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Most other newspapers, in Ireland and worldwide, used versions of the dead child on page one….we used what I think is the strongest image as the lead image on the first foreign news page. On page one we carried a picture of Michael Fingleton matching a report on his evidence to the Banking Inquiry.

…Were we right not to use the picture on page one?

In hindsight probably not – by the time we went to press later last night the images had gone viral and were all over news bulletins and Twitter.

The shock element by the time the paper hit the newsstands this morning was gone and most readers would have understood that these heartbreaking images of a dead innocent child… say more about our failure in Europe to deal with the refugee crisis than an acre of print.

Frank Millar, picture editor of the irish Times

Should this image have been shown at all? Should we have used it on page one? (Frank Millar, Irish Times)

How the photo of Aylan Kurdi resonated with Irish Examiner readers (irishExaminer)

Pic: Paul Sammon



Frustrated by a lack of sleep, due to her boyfriend’s constant fidgeting in bed, a woman suggests a plan which puts their normal adult relationship up against the values of a more innocent time…


A restless short by Cork-born filmmaker Emmet O’Brien (of  A Novel Approach to Dating” fame) starring Dan Coughlan and Mary Pappin.


Further to Europe’s deteriorating refugee crisis.

Ann-Marie writes:

Taking lead from Iceland and Germany, below is a link for anyone in Ireland wanting to pledge a bed.  Saturday is a Day of Action on the refugee crisis. Gathering at 1pm at the famine memorial on Custom’s House Quay. Anyone wanting some help to organise a local event, they can get in touch with

Pledge a bed here

Meanwhile…5 Practical Things You Can Do About the Refugee Crisis From Ireland (Madurdu)

Previously: Glacial Response


This morning.

Ryanair, Dublin Airport.

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe (above centre) inspects the new ENORMO seating and the RADICAL uniforms introduced to celebrate the airline’s 30th birthday with (top pic from left) Sara Fernandes, Erin Backley, Fabio Tanzi and Jose Callao.

Thirty years of hurt.

*books cheap flight*

(Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews)

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A Syria-born man (above), who does not wish to be identified, has been living in Ireland for 13 years and was recently reunited with his wife and son when they moved here under a Government reunification scheme.

The man has a business in Cork and is now an Irish citizen.

He spoke with journalist Brian O’Connell on RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Seán O’Rourke yesterday.

He said since his wife arrived, she has been subjected to harassment and abuse and that she hasn’t left her house in several weeks.

“My wife, she says, “if I’m dying in Syria better than being like this situation by racism”. It’s very, very hard for her. She miscarried last week from this. They knock on the door every time, they frighten her, they shout at her when I am not at home, they shout in [through] the door, they throw rocks.”

“Last week, she miscarried from this situation, she was pregnant, you know. She was only five weeks’ pregnant…[After living in Ireland for 13 years] I have had too many [such experiences] but now it’s getting worse… because my [Muslim] wife she has a veil. In this area, I think, they’re not used to see something like this because it’s, I don’t know, strange for them. That’s why it’s so hard, they keep staring at her.”

….Every two or three days, they throw rubbish in my garden, say very bad words to me, very, very bad words. And one neighbour he told me, “Go home to your country, you’re rats, you this, you that”. I don’t want to say it on the radio….”


Listen back in full here


Carl O’Brien, in today’s Irish Times, reports that a Government scheme – which sees multinationals get 25% of their expenditure on research and development in cash or credit against their corporation tax – is being abused by certain companies.

Mr O’Brien reports that Revenue audits have found certain UNNAMED companies are exaggerating their R&D costs in order to lower their tax bills.

In 2013, the companies had to pay €21million in back-tax after audits, while provisional figures for 2014 – that are likely to rise as ongoing audits are finished – show another €14million has been paid back.

Mr O’Brien reported:

“Official figures show the credit is used predominantly by multinational firms and other large employers in the tech and manufacturing sectors… More than 1,500 companies availed of the credit last year, up from just 75 in 2004. Over that same period, the cost to the exchequer – in credits and foregone taxes – has risen from just over €70 million to more than €400 million last year.

While the credit has been identified internally by Revenue as a “significant risk”, a recent review by the Department of Finance found it played a vital role in supporting thousands of jobs and almost €2 billion of research activity. Industry sources say it helps support as many as 19,000 jobs.”

Multinationals ‘exaggerated’ research activity to lower tax bills (Irish Times)