The Taoiseach is visiting Dublin's twin today. He's heading off to San Jose to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the twinning. I'm sure back in 1986 there were few Irish people who imagined that the two cities would ever be real "twins", but today Dublin is at least as rich and high-tech as San Jose. Amazing, really.
Yesterday's San Jose Mercury had an article on the worst day in San Jose's history. It's nearly 100 years since the "Great San Francisco Earthquake" nearly destroyed more than just San Francisco. Might be good reading for the Taoiseach as the two anniversaries come so close together.