nwlThe opening to an unexpected, sad and strangely legalistic farewell today from the person or persons behind whistleblowing Irish business website Nama Wine Lake.

It follows some lawyerly brouhaha on the site earlier this month.


Farewell From NWL (Nama Wine Lake)

Thanks Jimmy Chin

26 thoughts on “Shut Down?

  1. The Dude

    This is a great loss for anyone interested in non biased reportage on NAMA – a company that has extraordinary powers and is costing the Irish people a massive amount.

    NWL provided commentary that wasn’t A) run by government press secretaries, B) owned by a tax exile who apparently owes IBRC 100s of millions, or C) has a vested interest in the property market having paid €50M for a sales website. Ireland no longer has a media, but an omertà.

    A very sad day. Well done to those involved for running the site for the last number of years.

  2. Jagdip Singh

    Just for you Broadsheet.ie and by way of thanks for years of entertainment and on occasion, deadly serious information.

    A panda walks into a bar. The clock reads 29 minutes past three though the second hand is broken and is stuck at 59. The panda sits down at the bar and looks all around. There’s a couple in the corner having a quiet chat, and a man by himself at the other end of the bar. The panda orders a pina colada and as the barman is preparing it, panda taps its paw on the bar and asks for the drink in a tall glass. The couple in the corner looks up, the panda stares meaningfully at them, the couple avert their gaze and stare at the table. The barman comes over to the panda and says “I hear the blog isn’t being continued” and the panda says “I truly regret that I can’t continue something that has become more than full-time and has stopped me leading anything like a normal life” Just at that precise moment, the second hand budges and advances in a single movement to 60.

    What is the reason the panda isn’t continuing the blog?

    1. What Goes Up...

      Is it because the Panda has developed an expensive taste for pina coladas in long glasses?

      Or because when a panda stares meaningfully he must mate immediately in the next 60 seconds?

      Or prosaically, as a talking panda he got offered a gig on the Jerry Springer summer carnival tour?

      Maybe, being a panda, he just saw things in black and white too much and that pissed off “the man”?

      There’s no point in repeating exactly what you said in your final blog post again… pandas are notorious for their obfuscation and false leads!

    2. John Foody

      Well, stuck ‘on the clock’, at 3.29pm, as a pina colada drinking bear must be taxing to ones life. Or it could be BRILLIANT!! you’re a talking, drinking bear for f#ck sake, stop hanging around empty bars and get back to writing for us!..”please…

    3. Dorothy Jones

      Panda: “A tree dwelling marsupial of Asian orgin, characterized by distinct black and white coloring. Eats shoots and leaves.”

  3. Kieran

    What the general public have lost, NAMA has gained.

    I’m guessing the time involved for Jag meant other paid work had to suffer. It’s a pity some opposition party [throws eyes to SF and FF] don’t pick up the tab and pay for the continuation of NWL’s work.

    This is at a time when FG are spending €800,000 on spin (or “PR and opinion polls” as they call it): http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/fg-spends-800000-on-pr-and-opinion-polls-29274184.html

    …including €34,000 on “media monitoring”

  4. Ferret McGruber

    A huge thank you to all (?) at NWL for their amazing work over the past few years. Their work ethic and attention to detail should shame every single parliamentarian here.

    But with NWL gone, who is going to write Pearse Doherty’s questions for Michael Noonan now?

  5. Buzz

    So sorry to hear this. One of the few places I go for news – as opposed to rubblish spin in newspapers etc. Good luck to NWL!

  6. who_shot_the_tiger

    Farewell NWL. They are drinking the champagne in NAMA.

    The only window on NAMA closes – even as the executives within seek a 4 day working week.

  7. who_shot_the_tiger

    “All right,” said Deep Thought. “The Answer to the Great Question…”
    “Is…” said Deep Thought, and paused.
    “Forty-two,” said Deep Thought, with infinite majesty and calm.”
    ― Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

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