Previously: For Whom The Bell Tolls

He’s Got Her Back

Meanwhile, back in March:

“There has been considerable public and political unease about the fact that Mr. O’Brien has continued to pop up at various public events, most recently at the New York Stock Exchange…. It is perhaps time for the Government to reflect on how it should in future interact with people against whom adverse findings have been made by tribunals.”

 

Joan Burton.

 

Bringing Denis Down To Size (Broadsaheet, March 28, 2012)

37 thoughts on “Cosy

    1. brown bull

      In fairness she’s more than just a reporter, she is at the vanguard in the fight against corruption and special interest politics in this country.
      Anyone with any knowledge of politics in Ireland would know this and understand she is referring to the influence O’Brien continues to have in Irish politics after the tribunal findings in the above tweet

    2. Dave, Dublin

      “There has been considerable public and political unease about the fact that Mr. O’Brien has continued to pop up at various public events, most recently at the New York Stock Exchange. However, the Taoiseach was invited to attend that stock exchange event. The organisers of the event not the Office of the Taoiseach decided who was on the balcony for the bell ringing ceremony. It is perhaps time for the Government to reflect on how it should in future interact with people against whom adverse findings have been made by tribunals.” Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton speaking in the Dail 28th March 2012

      1. Hector Ramires

        ‘however the Taoiseach was invited to the event’

        Didn’t it subsequently come out he was given advance warning (warning may be a bad word, so we”ll say advice) of who would be on balcony with him?

        Ad as such, should have known it was going to be a story back home. So either he didnt give a fiddlers what the public thought, or himself and his advisors are incompetent and are paid way too much.

  1. Joe

    I’ve shown more interest in university lecturers on planning law with a stage 10 hangover then any of them are showing. Jerks the lot of em.

    1. paul m

      they’re not used to sitting in an environment where they have to shut their fat gobs and listen to a speaker without heckling them with incoherent jibes. its taxing their little minds something fierce to not to be able to hear the sound of their own braying voices every five minutes.

    1. paul m

      its a kirlian photograph. the blue to black aura measured in this one shows how the group aura is strong hovering over the epicentre that is o’brien the blue signifying bruised damaged and rotten to the core element which fringes out spreading a deathly black on those it has touched, potentiall killing them off come next election.

      pretty accurate reading for a bit of hocus pocus.

    1. Sparks

      That’s just what I was wondering. She does like to place herself beside powerful and inspiring businessmen.

  2. weroiureotiu

    I would think that without the whooping American fanfare and the usual meagre soundbites on tv Hilary’s words and lies on ‘Human rights’ would sound hopelessly hollow.
    Given that the audience have to endure a substantial amount of bullshit without being able turning over or off,sleep would seem an appropriate reaction.

  3. A.Tomás

    For someone so against elitism and incompetence, why is she such friends with this man?

    http://elaine.ie/wp-content/up/DSC_0130.jpg

    …And then there’s her employer, who oddly enough happens to be a business rival to Denis O’Brien.

    http://www.indymedia.ie/article/88795?userlanguage=ga&save_prefs=true

    Can anyone explain why she should not be treated as another unprincipled hired Indo/Sindo hack, along with McDowell, Harris, Ahern’s wife and the rest of the shameless former FF sycophants?

    1. iPaddy

      Eh? Her employer is the European Commission. She’s their expert on corruption in Ireland.

      If you’re referring to the person who owns Independent News and Media for whom she writes a column well that would be Denis O’Brien.

      You need new conspiracy theories.

      1. A.Tomás

        Last time I checked the O’Reillys were still in control.

        If you bothered to read that company’s newspaper you would have noticed she, along with McDowell, write for them, as they agree with their paymaster.

        Maybe you should try questioning the hypocrisy of those in the media, instead of the fawning and feigned outrage. Plank.

        1. iPaddy

          When was the last time you checked?

          If you bothered to read that company’s newspaper or, indeed, any newspaper in this state, any website (including this one) you would know that Denis O’Brien controls Independent News and Media. Indeed, a simple Google search would be rather helpful on that front as well (or are the search engines part of your conspiracy).

          And seeing as Michael McDowell and Elaine Byrne are both highly critical of Denis O’Brien I fail to see how they write for the Sunday Independent because they agree with him. Maybe Denis is suing Elaine Byrne for giggles.

          So, in summary, maybe you should try reading something, anything, before spewing forth.

          Oh, Plank. Are you glad you went ad hominem now?

          1. A.Tomás

            Yes I am. Conspiracy?

            It may have escaped your notice but Byrne and McDowell are former PD hacks, a party who supported FF, along with that rag paper. For years, they pursued their own greedy agenda, no new property taxes, etc, to protect Sir Anthony’s business interests.

            If O’Brien controls it, why are Harris, Myers, Anne Harris et al still there?
            Why would Byrne be there?

            Maybe if you noticed that the only thing Byrne writes about is O’Brien, and is silent on the malign relationship her newspaper had with the government of the last decade you would be able to see the hypocrisy, instead of just “google searching” it.

            McDowell, of course, was drafted in by Anne Harris because she needed another boiled egg, who has absolutely no shame.

          2. iPaddy

            Well, given that Michael McDowell was leader of the PDs it hadn’t escaped my notice, no.

            That Elaine Byrne was or is a ‘PD hack’ had completely escaped my notice. Mainly because it isn’t true.

            You keep on questioning ‘if’ Denis O’Brien controls INM. He does. Absolutely and completely. I really don’t know where you’ve been for the last year if you even doubt that. The Chairman of the Company is Leslie Buckley for God’s sake.

            Why are Byrne et al still writing for the paper? Well, this might come as a crushing disappointment to you, but media owners don’t always get complete control of editorial even when they shell out 750 million quid or so to take over a media group. Any termination of employment of commentators or editors who have and continue to be critical of O’Brien would, quite rightly, be greeted with a public outcry and probably prompt legislation that limited O’Brien’s control of the media. Better to ease them out quietly.

            Elaine Byrne doesn’t ‘just’ write about O’Brien by the way. She writes about corruption. She has a book on it. And is an expert on it. That’s what she does.

            Also, McDowell was writing for the Sunday Independent for years before Harris became editor.

            While indymedia can be useful for the odd nugget it is difficult to sift through the frenzied prejudices of the frothing Trots on there. It would be useful to apply some facts to your assertions. They tend to carry a bit more weight when you do.

            Just because you don’t agree with people doesn’t mean that they’re evil puppets of the Bilderberg Group or foot soldiers of some sort of capitalist masonic elite.

            For example, I don’t necessarily believe that you’re a provo sympathising, student union style politico with a head-full of conspiracy theories and few facts to back them up. I just think you’re wrong.

            I’m sure that, despite being wrong, you’re a very nice chap which is why you really shouldn’t be defaming people like Elaine Byrne and suggesting that she’s in the pocket of somebody when her entire career and livelihood depends on her being an impartial expert. That could work out to be rather expensive for you.

          3. A.Tomás

            “For example, I don’t necessarily believe that you’re a provo sympathising, student union style politico with a head-full of conspiracy theories and few facts to back them up. I just think you’re wrong.”

            Thanks. (but I’m a frothing Trot?)

            Some things have indeed escaped your notice.

            O’Brien was only able to get rid of Sam Smyth. He will eventually have full control and get rid of the rest.

            OK…. Byrne …. “happened” to turn up when the Sindo wanted the govt to stop O’Brien from gaining control.

            Of course clearly INM hates corruption, but not enough to support Bertie Ahern, a gangster, suring the Mahon Tribunal and 2007 election?

            Fact, iPaddy.

            Did McDowell not do the same? Was he not a PD? Is it not a bit hypocritical for her to be associating with him? and the rest of O’Reilly’s hacks? Why weren’t they highly critical of FF and the Indo/Sindo?

            These are facts.

            Can you not see the hypocrisy?

    2. iPaddy

      You’ve now, from what I can see, pretty much accepted the entire premise of your opening attack on Elaine Byrne, that she is “employed” by Tony O’Reilly to attack Denis O’Brien (when, in fact, she is employed by Denis O’Brien) and that she is “unprincipled” was false.

      It’s self-evident in any case. If she was “unprincipled” she would have immediately stopped attacking Denis O’Brien once he took over.

      Also, just because you might be anti-Denis O’Brien doesn’t mean you are pro-Tony O’Reilly.

  4. bucko

    Elaine Byrne is an awful pain in the ass. He’s not sitting with them, he’s sitting in the audience. He is after all one of the countries most successful business men. I wonder where Elaine thinks he should be sitting??? Juvenile academics….?

  5. Huh

    That may have been taken at the point Clinton was talking about not silencing your critics. Didn’t like that he was there, but glad he heard that. G’wan Elaine, keep it up!

  6. Jonjo

    I wonder if O’Brien’s recently aquired water meter company will get the tender to supply water meters to the Irish public.

  7. Selina Kill

    The money that Denis O’Brien *sigh* allegedly bribed Michael Lowry to acquire, the money from the mobile phone licence.
    Imagine if that money was invested in scientific research in this country, or invested in making a world leader in, say electric cars.
    Or invested in making us a leader in some tech field.
    Or invested in a REAL cutting-edge education system.
    Instead of being invested in O’Brien’s back pocket.

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