This user helped get "North/South Inter-Parliamentary Association" listed at Did You Know on the main page on 17 October 2012.
This user helped get 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final listed at In the News on the main page on 23 September 2012.
This user helped get 2013 meat adulteration scandal listed at In the News on the main page on 15 February 2013.
British/Irish Collegial Banner: Whilst i don't always agree with you (hardly ever maybe), you have always done your best to be collaborative, and open-minded to opposing opinions on thorny issues and willing to work towards a compromise that suits all involved - even when the discussion has gotten quite heated. Our greatest achievement collaborating with each other has to be MOS:IE#Other_names, which has worked out amazingly. Mabuska (talk) 19:53, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
This user significantly contributed to British people, a Good Article.
The Technical Barnstar: For writing and executing a script to merge three Doctor Who related lists neatly into one :-) Regards SoWhy 21:54, 13 September 2011 (UTC)
This user is a member of WikiProject Ireland
This user significantly contributed to promoting the Ireland portal to Featured Portal status on 25 December 2007.
This user significantly contributed to promoting Ireland to Good Article status on 7 April 2010.
I just came across your Data Mapper. This is really useful for generating quick maps and I'll cross fertilize it to the Commons Graphics Lab. Thanks for making this tool! Jon C (talk) 22:55, 28 December 2010 (UTC)
Please accept The Irish Barnstar of National Merit, Nobody deserves it more than you Glic16 (talk) 20:24, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
For your efforts in finally helping to solve the Irish flag issue. For your willingness to discuss the issues not the editiors and for at all times remaining civil. Also for creating this barnstar image I hearby award you the Rugby barnstar. — Gnevin (talk) 13:07, 14 February 2010 (UTC)
For your tireless and persistent assertion of the need to reach true consensus against an entrenched position  Velella (Talk) 23:15, 5 February 2012 (UTC)


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"Wikipedia's articles are no place for strong views. Or rather, we feel about strong views the way that a natural history museum feels about tigers. We admire them and want our visitors to see how fierce and clever they are, so we stuff them and mount them for close inspection. We put up all sorts of carefully worded signs to get people to appreciate them as much as we do. But however much we adore tigers, a live tiger loose in the museum is seen as an urgent problem." William Pietri , 15 November 2005

About me

I am a software engineer from Ireland. My professional experience is in user research, user advocacy and user interface development. Most of my work has been in areas to do with addressing the digital divide.

Outside of work, my interests are in Irish and British-Irish history, politics and sociology. I am particularly interested in political institutions and democratic systems.

I joined Wikipedia in 2004 and began contributing regularly in 2006. I took a wikibreak in 2008 and contributed less actively as an IP. I wrote the essay, IPs Are Human Too, based on my experience during that period.

I have degrees in social science, interactive media and user-centered design.

My work

My most frequent area of contribution is on issues around Irish interest, in particular politics- and history-related topics. Given my professional background, I also contribute to template development and image requests. I also keep a bot, written using an API I developed.

In 2011, I successfully requested adminship. As part of that, I gave several undertakings, including that I would be open to recall.

Specifically admin-related work that I undertake includes keeping a regular eye on candidates for speedy deletion and requests for intervention against vandalism. I also sporadically attack other admin backlogs.
Disclaimer: Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view, using verifiable sources and containing no original research. Consequently, none of the views I express here are my own.

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