Brain Hacker Keith [Barry] says he was refused his scheduled interview with new signing Neil Prendeville because he had just appeared on rival station Cork’s 96FM chatting with PJ. Keith got told, whilst waiting in reception that “Neil doesn’t want to interview him”. He says he thought it was a wind-up at first, and said the producer seemed ‘quite dumbfounded’ when delivering the news.
Frank Flannery, former Rehab director, lobbyist and Fine Gael Director of Elections.
He could always get into bananas.
“I have informed the Chairman of the Rehab Group board, Mr. Brian Kerr, that I wish to step down as a director of the Rehab Group and any other group boards with immediate effect.
“It is a step that I undertake with real regret but I have come to the opinion that my involvement with the board is making the Rehab Group the subject of political controversy as this time. I spent 34 years in the Rehab Group and retired in December 2006.
I rejoined the board in 2011. The Rehab Group has played an enormously valuable role in Irish Society for nearly 70 years and I wish it continued success for the future.
“I have also informed the General Secretary of Fine Gael, Mr. Tom Curran, that I am stepping down as Director of Elections and as a Trustee of the party as of today. My involvement with Fine Gael related only to electoral strategy and organisation and I had no role in advising the government.
“Fine Gael has been mandated, along with the Labour Party, with the onerous task of turning the economy around after the deepest recession since 1929.
“I believe the government, and Fine Gael in particular, is performing well and the economy is on the mend. The party and the Taoiseach will continue to have my complete support and I will assist the party in any way I can as a private citizen and as a proud ordinary member of Fine Gael.”
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Via the very annoyed, in fairness Restaurants Association of Ireland:
“The Restaurants Association of Ireland today called for an end to the distribution of free coffees from Ulster Bank to promote their consumer mortgages. The message communicated by Ulster Bank is very much one of anti-hospitality industry, completely going against their ethos to “help for what matters”. As an institution that has always represented itself as the prime consumer and small business lender, Ulster Bank is showing little or no support for small hospitality businesses through this tragic PR stunt.
Speaking on the PR nightmare, Chief Executive of the Restaurants Association Adrian Cummins said, “For every cup of coffee Ulster Bank continues to give out free of charge, struggling cafes and restaurant owners are deprived of their daily morning/afternoon income. These people are struggling to fulfil bank payments, and instead of supporting local business, Ulster Bank have effectively employed an independent marketing company to do the exact opposite.”
“It is very worrying that governments, in return for relatively small amounts of sponsorship money, are willing to risk damaging their credibility and that of the EU presidency,” said Olivier Hoedeman, research and campaigns coordinator at Corporate Europe Observatory, a Brussels corruption watchdog.
BMW and Audi say their sponsorship was only about raising their profile in European markets. Audi, for example, said it regularly applied via tenders to provide cars for events because “it helps the Audi brand to increase both reputation and popularity”.
“[This] website is coming to you this morning despite efforts by lawyers for Angela Kerins, the head of Rehab Ireland.
As of Thursday (Feb 13) our host server Limelight was told in a lawyer’s letter that they were liable for an article written here two weeks ago and warned to take it down immediately. We apparently will also be sued….”
Publisher Niall O’Dowd, founder of New York-based IrishCentral.com.