31 thoughts on “De Thursday Papers

  1. eoin

    Does anyone remember two months ago, Lisa Smyth, the Dundalk woman or so-called “ISIS bride”. Remember she was in a Syrian refugee camp with her child. Remember there were questions, did she commit any crimes, should she face criminal charges in Ireland, even, should her citizenship be withdrawn. Remember any of that.

    Anyone want to hazard a guess as to where Lisa is today? Any of our brave media want to give the Dept of Foreign Affairs a telephone call to ask.

  2. eoin

    Seriously, I’m not trolling anyone!

    Remember Pete Taylor, the father of the boxer who’s been in the news a lot recently.

    It’s a year ago yesterday that he was shot. In the aftermath of that shooting, Pete sued a number of media outlets about their reporting of the shooting. I don’t think any of those cases has progressed much so far.

    Yesterday, 4 June 2019, Pete was back at the High Court again to start some fresh litigation. This time, he’s suing Nicola Tallant and her employer INM (publisher of the Sunday World). He has a separate new case against INM itself.

  3. eoin

    Remember the DPP suing the Indo for publishing a story which allegedly collapsed a rape trial last November. The DPP is suing the journalist Nicola Anderson, the editor Fionnan Sheehan and the newspaper publishing company (INM). At least this case was reported by our brave media.

    The DPP is also, separately, suing the publisher of the Mail, its editor and a journalist after reporting of the Lucan child murder trial.

    Yesterday, both cases were listed for a mention in court. Both were adjourned, the INM one to 4 July 2019 and the Mail to 30 June 2019.

    Doesn’t our print media fill you with proud.

  4. eoin

    Ikea should sell a “presidential suite” pack consisting of two armchairs, two flags on pole stands, a plastic bunch of flowers in a bowl, a stand and an odd piece of “sculpture”. Will transform any mundane space into a world class venue for a world leaders chin wag. You might need to draw the blinds so you don’t have to watch Paddy and Pawel unloading bags and smoking a fag, but all-in-all, it will distract everyone from the fact Trump couldn’t be bothered to show the courtesy of travelling to greet the head of government in the country he’s visiting and that Leo diminishes the office of Taoiseach by travelling across the country to meet the visitor.

    1. MaryLou's ArmaLite

      It isn’t an official state visit, you do understand that, or do you not want to because it doesn’t suit your agenda ?

      1. kellMA

        Is trump paying the garda bill then? I hear what you are saying and that very point makes it irritating to me if the irish taxpayer is shelling out so this orange babyman can go play golf in one of his hotel investments…. thereby killing lots of birds with the same stone for him (nice round of golf in and he hopefully helps generate more revenue for himself by increasing interest in the venue)

  5. martco

    ugh. had to turn off the radio in the car

    skincrawling coverage of Pres. Peter Griffin & family’s visit to Doonbeg

    everything is awesome

    1. Gentle Ben

      I think that we need to get out more martco

      I don’t mean it any condescending way but more as a form of consolation- we just can’t take it any more

  6. Catherine costelloe

    Lest we forget the 6 million Jews , and 11 million people people systemically killed by the Nazis.

    1. f_lawless

      and spare a thought for the victims of Allied forces too. eg The carpet bombing of the civilians of Dresden who died in their several thousands in just a few hours

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        All victims are being remembered today. That includes the Allies and Axis military forces, volunteers, associates and civilians.

    2. kellMA

      ….and in all honesty for the continuing victims of war. In the speech yesterday/ day before Theresa spoke of ensuring that we never allow atrocities like this happen again, but we do and on a daily basis. Europe has become a safer place since then but mankind has not really changed. The sickness and war mongering has just moved to other parts of the world. Palestine, Syria etc..

  7. ReproBertie

    Since you’ve put me on the bold step I know you have to review this before it can be posted.

    Would you mind explaining why it’s OK for eoin to post lies but not OK for me to call on him to withdraw them?

    Do so by email if you prefer.

    1. Bodger

      ReporBertie, you’ve asked eoin the same question over 20 times during the past 24 hours. At worst eoin made a mistake.

          1. ReproBertie

            It would be nice for eoin to recognise it, and maybe even respond to the odd request for evidence on the things he posts, but I’m happy to drop it if you think the point was made.

          2. Gentle Ben

            It seems like you’re punishing ReproBertie rather than call out the OP for his scurrilous lies

        1. kellMA

          He should yes.However i think his relentless refusal to address your relentless question is a clear enough indication (for me anyway) they he was wrong on this occassion.

      1. Papi

        There does seem to be a certain unexplained protection vibe around them alright.
        “His site, his rules”

  8. johnny

    -what a story in WaPo-priest(s) gone wild-Father Ted does not even come close.

    “In the years before he was ousted for alleged sexual harassment and financial abuses, the leader of the Catholic Church in West Virginia gave cash gifts totaling $350,000 to fellow clergymen, including young priests he is accused of mistreating and more than a dozen cardinals in the United States and at the Vatican, according to church records obtained by The Washington Post.”

    “During his 13 years as bishop in West Virginia, one of the poorest states in the nation, Bransfield spent $2.4 million in church money on travel, much of it personal, which included flying in chartered jets and staying in luxury hotels, according to the report. Bransfield and several subordinates spent an average of nearly $1,000 a month on alcohol, it says. The West Virginia diocese paid $4.6 million to renovate Bransfield’s church residence after a fire damaged a single bathroom. When Bransfield was in the chancery, an administrative building, fresh flowers were delivered daily, at a cost of about $100 a day — almost $182,000 in all. ”


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