36 thoughts on “De Thursday Papers

  1. SOQ

    Tusk knew what he was doing with that comment; he knew it would set the British papers alight with indignation. But he is right, they had no plan, they just spent two years running around in circles, shouting down remainers.

    1. Eoin

      What Tusk said was, with emphasis “what that special place in hell looks like, for those who promoted Brexit **without even a sketch of a plan how to carry it out safely**”

      It is interesting how the British press omitted the bit in emphasis. Even the Telegraph omits it from its headline. See how easily the British media can produce propaganda that the EU hates Brexiteers, the EU hates democracy, the EU hates Britain.

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        They are good at that. The dregs of that xenophobic media have been particularly vile in slagging off Tusk’s upbringing and his home country. There are references to him being a Nazi and a devilish maniac. And still the BBC and Sky chuckle about Brexit at the end of their reporting as if it’s another fun day on the merry-go-round.They’ll get a shock come March. Meanwhile, UK MEPs were seen yesterday in Brussels jostling for their pension and severance pay deals.

        What Tusk said was so right. So was Varadkar in his response!

      2. Milk Teeth

        Its a pity the papers missed the key bit. Unfortunately no one in British politics seems to have the guts to stand up to the electorate and say what you were promised is impossible, what you have is pretty good and anything else is going to shaft you.

    2. Junkface

      Yes he was totally in the right. What kind of leaders take their people out of the EU with no plan?? NO PLAN!! These are adults, in the most powerful positions in their nation, not children trying to get away with having no homework done. “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” as a famous Cork man once said.

      1. millie st murderlark

        Totally agree. I thought you made some very interesting comments on the Venezuela thread yesterday btw. Made for some very interesting reading yesterday evening.

        1. Junkface

          Hey thanks Millie, I’ve been looking for more to read on just how the situation in Venezuela deteriorated so rapidly over the last few years, having met some very angry Venezuelans in my neighbourhood (angry with Chavez, Maduro and socialism). My God, there is a lot to get through.

          1. millie st murderlark

            It was very illuminating and, actually, your comments made me want to read up more on it other than the usual channels

  2. SOQ

    Alli MacDonnell- No doubt when they find the troll who was abusing her, it will be a whimpering excuse for a man who will claim it was all a joke and he really didn’t mean it. Well it was no joke-, a beautiful intelligent woman is dead and four children have lost their mother. I hope he gets jail so he has time to reflect on his actions.

    And now a scam on the funeral. Can they not leave the poor woman alone? She’s dead, is that not enough? Why do some people need to be so twisted? Disgusting.

    RIP Alli- So sad.

      1. SOQ

        If I was to repeatedly phone someone up and abuse them, they would be well will their rights to contact the guards, especially if threats were made.

        Let’s start by naming him eh? I don’t mean on BroadSheet but anyone who drives another individual to suicide should be held to account.

          1. Rep

            The courts, during proceedings for harassment against him. There is already a case in court against an Irish woman for harassing the ex of her son.

    1. Junkface

      I never heard anything about this case (I live abroad). So Alli MacDonell commit suicide because she was being trolled by some scumbag on Facebook or Twitter? And she had 4 kids!! How could this have happened? Did her husband know? Was it not reported to the police?

        1. Junkface

          Jesus Christ! The poor woman, what kind of torment would drive someone with 4 kids to raise, to do something so extreme? Its perplexing

    1. Cian

      This is the HPV test and is supposed to be rolled out in Ireland this year. We will be one of the first countries that does this in their national screening program.

      1. Giggidygoo

        Wow. Well bully for us. The first to do this, to do that. And no doubt the last to admit any liability when things go pear shaped.

        1. Nancy Pelosi's Cave

          ^__^

          The Irish state is always more than happy to risk the health of its citizens as long as there is public money to squander/embezzle.

          1. Cian

            ….except that is the exact opposite of what is happening here. The State is spending money to improve the health of the citizens.

  3. Eoin

    The FT reports

    “while trade agreements with Switzerland, Israel and some African nations would be wrapped up before Brexit, there was no certainty that other deals Brussels has with countries around with the world could be rolled over or duplicated in time. Even deals with big trading partners such as Canada and South Korea are in doubt.”

    So, the Brits may be okay for luxury watches, emmental and figs from the Occupied Territories. Mind you, they’ve only had 32 months to strike these deals.

  4. Eoin

    Surprised to see Richard Boyd-Barrett’s comments at Leaders Questions in the Dail yesterday didn’t warrant any press reporting. He was talking about the ballooning costs at the National Childrens Hospital.

    “To add insult to injury, much of this is being batted off to PwC to find answers. This is PwC which worked for BAM, the contractor at the centre of this controversy, auditing its accounts for nine years, for which BAM paid it at least €34 million. BAM is a contractor with a history of massive overruns in Holland, Britain and Ireland. Now the company which audited them are apparently the people who will get to the bottom of the scandal of the national children’s hospital. It beggars belief.”

    Yes, it does beggar belief especially when we have a perfectly fine state agency, the Comptroller and Auditor General who is perfectly capable of investigating and, if the facts are unflattering to government and ministers, he has no problem shouting that from the rooftops.

    1. b

      find a big company operating in Ireland and you’ll be able to link them to some work done by one of the big accountancy firms – it’s neither here nor there in assessing whether they are able to investigate the situation – just easy mudslinging

      the C&AG could be a good place to run it from but i’m not sure that would be in their remit, can the govt direct them to look at one specific issue? would that need new legislation?

  5. Eoin

    Pity the press hasn’t analysed the unlateral decision by the Big Me, Simon Coveney yesterday in Washington where he didn’t let power go to his head at all, at all.

    “I join other EU Member States in acknowledging and supporting Mr. Juan Guaidó, President of the democratically elected National Assembly, as President ad interim of Venezuela, in order for him to call for free, fair and democratic presidential elections”

    Coveney is just being misleading for the plebs. Guaido did not contest the presidential elections last May, he’s the “President of the democratically elected National Assembly” which sounds grand but is in fact just the Ceann Comhairle of the Venezuelan parliament, just like Sean O’Fearghail or John Bercow.

    https://www.dfa.ie/news-and-media/press-releases/press-release-archive/2019/february/tanaiste-simon-coveney-announces-irelands-support-for-mr-juan-guaido.php

    Coveney is lending Ireland’s support to a coup in Venezuela.

    1. Johnny

      I’ve no idea who sets Irish foreign policy goals for Ireland,but there has been a series of own goals lately.The much touted E3 visas for Ireland was blocked by Tom Cotton,this is while having the suppprt of then speaker Ryan and POTUS chief staff Mick Mulvaney,significant political capital was expanded on the sanctions issue (s) and Rusal.
      No ambassador has been appointed and the only border in the news is the southern one,with very light coverage/commentary on Brexit-yanks simply don’t care.
      So Coveney upon arrival in US,may have been getting in line with whitehouse policy on Venezuela,it’s challenging times for Ireland and USA,Ireland is fortunate that Simon connects well with US leaders,FG is still doing damage control,after Noel Rock’s disastrous very public involvement in Hillary’s car cash campaign.
      Good luck Simon,thankfully it’s not Leo who must be dreading the annual paddy’s day nonsense.

  6. Eoin

    The Irish Times has finally caught up with a story that Johnny has been promoting here for weeks.

    “Digicel, the Caribbean telecoms company owned by Denis O’Brien, has become embroiled in a $1.5 billion US lawsuit over allegations it is a “co-conspirator” in a “ruse” to divert cash that is meant to fund education in Haiti, but is instead allegedly spent corruptly.”

    Denis was on the witness stand yesterday in Dublin to protect his reputation after the Sunday Business Post published a story about his loans. Does anyone know when the corporate watchdog will report on goings-on at INM? Or, when the Siteserv commission of investigation will report? Or, if the Criminal Assets Bureau has concluded its inquiry?

    1. Eoin

      Did the paper of record only catch up with the Digicel story, which is its #1 business story today, because it’s the #2 story in the Phoenix magazine published yesterday?

      Go back to sleep, sweet Lady of Tara Street. Lull-a-by-baby, the baby will rock, oh, look a 2-bed cottage there in Ringsend is on sale for €450,000.

  7. Eoin

    An Garda Siochana again, it would make your blood boil.

    A Garda was on trial for fraud in Cork. The trial collapsed. Why? The Irish Times reports

    “Mr McCarthy then called prosecution witness, Inspector Fergal Foley, who had investigated the alleged offences. The court was told he was not in attendance. The court heard earlier in the week that Insp Foley is currently out sick and not fit to attend court and may not be fit to attend into the future. Mr McCarthy said that in the absence of Insp Foley, he could not produce evidence the boiler was not broken.”

    Is the Garda who was accused of obtaining €2,500 through fraud back on the streets?

    https://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/garda-walks-free-from-court-on-deception-charges-1.3784322

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