19 thoughts on “De Monday Papers

  1. Gabby

    Lots of women wearing glamorous dresses decorate the front pages in today’s papers. It must be summer at last.

    1. Jdawgs

      Jeez. You’re right. I just scrolled down and it was just like a view of the women’s interest magazine section.

      1. Gabby

        Maybe tomorrow they’ll splash the front pages with photos of big hunk male film stars and wrestlers? Ideal reading matter when waiting for a short back-and- sides in the local barber shop.

          1. Gabby

            I used to live in a big town where there were still a couple of dank smelling old barber shops left. Nowadays I have to get a discreet light trim in a ladies’ hairdressers. Nothing except Hello! Cosmopolitan and Women’s Weekly to read there. Should I get slyly subversive and smuggle in a few copies of Ring, VIZ and True Crime to hide under a heap of women’s stuff?

          2. Spaghetti Hoop

            @ Gabby. This has been a bugbear of mine for as long as I’m alive. ‘A newspaper perhaps?’ is my mantra, every time I go for a haircut.

          3. millie st meadowlark

            I usually bring a book. I’ll take a food magazine if they have it.

            Looking at page after page of glossy ads in Vogue or whatever is just a bit dull.

  2. eoin

    Another brilliant day in this banana republic to fill you with proud for the press.

    Later this morning, Nicola Anderson (journalist, Indo), Fionnan Sheehan (editor, Indo) and the publisher of the Indo are all due in court where they’re being sued by the Director of Public Prosecutions after an article published last November apparently led to the collapse of a rape trial. According to the Irish Times in January 2019 “A conviction for contempt can result in unlimited fines, reaching several hundred thousand Euros for some newspapers in the past. At times when individuals have been found to be in contempt of court they have been jailed until they purge their contempt.”

    But, what is this, why hasn’t any Irish paper reported the fact the DPP has also, and separately, recently commenced legal action against the publishers of the Irish Mail, its editor Sebastian Hamilton and a journalist, Helen Bruce. Judge McDermott, the same boyo who’s hearing the Lucan child murder case, has adjourned these proceedings against the Mail to June. All of this is in the public domain from the state service which keeps tabs on the courts.

    When Judge McDermott threatened all media with a ban on reporting the details of the Lucan child murder trial, outraged hacks took to Twitter to blame the “vindictive” twitterers and twitter “flutes” for the ban. Yet, Judge McDermott hasn’t referred at all to Twitter. Maybe it’s not Twitterers who are threatening trials, maybe the problem is closer to home.

  3. eoin

    “I haven’t got time to be explaining deals that were done six, seven, eight years ago. After my Lord Mayorship is over I’ll sit down with anyone, but I’m too busy now” says the Dublin lord mayor, Nial Ring (who mysteriously magicked up €1m a couple of months ago to pay off a Bank of Ireland loan after the bank was about to pounce on his home) in response to questioning from journalists about a company where he held senior roles.

    The Times Ireland today follows up a feature story from the Irish Times at the weekend about a company, Proventus Renewables at which Nial “was” a director and co-chairman. The company is in the spotlight with investors saying they wrote off their investment after the company was dissolved two years ago; the company’s finance chief, Samrat Bhandari has been jailed for “creating a false or misleading impression of a [altogether separate] company called Symbiosis Healthcare.”

    At the heart of the story is a disputed claim by Proventus that it had won a state contract in Bulgaria, along with shadiness about when a director of Proventus stepped down.

    Where is the investors’ money? “se fue” it seems. Sadly Nial is too busy to answer questions.

    The Irish Times story at the weekend which spawned today’s story is here.

  4. eoin

    Has anyone noticed a huge reduction in the number of beggars in areas outside the inner city in Dublin, especially in regional towns and cities? I wouldn’t put it past Eoghan Murphy to have engineered a reversal of the dispersal of the homeless from Dublin to regional areas that’s been taking place in past couple of years, in order to win votes at the local elections. I mean, if voters see a reduction in homeless people, especially on the streets begging, then they get the idea the crisis is being addressed (which it isn’t, or isn’t at a rate to stop the numbers increasing). And, as for returning them to the Dublin inner city, well, those areas are going to the Shinners and lefties anyway, so no-one’s going to change their vote if the numbers go up.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Hes shifting them around. The ones in the Espelande Hotel, Bray got a note two weeks ago that they were to be moved that week, from their accommodation, to the tourism town of……Courtown. Robbie Ireton won’t be a happy camper. And Paul “no flights” Kehoe (as if he wasn’t under enough pressure from Verona Murphy in New Ross) is set to lose a heap of votes in North Wexford.

  5. eoin

    I didn’t know Olga Cronin was writing for the Sun. Today, she reports the Garda press statement on a small drug seizure in Ireland’s Juarez yesterday.With an estimated €100,000 of illegal drugs sold every week in Drogheda, the €42,000 seizure yesterday is a drop in the ocean and, at wholesale prices, probably represents the loss of around one third of one week’s profits for the two organised crime groups in the town. It’s the first seizure in 2019, isn’t it?

      1. eoin

        Ah, those were the shifts occupying Olga’s time during the first hour of BS on TV ;-)

        The Sun is lucky to have her.

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