50 thoughts on “De Monday Papers

    1. SOQ

      The goalposts have never stopped moving since the referendum, mainly because they could not and cannot agree on what Brexit actually is. The only thing that has changed is that May has cranked her game of chicken up a notch. Even if she wrangles a concession, in other words a fudge, and gets it through HP, there will simply not be enough time before the deadline. An extension is inevitable now.

      1. SOQ

        A little bit of humour from twitter on a Monday morning so.

        When parliament sent Theresa May back to Brussels to renegotiate, the Dutch paper Trouw described it thus: “it’s a bit like the crew of the Titanic deciding, by majority vote, that the iceberg really must get out of the way.”

        The Conservatives have announced they are changing their logo to a condom because it reflects more accurately the government’s political stance. A condom allows for inflation, halts production, destroys the next generation, protects a bunch of pricks and gives you a sense of security while you are actually being screwed

        Have a nice day.

    1. Starina

      Yeah Billy Porter outdid ALL of the ladies. nobody even came close for looks. Also I can never figure out why Jennifer Lopez is invited to the Oscars every year.

    2. Charlie

      ‘Green book’ won best picture. Surely someone was wearing a red face. If you like stereotypes, cliches, formula, overacting and predictability, this is the movie for you.

  1. eoin

    “We’re not political eunuchs” protests Micheal Martin. Oh yes you are. That “no ballers” tag will come back to haunt ye in a couple of months. If FF had supported the vote of no confidence last week because FG had broken the “no-surprise”clause in the confidence and supply agreement, then this Monday we’d be looking at a new competent health minister (or at least a health minister who understood if they didn’t pipe up when there’s a €391m overrun on the biggest single capital project in their brief, they’d be gone).

  2. eoin

    “James Reilly, the senator, has opted not to seek a Fine Gael nomination to run in the European elections in May and has instead given his backing to Frances Fitzgerald.” reports the Times Ireland.

    Nice of Jimmy, he was such a contender after all! Not so nice for the people of Dublin will be lumbered with the disgraced Fitzgerald who repeatedly misled the Dail about Sgt Maurice McCabe before she was sacked.

    1. Rob_G

      “Not so nice for the people of Dublin will be lumbered with the disgraced Fitzgerald… “

      Only if the people elect her, eoin, That’s how elections work…

      1. eoin

        The comment was aimed at those of a blue-ish complexion and their selection of a FG candidate for the Euro elections in Dublin in May.

  3. eoin

    “City of London police received almost £29 million in funding from banking and insurance trade bodies over the past five years in an arrangement that has been attacked as a “serious conflict of interest”.

    The force, Britain’s leading constabulary for investigating economic crime, received £17 million from the Association of British Insurers (ABI) and a further £11.8 million from UK Finance, the banking industry group, between 2013 and 2018, The Times can reveal.”

    reports the Times today. FG wants to introduce similar controversial funding arrangements here. Of course they do.

  4. eoin

    Anything in the Irish papers about the Nigerian presidential elections? Lots of Nigerians in Ireland. Nigeria is far closer to Ireland than, say, a certain south American country? Local and certain international media reports of dozens killed in Nigerian election violence doesn’t deserve a headline? The country is racked by corruption, especially around its oil business and the leading contenders to win the election have shady pasts. No interest at all, no? But hey, look, two people were killed on the Venezuelan/Columbia border after the USA tried to provoke unrest by pushing “aid” which the UN and Red Cross have criticised. Wasn’t this the sort of stuff envisioned in “1984”

      1. eoin

        Look at the RTE World news section. Nada. Nada over the weekend neither. RTE News was on in the gym and nothing there either. “dozens killed” and a major election where one of the candidates, the underdog who has an extremely shady history, is being advised by Trump’s PR guy for $90,000 a month (and what else). It’s one to watch, but not on RTE. Results later this week.

  5. eoin

    Will any of our brave media have the honesty to mention the fact the teen killed in the Carlow car crash was illegally driving the car and to ask how he happened to be driving it? Of course not, it’s a tragedy and this isn’t the time.

    1. Spud

      Newstalk referring to him a ‘boy’ says all that we need to know.
      The media will report the news… I’m sure many opinion pieces will have a go.
      Some already reporting his father was jailed for illegal puppy farming last week and his mother received a suspending sentence.

      1. millie st murderlark

        He shouldn’t have been in the driver’s seat of the car in the first place. At 5am.

        It’s horrific and I doubt anyone is baying for the young lad’s blood, but the fact is he shouldn’t have been driving the car and he’s paid for it with his life.

        It’s a horrible tragedy for his family. I’ve enormous sympathy for them.

        1. Rep

          So are we meant to be criticising him or his family or whoever Eoin is insinuating is at fault here? I mean, he is dead. One would think that that is tragedy enough. I guess not.

          1. Rep

            And has paid the ultimate price for it.

            What benefit would there be for the media to start demanding to know how he happened to be driving it as Eoin so wishes?

          2. eoin

            Maybe one day Rep, you might have kids yourself or know someone who has, and you’ll understand why you don’t want underage kids illegally driving cars. And when a kid takes a car without the owners consent and kills himself and others, maybe the media shouldn’t convey him all shiny and chrome to Valhalla but maybe mention a few of the facts so as to deter other kids or prompt them to think about the consequences and the criticism they’ll face for their actions.

          3. Rep

            I have kids thanks. These parents have to bury their child, they don’t need his name blackened all over the media within hours of finding this out. At the very least let them have some time to grieve and to bury him before getting on your high horse.

        2. gobbledy

          How do you know what he should or shouldn’t have been doing? For all you know he could have been bringing an injured person to hospital

          Probably trying to sell a few dogs though in fairness

    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      Five teenagers in a car, driving at speed through the boreens of Carlow on a foggy night at 5am? It doesn’t take an investigative journalist to figure this one out.
      RIP poor kid.

        1. Spaghetti Hoop

          I’m not Miss Marple or any such hobby detective. It was a reckless trip that ended in death and injury. That poor child suffered terribly on Friday when his father was jailed and mother incriminated for severe animal abuse. Her sentence was only suspended because there were children at home in her care. But you’re fine with making the above comments about him “selling dogs” and “not driving the car again”. How would you like that said against a member of your family?

  6. rodger rodger

    Imagine the savings in not jailing criminals
    At over a grand a week per SB they can fund the difference needed to ensure the children hospital can finally be built on time and even have a few bob left over for a lavish hooley

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