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Taoiseach Enda Kenny and Tánaiste Joan Burton

Tánaiste Joan Burton believes that a living wage “means that a person in full-time work, without additional welfare support, can afford housing, food, utilities, clothing, transport, healthcare, childcare and recreation”. She has promised to make this happen “if Labour is returned to government” (News, November 18th).

This is the sort of urgent action which should be happening right now. The Labour Party should be taking advantage of the fact that they are in Government and that they are in a position to implement this change before the next election.

Furthermore, with the whole country so far away from a true economic recovery, wouldn’t you think our Government would be working overtime to deliver as much progress as possible before the election? Positive results will get them re-elected, yes?

Instead, all of our Ministers have become a bunch of politicians making similar announcement to the one above. “If Fine Gael are re-elected this will happen”;“If Labour are voted back into power that will happen”. If, if, if. None of them deserve to be re-employed by Ireland Inc.

Lulu Cleary,
Dublin 6.

Pre-election promises (Irish Times letters page)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ie


Sonia O’Sullivan celebrates after winning a silver medal in the Sydney Olympics in 2000


“Was I cheated out of medals? Earlier in my career I tolerated a lot and just got on with training. Sometimes to such an extent that injury and illness were almost inevitable, and too often were. But I didn’t know any better. As an athlete I never wanted to let what others were up to bother or distract me. This wasn’t me being naive. It wasn’t something I could control. And I didn’t want to let it become an excuse.”

“… So I never said anything or questioned anyone because I felt this would only take energy away from me. And I knew I was doing the right thing. Some athletes were getting away with doing the wrong thing, over and over again, so that they believed that is what it took to be the best.”

Only the athletes who never cheat truly know what they have achieved. There is no test for honesty, integrity, hard work.”

Sonia O’Sullivan

Sonia O’Sullivan: many countries have sub-standard drug-testing (Irish Times)

Pic: RTÉ



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

..retrospective tax bills.

Seemed like a good idea at the time..


Airbnb hosts facing retrospective tax bills for 2014 (Irish Times)


Airbnb Arbitrage – How To Pay Off Your Mortgage In Half The Time (Lovin Dublin)


Denis O’Brien

Further to the the Denis O’Brien Vs Committee on Procedures and Privileges (CPP) brouhaha..

This morning’s  Irish Times editorial states:

“Is the CPP amenable to judicial review without fatally undermining the constitutional independence of the Dáil? From a political perspective, the crucial principle of the separation of powers between legislators and the judiciary means that the committee should be answerable only to the Houses. The answer must be an emphatic No.”

“That is also the clear purpose of the writers of the Constitution. Any other interpretation, however tempting to judges instinctively distrustful of the imperfection of political decision-making, will set the judiciary on a course of confrontation with parliament that it will rue, irrespective of the merits of Mr O’Brien’s cause. His case is ill-judged and dangerous, a regrettable move by a wealthy serial litigator. He should withdraw it.”

Readers may wish to recall the June 5 edition of The Phoenix, in which there was a report on how Ireland’s print media reacted to Independent TD Catherine Murphy’s speech in the Dáil on May 28, 2015…

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Good times.

Previously: [REDACTED]’s 1.25% Interest Rate

You’ve Been Framed


Times New Roman, the font invented by the Times of London and used by the Irish Times, deployed to devastating effect in Irish newspaper WAR.

Previously: The Thunderer And The Blunderer