It’s a subject that has defined my life more than anything else. My name. Names affect us all and the world around us, here’s why and how I feel about my own name.

I’m not a boy named Sue, but a lad called Heber.

My Father is a great…


The recent conclusion of Apple TV’s “For all Mankind” highlighted the potential for war in space. Yeah, you read that right. Space wars.

So without giving spoilers of the excellent series, I’d like to take a moment to discuss space policy and what means for us going forward. I will…


About now we are facing the idea of some entering a ‘four commas’ club, ie. Trillionaires. More wealth than we can imagine, more than Standard Oil of its day or Amazon today.

Philanthropy

So the moral question that is raised from it is: do the mega rich have a moral or…


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Economics is sometimes said to be a question of morality, not the mechanics of decision-making behaviour. The clash the titans of economics, Hayek and Keynes, has been central to defining economic policy as morally based. To spend more in a time of need to feed the poor or to let…


A couple of words on the status of overseas election monitoring from Ireland’s perspective.

In 2020, I noticed that there were over fifty different parliamentary questions on many separate occasions about Ireland’s overseas election monitors. These volunteer roles were seen as non-essential and were stopped during the lockdown on public…


These are the factors that are influencing Ireland’s current policy towards the COVID pandemic, in my opinion. A lack of ‘cop on’.

At present, a facts based public policy based needs to happen.

“Reasonable risks”

There are several vaccines, being used to combat the COVID 19 pandemic. Their names will be fixed…


Yesterday was St. Patrick’s day. The great and glorious international celebration of the grassroots, shamrocks, and greenery of Irish diplomacy. A privileged position.

Around the world, despite an international pandemic, this day was marked. In green.

When we consider the 193 countries around the world whose national days are…


This piece explores some of the epistemology relevant to politics and gives an example of compulsory voting as a case study.

In all of our approaches to policy, politics, and indeed life; a degree of doubt is healthy. It is the essence of the Greek idea of education. The ability…


There needs to be a long-term solution for pensions and digital currencies.

This essay will concentrate on the Irish circumstances of pensions and current regulation. …


The brief story on how I learned about the dangers of letting your stuff own you.

Back in 2013 I was living in Japan and preparing to move back home to Ireland. In my two years there I’d gathered a lot of things, books, clothes, teaching items and some sentimental…

Heber Rowan

Interests: PR, Public Affairs (EU & Irish), Acting, Audiobooks, Startups and Sligo.

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