four points ahead of the incumbent coalition.

Irish customers cannot buy electronic goods on Amazon

A dispute over the government's interpretation of the European Union's Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive (WEEE) has resulted in Irish consumers being unable to purchase electrical or electronic equipment from some British websites, like Amazon.

Taking on Big Brother

An organisation is taking a case against the government regarding legislation which allows for the retention of data on individuals by communications providers. By Tom Rowe

Gizmos for the girls

In a nod to our obviously tech-savvy sisters (see article in Technology News), and in the realisation that this section is a bit too Boys Own sometimes, Village has decided to embrace its feminine side and look at some gadgets for girls. This was harder than you might think, as a promise was made not to just review pink electronic gear. Luckily, it turns out that there are lots of gadgets that girls would love to own, without making themselves look like Barbie.

Cargo Sofia: Good Transport!

Tom Rowe recounts his 'journey' through Europe in the mobile cinematic experience of  Cargo Sofia which runs until Friday 4 May from St. Georges Dock in Dublin.