Author Archives: Karl Monaghan


Do you like The Lonely Beast?

James Kelleher writes:

We’re donating all proceeds from sales of our Lonely Beast apps this week (8th-15th December) to Temple Street Children’s Hospital. My daughter spent a week on the neonatal ward in Temple Street last year. It’s pretty terrifying to have a child that young in hospital, especially as first-time parents, but the staff were incredible. Full of humanity, unbelievably dedicated and professionally curious, they went out of their way to look after the families as well as the children affected by illness. So this is our tiny gesture of thanks.

The three apps available are:
The Lonely Beast ABC
The Lonely Beast 123
The Lonely Beast: Letters & Numbers

santa_finder santa_finder_map santa_finder_list

Dannielle from Showoff writes:

We saw in the media that Childline were in trouble regarding funding so we thought that we might be able to help somehow. Based on the success of our 99 Finder app, we decided to alter that product and turn it into a “Santa Finder”.

Users can locate the nearest Santa’s Grotto, rate it by giving Santa candy canes, and add Santa Snaps which they can then share through social media.

The main function of the app, however, is to encourage donations to a good cause. Users can easily donate through the app via SMS. We had fun creating the product and we hope plenty of people have fun using it, but most importantly that it helps to raise a good bit of money for Childline.

The app is available now for FREE on the Apple App Store.

You can donate €4 by texting ‘Childline’ to 57911 or donate online at

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know:

As always, no favours, cuddles, or pints were given for this post. We have some guidelines on submissions.


Life in the Womb, an iOS app developed by Dublin-based firms The Science Picture Company and Broadsheet favourites Redwind Software, has won a 2014 World Summit Award for innovation in learning and education.

They’ll receive the award at the wi-fi friendly World Summit Global Congress, which will be hosted in Abu Dhabi.

It’s no Realex Web Award though. in fairness.

Life in the Womb

Previously: Womb It Concerns


Regular Sunday Business Post tech columnist Jane Ruffino (above) column was bumped in yesterday’s edition in favour of expansive and glowing coverage of the Web Summit.

It couldn’t possibly be anything to do with her previous week’s column (behind the SBP pay wall or available in an expanded form on Medium) that used the Web Summit as an example of the overly cosy relationship between tech journalism and the companies they report on.

G’wan the Official Ireland.

Where is technology’s critical culture? (Jane Ruffino)


Budget 2016??

Some crystal balling.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the top tax rate on middle-income families will be dropped to a maximum of 50 per cent in 12 months’ time, all but confirming plans cut the upper income tax rate to 39 per cent in the next budget.

Mr Kenny remarks, in a Dáil speech this afternoon, are also seen as a clear indication that the new upper USC rate of 8 per cent on income exceeding €70,000 would be increased to 9 per cent when the top income tax rate is cut again.

This also implies that the two lower USC rates would each be cut by a further half percentage point to 1 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.

Want to see what that will all mean to you (should it all come to pass)?

We have Karl’s Budget 2016 calculator prepared already!

Click HERE

Taoiseach pledges to cut income tax rate again in next budget (irish Times)


Karl Monaghan

Budget 2015.

Does it suit YOU?

Karl’s Budget 2015 calculator (powered by now includes all of this afternoon’s data.

The calculator handles the following changes:

  • USC rates changed
  • Incomes of €12,012 or less are exempt
  • €0 to €12,012 @ 1.5%
  • €12,013 to €17,576 @ 3.5%
  • €17,577 to €70,044 @ 7%
  • €70,044 to €100,000 @8%
  • PAYE income in excess of €100,000 @ 8%
  • Self-employed income in excess of €100,000 @ 11%
  • Standard rate band of income tax increased by €1,000 from €32,800 to €33,800 for single individuals and from €41,800 to €42,800 for married one earner couples.
  • Top rate of income tax dropped from 41% to 40%
  • Extra €5 a month per child for Child Benefits


Click HERE

And there’s another 10 free TaxCalc iOS apps:

In case you’re wondering how the numbers are checked, they’re tested against the Department of Finance’s Budget Documents.


British military intelligence agents in Northern Ireland used fears about demonic possessions, black masses and witchcraft as part of a psychological war against emerging armed groups in the Troubles in the 1970s, a study says.

“It was quite clear that the church, both the Roman Catholic church and the Protestant church, even for the paramilitaries, held a fair degree of influence,” [Army Captain Colin] Wallace said. “So we were looking for something that would be regarded with abhorrence really by the two communities, and at the same time would be something that paramilitaries couldn’t justify, and also would be in many ways seen as a reason why some of the outrages were taking place.

Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74

Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles