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Digicel’s balance sheet is very weak, Francis Gaskins, president of research firm IPO Desktop, said. “It’s a big company that has been losing money since it started,” Gaskins said. “They’ve been growing subscribers at 2 percent a year.”
Digicel reported a loss of $157.6 million on revenue of $2.79 billion for the year ended March 31, compared with a profit of $43.5 million on revenue of $2.75 billion a year earlier.
“”Their revenue is flat, they are losing money, the company is not growing – it would not be seen as the most attractive of investments,” said Jay Ritter, professor of finance, University of Florida.

Oh the humanity.

3-Caribbean telecom company Digicel hangs up on IPO (Reuters)

Denis O’Brien pulls potential $2bn Digicel flotation (IrishTimes)


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Inner City Helping Homeless write:

It is with sorrow that we report the death of yet another member of Dublin’s Homeless Community. News has just reached Inner City Helping Homeless that a service user has passed away this morning. Reports state that the person who cannot be named at this stage died of pneumonia.

ICHH Director made the following statement: “At this point we cannot name the person but our condolences are with his family at this time. His brother is currently engaged with our service and our heartfelt condolences to him. This is a serious matter, I can only urge the Minister to reestablish talks with organisations regarding the ongoing crisis. This is the second death in two weeks and it will not be the last. The figures are just unsustainable, how many deaths are required before we see intervention”.

ICHH would like to express our heartfelt condolences. We urge the public to please use our emergency out of hours number (in the poster above) and report anyone they see sleeping rough across the city.

Inner City Helping Homeless (Facebook)

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From top: Mary Boyle, and Taoiseach Enda Kenny in the Dáil this evening

In the last hour, Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald raised the case of Mary Boyle in the Dáil.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny told the Dáil he passed on certain information about the case to gardaí.

Mary Lou McDonald: “Ann, the twin sister of Mary Boyle, a six-year-old girl who disappeared close to her grandparents’ home in Donegal in 1977, Ann firmly believes that there was both political interference and a garda cover-up in Mary’s case. Taoiseach would you be willing to meet with Mary’s sister Ann to listen to her concerns regarding the Garda handling of the case.”

Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett: “That’s not really a matter for the Order of Business now but if the Taoiseach wishes… There are things that are allowed in the Order of Business and things that are not.”

Enda Kenny: “The Garda Bill is before the committee tomorrow. I’m aware of the case, of Mary Boyle. It’s many years ago now. I’ve had some contact about this, quite a number of years ago, which I brought to the attention of the gardaí and I can’t say whether they, the allegation was followed up or not but I brought it to the attention of the gardaí. It’s quite a number of years ago, deputy. I don’t have any objection to meeting, when I get a chance, with Mary’s sister, I’d be happy to do that. But clearly, the operational matters for the gardaí, on a day-to-day basis, are a matter for the Commissioner of the gardaí. The new independent policing authority will bring new powers and new opportunities here as indeed does the changes brought about to GSOC, being chaired by a High Court judge. All these are important and, actually, represent the most fundamental changes to the structure of the Garda Síochána since the foundation of the State. So the answer to your question is: yes. When I get an opportunity, send me the contact numbers for Mary’s sister, I’d be happy to talk to her.”


Meanwhile, staying in tonight?

Previously: Mary Boyle And ‘Political Interference’

Prime Time (RTÉ)


That’s not regulation footwear.


This afternoon

Sarah Morrissey (centre) and, from left: Eimear Conway, Sophie McCann, Martha Christie, Lisa Kavanagh, Ava Kissane and Fionnuala Short play touch rugby ahead of GOAL Jersey Day this Friday, October 9.

GOAL Jersey Day will take place at more than 2,300 schools, companies and whatnots “allowing office workers, students and others the opportunity to wear their favourite sports jersey for the day and raise funds for GOAL’s work across 19 developing countries”.

Goal Jersey Day


Can this end well?

David Taylor writes:

For all the psyclepaths out there.Ger Fogarty of Clare County Council Co is currently doing a masters project on cycling and road safety engineering. He’s put up a survey which readers may wish to either fill in or take the mick out of.

*snaps lycra*


Cycle Survey here

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Residents of Longboat Quay, David Kindlon, Michael Ingle, Caroline McEvoy, Niamh Bruce and Seamus Bagnall, outside Leinister House earlier before they met Environment Minister Alan Kelly

Meanwhile, in the Dáil…

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Previously: The Longboat Of The Law

Phil’s Light Touch Legacy