[From top: Secretary General at the Department of the Taoiseach, Martin Fraser, and Ambassador of Ireland to the US Anne Anderson with US President Barack Obama in September 2013]
Senan Molony, of the Irish Daily Mail, reports this morning that a public row broke out between Ms Anderson and Mr Fraser in the lobby of the Fitzpatrick Hotel in Manhattan, New York, at around 12.10am on St Patrick’s Day.
Mr Molony, who witnessed the argument, said it lasted for about ten minutes, with both parties pointing their fingers at each other, and that it continued from the lobby to the lifts, in front of about a dozen people.
Mr Molony writes [not online]:
At one point, she said: ‘You are calling me a liar, Martin. I am not a liar. It was a misunderstanding.’ At another juncture, she raised her voice and said: ‘If I had known what the Taoiseach wanted, of course I would have done what he wanted.‘ The origins of the row are unclear.
A New York State human rights ad featuring Dublin-born model Avril Nolan, a DCU journalism graduate, who is notHIV-positive.
A Brooklyn woman who does not have HIV is suing Getty Images for selling her likeness to the Division of Human Rights, which used her smiling photograph next to the words “I am Positive (+)” and “I Have Rights.” There was a Friends episode that tackled this same issue. Isn’t there always?
25-year-old HIV-negative Greenpoint resident Avril Nolan filed a $450,000 lawsuit against the company on the basis that it “allowed her image to be used improperly,” forcing her into several awkward conversations with friends, employers and “potential romantic partners.” (Man at Bar: “Hey, don’t I recognize you from somewhere?” Nolan: “I DON’T HAVE AIDS OK.”) Adding insult to HIV, the STD-free Nolan was forced to hear about the ad from her Pilates instructor….