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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.
Dawn – one of Nuneaton and Warwickshire Wildlife Sanctuary’s six resident foxes – cannot be returned to the wild. Having been abandoned as a cub, she spent her early life at a dog sanctuary before being transferred to her current home and would would be unable to fend for herself.
In all likelihood she will spend the rest of her life wagging her adorable tail, making mind-curdlingly cute noises and being loved to bits by teh hoomins.
Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power on the RTE apology and payment to members of the Iona Institute over comments made by Rory O’Neill, Miss Panti on the Saturday Night Show.
Fianna Fail Senator Jim Walsh defends the Iona Institute and tastefully introduces the death of Tom O’Gorman into the proceedings.
Dee Reddy writes:
“The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicising the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.” This seems to be working for Panti so I’ve created this little meme to encourage people to show their continued support. If we all continue to talk about this issue then it won’t go away.”
Rudrumun Gopal (21), a student at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), twice attacked his girlfriend of four months, leaving her with bruises and marks “consistent with being punched, kicked, bitten and grabbed”
[Defence barrister Justin McQuade] “He was utterly infatuated with this young lady, he thought he had met the woman of his dreams…” He became “slightly controlling and his frustrations spilled out”.
The judge [Justice Hugh O'Donnell at Dublin District Court] ordered €5,000 to be contributed to both the Simon Community and Women’s Aid.
He struck the case out and said the money had to be paid by the end of the week.