80 thoughts on “Sunday’s Papers

  1. Charger Salmons

    The Sunday Telegraph reports that everyone aged 18 and over in the UK should be vaccinated by the end of June.
    This would be a stunningly good result for Boris and total vindication of his decision last summer not to be part of what became the EU’s chaotic vaccine procurement programme.
    Of course another big plus is that it frees up the people of England and Scotland to properly celebrate their team’s progress in the Euros 2020 postponed from last summer.
    Not something Ireland has to worry about obvs but there will inevitably be some wistful glances across the Irish Sea as weeks of footy kicks off and Ireland is likely to still be in some sort of lockdown.
    Question is though, will the games in Ireland be played without spectators or simply moved to another part of the British Isles where they’ll be allowed in.
    ” It’s coming home – football’s coming home ” … etc.

    1. Charger Salmons

      Charger’s Vax Fact™ #19

      The NHS is currently administering 140 vaccinations a minute.
      A MINUTE.
      And thanks to not following the EU’s shambolic procurement programme it has more than enough vaccines to hit its target of 14 million vaccinations given by the middle of next month.

      1. Joe F

        And the UK has the 7th highest death rate out of 221 countries. Well done Bozo and friends. Your inferiority complex is quite staggering, your need to reassure yourself with anything positive makes this abundantly clear. You’re a very sad individual.

      2. V aka Frilly Keane

        You do know that they’re just administering a jab

        Not blood transfusions
        Or providing hip replacements
        Or feeding the World, eliminating poverty
        And all that jazz

        An injection

      3. ReproBertie

        You can tell that the EU paying so much less and making the supplier take more liability really annoys Spoofer by the way he keeps trying to portray the acquisition process in an overly negative light.

        1. Charger Salmons

          So you think saving money on vaccines far outweighs the price of economies across the 27 EU countries being locked down for months longer than they should be ?
          I’ve read some pretty dumb things on here about Covid-19 but that is right up there with the dumbest.
          I did advise you to stop digging …

          1. Joe F

            Todays figures are due out shortly. Do you want to debate or comment on those clown man? Bozo doing a great job in the UK,7th highest out of 221 countries for death per million from virus.

          2. ReproBertie

            I think spreading the investment across a number of vaccines in development is a better approach than waiting for the first one that works and then paying way over the odds for it and accepting all the liability should something go wrong.

            You’ve yet to lay out what was shambolic or incompetent about the EU’s acquisition process but you never were one for detail when it comes to backing up the negativity you spread.

      4. Charger Salmons

        Charger’s Vax Fact™#20

        The latest vaccination figures from Blighty.

        First dose total
        Second dose total

        Don’t forget these are facts and not my personal opinions.
        They cost extra.

        1. Joe F

          Another fact that you just ignore, UK 7th highest in world for deaths per million. Your hero Bozo doing a great job you clown. Even Tory supporters beginning to feel the same, his approval now at -20%. You were very happy to report these figures a few months ago when they were better for him. Would you mind commenting on those now clown man?

  2. ce

    As long as the UK and Ireland maintain a common travel area the UK needs 80% of the Republic to be vaccinated too, so even if Boris played a masterstroke… it’s a pyrrhic one

  3. Joe F

    You really are a sad individual clown man with a whole pile of issues! I don’t know where to start with you! I think going back to primary school for basic spelling and grammar for a start. Just on your hero Bozo, he’s Prime Minister of a country that has the 7th highest death rate per million from the virus, out of 221 listed in the world (and heading in the wrong direction). That’s STUNNINGLY bad you clown. A poll carried out last week showed Bozo losing his own seat if a GE was carried out now! His approval ratings are -20% according to latest one. Try and defend those figures clown man. You really are the gift that keeps on giving! Marvelous indeed.

    1. Tinytim

      No disrespect to San Marino but with a total pop under 34k the figures could be considered anomalous…. 6th place!?

  4. Charger Salmons

    Great picture on several front pages of former Gurkha Nirmal Purjahas who with a team of Nepalese mountaineers has completed the first winter ascent of deadly K2.
    The 8,611m peak was the only one of the world’s 14 tallest mountains never to have been climbed in winter.
    Fearsome chaps the Gurkhas and deadly warriors.
    They do like a drink as well …

    1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

      I see it as another sign that global warming is happening. I am not sure why a single issue anglophile like you is talking about it. They are Nepalese.

      1. Charger Salmons

        Nirmal “Nims” Purja MBE is a British citizen and quite a remarkable man.
        He was the first Gurkha to join the elite SBS, the Royal Navy equivalent of the SAS,and served with them until a couple of years ago.
        Awarded the MBE in 2016 for a daring mountain rescue he was of the world’s leading mountaineers.
        Lives in Blighty from where he runs a successful mountain guide service.
        He’s one of ours cobber and your climate change theory is cobblers too.

    2. Janet, dreams of an alternate universe

      like to drink but can’t handle the drink like most nepali in my experience

  5. Charger Salmons

    UK Home Secretary Priti Patel is to give the police new powers to evict Travellers who illegally set up halting sites on private and public land.
    They will face fines of £2.5K or three months jail.
    That will be a VERY popular move among voters from across all political persuasions and something any government here might like to consider.

    1. Gerry

      I don’t think that will stop the haemorrhage of support that will happen whenever BoJo sets up his inquiry into Exactly How My Government Screwed Up Coronavirus Management.

      I’m sure the traveller thing will be popular but that’s small beer.

    2. Cú Chulainn

      Salmons, you’ve gone full hysterical at this stage. I’m getting concerned for your mental health. It’s genuinely time for an intervention. Take a break. Disconnect. Breathe… and take care..

      1. GiggidyGoo

        Sure there are only 400,000 or records wiped. What could go wrong, apart from court cases not going ahead and thieves and murderers escape justice?

  6. Steph Pinker

    Unfortunately, the horse racing industry between Ireland and the UK will fall at the first. Brexit is a non-runner in so many ways, we never got a chance to place a bet and we still don’t know the odds.


    1. jungleman

      Agreed. The incessant trolling has become tired an old and frankly I’m getting a headache reading about how great “Blighty” is. I honestly don’t even care if the English are actually better than us at everything. Such chauvinism should have no place in this day and age. I don’t see how he gets enjoyment out of it. Must be quite taxing to keep typing out the same jingoistic vomit every day. I would hate myself.

      1. Fergalito

        “Anyone ever born English should hold their extraction in scorn and apologise all over England for ever at all being born. For that’s how it is being English, fodder for any old scoff, that England might be a nice country if only the English f**led off”

        Kit Wright – “Everyone Hates the English”

        Take it how you will…

    2. Cú Chulainn

      It’s a mental health issue Papi, this constant negative attention seeking, and having him display his typed tourette’s diarrhoea is unedifying and unhealthy. It can be amusing the occasional time, but, eventually the annoying child always gets put outside to cool down. We are long past that.

  7. Charger Salmons

    By all the comments on here today you’d swear there was no news happening in Ireland at all.
    All we need now is that joker complaining about too many British stories in the papers …

    Heh x Inferiority Complex.

  8. GiggidyGoo

    I see Mary McAleese is out commenting on Trump. “…a man of absolutely no moral compass whatsoever’

    Nothing like a whitewash – The Magdalen Laundries whitewash.
    “The committee did not find physical abuse or torture to be a feature of the schools and there was no evidence that the women were sexually abused.
    It found that the regime depicted the movie the Magdalene Sisters did not reflect the reality of life in the laundries.
    It found no allegations of sex abuse against nuns and the torture, beatings and abuse meted out in the industrial and reform schools was not present.”

    1. Bitnboxy

      Teehee. Get on back to Grift (Youth (well y’all are all auld now) Defence) Media Giggidy McGooley! Something tells me you aren’t all that happy with the Mother and Baby report in toto. I’m not the only one here who has noticed you’re unusually very quiet on the aul Mother and Baby Homes report and when you do crawl out from under your rock, it’s a swipe at McAleese. A “caustic Catholic comment” perhaps? ;-p

        1. GiggidyGoo

          You’ll get used to that from that one. Nothing to add to the subject. You’ll notice that out he comes usually after a post of mine, and just comments some sort of unintelligible gumph about me, and not the subject. I’ll let you make up your own mind seeing as you’re new here.

          BTW – if he makes an accusation of any sort about something he says i’ve written, just ask him for a link. He runs away very quickly from that.

          1. Mick McCabe

            I see what you mean now. He has just commented on the Monday papers, just on your comment, but not on your actual comment. he didn’t comment on anything else. You must have upset him. If that’s the style of commenting here it doesn’t say much about the mods. It’s a bit like the journal.

    1. Cú Chulainn

      The ports are only the tip of the iceberg. 1.3m non UK nationals have left the UK over the past year. Mostly EU citizens retuning home. The UK will no longer attract the best and brightest of Europe. Hopefully these new ferry services will bed in and we will be in a much better place. Serious question: considering the changed circumstances, and the big increase in direct ferry services, how long before the Charles De Gaulle pays a friendly visit to Cork or Dublin ?

  9. ReproBertie

    There are some who would have you believe the EU made a mess of vaccine acquisition but, as Naomi O’Leary (not Long) lays out in this piece from yesterday’s IT, the process was in fact well thought out and learned a lot from the mistakes made during the scramble for PPE. A wider spread of sources, an insistence on the suppliers taking more liability and cheaper prices than some queue jumpers were all part of the plan. It’s even typed out for those luddites who think podcasts are some sort of witchcraft.


    1. Charger Salmons

      So well thought out that the UK and countries like Israel will have everyone over 18 vaccinated by the end of June and Ireland ‘ might ‘ reach that target by the end of the year ?
      Your desperation to be an apologist for the Irish state and the EU is embarrassing.

      1. ReproBertie

        The article also looks at why some EU countries (namely Denmark) are so far ahead of others but that would require actually reading the article and we know you don’t bother gathering information before commenting. Had you done the homework you would have found ample grounds for complaint about the Irish government’s lack of planning for the vaccination rollout and reliance on outdated IT systems.

        Imagine that! You could have had something concrete to complain about instead of the vague garbage you normally trot out without anything to back it up.

        As of Thursday Ireland is 2nd in the EU for percentage of population vaccinated (albeit with one dose) but that’s mainly down to vaccination of healthcare staff which is straightforward. As we move on to vaccinating care homes we’ll face new difficulties. We also need vaccination centres set up, vaccinators trained, a proper schedule drawn up as well as a decent record keeping system. All of these are areas the government is lagging in and none of it is down to the “EU incompetence” you toss around without anything solid to back it up.

        Apologist mo thóin.

          1. ReproBertie

            Oh look Spoofer, someone provided some actual information that shows you to be ignorant of the details again.

            Best respond with an ad hominem.

      2. Joe F

        So the UK are doing a much better job in dealing with the virus? Just some facts clown man that you just seem to ignore. The UK is 7th highest out of 221 countries in deaths per million population, and in a few days very likely to be 5th. Ireland currently lies 48th out of 221. The UK death rate is 2 1/2 times the Irish death rate. I know you’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer but even someone of your limited intelligence can see which country is doing worse. Amadán.

    2. ReproBertie

      I just realised it’s behind a paywall. Some highlights.

      The 27 European Union member states pooled money to help pharmaceutical companies cover vaccine development costs. In return manufacturers agreed to deliver vaccines early for Europeans, to be distributed proportionally.
      As the first BioNTech-Pfizer and Moderna deliveries arrived, a bitter debate sprang up over whether the EU had done well enough.
      The European Commission was criticised for failing to finalise a contract with BioNTech-Pfizer as soon as it emerged as a promising candidate, though negotiations were slowed because not all member states were keen on it. It was based on unfamiliar technology, is relatively expensive and is logistically difficult since it must be stored at -70 degrees. Some EU countries have even turned down part of their allocation, preferring to wait for other options.
      In addition, Brussels bargained hard. “The EU insisted on liability. This was the delay. That is why the contract was not signed in August. If the company makes a mistake in production, then they have to be liable,” says German MEP Peter Liese. “People are better protected after this.”
      The EU bargained on price, too. Israel paid two to three times what the EU did and has agreed to share vaccination data with BioNTech-Pfizer, making the country something of a giant lab.

      There’s much more but a lot of this is covered in the podcast and column I linked to yesterday

      On top of the 600 million Pfizer doses and the 160 million Moderna doses, the EU has ordered 400 million doses of AstraZeneca’s vaccine as well as 400m doses of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine which, as it’s one shot vaccine, will be enough to vaccinate almost the entire EU population of 448 million.

  10. V aka Frilly Keane

    Garda HQ examining report for Criminality

    Ye are yah

    All that confirms to me is the editorial policy adopted by the writers of the report and why it ended up being so flimsy on facts, truth and honest assertions.

    And that that little hat tip of tokenism in the Sindo has all the looks of a paid for news advertorial
    Like what Leo’s/ FGs spin unit used to get the local newspapers to publish that time

  11. GiggidyGoo

    Interview with Stephen Donnelly this weekend. 5 minutes in, he informs us that 1500 Brazilians arrived here in the past two weeks. His message to them, today? Visit a GP and self-isolate. I’m sure they will be listening to RTE. It’s been known a few days now that there is a strain of virus from that area that is far more serious than the UK one even. – so what about the tracking/tracing? No forms completed upon arrival? Follow up calls?

  12. GiggidyGoo

    Interview with Stephen Donnelly this weekend. 5 minutes in, he informs us that 1500 Brazilians arrived here in the past two weeks. His message to them, today? Visit a GP and self-isolate. I’m sure they will be listening to RTE. It’s been known a few days now that there is a strain of virus from that area that is far more serious than the UK one even. – so what about the tracking/tracing? No forms completed upon arrival?

    1. Joe

      This is what happens when incompetent clowns who put profit before people are elected. Donnelly drew a breath of relief when the Mother & Babies home bucket of whitewash report was puked up by Roderic O’Gorman as it took the spotlight off him for a bit Instead of the Gardai delaying frontline workers every morning and evening commuting to work they would be better employed checking passengers at the airport instead of screwing up traffic. It’s time FFFGGP were vaccinated against!

  13. V aka Frilly Keane

    ‘afternoon Bake’Sheeters
    Mrs Tartan Snax (◠‿◕) soft pretzels

    If ye’ve never done the baked bicarb hot bath dough dunking before
    This is a great one to start with
    And an added bonus is the lovely calming subtle waff off the dough as you knead the ingredients together. A nice reminder why we bake
    So really worth giving it a go. Here’s the recipe

    Tips from Mrs Clax(◠‿◕)
    Stick with the Dark Muscovado sugar – yes it adds to the aroma during the workout bit
    knead for the full 15 mins – and I totally agree, you can feel it getting better and better with every minute
    really do knock the air out after the 1st proof – like ‘the life n’all out of it. For a no faff no fuss baker (no patience really), or someone still growing their confidence, the air pockets do make rolling out the rope to be firm enough to do the fecky fiddly bits a chore. And you don’t want that because it’s not

    Ok there’s an extra few steps with the baked bicarb and the hot water dunking. But once you’ve done it, the mystery and fear is over. Another plus for a nervous or cautious baker, is that, although a poor relation, it’s still an enriched dough, so you get to tick that off too.

    And this is a dough you can do loads with. Why not swap the salt topping for cinnamon sugar, or lemon pepper or crushed praline

    Definitely a keeper

    1. V aka Frilly Keane

      Apols, didn’t add
      I usually bake for 20-25 mins and then flip over and bake for maybe 4 mins as sometimes the underside can be a bit soft

      The new soggy bottom – ‘the underside can be a bit soft

      BTW – something I’ll be doing the next time
      Is loosen the egg wash – with milk probably. And I’m not convinced it needed it anyway¯\_ʘ‿ʘ_/¯.
      Up to ye


      1. Tarfton Clax

        They go really really well with a Good German Helles or Pilsner. Rascals Brewery in Inchicore do a great version called Jailbreak, and 8Degrees brewing have a lovely Pilsner called Pilgrim’s path which works really well too. I have carried out extensive research in this area.

    2. millie bobby brownie

      Would you not do that as an actual Frilly Keane post so that we can bookmark the page later? It sounds a gorgeous recipe and I’m dying to try it out

      1. V aka Frilly Keane

        Probably going to have to sort something out alright

        Cause I can’t find your Millie Browns
        Known in my gaff now as the Broadsheet Brownies btw
        The Teenager there on Friday evening did *John Whaite’s recipe, without all the nuts
        And it’s a perfect midway sponge between Brownie & Fudge
        Great ‘ people over’ option actually

        A chocolate square cake for all sorts

        Leave it with me Mill
        Ta, V

        *S3 Bake Off Winner btw. Fabulous Cake baker actually

        1. millie bobby brownie

          If you want I can email the recipe to you, V.

          I love yer man John from Bake Off. Really love Ed Kimber’s stuff too. I follow him on instagram. Very very nice. A real guilty pleasure.

          I’m as far from Liz as can be got. Usually in a pair or leggings and old jumper with my dressing gown thrown over that as my kitchen is a horrible old ice box of a yoke. Think more bird woman from Mary Poppins.

  14. Charlie

    Tommy Charage has been drinking his Aldi wine since last Friday and is now firmly slumped on his stained couch wearing just a Union Jack. Good news though, he’s moving back to his beloved Millwall for a better life and economic bliss. Cheerio, cheerio, cheerio…cheerio, cheerio, cheerioooooo-o!

      1. benblack

        According to the article, Lily;

        “Mr. Gibney cannot be indicted again on any of the charges that were dismissed in 1994, but Irish case law changed shortly after his original charges were dropped, making it easier to prosecute new allegations of historical child sexual offenses.”

        “But last month, the Irish police confirmed they were again investigating Mr. Gibney after two more former child swimmers came forward with fresh allegations against him.”

        1. Lilly

          Thanks Ben. That was reported elsewhere last month, I wondered, since they’re rehashing, is there about to be an announcement about Gibney’s extradition.

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