71 thoughts on “De Sunday Papers

  1. Clampers Outside

    At the WEF/World Economic Forum, Bono said capitalism is ‘amoral’ and ‘a wild beast’.

    Bono’s net worth – $700 million


    1. The Great Wall of Gammon

      What’s so hmmm about that statement? It’s a perfectly apt way to describe capitalism.

      1. Clampers Outside!

        That thing is terrible you should stop immersing the world in it, says he, as he takes a leisurely bath in it.

        1. f_lawless

          I haven’t seen his speech, but are you sure he was saying it was terrible? Amoral is not having a sense of good and bad as opposed to immoral

          1. The Great Wall of Gammon

            Precisely. If he said it was immoral, then it would have been hypocritical. The acquisition of wealth is not in itself inherently evil. When the second precept is undermined by unabashed greed, now that’s evil. Is Bono driven by greed? I can’t say but I’d seriously doubt it.

      1. Shayna

        To be fair about Bono – he and The Edge wrote definitive songs of the age. Interestingly, most of Bono’s wealth is derived from Facebook. He apparently invested in Facebook before the public announcement on Wall Street. If I could be indulged, a brief story? Bono seems to me to be okay – I was asked if I was Bono’s daughter’s friend in a pub in Brighton by a a guy who claimed to know John Ryan? It’s a tad mad?
        I’ve never met Bono’s daughter.

    2. Dub Spot

      BFD, even Karl Marx (admittedly well above your raading level} acknowledged the same AND that capitalism did make people rich….

  2. Dub Spot

    Miriam O’Callaghan: “I’m suing Facebook to rescue my Presidential ambitions after the disastrous Primetime transphobia earlier this week. I was only the public face of it.”

    1. Eoin

      I wonder will she sue Facebook at all or is this just a shot across Facebook’s bows to do something about what appears to be a scam whereby someone is selling what they falsely claim is “Miriam O’Callaghan face cream”, and worse, they’re creating malicious stories on Facebook about Miriam (“Miriam’s been axed by RTE”) which click through to a site where you can order said face cream. Someone appears to be making major moolah from the cream, which costs €5 down and then another €100 unless you return it.

      If Miriam was serious about this, wouldn’t she be reporting it to the Gardai? If only she knew someone in the legal fraternity from whom she could get advice? Maybe a politician who is the main Opposition justice spokesperson.

      1. Dub Spot

        “But. . . . but . . . Moy PR Agent said this was important.”

        “Miriam O’Callaghan face cream”

        Probablty just me….

      2. Giggidygoo

        There have been similar types of adverts featuring Bryan Dobson. Not only on face book, but they pop up in Google chrome as well.
        So she’ll be suing all and sundry.

        1. Dub Spot

          So will Bryan Dobson–if he has the same PR agency as O’Callaghan. Or ‘likes’ her face cream.

          Woman with eight kids takes on Facebook . . .yeah, right. Expensive action….

    2. rotide

      Having been paying much attention but having seen that primetime, how could you possibly think it was transphobic in any way shape or form?

      1. SOQ

        They gave a known transphobe a platform, interviewed a therapist who felt it was for the most part just a phase while omitting to speak to the consultants who actually treat the condition?

        1. rotide

          “interviewed a therapist who felt it was for the most part just a phase”

          You mean a trained psychologist who went through exactly what the programme was talking about and felt that she ‘grew out of it’ and posited that others may as well. Are you denying her experience?

          1. SOQ

            Not at all but her personal experience should not have been an influencing factor, it came across as quite unprofessional to be honest.

        2. Clampers Outside!

          Those silly trans folk who support him, they must be told they are wrong. And that the ideological way forward promoted by those who hate him is all that matters…. :/

          1. SOQ

            Now Clamps, you well know I many things but towing a party line is not one of them.

            Are you actually saying that there are Trans people who share his view that some trans women are only doing it to get at teenage girls in changing rooms?


  3. MaryLou's ArmaLite

    Rachel Reilly is the latest to feel the hate from the knuckle dragging anti-Semitic wing of Labour.

    1. Dub Spot

      Quick, the 2 gammon steak you’re having for breakfast are burning…. oh, right, it’s only a mirror.

        1. bisted

          …according to Netanyahu, Irelands vote to ban goods produced in occupied territories is anti-semetic and disgusting…he should close his embassy here and take all his consular staff home to Washington…

        2. Dub Spot

          GRMA, Note how MaryLou’s ArmaLite is more toxic male masculinity. Would he post under the name Gerry’s Semtex Teddy? Would he f . . .

  4. Eoin

    This will banish any lingering January blues.

    Sunday Times reports

    “The director of public prosecutions (DPP) is taking a contempt of court action against the Irish Independent’s editor, a reporter and the newspaper’s publisher over a comment piece that caused the collapse of a rape case last November. Last week, the DPP filed a High Court action seeking attachment orders against the newspaper’s editor Fionnán Sheahan, journalist Nicola Anderson and Independent News & Media (INM).The DPP could seek the imprisonment of the journalists or a fine over publication of the report.”

      1. Eoin

        You say that, but can someone urgently check in with Anne Harris to make sure she hasn’t succumbed to a severe bout of laughing-your-hole-off-itis.

  5. Eoin

    Brilliant news! Melania Trump won’t need to buy her clothes at Zara anymore as she gets “substantial damages” from the Telegraph. How much? No-one is saying at the minute, but back in 2017, Melania wanted $150m from the Daily Mail, she got $2.9m from them in April 2017 according to CNN. Mind you, the Daily Mail had accused her of being on the game, the Telegraph had only dissed her academic and career performance; I reckon she probably got around $1m from the Telegraph.


  6. Eoin

    RTE is facing a fine of up to €20 million after RTE itself reported, erm, RTE to the data protection commissioner after what looks like a running order for Morning Ireland was published online with the name of a prominent sportsman who was, according to the RTE document, arrested. Those new damned GDPR rules and the massive fines for non-compliance, wha?

      1. Spud

        Still no word on this story?
        thought on of the papers was going to run it last week following from charges being pressed…. DPP still weighing up the case so?

          1. Lilly

            Yes, you can but it’s unlikely to succeed. The DPP prosecutes on behalf of the State, with the alleged victim as witness. Let’s say the victim is paid off by the perpetrator, her powers of recollection could become extremely vague to the detriment of her evidence.

        1. The Old Boy

          People charged with sexual offences in Ireland retain legal anonymity unless and until they are convicted, unless to name them could identify the victim. If anything, charging someone makes it less likely they would be named in the press.

      2. Eoin

        Was that what you saw on WhatsApp? I don’t know, but yes definitely!

        What’s particularly satisfying about this story is the likelihood RTE got the info from the same sources that broke all sorts of rules with revealing Clare Daly’s arrest. I wonder will RTE have to pay out for any GDPR penalty or will it try to share the fine with its “sources”.

        1. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

          It was a photo of a printout of the running order of the show naming the perp, saying **NB DO NOT RUN THIS STORY** or somesuch.

          1. SOQ

            Don’t delve into the higher end office politics of RTÉ, it is even more complicated than that of CIÉ.

    1. Dub Spot

      Not GDPR. Legally wrong; ethically amoral. Law been in existence for a bit:


      Also of interest in this context are RTE’s own guidelines:


      Respect the fact that users on site X are not our users and that they are not bound by the same Terms of Use and guidelines as we apply at RTÉ. Attempts to enforce our rules on third-party sites may lead to resentment, criticism and in some cases outright hostility to RTÉ (See note on Moderation and House Rules).



      When using social media accounts (all classifications) always consider the possible implications of the content that you are about to post. Could it reflect badly on you or RTÉ? If so, don’t publish.

    2. SOQ

      Surely it would all depend on who stuck it on Twitter?

      If for example, someone took a picture of a computer monitor in a bank which was displaying an high profile individual’s banking records and done likewise, is that a GDPR breech?

  7. SOQ

    FG in Brexit election alert.

    Basically saying FF are holding a gun to their head over the backstop. If an election happens, tactically, FF are set to gain in the polls because reneging on the backstop would be a hugely unpopular move.

  8. Johnny

    LA is the best sports town in the word,with Rams headed super bowl next week,Lebron lighting up the Staples center nightly (ok injured right now)and the Dodgers coming off a great World Series performance.Fook Boston it’s the most boring town in world,full plastic paddies-oh I’m irish too,eh no your not your a dumb yank wearing green pants,and no I don’t know your great great grandfathers family.

    Here’s the vision for the future of sports from the owner of Arsenal.

    ‘At a cost estimated at more than $5 billion, the development — its formal name is the LA Stadium & Entertainment District at Hollywood Park — includes a 70,240-seat stadium and 6,000-seat performance center under one roof that will anchor a 298-acre complex of office buildings, shops, restaurants, residential units, hotels and parks. It’s 3½ the size of Disneyland and twice as big as Vatican City’


      1. Johnny

        Is this your first time posting ‘gerry’ or just first time using this handle,I go slow for you ok.

  9. Johnny

    Interesting court case over affordable housing and NIMBY’s.
    Can you imagine FG doing this-ha ha !

    ‘The legal action is part of a push by the governor to flex the state’s muscles over homebuilding, an issue that has long been the domain of local government. In his budget announcement this month, Newsom threatened to withhold state transportation dollars from cities and counties that reject development and proposed allocating $1.3 billion as incentive for local governments to accommodate growth and homeless services.
    Although cities and counties do not build homes, local restrictions on development, such as high fees or a lack of land zoned for residential use, can prevent construction that might otherwise occur. Higher-income coastal communities, including Huntington Beach, often maintain some of the tightest development rules in the state, even as housing costs have soared over the last decade‘


      1. Johnny

        Do you feel overwhelmed a lot ‘gerry’,inedaquate and like you didn’t get the manual for living.Its normal before making stupid trolling comments to actually read the link and comment on that.But given your poor grasp of the nuances around here I will give you a little help ‘gerry’.
        There have been numerous examples and it’s currently estimated that thousands of new and proposed housing has been blocked by local elected representatives in Dublin.

        ‘Labour Senator Aodhán Ó Ríordáin is organising support for a judicial review to overturn approval granted for a 164-apartment development in Howth, north Co Dublin.‘


        The linked article which clearly is above you pay grade gerry in that you’d either didn’t read it or could not understated it,again those feelings of inadequacy huh,is an example of how get around this entrenched opposition.

        “It is unprecedented,” said Cesar Covarrubias, executive director of the Kennedy Commission, the Orange County affordable housing group that previously sued Huntington Beach. “We’re seeing that the state is using all its resources to address the housing crisis. We need all local governments to do the same”

        The link is above gerry,instead of making a complete idiot of yourself,again those feelings of less than,how about you actually read the link-duh !

  10. GiggidyGoo

    Looking at the Andrew Marr show earlier and he was interviewing Simon Coveney. I’m not a FG fan but to be fair, Coveney came across as ultra professional with a clear, concise, non aggressive air. When I compare his performance to Varadkar’s various interviews it’s more and more clear that the real leader of FG should be Coveney.

  11. newsjustin

    Glad that priest in Multyfarnham had the presence of mind to save that TD from commiting a further grave sin by receiving Holy Communion whilst having his support for abortion on his conscience.

    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      I’m sure the good priest has absolved some of his fellow brothers of the cloth of the sin of buggering children. I love the smell of hypocrisy in the evening.

      1. newsjustin

        I don’t know and I can never know that. Nor can you.

        But, even if that was the case, you’ve failed to make any case for hypocrisy. Is it just that you really, really wanted to get that image out there?

  12. Frank Lee O’Bese

    Done with the Sunday papers. Can you nip down to SPAR after Duncing With The Stars and Monday’s up early?

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