71 thoughts on “Wednesday’s Papers

    1. dav

      perhaps but fcek that company as well
      “It also seeks orders restraining the HSE from taking any steps to avoid its obligations under the contract, as well as an order preventing the defendant from purchasing similar types of ventilators until the sums allegedly due under the contract have been paid to Narooma.”

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Maybe as well. But I would read that as the company sourced the ventilators and gave the specs and supplier name to the HSE, who then tried to be cute and slyly went directly to the supplier. If (again, if) that was what happened then the HSE will have lost credibility with other suppliers

    2. Rosette of Sirius

      And burn him down with fire if you had your way….

      He doesn’t work for the HSE.

    3. Otis Blue

      That reads as if the contract required the HSE to pay the contractor up front.

      Odd, if so.

      1. GiggidyGoo

        I’d say that the financial outlay would be too much for the company in one go, as they would have to have paid up front too to the ‘far east’ company.

  1. bisted

    …that’s the English Star you’re showing…the Irish version carries the brilliant headline: Get out your Back and Tan…shows that even a stopped clock shows the correct time occasionally …

  2. jason

    Dublin registered cars already spotted in Aldi Ennistymon, stocking up for the weekend away with kids in tow.

      1. Elizabeth Mainwaring

        Sweetie, I just couldn’t manage without my bolthole in Roundstone.

        Howth and Dalkey are just full of the most appaling day trippers once the sun comes out. They arrive on the Dart, you know.

        1. Otis Blue

          Tim Robinson, a brilliant writer and Roundstone resident – who sadly died of Covid-19 last week – referred to that stretch of Connemara favoured by the hordes of heathen Dubs as the “Costa Del Sod”

          He knew the score.

    1. Harry

      Connemara is my spiritual home.

      I wouldn’t be so obnoxious as to head down for the weekend during travel restrictions (and I’m obnoxious)

      There’s a real bang of exceptionalism about it, the type you’d see from British larger lotus in Spain expecting locals to tug their forelocks.

    1. Cian

      What % of the ‘normal’ flu isn’t reported to the hospitals? The fatality rate for the ‘normal’ flu may be vastly over estimated too?

      1. some old queen

        There is no fatality rate for normal flu as there is no test.

        It is never entered as reason on a death cert so the way the two are measured is completely different.

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      fighting a loosing battle to try restore the polish to that particular structure ( established religion ) it has shown itself to be riddled with woodworm and a precarious perch for both the soul and body, assuming of course there is a soul bit that’s a different debate

      1. newsjustin

        This is about a single person, not a religion. A single person who was found guilty of an appalling crime with very serious doubts as to his guilt….or even the possibility that the crime could have been committed. A person who spent over 400 days in jail for this crime. Who it now turns out is not guilty and the High Court has rightly thrown out the conviction.
        Broadsheet ( and countless other media) were quick to point out his (as it turned out, completely wrong) conviction in Feb 2019. They have been very slow to bring BS readers up to date on the story. Probably very busy, I guess.

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          a single person who represents an organization (who no doubt paid his legal fees and is fully supported by them…as have been many guilty priests), for many they are not really easily separated
          I do feel sorry for the man if he is innocent but he chose the cut of his cloth

          1. Janet, I ate my avatar

            I have alot of sympathy for you, you are clearly a man of faith, it must be hard to watch what is happening and happened to your church,

            thanks for staying civil :)

          2. newsjustin

            Janet, please – I don’t need any sympathy (I appreciate your kindness though). Sympathy ( and justice) needs to be for victims of abuse and anyone falsely accused of abuse.

        2. V

          very serious doubts as to his guilt

          GTF Justine

          Here’s what one of his lawyers said in Court btw

          “no more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration case where a child is not volunteering or actively participating”.

          You’ve some nerve

          Especially when you’re this nauseating

          1. newsjustin

            You know, or maybe you don’t (but you should) that that was said (and apologised for by the person who said it) after the (unsafe and proven wrong) conviction in arguments around a sentence.

            Those are not nice words, this is not a nice case. But your attempt to portray it as an admission of guilt by Pell’s lawyer is just plain wrong……a fact that should be clear to you by the fact that Pell was appealing the conviction and (as he has from the start) maintained his innocence.

          2. V

            Whatever it is
            And no matter who does the spin
            Or what way they spin it

            One thing for sure
            It came in handy for Mr Pell
            And the Vatican
            And just at the right time
            And place

            How’s that for a strategic plan coming together

          3. newsjustin

            “Whatever it is” = I know I was wrong.

            “It came in handy…” What came in handy? His being not guilty?

            “The right time”….after 405 days in jail….yeah, perfect timing.

            You have a bizarre relationship with facts V.

          4. V

            The lad said it
            A lad under specific instructions from his client

            And it was subsequently reused to get Pell off

            That’s as Strategic a plant as you’ll get

            What do you make of that sequence of Facts

          5. newsjustin

            “The lad said it
            A lad under specific instructions from his client.”

            You have no way of knowing, at all, that Pell instructed his solicitor to use that argument or that form of words, used in considering his sentencing.

            “And it was subsequently reused to get Pell off”

            Now you’ve lost me and, given I’ve read the decision of the High Court and kept myself informed, as best I can, of the case, I suspect you’ve got mixed up there.

            Pell was acquitted and the found not guilty by the High Court because the unanimous view of the 7 judges was that the jury failed entirely to consider the evidence of witnesses that said the claimed assault in the sacristry did not and, indeed, could not have happened. The HC found that the jury should have considered this evidence and the failure of the prosecution to address it. The HC found that the evidence clearly meant that there was reasonable doubt as to the defendants guilt. A doubt that should have compelled any jury, acting reasonably, to find Pell not guilty of these charges. So the 7 HC justices declared that Pell be acquitted.
            That is why Pell “got off” and is not guilty. Nothing to do with those lines that you’ve quoted, which (as I explained) his legal team delivered in an attempt to get a lesser sentence AFTER he was originally found guilty. This was not an admission of guilt, it was a recognition that the court had given it’s verdict. A verdict they were planning to appeal – and have done so successfully.

            You really should read the decision of the High Court in this case. It may dispel some of the misunderstandings you have of this case and give you an idea of how, whatever your feelings towards this man or Catholicism, thus was an extraordinarily weak case.

            Perhaps Broadsheet could publish the decision and bring readers up to date on this story – which they published 3 separate articles on previously in 2018 and 2019.

          6. V

            Working from home are we Justine

            Delighted I’m keeping you busy
            For nathin’

            But keep tapping in replies

            Anyone remember this one?

            Where’s your Mammy gone; Where’s your Mammy gone
            Little baby John ; Little baby John

            Far far awaaaaay far far awaaaaaay


  3. V

    Just to put yere minds at rest

    I haven’t opened the van

    And along with it needing a major clean up, and a week of good weather to dry the damp out of it
    It is in urgent need a major repair job (floor in living area needs replacing)
    and the lad that does ‘vans as a specialist carpenter/ joiner may not be available now till September

    In fairness to all other ‘van owners
    Most sites only open for the season around now anyway and this is when owners would normally check them out after the winter
    Check they haven’t flooded, been taken over by mice etc

    Believe me, especially with older vans, there’s always something

      1. Lilly

        LOL! It’s not even appealing to my inner hobo. I’ve enjoyed Michael Harding’s tales from the campervan all the same. It would be great to travel the length and breath of the country without having to pre-book an Airbnb. Freedom of the road…

      2. V

        Ah now a touring ‘van is very different to a mobile home set up
        And I’m on a front site so am more exposed to onshore off shore drama

    1. Janet, I ate my avatar

      mind you I’d settle for being nestled high up in the dunnes of my favorite beach, there’s a little suntrap in the long grass with a perfect view down the stretch of sand, where you can read in peace sipping on a cool Kinnegar rust bucket with your toes in the sand

          1. Brother Barnabas

            it was the kinnegar bit that put me over the edge

            crossroads rather than rust bucket for me, thanks

          2. Otis Blue

            Might there be a Broadsheet Beer Review on it’s way?

            Could combine with Broadsheet on the Telly for added lols.

          3. millie aka oprah

            I miss alcohol. Especially now, when there is nothing to do but jigsaws and drink.

        1. Janet, I ate my avatar

          love a bit of wild camping I do, did a month once in Croatia like that, did wonders for the hair

          1. V

            Camping in Croatia

            Sign me up

            Please take my Credot Card and passport number
            Or d’ya even need it?

            The 5G probably has it already

          2. Janet, I ate my avatar

            well technically wild camping there is illegal, but sure just adds to the thrill, and no one gives a fupp, locals will often come visit you with home-brew for the chats,
            imagine opening the tent to the med and olive and fig trees, a slice of cheese and tomato for breakfast and a dip in the river behind to freshen up, leaving the tent to hike to closest village for lunch and restock and moving on, no fixed plans just of you like somewhere stop or jump off a bus…the littlest hobbo soundtrack please ;)
            …just email me credit card details, I’ll upgrade the tent

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