43 thoughts on “De Wednesday Papers

          1. Catherine costelloe

            She is flying solo around the world in near future…..put on hold as her Ma died but an admirable lady.

          2. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            She’s a very nice lady: I’ve met her a few times.
            Her new look is completely ridiculous though.

          3. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Me neither but that Kardashian arse is horrendous.
            I’d imagine a bum lift must be incredibly painful.

          4. Andyourpointiswhatexactly?

            Fake bot and fake boobies. Newly added in her late 50s.
            I dunno. I’m just disappointed that she thinks any of this is necessary. She was a lovely looking woman before all that tinkering.

          5. Charlie

            I’d still have to be washed off her. I’ve no plans to ask for her hand in marriage though.

          6. Spaghetti Hoop

            Jesus. What has she done? Was it two large numbers from the top and four small ones on the bottom?

  1. eoin

    The Times Ireland reports

    “Sport Ireland said last night that it had not been notified at any stage in 2017 about any apparent material deterioration in the FAI’s financial position, as per the terms and conditions of Sport Ireland grants.

    The FAI responded with a statement of its own. “The Football Association of Ireland has this evening received correspondence from Sport Ireland CEO John Treacy on behalf of minister for transport, tourism and sport Shane Ross,” it said. “The association are currently preparing a reply to Mr Treacy and will respond at the earliest opportunity.”

    It’s been a fortnight since this €100,000 matter was raised by the Sunday Times with the FAI. It says something about the current governance of the FAI that they hadn’t anticipated this challenge from Sport Ireland (which is the state agency, funded by us, that pours our money into sporting organisations like the FAI).

    1. eoin

      The (current!) auditors of the FAI, Deloitte have also issued a statement to say they can’t comment on their private relationship with the FAI. Fair enough, but there is a finger of suspicion hovering over Deloitte and whether or not it acted (1) competently and (2) professionally in its audit of the FAI for which it gets €60k a year, and we all hope Deloitte wasn’t swayed by the €70k of non-audit fees it earns on top.

      And if Deloitte won’t comment, it can’t very much complain if someone now submits a complaint to CARB, their regulatory body.

      1. eoin

        Who is the FAI looking to in 2019 for a digout?

        “The FAI has signed a partnership with a gambling firm [Sport Pesa, a Kenyan betting platform] despite saying it was examining its sponsorship arrangements with bookmakers after concerns about the level of addiction among players and supporters.” reports the Times Ireland today.

        That’s how sleazy the FAI has become under €360,000 a year (that we know of) Delaney.

        1. Ding Dong the Frill is Dead

          Cheezus Eoin
          Calm down

          The 100k rinse is not the issue in the FAI finances
          Those 2017 Accounts show a very healthy operating surplus

          The worrying part is the amount of short-term debt they racked up
          Added to that
          I don’t know who the actual directors are
          Obviously JD is one

          Sent short synopsis to Johnny Hamptons last evening

          1. eoin

            Actually, cash flow (or lack of it!) is the issue with the 2017 FAI accounts. They started the year with a €0.9m cash balance and ended the year with a €1.4m overdraft. The profile of the huge €40m bank loans has also shifted with a big chunk repayable in the short term. Marginal profitability (€2m on €50m sales) is irrelevant if you’re haemorrhaging €2m of cash a year. And that’s why the €100,000 alleged loan from the CEO is so relevant.

            Look at the balance sheet. They have a €55m “intangible asset” which are shown in the notes as “stadium contributions”, what dat? Exclude the intangible asset and the company has net liabilities of €30m. I’d be worried.The organisation probably needs a €400,000 a year CEO to turn it around, I don’t think it’s John Delaney though.

          2. Ding Dong the Frill is Dead

            Just get Johnny Hamptons to forward you on that thing

            You’ll see where I flagged that short term finance with a few figs / ratios

            If you’re up for a big of drilling find out who the actual directors of the ltd are

            In the meantime I test the Balance Sheet for some real time data analysis

        2. Catherine costelloe

          Never fear, Shane Ross ” a bomb has just gone off in Rio” will take control as he allegedly did with Pat Hickey . And we saw how that panned out!

  2. eoin

    Australia bans access to 4chan, 8chan, Liveleak to stop proliferation of NZ mosque killing video.


    What else should be banned? Should video of US drone attacks in Afghanistan be limited to footage from the attacker, how about footage of the devastation caused by the attacks including “collateral damage” of kids blown to smithereens? What about video footage of the Saudi attacks in Yemen, should video be limited to aerial shots of the attacks or should we see footage shot on the ground?

    1. f_lawless

      I’m not pro-censorship, think it’s the wrong road to go down, but I imagine the argument they would make – and also the difference between the other examples you give and the Christchurch attack, is the potential for the copycat effect?

  3. eoin

    Twitterverse taking the mickey out of the US politician which sued anonymous Twitter users (Johnny had the full lawsuit under yesterday’s papers). Hilarious reporting in the The Guardian today.

    “It didn’t help Nunes’ case that his attorneys never found the true identities behind “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow”, so pieces of the complaint read as if Nunes’ actual mother and his cow were the perpetrators, turning the lawsuit into a parody of itself.

    “In her endless barrage of tweets, Devin Nunes’ Mom maliciously attacked every aspect of Nunes’ character, honesty, integrity, ethics and fitness to perform his duties as a United States Congressman,” the complaint states.

    “Devin Nunes’ Mom stated that Nunes had turned out worse than Jacob Wohl; falsely accused Nunes of being a racist, having ‘white supremist friends’ and distributing ‘disturbing inflammatory racial propaganda’; falsely accused Nunes of putting up a ‘Fake News MAGA’ sign outside a Texas Holocaust museum; falsely stated that Nunes would probably join the ‘Proud Boys’, ‘if it weren’t for that unfortunate “no masturbating” rule’.”

    1. johnny

      A really cool LA producer Andy Lassner,exec on Ellen show, has championed the ‘cow’ with the goal of getting Nunes Cow getting more followers, than Nunes.

      As of this morning its about even…

      “Don’t mind those footsteps, @DevinNunes.

      It’s just your beloved farm animal, @DevinCow, coming to overtake you in twitter followers.

      Try not to let it ruin your day.”


  4. Ding Dong the Frill is Dead

    Congratulations to Broadsheet’s Gary Gannon who got past convention last night

    I personally think he’s in with a right good shot for the last seat
    (Social Dem candidate in the Dublin Euros)

    It’ll be a savage count to folly lads
    Who’s up for it?

    1. bisted

      …Broadsheet doesn’t have a great track record when it comes to endorsements for political wannabes…Gary will have the cushion of a regular weekly column on Broadsheet when he crashes and burns…join the growing ranks of political has-beens…

  5. eoin

    The Brits game of chicken with the EU is rapidly coming to a head.

    The EU said last week, “we’ll give you a short term extension if you pass the agreement, or we’ll give you a long term extension if you abandon your red lines and start negotiations again”.

    The UK is now saying”we can’t pass the agreement but we still want a short term extension [up to 30 June, the latest date we can stay in the EU without holding European Parliament elections in May]”

    The EU will probably blink and say “yes, you can have your short term extension without the parliament agreeing the withdrawal deal” and the markets are assuming it will, but it’s the highest of high stakes and all it takes is for just one of the EU 27 to say “no” and we’ll have a no-deal Brexit in 9 days. Meanwhile the Brexit betrayal march is slowing walking its way to reach London on 29 March.

    1. George

      It’s not Brexit betrayal part of the problem is Britain voted for Brexit but did not vote on what kind of Brexit. Britain is insisting on many red lines (not included in the referendum) which have caused the problems.

  6. Papi

    The cut and paste kid is on fire. Again. Telling us what is in the newspapers. Again. The fact that we have access to newspapers does not stop the cut and paste kid. Again.
    Tell us more “about” “what! “is” in the newspapers, c&p kid, as we obviously only log on to a news website for your thrilling take on stuff.

    1. rotide

      At least Ollie was generally witty when he vomited comments all over the papers. C&P kids constant ‘questions’ are tiresome and hard to digest.

      1. johnny

        -digestion problems and tiredness add some prunes to your diet,most the time your full of….

  7. johnny

    Oh la la-where’s Terry when ya need him-what a movie script and he’s familiar with making movies in third world countries after his African adventures:)
    What a story,this is by far best reporting on it,howerever,one theory was that they were also there to destroy financial records kept at the bank involving Venezuelan oil.

    “In return for helping Moïse, the president promised Leconte and Champagne that he would give a nationwide telecom contract to Preble-Rish Haiti, the engineering and construction company Leconte and Champagne run together, Jean-Louis and Leconte told the Americans.”


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