Visiting Laoise County CouncilDuring a recent trip to Ireland, me and colleagues Heather, Ivar Petter, Jostein, and Rune visited several key actors on the Irish ICT scene within public sector services, e-government and EU R&D projects. The Irish economy has been booming over the past few years and it was well worth the effort to see what they have been up to in terms of exploiting this fortunate situation within the said sectors.

The title of this post, unfittingly enough, is not Irish. It is a passage from Shakespeares’ play “Twelfth night”, but describes in a most effective manner the weather conditions during our stay.

But when I came, alas, to wive, With hey, ho, the wind and the rain, By swaggering could I never thrive, For the rain it raineth every day.