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Martina Fitzgerald (left at the Fine Gael Think-in at Fota Island in 2014

Anon writes:

This decision by RTÉ [to have Paul Cunningham  replace Martina Fitzgerald as RTÉ News political correspondent] looks terrible and makes no sense. They must have known there would be a huge backlash especially at this time.

My question is this: Am i missing something or did Ms Fitzgerald upset someone in particular or a political party? She seems very polite and cautious and I can’t see why RTÉ would go through all of this.


RTÉ colleagues thought Fitzgerald was going to remain in politics job (Irish Independent)



A report from accountants PwC has revealed Dublin is now the third-most attractive city in Europe for investors in property, up from seventh a year earlier.

The growth of big tech companies such as Facebook and Google is adding to the demand for housing.

The report said this was behind the growth of so-called “build-to-rent” housing, in which developers build whole apartment blocks to be sold off to big landlords.

Joanne Kelly, real estate leader at PwC Ireland, said big investors had shifted towards residential property in recent years.

Foreign investors rush to cash in on our housing crisis (Independent.ie)

David Chabily writes:

Why is nothing being discussed about, at the least temporarily, banning foreign investors from sucking up Irish property?

New Zealand have already done this, and likely Berlin will too.


Pic: Shutterstock


Developer Gerry Barrett (top) and the CIE site at Ceannt Station, Galway

G Van Helsing writes:

Are you able to explain how Galway developer Gerry Barrett was selected to develop the CIE site at Ceannt Station, a site of more than 8 acres in the centre of the city?

This is the same Gerry Barrett, NAMA alumnus, who last November was in the high court trying to stop a receiver being appointed to seven of his insolvent companies that owed Deutsche Bank almost 700 million euro.

How can this guy be given one of the biggest developments in the country when his existing companies seem unable to pay their debts? He even has a site that backs onto the CIE land. Nice and Handy!  If this is where failure gets you, why would anyone be bothered with success?


Pauline Dunne writes:

Is this a new fashion term or has someone at Asos just run out of words?

We may never know.

Hoodie Sweat Dress with Lace Yoke (ASOS)

GK writes:

1. Bought something last week online for $99 from America (€87)

2. DHL delivers and asks for €48.48 duty payment. I say it’s more than 50% of the actual item cost.

3. DHL delivery guy says I can ring and query the charge at Dublin 8448317

4. Got through to a call centre guy who hadn’t a clue what I was asking. Told me to ring Dublin 8448220 (Import Team)

5. Rang Import Team… no one available today! Leave a message and we’ll call you tomorrow.

6. Tried to leave a message but their Voicemail didn’t work!

7. Is this a Trump Trade Barrier ?


Slattery’s, Beggar’s Bush, Dublin 4

Credit on tap?

Anon writes:

Was in Slattery’s last night. Looked at the receipts. They charge an extra 20c for tapping your card. They weren’t apologetic…is this not illegal?


Pic: TripAdvisor




Survivors of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home and friends gathered at the site of the mass grave on Saturday for a Remembrance Day for the 796 children believed buried there.

Last month, to the dismay of survivor groups, Minister for Children Katherine Zappone released a letter she gave to Pope Francis regarding her hope that the Vatican will pay for the exhumation costs.

Saturday: Meanwhile, In Tuam

Previously: Disinterring Tuam

‘A Dishionest Exercise’

Seating for Hozier at the Olympia Theatre in december

Hozier tickets update.

Alan O’Regan writes:

 General release 9am this morning. 9am rolls around: all tickets gone. For all 3 nights!

Not the most important thing in the world I know but an absolute disgraceful state of affairs. I fear the only ones crying power are Ticketmaster…

Hozier at the Olympia Theatre (Ticketmaster)

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