57 thoughts on “De Monday Papers

  1. Slightly Bemused

    I truly hope that as reported the Gardai are able to solve Deirdre Jacob’s disappearance. Her family deserve the closure. And hopefully they will also solve the cases of the other ladies who disappeared around the same time.

      1. Slightly Bemused

        Indeed! I should have included them, but was tired as I wrote. Thanks for including this, as all the families need some resolution.

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      I hope so too. So many disappearances of women and girls in the 90s. Could well be the one man responsible for them all.

  2. Termagant

    That Robbie Keane interview blurb had me in stitches for about twenty minutes

    I think I’m off again

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Announcing the same money twice, and even three times. is par for the course. And the same goes for IDA Job Announcements.

        1. B9Com From No

          Suckler farming is uneconomic and most places that depend on it should be forested

          RTÉ is at it again now swinging the lead

  3. some old quare

    Vauxhall to quit UK- that view must be replicated right across manufacturing companies who supply to or import from the EU.

    The English business community must be in despair right now because a cliff edge Brexit could turn a profitable manufacturing plant into a loss maker very quickly. There is a certain irony in the fact that they would have been very pro Conservative in the past, yet are now being ignored.

    Telling it as it is- scary reading- from the Institute for Government: Preparing Brexit: No Deal

    https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/preparing-brexit-no-deal-final.pdf

    1. Cathal

      GM Europe was bought by Peugeot, most Vauxhall/Opels are now rebadged Peugeot, Brexit would have little to do with the decision.

  4. eoin

    “Starting tomorrow, the Prime Minister’s most senior officials will meet every weekday morning in the Cabinet Office’s “Cobra” suite to ensure Britain can withstand the impact of a sudden break from the EU. Michael Gove, in charge of co-ordinating the Government’s no-deal contingency plans, will chair meetings of the new Daily Operations Committee. The move comes after Mr Johnson set up a “war cabinet” of six key ministers to deliver Brexit “by any means necessary”.”

    Says the Express.

    What’s Leo doing?

    Our TDs are on their holliers for 10 weeks and will return on 17 September.
    British TDs broke for their holidays last Thursday and will have just over five weeks and return on 3 September.

    1. Charger Salmons

      I’m sure the Peacock Taoiseach is on top of the important matters of state as the crisis approaches.
      Such as Kylie Minogue’s tour dates.

    2. bisted

      …much ado about nothing…no deal leavers are a minority in English parliament…when will Boris revoke Art50?

      1. Charger Salmons

        Revoke Article 50 ?
        The Attorney General, the highest law officer in the land, has told Boris he is legally entitled to take Britain out of EU on October 31 even if he loses a no confidence vote and faces an election.
        The new administration is now in full election mode as well as turbo-charging planning for no deal.
        While Varadkar hits the beach in his budgie-smugglers Boris is going into overdrive.
        A wind of change is blowing through Westminster and Little Leo should be very worried.

        https://blogs.spectator.co.uk/2019/07/the-new-boris-machine-owes-very-little-to-westminster/

        1. bisted

          …don’t see anything in that Spectator link that obviates the primacy of parliament which has a growing majority against a no deal exit…and, no mention of Attorney General advice – even though the AG is only part of the Boris No10 echo chamber…

          1. B9Com From No

            I feel sort of dirty and low inside when I even so much as glance at the Spectator, particularly its blogs. Forgive me father …

    3. GiggidyGoo

      Which goes to show that it’s the Sir Humphreys of our civil service who actually run the show. Thus blowing out of the water any notion that FF has a valid excuse for continuing its supply and confidence tricks.

      1. B9Com From No

        Bob Watt doesn’t seem to have much pull when it comes to handing out the broadband largesses

        1. GiggidyGoo

          His functions include….
          implementing government policies appropriate to the department and monitoring Government policies that affect the department
          delivering outputs as determined by the Minister
          providing policy advice to the Minister on all matters within the remit of the department

          Different from those that discuss and agree international details with foreign counterparts. Watt is constrained by what ‘the Minister’ wants. And what the minister wants is Actavo (esat) getting €5bn+ of our money.

  5. eoin

    Another 5% (five per cent) off the bid price for Digicel’s best bonds today, now less than 50c in the euro, offering 35% annual returns. Trading volumes are tiny, but it seems anyone who’s getting out is prepared to take massive losses.

    https://www.boerse-frankfurt.de/bond/USG27649AG04

    Having looked at Fitch’s latest report, I just don’t believe the Digicel performance figures any more, the revenue, the EBITDA, the debt, the cash balance. I wonder will there be an orderly hand-over of Digicel to the bondholders or will it collapse in a morass of financial confusion.

    Either way, will Richard Bruton get his finger out and throw that reputational life buoy of the €5bn National Broadband Plan. NOW!

  6. eoin

    It’s nearly a month since new rules for AirBnB lettings came into effect. If you’re letting for more than 90 days a year, you need planning permission from the local council. Yet, the Irish Times reports today only four planning applications have been received by Dublin City Council. Didn’t Murphy estimate that up to 3,000 AirBnB lettings in Dublin would be released after the crackdown?

    Presumably Dublin Council have an army of inspectors to enforce the new rules…..

    What are the 3,000 AirBnB landlords doing with their properties. Has there been a huge increase of traditional property for rent on Daft.ie? No, there has not. Has there been a huge reduction in Dublin homes available on AirBnB in Dublin? Doesn’t look like it.

    What has Murphy got to say for himself.

  7. eoin

    Britain’s new foreign minister, Dominic Raab, has a “frank” exchange with his Irish counterpart, Simon Coveney, according to RTE.

    “frank” is diplomatic language for expletive-laden hostile shouting, that type of thing.

    If you want to understand the British strategy, head on down to the Ballinasloe horse fair in a couple of weeks. When Mickey takes his horse and ghosts potential buyers and behaves like he doesn’t want a deal, that’s Boris and co right now. But, at the end of the day, as likely as not, Jacob Rees Mogg will be spitting in his hand in the hope he’ll strike a deal.

    1. Charger Salmons

      Well you’re right in the sense that everyone, Boris and the Moggster included, wants a deal.
      But Ireland would be very unwise to accept the media-sponsored myth that Boris is bluffing.
      He isn’t.
      And neither is his main electoral rival Nigel Farage.
      The days of the serial appeaser Theresa May are gone.
      Welcome to the new order.
      And be afraid.
      Be very afraid.
      Heh, heh, heh.

      1. dav

        meanwhile, in the real world..
        https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jul/29/uk-deep-poverty-study-austerity
        “More than 4 million people in the UK are trapped in deep poverty, meaning their income is at least 50% below the official breadline, locking them into a weekly struggle to afford the most basic living essentials, an independent study has shown.

        The Social Metrics Commission also said 7 million people, including 2.3 million children, were affected by what it termed persistent poverty, meaning that they were not only in poverty but had been for at least two of the previous three years.”

        1. Cian

          Thanks blushirts!

          Oh wait, can we not blame this on FG? Are there other rich countries that has poor people?

        2. Charger Salmons

          Unsurprisingly the Guardian fails to mention Britain’s record employment, a low deficit, good growth & low inflation.

          1. ReproBertie

            And despite all this good news Britain has 7 million people, including 2.3 million children, affected by persistent poverty. Let them eat cake, eh?

          2. Cian

            @Charger
            On page 6 of that is says that Ireland (15.6% poverty rate) is better off than the EU-28 average (16.9%).

            Oh, the UK comes lower @17.0%.

            One good thing about Brexit is that the EU-27EU-28 average poverty will actually improve.

          3. ReproBertie

            Ah, now I understand. It doesn’t matter that Britain has 7 million people, including 2.3 million children, affected by persistent poverty because there’s poverty in Ireland too.

      2. bisted

        …Boris has acheived nothing other than construct an echo chamber in Downing Street…the power lies where it always has, in parliament…Mr Bercow Esq will have the final say…

      3. B9Com From No

        I saw Stanley Johnson on the Telly yesterday
        He said the reasons Brexit had taken 3 years already was because it wasn’t Boris who was in charge.
        Seriously :(

  8. some old quare

    Vauxhall to quit UK- that view must be replicated right across manufacturing companies who supply to or from the EU.

    The English business community must be in despair right now because a cliff edge Brexit could turn a profitable manufacturing plant into a loss maker very quickly. There is a certain irony in the fact that they would have been very pro Conservative in the past, yet are now being ignored.

    Telling it as it is- scary reading- from the Institute for Government: Preparing Brexit: No Deal

    https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/sites/default/files/publications/preparing-brexit-no-deal-final.pdf

      1. Papi

        “Welcome to the new order.
        And be afraid.
        Be very afraid.
        Heh, heh, heh.”

        Consistency isn’t your strongest feature, is it?

  9. eoin

    A euro will buy you £0.902 sterling this morning.

    Reminds me of that English comedian who was on stage in Belfast and asked what a pound would buy you locally in the city.

    “A euro” came the response from the audience.

    1. some old quare

      For most of us the exchange rate is of some interest but to anyone in the SME sector who’s main business partners are in GB- every increase is another nail in their business’s coffin.

      IMO indigenous SME companies in Ireland have never received the state support they deserve and it is unlikely they will do so now either. My heart goes out to those people because they built their businesses from scratch and apart from cutting their losses and closing up shop- there is absolutely nothing they can do.

  10. edalicious

    Interesting take from the front of the UK Times about millenials. Surely millenials are getting a bit long in the tooth to be a concern for future police recruiting? Referring to a group that includes people in their late 30s as “recently reached adulthood” might be a bit of a stretch. Perhaps the absolute decimation of youth employment levels caused by the recession is what caused the problem, rather than being “wrapped in cotton wool”?

    1. TheQ47

      People “recently reaching adulthood” were born in or around the turn of the millennium, which surely makes them NOT millennials, but more likely Generation Z.

      Millennials are what David McWilliams called “The Pope’s Children” – “DIY Declan, Low GI Jane, Breakfast Roll Man, Yummy Mummy and the HiCos

  11. TheQ47

    By the way, why are there bits blacked out on the Express and the Telegraph? Is there some article which would be libellous in this country, or some ad that’s not allowed for some reason. Just wondering.

    1. Charger Salmons

      Pictures of Harry’s Meghan from this month’s edition of British Vogue which she is guest-editing.
      I presume the front pages dropped before the midnight embargo.

      1. TheQ47

        Got ya, Thanks. Not missing anything so. I thought it might be for some much more nefarious reason.

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