Still Or Sparkling?



This afternoon

Elizabeth Arnett, splutter-inducing head of PR at Irish Water in the offices of Irish news/listicle mothership in Dublin this afternoon.

Desks, multi-screen ‘kit’, some daylight, fancy chairs and visits from reviled semi state hoi polloi. apparatchiks. And don’t get us started on the ‘bespoke’ mugs.

What are we doing WRONG?

Irish Water Visited The Newsroom Today To Answer Your Questions (

Previously: ‘It’s A Question Of How The Information Is Delivered’

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

38 thoughts on “Still Or Sparkling?

    1. Mark Dennehy

      Do you really want to become a website where everyone looks at elderly people being assaulted in their homes and thinks that the obvious solution is to “Arm the elderly”?

      And this is *ME* saying that’s a bad thing fer cryin’ out loud…

    1. PeteS

      You are a big posh sod with plums in your mouth, and the plums have mutated and they have got beaks. You make pigs smoke. You feed beef burgers to swans. You have big sheds, but nobody’s allowed in. And in these sheds you have 20ft high chickens, and these chickens are scared because the don’t know why they’re so big, and they’re going, “Oh why am I so massive?” and they’re looking down at all the little chickens and they think they’re in an aeroplane because all the other chickens are so small.

  1. ollie

    excellent informative interview. it’s cemented my decision not to engage with irish water in any way, shape or form.
    I’ve also told my tenants to follow their heart, I’m not an irish water debt collector.

  2. Hellvetica

    Have the journal been banning users or something? seems a lot of comments are not appearing on the website.

    1. Zarathustra

      Hellvetica, the computers in Parnell Sq. probably had a meltdown, either that or the journal have introduced CAPTCHA codes for submitting comments – the Shinnerbots can’t navigate a way around them, yet.

  3. Drogg

    What a pile of white washed crap i read the questions people started leaving at 7am this morn and none of what the majority of people where asking is being put to her. The Journal is the sanctum of bad journalism and basically a tabloid of the future. Broadsheet should be commended for not being a part of this sterilisation of the truth about this wasteful quango.

    1. fluffybiscuits

      The does journalism? Since when? To me it was just a bad collection of bottomholes in the comments section, bad sports writing and repeated nostalgia articles about what was your favorite pokemon or ‘anyone remember mr freeze’ sorta stuff…

        1. Mike

          To quote shakespeare “shall I compare thy journal to a wretched carbuncle; for both incessantly weep vile pus as the day is long and the night is dark…” He really did say that

    2. Mani

      I love seeing group photos of the journal staff. Rictus grins and white-eyed terror. Most of them are squatting on the premises, showering in the jacks and handing their CV’s out with the takeaway menus they shove through doors on their second jobs.

  4. Manta Rae

    Did bare-chested Darragh give yer wan a cheeky when when he said ‘things are hotting up in Dublin’?

    You’d think he could have worn a tie…

    1. Drogg

      It’s too ridiculous even to repeat, but briefly almost everyone has signed up for irish water, john tierney is working very hard and the journal isn’t asking any questions about their bonuses or the mess they are making of installation because they are protecting their Irish water Ad revenue.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        Thought as much… I liked these questions I found on thejournal….

        Question 1:
        Elizabeth Arnett did you work for the consultancy firm (RPS) that actually recommended / designed the setup for Irish Water in the first place?
        Question 2:
        Did you then ‘resign’ your position in that company and go straight to working for ‘Irish Water’? Can you give us the dates that you left RPS and then the date you joined ‘Irish Water’
        Question 3:
        Can you, tell us how, as a supposedly ‘independent consultant’ who worked on creating Irish Water. How it is NOT a conflict of interest, that you now are heavily involved in your own creation?

        Considering the complete display of incompetence by her and her “comms” department, I’d love to know the answers to these questions. She did work for RPS btw…. imagine that.

          1. Drogg

            Ahh broadsheet come on its not like i said he was fat and looks like he is constantly red in the face from being embarrassed by his own lack of journalistic ethics.

          2. Eliot Rosewater

            Commenting about his appearance kinda makes any argument you make seem childish, so maybe BS was protecting you from yourself?

            It’s enough that the interview was a complete embarrassment to anybody who has even a notion of journalist ideals. Don’t ask for questions if you’re not going to ask them and for god sake, at least try and make the interview seem like she hasn’t read over the questions beforehand. And if there’s something fishy, ask her about it.

            Thejournal is a joke, and probably has too much reliance on advertising (and questionable ownership) to ever consider itself a serious journalist enterprise.

        1. ollie

          The dates are on her LinkedIn page, out of rps and directly into IW.
          john Tierney’ s daughter works in rps, specialising in water. what a great girl!

  5. Anomanoman

    Until i started reading Bs I’d never actually heard of the journal. Naturally i checked it out. Now it’s so much fun reading the comments slagging it off when the same people are clearly on the journal reading it.

  6. ahjayzis

    She’d give yer wan what likes a bit of roughplay from de Fifty Shades of Gray a run for her money in the sadism stakes.

  7. Parochial Central

    Not actually having an office might be part of your problem. Not publishing the address of where it is, might be another.

    On the otherhand, it’s “The”. Enough said.

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