Across the road from the Irish Times newsroom [Tara Street, Dublin 1]…
Ronan Emmet writes:
Irish Times obviously felt young kids aren’t stressed enough today before they received results so they posted this (above) at 7.30am on Facebook. Spectacular timing…
Nelly Bergman writes:
He’d help Higher Maths uptake…
Thousands of Irish people who have rented out rooms in their homes or entire properties using the Airbnb service look set to be hit with …
— Irish Times Business (@IrishTimesBiz) August 10, 2015
..retrospective tax bills.
Seemed like a good idea at the time..
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…
Previously: [REDACTED]’s 1.25% Interest Rate
Here are the Twitter logos for the Irish edition of the Times and the Irish Times. *rubs eyes* pic.twitter.com/67qXaFLOQO
— Christine Bohan (@ChristineBohan) July 28, 2015
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
The High Court has this morning refused an application by The Irish Times for injunctions preventing the publishers of The Times of London using the words ‘The Times Irish Edition’ in promoting its new daily digital Irish edition of the UK newspaper.
Judge John Hedigan made the ruling because he said there had been a nine-month delay by the Irish Times in making the objection.
In yesterday’s Sunday Times [not online] Mark Tighe reported:
Brian Murray SC, for Times Newspapers, said although Liam Kavanagh, as chief executive, claimed The Irish Times did not become aware of the proposed “Times Ireland” name until May, tweets from senior Irish Times editorial staff showed they were aware of it since September.
Judge Hedigan was shown tweets from David Cochrane, The Irish Times’s community editor, and Hugh Linehan, its digital development editor, from September 2014, when the two posted a link for a job advert for the editor position of “The Times Ireland”.
In January, Cochrane retweeted a message congratulating Richard Oakley on being appointed editor of “The Times Ireland”. Murray said Times Newspapers later learnt Cochrane had “secretly” registered the Twitter handles “@TheTimesIreland” and “@TimesIreland” in February.
Murray said interlocutory injunctions can be granted only to parties that acted promptly, and the delay in taking the case appeared to be a tactical one aimed at disrupting Times Newspapers’ launch. He said a “Sunday Times Ireland” app had been sold for some time, using the words Ireland and Times together without objection.
Times Newspapers said it agreed not to use The Times Ireland name in May after The Irish Times launched a High Court action. It now intends to sell the app as The Times & Sunday Times (Irish edition). He said the new Monday to Saturday part of the package would be referred to as The Times (Irish edition).
In his affidavit, Kavanagh said the registration of the Twitter handles by Cochrane was “not a cynical exercise by the plaintiff, but a legitimate step to protect its goodwill”. Kavanagh said it was taken “without any awareness” of Times Newspapers’ intention to use those names.
And irony of ironies: Irish Times newsroom just got a phone call from person looking for someone from the Irish edition of the London Times.
— David Cochrane (@davidcochrane) July 27, 2015
Pat Rabbitte, former Labour leader, outside the Dáil last week
Hurlers on the ditch can usually criticise without resort to personal invective. That aside, Diarmuid Ferriter’s is a warped assessment of Labour’s performance in Government since 2011 (“Labour’s woes rooted in more than an ungrateful electorate”, Opinion & Analysis, July 11th).
So great was the crisis facing this country in the winter of 2010/11 that only a broadly based government would have held society together. I am convinced that a single-party Fine Gael government – the only viable alternative – would not have survived the first year. That first dismal year saw the new Fine Gael-Labour Government struggle to restore Irish credibility in the EU institutions, keep the troika at bay and contend with Mr Trichet’s threat if we proceeded with burden sharing – as unemployment exceeded 15 per cent. In helping to bring the country back from the brink, Labour had to take some decisions that in normal times it would never have done.
Diarmuid Ferriter would perhaps have preferred if we had spent more time speechifying, dithering and generally faffing around like the Syriza government in Greece, making the crisis even worse and inflicting greater hardship on ordinary citizens. Of course, Syriza has in its ranks more than its fair share of academics with a part-time political sideline. The problem is, as Brendan Behan noted in another context, they know how it’s done but they’re unable to do it themselves.
There is nothing either “patronising or self-pitying” about my view of the “dysfunctional” fragmentation amongst the disparate elements of the political opposition. After what we have come though, the last thing this country needs is a coalition of chaos. Compare this country’s economic health with what unfortunately has engulfed Greece. The stability that we have established and the economic growth now happening offers the prospect, for the first time since the crash, of improved social investment and the gradual restoration of living standards.
Whether or not one is a Syriza fan, it must be obvious that unless we get our finances into kilter and a banking system functioning again, we will not be able to make inroads into poverty or tackle inequality in our society. Who will endure most arising from the cack-handed misgovernance of Greece? It won’t be the wealthy elite or the tax dodgers or the trendy academics advising Syriza on the politics of magical thinking.
The contention that Labour “would have benefitted more from staying in opposition” may be correct. But Labour was not elected in 2011 to stand aside. Prioritising power over principle is the favoured insult of the designer left thrown at every politician from Lloyd George to Barack Obama who dares take on the challenge of political responsibility in difficult times.
Kevin O’Sullivan at Dublin City University this afternoon
— Sebastian Enke (@S_Enke) June 23, 2015
— FuJo (@FuJoMedia) June 23, 2015
This is fairly delusional, in fairness.
Irish Times editor Kevin O’Sullivan defends his paper’s recent brouhaha with Denis O’Brien at the ‘Future of Journalism’ conference at Dublin City University this afternoon.
No, we weren’t invited.
— Rory Hearne (@RoryHearne) May 21, 2015
There you go now.
property supplement in today's Irish Times is two pages longer than the actual paper
— Oireachtas Retort (@Oireachtas_RX) May 21, 2015
In week where the IT are writing about the way Dunnes staff have been treated like s**t by the company and, in some cases, victimised for striking, is this (on page 19 of today’s Ticket) not massively inappropriate?