41 thoughts on “De Easter Monday Papers

    1. f_lawless

      but I suppose decisions to downplay, hardly mention at all, or ignore are been taken all the time by all the usual outlets. Compare, say, the coverage of the Fulani herding community massacre in Mali a few weeks back – 160 from the same village shot and hacked to death. I don’t remember it taking up too much space on the front pages

      1. eoin

        How many civilians were killed in Yemen last week, far closer to our shores than Sri Lanka? And who did the killing? The Saudi Arabian airforce supplied with aircraft by the UK and bombs by the USA (did those bombs transit through Shannon? Who knows, the Irish government won’t search military aircraft landing in our country).

        Isn’t it incensing when our newspapers ignore such carnage?

  1. Speedy Gonzalez

    The Examiner really is a pile of fish wrap regional journalism masquerading as a national.
    Sri Lanka terrorism relegated to a short and the front page picture of a pony instead of the iconic blood-splattered statue of Christ.
    Why does anyone buy this piece of crap ?

  2. Catherine costelloe

    We are really ill served by FG telling us that the state is powerless to act on dissident marches. Dissidents issued a chilling threat in 2013 on a similar march in Limerick.
    Why was this ignored? Why wasn’t legislation passed ?

    1. eoin

      I would have a huge difficulty with banning Saoradh marches, as distasteful and enraging as they are.

      We have a liberal tradition of freedom when it comes to marching in the Republic. Contrast that with Northern Ireland where you need approval from the Parades Commission for the most innocuous of parades, vintage cars, pet dogs, whatever and that’s because of the deep division that exists there. In the Republic, we are free.

      The Saoradh march on Saturday was brief and passed off without incident (apart from one man standing in the middle of the road with his hands on his head, the marchers just went round him with angry faces). The Gardai did the right thing for a change and let it pass off, they were there in abundance and were able to gauge the support for what is called the political wing of the New IRA.

      If you introduce licensing legislation for marches, then where does it stop? Anti migrant marches? Rape trial protests? Yellow vests? Water charges protesters?

      1. Curated by Vanessa for Frilly Keane

        Absolutely Ah’ One there Eoin

        Let them march
        The reaction to their display
        Or lack of it – if we’re being completely honest like
        Out of step, out of shape and sloppy formations
        Got the reaction they deserve imo

        But that’s just mine

        Marches Parades Meetings Expressions Opinions whatever yer having yerselves
        Must be guaranteed to every Citizen in a Democracy
        It takes all sorts
        And not just the ones I like

        The same should be applied to the IreExit/ GO’Ds and all their various outfits and vests

        Let them at it

        I trust the everyday Irish Citizen
        The one that goes into the polling booth
        The one that makes up their own mind

        more than any one attempting to deny their rights as Citizens based on personal bias, tastes, politics and choices

        I said it best here http://frillykeane.com/2018/12/14/damnedrockracy/

        It’s the same rules for all of us, or there are none at all

        If I’m proved wrong
        And Intolerance Hate Ignorance thrives
        Then don’t fret
        There’s plenty here
        And out there wetting themselves waiting t’ shove more ..it down my throat

      2. Jake38

        I agree.

        Odious and disgusting as this latest version of the IRA and their fellow travelers are, we should not go down the route of banning marches or other forms of public protest.

      3. Catherine costelloe

        I think that there should be consequences if a person publicly declares it’s OK to assassinate or physically harm other people.

        1. Curated by Vanessa for Frilly Keane

          That’s incitement
          And not free speech

          And therefore subject to the full rigours of the laws enacted
          Which you and and everyone else is entitled to rely on

          Believe me this crowd are too thick to recognise the line of civility and won’t be long coming undone by their own actions

          Sum’ting else Catherine
          Once we start legislating for stuff we don’t like the look of
          Or the sound of
          Democracy and Free Speech is denied

          Give them all the same space and rights you expect and are entitled to yourself

          Only then can we all walk tall as Citizens of a Republic

    2. Dub Spot

      Because they have a right to march. Just as you have a right to express your objection. Calling them “dissidents” is a huge disservice to the real dissidents who oppose corrupt regimes. We’re hardly talking Soviet Union here. Terrorists is fine.

    3. Dub Spot

      The state is also claiming to be powerless to act on climate change. So that will take care of the marches.

  3. eoin

    The Times Ireland reports there have been fewer abortions than expected since the repeal and the intro of abortion services on 1 January 2019. Alas, no figures or data to back that up, merely the commentary of a leading doctor.

    Did I not see someplace that there have been 1,100 or 1,300 abortions up to the start of April, that is, the first quarter? There used to be around 3,500 abortions for Irish residents who travelled to the UK each year, that’s around 900 a quarter. Maybe I have the abortion figures for the first quarter of 2019 wrong.

  4. eoin

    Ukraine’s answer to that lad who plays Eamon in “Bridget and Eamon” wins the election for highest office in the land. No political experience, no interviews with political correspondents, little information about his policies or plans for the presidency, largely supported by young people who did come out to vote, shure he wouldn’t stand a chance in Ireland.

    1. bisted

      …doesn’t matter what Ukraine votes…if the yanks and nato don’t approve he’ll be changed…

  5. Ron

    Did ye all see the opinion poll which shows FF 1 point ahead of Fine Gael. imagine that… after everything they have done to destroy this country.

    That’s the Irish Voter syndrome right there. It’s a like an episode of Black Mirror it’s that messed up.

    The Irish deserve everything the political tooty pumpkins throw at them when we have a country full of daw daws

    The mind boggles at the pure insanity and stupidity of it all

    1. Jake38

      FF looking for their FOURTH effort to bring the country to economic ruin in the last 100 years. Quite a record.

  6. Clampers Outside!

    Yes, editors choose what news and what atrocity to cover, but let’s not forget that there are far less atrocities happening today than in previous times. It’s just that we have the potential to read or be exposed to all of it now due to modern communications.

    An uncomfortable truth for some… clearly, but it is a fact that less people die from conflict today than in previous decades.

    1. Clampers Outside!

      “The Absolute Number of War Deaths is Declining since 1945

      The absolute number of war deaths has been declining since 1946. In some years in the early post-war era, around half a million people died through direct violence in wars; in contrast, in 2016 the number of all battle-related deaths in conflicts involving at least one state was 87,432.”

      Our World in Data – https://ourworldindata.org/war-and-peace

      1. Rob_G

        Give it time, I’m sure that there are many inane comments just waiting for you to type them…

          1. Nigel

            There is no fact, however accurate or pertinent, that will ever get in the way of you saying something silly.

          2. Brother Barnabas

            don’t scoff until you’ve been there, clamps

            had a traumatic experience in new orleans when I was about 19. have exercised extreme caution since.

  7. johnny

    Quite often considered the greatest heist of all time,with organized crime Whitey and the IRA suspects.

    “Early in the morning of March 18, 1990, two thieves disguised as police officers robbed the museum of thirteen works worth some $500 million – the greatest known property theft in history.[5] Among the works was The Concert (c. 1664), one of only 34 known by Vermeer and thought to be the most valuable unrecovered painting at over $200 million.[when?] Also missing is The Storm on the Sea of Galilee (1633), Rembrandt’s only known seascape.”


    The art work is rumored to have been smuggled to Ireland and there is a 10 million reward,so i know you don’t normally do this but if you notice Rembrandts Storm Of The Sea ….


  8. Speedy Gonzalez

    A very slick social media campaign from The Brexit Party.
    Remember,they’re just over a week old.
    3,000 new members joined and £75,000 raised on Easter Sunday alone.
    While the Tories and Labour Remainers swan off on their Easter hols Farage is hard at work knowing it is the perfect time to fill the political news vacuum.
    The old dog is at it again.

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