Eddie Hobbs has celebrated the end of his spectacularly sucessful Rip Off Republic TV series….
As if to emphasise the point, last night the European Commission criticised Ireland’s failure to move against restrictive practices in many professions. It laid particular emphasis on law and architecture, but the list of restricted entry and excessive fees is very much longer.
The excessive fees is just a mal-result of having too few to go around – the restricted entry is the real cherry in my humble opinion. When Eddy described the eastern european, ‘not having mastered the art of walking dogs’, I was brought back to my own experiences in the late nineties, as an architectural student looking for temporary work experience here in Dublin. Not having ‘computer experience’ was my particular downfall, at the time!