22 thoughts on “De Thursday Papers

  1. dav

    Ambulances queuing for hours before they can hand over their causalities.. thanks blushirts..

    1. GiggidyGoo

      That is, and always has been, the Blueshirt way. Aided and abetted in recent times by the Laughing Stock Party, FF.

  2. GiggidyGoo

    Paul Burke as on news at one yesterday disputing the contention that emergency access was being partially blocked by trollies in Limerick hospital.
    Well, Paul. Photographs don’t lie

    1. dav

      Context..
      https://www.rte.ie/news/health/2019/0403/1040399-inmo-trolley-figures/
      “The Chief Clinical Director of the UL Hospital Group said there had been no reduction in bed capacity at UHL.

      Professor Paul Burke said the bed complement at the hospital was increased by five or six over the period the union was speaking about.

      Prof Burke also rejected claims that fire escapes were blocked at the hospital this morning.

      He said there were three trolleys on wards early this morning, with a maximum number of 29 trolleys on the wards.

      “It is not a crisis, it is something we deal with all the time and we have to deal with,” he said.

      He urged members of the public to attend “our medical assessment units or the local injury units in our other three hospitals, our small model two hospitals” if possible, instead of coming to the emergency department.”

      1. GiggidyGoo

        That’s a statement from Burke. Believe it, or don’t believe it. However i prefer to believe things like, for instance, the photos above., that don’t lie or have a chance of lying.

        1. dav

          Oh I only put it up there to show him as a liar, I also put it up there because I thought he was some HSE/Dept of health flunky, I was very disappointed to see he was a Physician

  3. eoin

    How much does Denis O’Brien’s nominee on the INM board, Kieran Mulvey get paid from the public purse. He’s the chairman of Sport Ireland where board members get paid €60-130k apiece each year, he seems to crop up in so many disputes, what other State agencies is he working for.

    As for Kieran Mulvey’s work at Sport Ireland, it was gobsmacking that Sport Ireland paid the FAI 25% of their 2019 grant, probably around €700,000 (€2.7m was paid in 2017 total) “at the end of March 2019”. It was the middle of March 2019 when Mark Tighe reported about the loan. Why did Sport Ireland hand over taxpayers money without getting an explanation for the €100,000 loan. Maybe Kieran Mulvey would know.

    1. bisted

      …fairplay to Bertie who started the process of buying the unions and so-called honest brokers…even Broadsheet censor immediately when one of their untouchables is criticised…

    2. Curated by Vanessa for Frilly Keane

      Of course he knows
      Mulvey that is

      He’s the Chair

      And according to the Sport Ireland annual report Mr E kindly pinned up yesterday
      He maintains a good attendance record

      Either way
      As a Director
      He AND ALL THE OTHER DIRECTORS would get month end reports in their management pack ahead of every meeting where it would be recorded

      And any deviation from their disbursement policy would most likely have to be approved by Board
      Or at least reported within the CEOs report to board for the month in review

      Seriously getting wee weed off with these Government Gifted Directors
      If I allowed the Board I sit on be kept this blind or not keep themselves well informed
      Certain bodies wouldn’t be long putting an end to it
      And they wouldn’t be polite nor discreet about it either

    3. martco

      ha €700k prob for the months wage bill

      this will just rumble on and on without any real action…that’s the thing with all the great & good having had a grand feed of tickets over the years, very few will get into the challenging of the FAI (or Sport Ireland for that matter)

      lots of soft focus on Marian to look forward to in the coming months

    1. johnny

      -the Irish media will be incensed,unless they already……
      “Facebook has partnered with The Daily Telegraph, a broadsheet British newspaper, to run a series of features about the company, Business Insider has found — including stories that defend it on hot-button issues it has been criticised over like terrorist content, online safety, cyberbullying, fake accounts, and hate speech.”
      https://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-daily-telegraph-positive-sponsored-news-stories-2019-4

  4. eoin

    Times Ireland today re-reports story from South China Morning Post which Johnny linked yesterday.

    “Simon Coveney and Richard Bruton, the communications minister, have both discussed the use of Huawei’s technology with US representatives. Last month the tánaiste met Chris Murphy, the Democrat senator, as well as US embassy officials.”

    Chinese company Huawei is accused of close ties to Chinese govt with the claim its technology could be used to spy on countries for China’s state interest. Oxford, Stanford and Berkeley (world-class, top 100 universities) have dropped Huawei as a research partner, Trinity is still raking in the euros in Ireland.

    Has Denis O’Brien had talks with Huawei (almost definitely, they’re a big player in mobile technology). Is DOB smoothing Haawei’s path in Ireland with his first class contacts with FG? Who knows, but if he is, he’s probably not doing it for free.

    1. eoin

      Probably unfair above about the “re-reporting” thing, Times Ireland does appear to have original reporting on the matter today.

      “A number of European nations including Ireland, France, Germany and Belgium are due to hold 5G spectrum auctions this year.”

      How much are these auctions for 5G spectrum worth in Ireland? Probably billions.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Will we have any renaming of companies to try disguise the successful 5G ‘bidder’.?

  5. eoin

    Merkel in Dublin today to “delve into the detail of a no deal Border in Ireland”

    Simon Coveney and the rest in FG will not be happy. Remember what he said in January.

    “But once you start talking about checks anywhere near the Border, people will start delving into that and all of a sudden we’ll be the Government that reintroduced a physical border on the island of Ireland”

    Back in 2011, Sarkozy (France) backed up by Merkel demanded increases in Ireland’s corporate tax rate in return for an interest rate cut on the bailout, at the time Ireland was on its knees following the banking crash. Kenny resisted at the time, but it just shows you what “solidarity” means to these lads.

    1. ReproBertie

      Alternatively, it shows how an EU member state is able to dictate its own tax rules, even in the face of pressure from larger member states.

  6. eoin

    Nice to see John Delaney of the Hibernia Forum getting a column in the Times Ireland.

    Did you catch the Guardian report in January

    “The Hibernia Forum repeatedly opposed plain packaging, which removes branding from cigarettes packs. Dozens of Atlas thinktanks, including the Hibernia Forum, signed open letters to the World Health Organization opposing plain packaging in 2016 and 2018. In response to questions from the Guardian, Japan Tobacco disclosed it donated to the Hibernia Forum, though did not disclose which years.”

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/ng-interactive/2019/jan/23/free-market-thinktanks-tobacco-control-polices-database#0/?techfreedom

    Cancer peddling poo bags. And where are their 2017 accounts, shouldn’t they have been filed by the end of 2018? Do Irish “free market” organisations feel they can flout filing rules?

  7. Catherine costelloe

    We all have different levels of moral standards. An internal Garda disciplinary board wants to fine a Garda 2 weeks wages for sex tape & unauthorised taking of a Garda car. Commissioner Harris wants to sack him.
    Oceans apart & outcome will be interesting!

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