35 thoughts on “De Tuesday Papers

  1. Cú Chulainn

    So, if SF had been in HP then Ken Clarke’s custom union proposal would have passed.

      1. The Great Wall of Gammon

        The shinners are nothing more than a spoiled ballot and the sooner the electorate up there realize that, the sooner the mess up there will get sorted.

        1. bisted

          …funny how they have increased their support at every election and eliminated the SDLP who participate at Westminster…

          1. Rob_G

            The DUP take their seats at Westminster, and not alone managed to get a £1bn bung for their constituencies, but have literally been the ones calling the shots for the entire UK since the last general election.

          2. MaryLou's ArmaLite

            funny how SF won’t take their seats in the North or the UK and won’t go into government down here.

            SF/IRA – for nothing, against everything.

    1. Rob_G

      Well, one could make the argument that if SF even dangled the possibility of taking their seats in Westminster, they could have stopped article 50 being invoked in the first place…

      SF are delighted with Brexit – they reckon (probably correctly) that the economic catastrophe that will befall all of Ireland will be good for their election results. And they hate the EU – the only reason they are ‘opposing’ Brexit (obviously not in any real legislative sense, but you know, with some rhetoric) is that the Tories and DUP are for it.

      1. Cian

        The irony is that Brexit is the only thing that may lead to a united Ireland in the next 25 years.

        1. bisted

          …good man Cian…the 1p has finally dropped…trouble is, we on the border have long since given up on the notion that there will be any kind of brexit and the stalemate will continue for another generation…

  2. eoin

    Where is the PwC report on the scandalous cost of the National Childrens Hospital? There’s not even a leak in the papers which tells you it must be bad.

  3. eoin

    Surprised to see only the UK Indo and related Metro showing the nudie climate change protesters on the front page. Apparently they glued their tushies to the glass in the visitors gallery at the House of Commons. Police had them out in no time, but it left an awful mess on the glass.

    1. SOQ

      The commons spinning around in circles so fast it will soon disappear up it’s own backside and the country on the cliff edge of the biggest event since the second world war but no, climate change MUST take priority. Timing is everything or in this case, nothing.

  4. eoin

    The PR people are out in force to sabotage the SF (supported by FF) Bill to force banks to get the consent of borrowers before they sell their loans. The Bill will be discussed at the finance committee in the Dail today. It would mean the bank needed to get your consent before it sold your mortgage to a vulture.

    1. Andrew

      Hopefully it is sabotaged. Ridiculous populism, That will have a negative effect of far more people that it would help.

      1. Rob_G

        Ah now – I’m sure that people who pay their mortgages won’t mind paying interest rates of 6 or 7% if it means that people who don’t pay their mortgages get to keep their free houses in the end…

        1. eoin

          Ah now, I’m sure that people who pay their mortgages won’t mind paying interest rates of 6 or 7% if it means the Central Bank and Competition Authority can continue to sit on their hands and facilitate the monopolistic behaviour of our banks. (or at least, that’s what the ECB president told the Oireachtas last year, is he a populist too?)

          1. Rob_G

            Irish people pay about 1% more interest rate than many of our closest neighbours. That being the case, why do you think that foreign banks aren’t flocking here to set up shop – why do you think that the opposite is happening, and several banks have left the Irish market?

          2. Qwerty123

            The ECB is the reas on these loans are being sold in the first place, the irony….

    2. dav

      I heard 1 of the arguments was that the banks could no longer group such debt together to sell on – as if the 2008 crash never happened because of similar practices..

    3. eoin

      State broadcaster just now carries a lengthy PR piece by its business editor Will Goodbody on the most listened to radio programme in Ireland, with almost no counterpoint for the reason the Shinners, FF and nearly all the Opposition (that’s nearly 100 of the 158 TDs in the Dail) want to introduce the “No Consent, No Sale” Bill which would stop the sale of your mortgage to a vulture unless you gave your consent. If there was a counterpoint to the Central Bank and Dept of Finance viewpoint, I didn’t hear it.

    4. Jake38

      Pointless, but predictable, bit of Shinner populism ensuring that interest rates remain high for the rest of us who pay our debts.

  5. eoin

    Front page of FT, British MPs recommend the break-up of the Big 4 accountancy firms, KPMG, EY, PwC and Deloitte, splitting their services between audit and other consultancy. Shame Ireland, which was at the forefront of environmental and health advances wasn’t first to confront these giants.

    1. Catherine costelloe

      You’re lucky it’s your duvet! In the case of a young woman washed ashore , partially clothed in WExford, John Harbison the then State Pathologist took away her head and lost it. Apparently the notion was to send it to Scotland for facial reconstruction.
      She is buried, unknown , 20 years on and I think it’s desperately sad.

  6. GiggidyGoo

    Funny how the Healy Rae’s get lampooned over some statements they have made. The one about the drink driving i. particular.
    And here we have Finian’s Rainbow doing the same thing, and additionally lambasting the Gardai, and the media push his apology as if it exonerates him.

  7. eoin

    Cautionary tale about state level corruption. It’s got Leonado da Caprio, hottest of Hot Keels, $1m romantic dates but mostly it has good old fashioned bribes and corrupt dealing. It’s a great read from the BBC


    “if you read nothing but Malaysian newspapers and only watched local TV news reports at the height of the 1MDB scandal in 2015, you’d be fooled into believing all was well in the country. Malaysian journalists and editors learned quickly that reports about the sovereign fund’s scandals courted danger and would risk their operating licences.”

    Remember, we’ve arrived at a position in Ireland where most of our media is dependent on the State (licence fee, additional funding from social welfare fund, bailing out the orchestras, and massive state advertising in an era when Facebook is threatening everyone). Could we have a Malaysian scandal of our own unfolding at this very moment…

  8. Johnny

    LA Times had very funny piece yesterday that had New Yorkers overreacting to some satire.

    ‘The bright lights of New York City beckon to the restless and the hungry. In the city that never sleeps, as they say, the marquees of Times Square nearly make one forget the concrete dystopia of what is seemingly an unlivable urban wasteland. Surrounded by rats, black trash bags and graffiti-tagged storefronts on Broadway Street, New York’s primary thoroughfare, I wondered aloud if I would be able to find a decent meal in what was surely a culinary heart of darkness.‘


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