60 thoughts on “De Bank Holiday Monday Papers

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Think there was a food festival in Enniscorthy yesterday – “Rocking Food Festival”. Plenty of kids around and not having to be enticed by Minions, Pikachoo’s

  1. Gabby

    In Cork young people publicly display a rainbow flag. In El Paso young people light Sacred Heart mourning candles. Different circumstances, different icons.

  2. eoin

    The Irish Examiner gives front page space to the lobbyist for the Key Atomic Benefits Office Of Mankind, KABOOM.

  3. eoin

    “The Guinness Storehouse has retained its crown as Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction, with the Cliffs of Moher coming in second.” says the Times Ireland today.

    It’s truly remarkable to see so much precious water taken from the Dublin supply [which is at breaking point says Irish Water] by a British conglomerate who pay nothing for it. Everyone should visit to see this mecca of government mal-governance.

    1. MaryLou's ArmaLite

      Do Guinness not pay commercial water rates?

      That it is currently owned by a British company is neither here nor there.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Maybe they do – for what’s used in house for ‘domestic’ purposes. But ( and the likes of Ballygowan, Glenpatrick, Celtic Pure, as well) extract water for little, or nothing in most cases.

  4. eoin

    John Campbell at the BBC reports

    “The Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast is expected to be placed into administration later. It puts 130 jobs at risk and could spell the end of the iconic business.”

    Iconic indeed, Its yellow cranes are prominent on the Belfast skyline. It used employ 30,000 at its peak and its most famous product was RMS Titanic.

    1. bertie blenkinsop

      The Titanic was built in Belfast?… they should publicise that, they’re missing out on a tourism opportunity.

    2. Rosette of Sirius

      Wow. Who knew?! I mean that’s a story just begging to be told right there….

      1. Papi

        Sit down til I tell you about the politician fella who put in a claim, tis mighty altogether.

  5. eoin

    ALERT! Northern Ireland! Unclean! Use a condom!

    The BBC reports [for the population of the six counties]

    “Diagnoses of gonorrhoea increased by 30%, with 882 cases recorded by the Public Health Agency in 2018
    Diagnoses of chlamydia increased by 6%, with 1,787 diagnoses in 2018
    Diagnoses of genital herpes increased by 8%, with 501 in 2018
    Diagnoses of syphilis increased by 72%, with 86 in 2018”

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      I think you’ll find STD’s are having a general resurgence, you don’t have to go North, you can stay South

        1. ReproBertie

          Just one more example of eoin’s lack of attention to detail in his constant rush to suggest a controversy.

          1. bertie blenkinsop

            Putting Conlan to one side, I think it’s fair to say there’s plenty of controversy around MTK.

          1. Man On Fire

            “are far more..”

            “are much more..”

            Do try keep up..

            And for the third time, eoins comments are far more interesting than yours, so do us a favour and try harder..

  6. eoin

    Government publishes 2019 national risk assessment (everything from housing crisis to anti-microbial resistance).

    It pulls its punches but it’s clear that Brexit has the potential to bring about the return of violence

    “The longer the uncertainty of a no deal scenario persists, the
    more political and community relationships
    in Northern Ireland would be tested.
    Uncertainty around a physical border on the
    island could also be expected to become
    a focus for dissident republican paramilitary recruitment and activity. Garda and
    PSNI authorities have said publicly that any
    border infrastructure or personnel would
    become targets for dissident republican
    paramilitaries and require police or other
    protection.
    A no deal Brexit also has the potential to
    become a focus for increased loyalist paramilitary recruitment and activity, including
    in response to dissident republican paramilitary actions and an increased public focus
    on a border poll.”

    https://merrionstreet.ie/en/News-Room/20190804_National_Risk_Assessment.pdf

    1. Formerly Known As @ireland.com

      If a border poll looks like succeeding (it may be a long time from now), I expect the loyalists to use violators scare the Republic’s voters into rejecting unification. I hope I am wrong.

  7. eoin

    As the euro tests the 92p level on the foreign exchange markets, the main Brexit-cheerleading British broadsheet says currency depreciation isn’t a bad thing at all.

    You see Weimar Germany, Zimbabwe and Venezuela. Nuffin’ to worry about.

  8. shayna

    I just watched a bizarre item on RTÉ News – a Brazilian guy in his late 30s, disguised himself as his 19 year old daughter – he was trying to escape from prison, where he’s serving a 73? years sentence. He had a prosthetic mask – and wig???

        1. shayna

          Did he? Of course, he did! It wasn’t revealed what the guy had done in Brazil to merit 73 years in prison. Maybe he should have had friends like Michael Collins?

    1. ReproBertie

      Clauvino da Silva was part of the leadership of Red Command, one of the most powerful criminal groups in Brazil that controlled drug trafficking in Rio, according to Brazilian authorities.

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