51 thoughts on “De Sunday Papers

    1. GiggidyGoo

      I wonder what kind of jobs she was being interviewed for. Not usual for one of this ‘class’ to have to lower themselves to being interviewed.

      1. Frilly Keane

        D’ya know Goodie
        That’s a cracking question

        And might make Sunday a bitta craic around here
        So I’ll start

        Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning for Barclays Bank

        1. GiggidyGoo

          A quote from her ‘column’ Seemingly interviewed for a job in a restaurant. ‘“I was told ‘only single, sexy people get to work here’
          Now, why does that sound familiar? Wasn’t there some confuffle a few months ago about a sign like that in a Dublin bar or restaurant. She must be finding it hard to even put a column together in her own words.
          I wonder did she pass the test for that job.

  1. Charger Salmons

    Good to see the poppies on the British newspapers’ mastheads.
    Without the sacrifices of many brave men and women of many countries we could all be drinking schnapps and listening to an oompah band this morning.
    Thoughts and prayers will all the Irish families remembering their losses today.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        Yes, it’s an offering of sympathy known to those who are religious, and to those who grew up with religion but may have moved on from. Even an atheist can understand that, and that it is the expression that is of importance, not the language used.

        1. postmanpat

          True . “Prayers and/or thoughts (which may vary depending on the world view of sympathetic party and religious leanings if any) are with the Irish families who may or may not be remembering their losses today ” eh? doesn’t have the same ring to it.

    1. Nigel

      Wear the poppies to remember the senseless stupid waste and bloody slaughter of an entire generation due to the colossal hubris and blind greed of the colonial powers. Any other reason is to spit in their dead faces.

      1. Harry Molloy


        no matter how many books and documentaries I go through I just can’t comprehend what those poor boys went through

  2. Charger Salmons

    And of course the Irish ambassador in London is laying a wreath at the Cenotaph this morning.
    Proper order.

    1. Reach For The Stars

      The Queen looks like death on the front pages this morning will we finally see the back of her this winter?

  3. Martco


    did Varadwankar actually say “we have a low rate of homelessness…by international standards” at his FG orgy


    1. mildred st. meadowlark


      I believe he was talking about how we compared to Calcutta in terms of homelessness. And he was dead right. Dead right.

      1. Brother Barnabas

        Good news doesn’t stop there.

        Even though our rate of homelessness is so low it’s almost invisible, he said he’s “committed to continue to work hard to ensure homelessness levels continue to decline”*

        [* levels are increasing at breakneck speed, not declining, so presumably he’s talking to us from the future – that’s how progressive this man is]

      2. Cian

        We have low levels of homelessness compared to most of Europe too. But don’t let that stop the comparison to Calcutta.

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          Can you provide anything to back that up?

          Most data I’ve seen relates to 2015, and doesn’t provide an accurate reflection of the comparative levels of homelessness across Europe, when you consider how much homelessness has increased in the past 2 yrs.

        2. anne

          Wrong Cian.. From Focus Ireland with a graph n all.


          We were shocked to hear the statement today by Leo Varadkar, who claimed that homelessness low by international standards. https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1111/919200-fine-gael-national-conference/

          This is both factually and morally wrong.

          The data is very clear. Irish homelessness is higher than our ‘peers’ of similar size, and it’s getting worse.

          1. Cian

            I can see evidence for the 2016 OEDC figures that show Ireland in the middle.

            You provided a link to Facebook with an unattributed graph. I’d like to see a bit more detail…

            For example: the Focus Ireland shows the 15+ homelessness at about 1.5% (per 1000 people); it’s not exact but it looks like it’s midway between 1.4 and 1.5.
            If I look at the Focus Ireland website they say there are 5,250 homeless (age 15+). If I look at CSO there are 3,785K people aged 15+; one divided into the other works out at 1.38% – so there is a difference here of 428 homeless adults (8%) – or the population is out by 285,000 (7.5%)

            So either Focus Ireland are using different figures or they are misrepresenting the truth.

            Finally, I want to reiterate that I’m not defending homelessness – it is shocking and needs to be resolved. .

          2. anne

            Rough sleepers are not counted in the official homeless figures..neither are women in shelters. Seriously, I’m not your girl Friday Cian..go look up the information yourself & if you have query on it then, fair enough. you see that hyperlink (in the article) ‘learn more’ trot along there to focus Ireland’s site and have a gander.


            Focus Ireland

            About Homelessness

            89 families became newly homeless in Dublin in September 2017 – find out more about the latest figures Learn More

            Why are so many becoming Homeless?

            The deepening of the homeless crisis at the rate currently seen in Ireland has at its root a broken housing system. In particular Ireland does not have a public housing system to meet the needs of the society. Provision of affordable public housing must form a key part of any country’s housing system. In particular it acts as a safety net for families and individuals pushed out of the private rental market due to the high cost of renting or a lack of housing. In the last decade the lack of social housing provision combined with private house building grinding to a halt has meant more people than ever have to find a home in the private rented sector. Almost 1 in 5 households now live in a privately rented home compared to 1 in 10 ten years ago. This has led to enormous pressure on the private rental market which has resulted in constantly rising rent levels and a lack of properties to rent.

            How many people are homeless?

            There were 8,374 people homeless in the week of September 18-24 2017 across Ireland.  This figure includes adults and children with their families. The number of families becoming homeless has increased by over 37% since September 2016. More than one in three of those in emergency accommodation is now a child. However, this number does not include ‘hidden homelessness’ which refers to people who are living in squats or ‘sofa surfing’ with friends. Furthermore, women and children staying in domestic violence refuges are not included in these homeless emergency accommodation counts. The national figure also does not include people who are sleeping rough.

            In April 2017, the official rough sleeping count confirmed 138 people sleeping rough in Dublin, with an additional number in the Nite Café, without a place to sleep.

            The Department of Housing publishesthe ‘official’ homeless figure each month, along with details about gender and county.

            Are families affected?

            In the past, most of the people using emergency homeless accommodation were single adults. But in the last three years, there has been a rapid increase in the number of families becoming homeless, and in September 2017, there were 1,455 families accessing emergency accommodation, which includes 3,124 children. Focus Ireland publishes regular insights into family homelessness reports which aims to further our understanding in developing effective reponses to the problem.

            How many children are homeless?

            In September 2017, there were 3,124 children in emergency homeless accommodation with their families. In the 1990s, Ireland had a serious problem of children who were homeless on their own. Focus Ireland played a key role in ending this situation and today it is very unusual for children to be homeless on their own due to effective and coordinated responses.

            How many households are on the waiting list for social housing?

            The most recent official assessment of social housing need was published in December 2016 and showed 61,600 households qualified for social housing – one of five of which had been on the list for more than 5 years.

            Under the Social Housing Strategy the Government estimated that only 35,573 of the households on the list actually needed a new home.

      1. jusayinlike

        His twitter feed is full of positivity especially the replies to his tweets, everyone is really behind him

    1. mildred st. meadowlark

      They struck me as rather hollow, if I’m being honest.

      Well written, yes, and well expressed, but I was not struck by any sincerity or remorse in them. He could have stayed quiet, but, to give him credit where it’s due, he didn’t. But I don’t think writing an eloquent article is good enough. It does not absolve him

      1. rotide

        This has always struck me about public apologies. No matter how many ways people find to say “I’m sorry” or empathaze with people their actions have effected , it’s never enough. Louis CK’s apology was proof of this

        Personally I think he should have stayed quiet. HR Issues in a private company will blow over once it’s replaced by the next twitter outrage show.

        1. mildred st. meadowlark

          Words are merely words.

          I think that so often we see zero accountability from people in positions of power in this country (and not only this country) that these kinds of public apologies become just token gestures, a type of appeasement, regardless of how sincere they may be. While that may not be Colgan’s fault, it is the kind of expectation that we have now, when it comes to this kind of thing.

          1. Brother Barnabas

            This Christmas I will be sending Michael Colgan a dictionary with the words “contrite” “proper” and “apology” circled.
            John Banville‏

            -Michael Colgan, with his non-apology in the Sindo, eh?
            -A rag that cossets a so called “elite”, then lets an odious member of that “elite” write narcissistic indefensible shite which you have to pay to read.
            -Nah, I feel sick.
            John Banville‏

          2. rotide

            So what do you want him to do?

            “Yeah, i did all that, the stupid whores deserved it”?

            Can you picture your marriage if apologies were dismissed as a token gesture?

          3. Brother Barnabas


            He dismisses it as “ebullient behaviour” that he thought everyone found amusing, but, now that he’s learned they didn’t, he’s sorry he behaved that way.

            It wasn’t just “ebullient behaviour”.

            It’s an apology – but not for what what he needs to be apologising for. Still, though, if you’ve been acting like a Class A bully and a$$h)le for 30 years, there’s not much you can say now.

          4. Nigel

            I can picture my marriage if I invoked political correctness in any of my apologies – it would be indistinguishable from a smoking ruin.

          5. Nigel

            ‘I’m sorry dinner’s so.late but I have always been politically incorrect.’
            ‘I’m sorry I forgot to check the kids’ homework but we are in an atmosphere where to be accused is to be deermed guilty.’

          6. rotide

            I found the just salient part of his apology to be the piece where he pointed out that it was ridiculously that his interactions are being conflated with series cares if sexual abuse.

            Nice to see you’re indulging in same

    1. Reach For The Stars

      looks like you and rotide have been outed with your secret shame as avid Sindo reader milobithc

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