51 thoughts on “De Tuesday Papers

  1. Slightly Bemused

    RIP Doris Day. One of the most beautiful voices I have ever heard.

    I love the story that when she went in to record Secret Love, she asked for a practice run before recording. however, they rolled tape, and the version they used was that first, unforced version.

    She will be missed, and I wish her family all the best.

    1. shayna

      She said that she spent time with Rock Hudson, Jimmy Stewart and Clark Gable, what was not to love about my life? I have to agree.

          1. eoin

            You’re right of course, I think I saw someone on here yesterday who didn’t know who Annie Oakley was, I thought I was being helpful by pointing to Doris’s defining role, but mixed up the two Calamity and Annie, even though they were in the same novel business.

      1. martco

        those Doris Day/James Garner jobs were a class act altogether…I wouldn’t be one for musicals or anything but I’d easily watch one of them of a Sunday afternoon on the couch in recovery mode

        made for gentler different times, gas dialogue in today’s world context

        the one that sticks in my head is Garner is some bigtime Dr. & Day the wife gets some job selling washing machine detergent…who does she think she is trying for a career plotline….he tries to undermine her attempts to succeed in the job & stay the housewife, something goes horribly wrong in the gaff & the famous detergent (jacuzzi?) suds everywhere out the doors onto the street & maybe a baby arrives

        better than a lot of the —ite in the cinemas today


    2. Spaghetti Hoop

      Animals were her family in the latter part of her life. She was wonderful. Calamity Jane is one of the best comedy westerns. RIP Doris.

  2. eoin

    Fake news #1 of 2

    Many media and commentators claiming it’s cheaper to buy than to rent.

    What they’re overlooking, deliberately or not, is the fact that the prices of homes, nationally and in Dublin have been falling for the past few months consecutively. In Dublin the average home has lost 0.7% in November 2018, followed by a decline of 0.8% in December 2018, 0.8% in January 2019 and 0.1% in February 2019 (the latest month for which indices are published by the CSO). That’s a decline of 2.4% in four months. On a €350,000 home, the average, that’s around €8,000 in four months, or €2,000 a month.

    Add that €2,000 a month to the cost of the mortgage, and you’ll find that buying is twice as expensive as renting.

    1. MaryLou's ArmaLite

      There are only 2 price points that matter, the one you buy at, and the one you sell at, the rest is a lot like yourself, just noise.

    2. dav

      As soon as I heard it was from “research” from daft.ie my alarm bells were ringing

    3. edalicious

      That doesn’t make any sense, eoin. Or, more specifically, it only makes sense if you bought a house 4 months ago and are selling it now. If you want to look at oddly specific situations why not look at someone that bought a gaf for 180k in 2012 that’s now worth 360k, which is a price increase of 180k over 7 years which is about 2k per month, so, minus the mortgage, it’s like they’re actually being PAID about a grand and a half to own a house, by your logic.

      1. Qwerty123

        Every day Eoin astounds me by his/her ‘logic’. Has to be having a laugh I’d say at this stage.

  3. eoin

    Fake news #2 of 2

    Many media, especially those “journalists” close to the Gardai reporting there’s been a 50% decline in burglaries. New figures from the Gardai purport to show burglaries have declined “by more than half” since winter 2014.

    Not a word from the media to say that statistics produced by the Gardai are so unreliable that the CSO puts a “under reservation” health warning when publishing them.

    And the reality from the CSO, aggravated burglaries, the most serious type, where the burglars threaten or assault the occupants, fell from 100 in the fourth quarter of 2014 to 72 in Q4,2018, a 28% decline. Since 2016 however, there’s been a 40% INCREASE in aggravated burglaries.

    Burglary (not aggravated) fell 46% from 8,007 to 4,358 in the four years. Since 2016 however, there’s been just a 10% decline.

    So, there you have it again, the media misreporting figures given to them by Gardai which are so unreliable no self-respecting organisation would pass them on without caveats.

    1. dav

      Why has there not been any follow up from their misclassifying murders


      “TWO CIVILIAN MEMBERS of An Garda Síochána said they felt “belittled” and were treated with little respect when they tried to voice their concern over the inaccurate recording of homicides on the Pulse system.

      Lois West, the Deputy Head of the Garda Síochána Analysis Service and Senior Crime and Policing Analyst Laura Galligan addressed a joint Oireachtas committee this morning where they outlined what they described as a raft of problems within the force.

      The women were tasked to conduct a review of domestic homicide cases within the State between 2007 and 2016.

      They began to crosscheck files held by the Office of the State Pathologist and the Garda Pulse system where they said they found a number of inaccuracies.

      These included that over a dozen deaths which were considered to be homicides were incorrectly listed by officers as a non-crime.

      Other anomalies included garda members registering a weapon used in an attack incorrectly. There were also occasions where hit-and-run incidents were registered as a collision indicating no criminal investigation was ongoing.”

    2. Vanessa (spiritually) Frilly Keane

      Sorry Eoin

      But the uselessness of measuring current stats and current figures from Pulse and AGS Management accounts
      Against previous matching reporting lines and periods was indeed flagged
      Several times

      The unreliability of the variances
      Between current values in the operating and manpower/ payroll reports
      Even direct expenditure items
      Against the historic benchmarks
      That are incorrect, uncertain and corrupted
      Was and has being mentioned

      So too was the inherent risk of using these standard everyday analysis tools for decision making and reporting
      Both within AGS
      And to external stakeholders
      For the foreseeable future

      Maybe ye needed to hear it from one of the fellas

      The PAC that heard from the AGS cost accountants said a lot more than what you
      And many others
      Really Heard

      A few of them here btw

      Mind you
      If the salaries of those cost accountants was being discussed
      Or their maternity leave
      Or their own ineptitude
      Everyone would have been paying attention

      But paying attention to their warnings regarding the unreliability of AGS Management Reports
      Past Present and into the future
      Their reports of bullying, misogynistic slighting, shabby treatment and poor opportunities
      and of being ignored and over ruled

      There was eff all of ye interested

      Don’t let on now it wasn’t put out there
      By these ladies
      Myself and few others

      If I roared over a particular head the ball around here the way he did me when I was trying to explain AGS mgt reporting

      Púc ye’d be all over me like a dose of crabs

  4. eoin

    It’s the Residential Tenancies Board to the rescue of Eoghan Murphy again (the timing of the release of their rents report has not gone unnoticed).

    After the Daft report yesterday which claimed properties offered for rent on its website are at a record low, the RTB issued figures which, according to the Times Ireland “showed that there were 174,299 landlords in the first quarter of this year, increase of 348 on the same period in 2018.”

    So, there’s good news in the rental market.

    Or maybe, it’s just landlords are no longer using Daft because they don’t want to be associated with a cesspit of iffy and in some cases, downright dodgy rental ads.

    1. Cian

      RTB only count landlords with active tenancies. If there are a fixed number of properties then the fewer that are empty the more landlords will be registered.

        1. millie st meadowlark

          Not gonna lie. I didn’t have much of a problem with eoin doing his infodump thing on the papers. It was amusing.

          Until the comment below.

    2. class wario

      If landlords didn’t want to be associated with a cesspit of iffy and downright dodgy behaviour then they wouldn’t be landlords

  5. eoin

    Yesterday at the High Court, the Director of Public Prosecutions case against Nicola Anderson (journalist, Indo), Fionnan Sheehan (editor, Indo) and the publishers of the Indo has been adjourned to 25 May. The DPP is suing for an article published by the Indo which apparently led to the collapse of a rape trial last year.

    Still not a word in any of the press about the separate proceedings taken by the DPP against Helen Bruce (journalist, Mail), Sebastian Hamilton (editor, Mail) and the publishers of the Irish Daily Mail. According to public records, the proceedings will go ahead on 5 June.

  6. eoin

    Ah, the wonderful life of a TD. What a privilege it must be to get €90k salary plus expenses and benefits including pension which probably brings you to around €250k a year. And in return, you have a 3-day week in the Dail, but at least they ARE sitting this week after the 20-day break over Easter! Well, most of them will be sitting today. The Fianna Fail justice spokesperson will be down in the High Court defending the reputation of Gerald Kean who is suing the Daily Star about a story of a visit/raid by CAB who were after information about a client Gerald had serviced.

    How much will #Miriam brother, Jim O’ Callaghan SC get for his services today? Around €5k, net-net?

    At least, the FFers will know why there’s an empty seat in the Dail chamber where Jim should be sitting today.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Well be thankful there wasn’t a listing of the 26000+ ‘Charities’. Which reminds me…. No word of Paul Kelly of Console fame since being lifted from his luxury pad in Clane, in January 2019.
        Seemingly those who breach company laws could find ­themselves in serious trouble. I wonder does that apply to company directors who take illegal loans from their company. Maybe doesn’t apply to government ministers.

        1. eoin

          This 200-odd above is the formatted results from a search for “mental health” services that are supported by the government, sorry, don’t think I could do a link, but listing them out also serves a purpose and some of the names will be familiar to you and not in a good way.

          Sorry Janet! But as the yoga teacher might say, you can’t get cramps in your fingers because there’s no muscles, and by the sounds of it, you have given your palms a good workout.

          Sorry Millie, but, take a deep breath, scroll back up through that lot. I’m not the one taking the proverbial.

          1. millie st meadowlark

            I’d recommend posting it in an article to be submitted to BS.

            I really don’t want to scroll through 7,500 words of search results. I don’t think I’m alone here, regardless of whether you or indeed bodger think it’s worth reading. At least if it’s a post, I can skip right past it – much as I used to do with that utter horrorshow LJG.

    1. Rob_G

      Seriously, why does the govt fund over 200 separate charities working on the same issue? I know that some might be for young people as opposed to adults, etc, but surely there is some space for synergies there – 200 different websites & hosting, 200 different PO boxes (at the very least – if not 200 different offices to rent), 200 sets of reporting to the Charities Regulator each year… The government should just pick 20, 25 max to fund and be done with it.

        1. Rob_G

          Interesting read deluded, thank you.

          I’m not sure if the article was posted in opposition to my point, or more as an FYI, but it does seem to support my contention, for the most part:

          “It seems unlikely that they are best served by organisations that are forced to remain small and, therefore, probably inefficient”.

          1. deluded

            You’re welcome and yes, it’s an FYI on why it structurally works that way with interesting points regarding size and funding models.
            I tried to explain to Frilly below that either the small scale works best for volunteers or we get particular charities subsumed into government policy/ departments which comes with added costs (non-volunteer, full-time with travel and costs versus subsidised part-time local work) and limitations (outside office hours).
            If some people milk the system it reflects poorly on the hundreds of thousands of unpaid volunteers and the recipients of support (judging by some of the comments here).

      1. deluded

        Or maybe not.
        As volunteers none of us want to be managing national organisations. Local events and fundraisers for schools, sports clubs, tidy town committees, support for the elderly or those with disabilities in an area.
        The alternative is that once a charity is established, the need is recognised and would become government policy or assumed under a department.
        This creates other problems and costs.
        Maybe for example: is the home-help, for instance, a better use of time, travel and resources than subsidising a family member to spare those same hours when they are required, not just 9am – 5pm?

  7. NuffSaid

    Disappointed that a second look at the Irish World front cover revealed that Coveney wasn’t signing something using a pen with a tricolour on the end as I initially thought…*sigh*…

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