127 thoughts on “Saturday’s Papers

  1. Charger Salmons

    Charger’s Jab Jibber-Jabber™

    ( Record Breaking Edition )

    The UK has smashed its previous record by delivering 660,276 vaccine doses in a single day.

    That’s 1% of the population with an overall total of more than 28 million or 50% of the entire adult population.

    And more in one day than Ireland’s entire vaccine roll-out.

    Hardly surprising then that as the record tumbled the big feller got his jab too.



    1. Charger Salmons

      Meanwhile, and I never thought I’d ever write this, spare a thought for the people of France as the country is plunged into another lockdown with spiralling infections.
      Under its hapless leader Napoleon Macron their AZ vaccine strategy so far has been a list of lamentable failures.

      Allowed for 18-65s only
      Allowed for all
      Allowed for 55+ only

    2. Charger Salmons

      Taxi for Ursula The Unready …

      ” Pfizer has warned the EU to back down from its threat to block vaccines to the UK because the firm needs crucial ingredients shipped from the UK.
      The drugmaker and its partner BioNTech have told Brussels that the UK has the power to retaliate against any export ban by withholding raw materials needed for its jab.
      Croda International, a chemicals firm based in Snaith, Yorkshire, has been delivering vital “fatty molecules” to Pfizer’s factories in the EU since signing a five-year contract with the firm in November.
      It is one of the few companies in the world able to supply the crucial substance.
      Croda told the stock exchange earlier this year that its contract with Pfizer to deliver four ingredients would generate $125 million in sales this year, adding that it was quadrupling the capacity of its UK factory to meet demand.
      Pfizer and BioNtech are understood to have warned EU leaders that production at the main vaccine factory in Belgium could “grind to a halt” within weeks if the UK moved to prevent deliveries from crossing the Channel. “

    3. Charger Salmons

      Some good news for Ireland though.
      The HSE says it will resume using AstraZeneca today – starting “with a relatively modest number” of people.
      If it’s “relatively modest” by existing rollout standards then it’s going to be very very modest indeed.
      I wonder if they’ll beat last Sunday’s total of 306 ?

    4. Charger Salmons

      It’s been an open secret for weeks of course but any Irish citizen over 50 with an old NHS number from their time in Blighty is full entitled to travel north for a jab.


      Here’s the link.

      The only requirement is that when you drive across the border you’re obliged to wind down your car window and shout ” well done Boris and thanks a lot Blighty ” at the top of your voice.
      It seems a small price to pay in fairness.

  2. GiggidyGoo


    “Simon McGonagle has been disqualified from racing for nine months at a referrals hearing of the Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board after being found responsible for taking the photograph that led to trainer Gordon Elliott’s suspension.

    Seven months will be suspended for a period of one year, after which the disqualification lapses. The sanction takes effect from April 16.”

    Yeah – very important to find whoever took the photo and make an example of him.

  3. Formerly known as @ireland.com

    The Daily Star is a rag. Any chance you could stop including it. The Brexit attack on Europe is so pathetic. I hope Irish people don’t start believing the rubbish the gullible Brits fell for.

    1. bisted

      …some of the 660276 ‘gullible brits’ vaccinated yesterday might include some Irish who voted for Brexit…their reason may have been different from their neighbour though…

      1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

        I was shocked to find out my brother voted for Brexit. Polish people coming to England, lowering wages, that was the reason. Nothing ironic there.

        1. Charger Salmons

          So you’re not the only one in your family who chose to leave Ireland for Britannia’s welcoming embrace.
          Good to see at least he’s managed to shake off his inferority complex …

          1. millie bobby brownie

            Aren’t Australia gearing up to leave the Commonwealth after Liz pops her clogs? Along with NZ and Barbados, among others.

          2. 32 counties again

            @ charger:
            The best part of going to Britain is the journey home.
            You should try it sometime.

            Learn to love again.
            You’re welcome!

          3. Charger Salmons

            Journey home ?
            I did.
            Last week in fact to get my Pfizer jab.
            I’d say the 32 counties will be united again before you get yours here.
            But as soon as we have any spare we’ll let you know.

          4. millie bobby brownie


            Maybe you can confirm my comment above? I’m only going on what I’ve read, specifically in relation to the future/inevitable break up of the Commonwealth after the death of the Queen. As far as I’ve been given to understand, she has made it her life’s work and it is only respect for her as monarch that is keeping it together. After her death it is anticipated that a number of larger nations within the Commonwealth (including Aus and NZ) which will accelerate the dissolution of the last vestiges of ‘the Empire’.

            I’d be curious to hear what people in Australia actually think.

          5. Charger Salmons

            When you stand to attention for the Aussie flag do you avert your gaze from the Union Jack still proudly displayed on it ?

          6. Papi

            The last time poor charger stood to attention it was due to a blue pill. Still didn’t get the ride though.
            Hard to bang a bag of cans.

          7. Formerly known as @ireland.com


            The consensus is that there will be a referendum on Australia becoming a republic after Liz Windsor is no longer on the throne. It is more likely to pass next time. NZ doesn’t seem as quick to move on this. I don’t see any country leaving the “Commonwealth”. It is seen as a way for Aussies to win medals at the Comm’ Games, not much else. I don’t mind Ireland joining the Commonwealth if it helps gain unity. It is pretty much a non-entity.

          8. millie bobby brownie

            Thanks for that, formerly.

            Always interesting to hear the reality as opposed to a media portrayal.

        2. Formerly known as @ireland.com


          The new Aussie flag is coming. Once the Scottish leave and there is a 32 county Ireland, the Aussies will dump the butcher’s apron. A Westminster law dictated that the colonies had to include the butcher’s apron.

  4. Charlie

    What a wonderful success for the Irish this week at Cheltenham. They’ve demonstrated their talents, their usual superiority both on and off a horse and drained every last penny from the Brits. Have a nice weekend y’all x

      1. Charger Salmons

        That dead horse at Cheltenham – did the Irish contingent queue for a photo op ?

        1. Charlie

          No but the Brits wanted to purchase it to enhance their chances of success for next year.
          *back of the net*

          1. Charger Salmons

            As Ireland will still be under lockdown next year waiting for a vaccine it looks like the Cheltenham brassers won’t be seeing any farmyard-smelling euros again.

  5. Charger Salmons

    Was Health Minister Stephen Donnelly at Cheltenham ?
    Because he hasn’t been seen anywhere in Ireland this week.
    Since Ireland postponed the use of the AZ vaccine his British counterpart Matt Hancock has carried out dozens of media interviews and been cross-examined in Parliament.
    And the UK has administered nearly 2.5 million Covid vaccines.
    What exactly does Slaphead do with his time ? Count every individual vaccine as it’s given ?

    1. The Bottler

      Rumour he has been preparing the groundwork for a move to SF so he may continue his ministerial career after the next GE!

  6. ce

    The Sun – “Win Westlife Tickets”… should read “Be Inflicted with Westlife Tickets”

    1. Pat

      Dear Mr and Mrs Ball and family,
      I goad and scoff every day on an Irish website. I was wondering if I could use the memory of your little fellow Johnathan in one of my bits?
      While I’m on, do you have contact details for the Parrys?
      Thanks in advance,

    2. Pat

      Eh, why did you delete my comment Bodger?

      Funny old agenda

      (ADMIN SEZ: sorry Pat, reinstated above, accidental deletion I’m sure)

  7. Lilly

    Richard Curran grilled Dee Forbes on The Business this morning. As usual she complained about being under-funded. One for Frilly.

  8. Charger Salmons

    Goad and scoff ?
    I’m just a humble purveyor of facts and statistics gleaned from publicly-available data that deserves to be brought before a wider audience.
    Ignorance is no defence in the court of human life.
    And no need for contact details for the Parry family.
    Tim’s parents turned a personal tragedy into a life-affirming quest for peace and reconciliation and bravely met McGuinness and Adams who would have okayed the bombing operation that killed their son.
    If you wish to learn more the telephone number for the T P J B Foundation for Peace is +44 1925 581231.

      1. Charger Salmons

        Is this going to be another attempt on your record for the number of posts in a single day about me and nothing else ?
        It currently stands at 32.
        You must have been in some state at the end of that day.
        Like a damp dishcloth I’d say.

        1. Charlie

          Dear lord. You actually keep records and statistics of people’s posts? I suspect the Gards in Cork have you on their ‘weirdo’ radar. It’s also crazy ironic that you accuse others of posting frequently when your entire day is spent hanging on certain individuals words and posting like a madman last thing at night and first thing in the morning.

        2. Unreal

          In times gone by a lad like you would just be quietly moved on to a parish in another diocese…

        3. Papi

          32 posts?
          32 points.
          32 counties.
          32 Charger IQ points.
          Oh dear, watch him run run run away.

    1. eoin

      Purveyor of facts and statistics that support your opinion you mean? How come dissenting voices on the vaccine rollout are being ignored or ridiculed? Why don’t the media engage with the likes of Ivor Cummins and Geert Vander Bossche (etc) and address their concerns? Until they do there will always be people too scared too go and get vaccinated. If they could successfully argue against these people they’d get 100% compliance, but instead they will soon be down to issuing threats. I find it amazing the people will gladly take a vaccine, that isn’t and never was considered a vaccine. Who’s makers instantly insisted on a waiver of responsibility from and that is now banned by many EU nations. Would you buy a car that is uninsurable, that some experts say is a death trap and that has been banned in several nations? No you would not. Cognitive dissonance in action.

  9. 32 counties again

    The sun is out.
    The clouds are gone.
    The skies are clear.

    Why am I still paying attention to ‘you know who’?
    Good question…

    I propose a curfew.

    I love that guy.
    I envy his/her position.

  10. Micko


    Have ya seen this? The link between RTE, the press and politicians.


    We all know it goes on, but to see it laid out like all in one place. Yikes. The money changing hands is mental!

    I know that some may question the source, but it makes for interesting viewing either way.

      1. Micko

        I’m the same formerly, lots of dodgey stuff there and it’s obv politically motivated to cause disruption and to get people on side with them.

        But even a stoped watch is right twice a day… etc etc

        1. Unreal

          No it isn’t, do you not understand the concept of time? A stopped clock is not fulfilling the basic function of a timepiece which is to accurately record the passage of time. So it’s not “right”, twice a day: it just gives that misleading impression to people like you who lack the critical faculties to fully evaluate the issue.

          1. Micko

            You’re dead right.

            That’s the important issue here.

            My correct or incorrect use of the “stopped watch” analogy.

            Christ… pedant much?

          2. Unreal

            If you can even get the basics of grammar so bottomways how we can take seriously a single other thing you say is a mystery.

          3. Micko


            So yer a grammar Nazi as well as a Time Nazi eh Unreal?

            Hmmm. ‘Time Nazi’…

            That gives me an idea for a book.

            To the library!!!!

    1. Lilly

      This is such nonsense. The idea that Susan Mitchell, for example, had her eye on a Government job and was just biding her time at the Sunday Business Post… ludicrous. I’m willing to bet that most of these ex-journos would have been quite happy to continue as journalists but it just wasn’t viable. When did you last buy the Sunday Business Post? I presume these advisory positions end as soon as the politician in question gets booted out, so no security of tenure, hence the salary weighting.

        1. Lilly

          I wasn’t addressing you specifically, Micko. My point is there aren’t enough subscribing Mickos about to keep print journalism afloat, which is why newspapers continue to contract, spewing people into other sectors. It has nothing to do with them having their eye on the main chance from the outset.

          PS – Anyone who subscribes to the Indo has my sympathy.

          1. Micko

            Sick burn on the Indo there. Sure ya can’t beat a aul journalism based berating eh?

            Anyway, you’re of course right about the politicians when they leave office and the salary weighing of the “journos” they employ.

            As we all are painfully aware, the second a politician leaves office, they spontaneously combust into the ether, never to be seen again.

            Which I of course think is a terrible waste.

            It would be much better when they leave office to employ them with lucrative private industry contracts and places on boards of private companies which they aided during their time in office.

            Which of course would be a win win situation for the journalists who helped them along the way, as they would be brought into these private companies as contractors.

            It would be a much better system than the “spontaneous combustion” model we have now.

            What a terrible waste… :(


          2. Lilly

            I didn’t mean to berate you for buying the Indo, it was more a comment on the paper. I’m genuinely mystified as to why anyone would pay for it.

          3. Micko

            Ah I’m only winding you up back Lilly. Yer grand. ;)

            In fairness on the Indo – it’s not great alright, but I have a subscription to most of the Irish papers for my business.

            I do like the SBP though.

    2. 32 counties again

      Nice one Micko!

      I’ve come across a few RTÉ heads in my time.
      If you arent in the club you cant get into the club.

      It’s not a TV station, it’s a mentality.

      1. Lilly

        Thanks for this link, Giggs. I filled it out but there were a few annoying optional addendums at the end and no submit button at each stage (to hit if you decided not to give the extra info) so I’m not even sure if it went. They should have had a submit button before each addendum and an acknowledgment that it had been successfully submitted.

        As it was, I just closed it half-way through the second addendum and was left hoping that their system grabbed the inputted data and that I hadn’t wasted my time. As with a lot of things RTE do, it wasn’t very satisfactory. I also wish I’d read Vanessa’s January rundown here before filling it it as I would have left additional comments in the freestyle section, such as get some new blood on your board of directors.

  11. 32 counties again

    Nice one Micko!
    ref: https://youtu.be/eZFH_zFy2kg

    I’ve come across a few RTÉ heads in my time.
    If you arent in the club you cant get into the club.
    You need to born into it, now feck off!

    It’s not a TV station.
    It’s not a news service.

    It serves itself.
    Nobody else.

  12. Otis Blue

    Lord Nelson, Bojo, Sir Winston Churchill, Jacob Rees-Mogg, Kate Middleton, Harry Kane, Tyson Fury, Lady Diana, vi har slått dem alle sammen, vi har slått dem alle sammen! Charger Salmons, can you hear me? Charger… your boys took a hell of a beating! Your boys took a hell of a beating…

    Go hiontach!, Ar fheabhas!, Galanta ar fad!, Go diail!

    1. Papi

      Du snakker norsk! Strålende! Jeg er enig, vi har slått dem, alle sammen, alltid. Helt rått, kompis!

  13. ce

    In the Examiner today – https://www.irishexaminer.com/news/arid-40248185.html

    If you’ve worked in the UK in the last 30 or so years and have an old NHS number, head on up to the North for a Jab, even Arlene will have a cup of tea on for you.

    And don’t feel bad about it, seriously, you are actually helping the UK by doing this… and in any event Ireland will be first on their list for spares, it’s in their interest….so get it into ya!

    Charger, could you convey our thanks to the Journ-assaulting delinquent father Haystack when you have a chance, ie.when you have some time to speak, while you take a break from having your tongue up his…

  14. Papi

    Honest question.
    Is charger a coward because he’s a cretin?
    Or is he a cretin because he’s a coward?
    Chicken/egg kinda thing.
    Heh heh heh.

    1. ce

      Blind nationalism turns you into a cretin… there’s a lot of it about these days, ’tis more contagious than Covid

      1. Papi

        Ah, now, that’s not fair. There’s mysogyny, clear racism, ageism and a host of other ailments that plague our troll. Obesity and thinking he has friends are merely the scab over the smelly rot underneath.
        Poor poor charger.
        Heh heh heh.

        1. ce

          and the chateux… which is more likely delusions from over indulgence in gateaux … or putting the chat in the chateaux…

          1. Papi

            It also thinks it has a wife! Oh my sides!
            The plastic bag the cans your mam buys you is NOT your wife!
            Silly rabbit.

  15. Get a jab

    I just want to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Salmon Face.
    I’ve suffered with insomnia since I was a kid, but he sends me to sleep immediately..

  16. GiggidyGoo

    I see ‘rollout’ is still fashionable, but now it’s ‘take what you’re given’ with an insinuated ‘or else’

  17. Papi

    Oh, I love seeing charger getting destroyed completely, utterly and, yes, may I say it, poetically personally.
    May you exit with your tail between whatever legs you can find, boy.
    Heh heh heh.

    1. Get a jab

      They have a word for that in Germany.
      I don’t speak German myself but I know exactly what you mean.

  18. f_lawless

    Disturbing footage taken earlier today of a young woman crying out in pain as she’s rough-handled by a group of gardai. Just prior to that, the woman had taken part in today’s anti-lockdown march in the city centre. From what I saw in another clip, she was was one of those who sat in protest on a street along the quays towards the end stages of the march

    “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!”


    1. Daisy Chainsaw

      “Roughhanded”? She was trying to escape them. If she could loudly scream I can’t breathe, then she could breathe.

      1. f_lawless

        Hard to believe that’s your genuine response after watching that video. Don’t you have any empathy at all? The young woman is clearly in a lot of pain and distress

        1. ce

          Bit like the pain and distress, gasping for air as a person dies from Covid that somebody with a pre-exisiting condition caught from an idiot who wouldn’t ware a mask?

          Lockdowns are stupid and point to a failed government, endangering people by gathering and/or not following public health advice because the government is bad … is also stupid

          1. f_lawless

            I almost feel embarrassed on your behalf for that sanctimonious response.
            Question: when one observes that public health advice from a particular group is ill-conceived, myopic, not aligned with real-world evidence, politicised, and contradicted by other credible health experts, would it be ‘stupid’ to still have faith in it regardless?

    2. Fearganainm

      So there’s no mass protest movement containing enough hardy men to storm the gardaí lines and rescue the damsel in distress? Skulking and muttering and surreptitiously filming is hardly action enough to win anyone a Cogadh na Saoirse medal. And if I was on the awarding body I wouldn’t be accepting tweets or other social media posts as proof of valour either. For all their bluster I’d say that ‘the resistance’ is a beaten docket.

  19. f_lawless

    Hmm my comment disappeared ..not sure if it was because I edited it after posting or otherwise. I’ll give it one more go..

    Disturbing footage taken earlier today of a young woman crying out in pain as she’s rough-handled by a group of gardai. Just prior to that, the woman had taken part in today’s anti-lockdown march in the city centre. From what I saw in another clip, she was was one of those who sat in protest on a street along the quays towards the end stages of the march.

    “I can’t breathe! I can’t breathe!”


    Today saw a set of coordinated protests in cities around the world. Some of them were massive. Dublin’s was small in comparison. Oh well. It’s not really a consolation, but I suppose when I look back over these times in years to come I’ll at least be able to say I was one of those who took to the streets in some kind of protest as the liberal democratic society which we’d been accustomed to was being rapidly eroded before us

    1. bisted

      …you can hope that the ratlickers aren’t around in years to come…they might just decide that you have lived long enough…

  20. Steph Pinker

    As much as I agree with David Langwallner’s pov on many issues he covers on BS, I was very surprised to hear that he defended John Gilligan in the 90s; of course Gilligan was innocent until proven guilty and he has a right to legal defense and due process, but it seems to go against the grain of a human rights lawyer to represent such a character, or, are some more entitled than others? Why’s the moral compass needle pointing in that direction rather than an other? The deflection from subject to topic was well done though.

    1. GiggidyGoo

      Solicitors can’t refuse to represent someone (I think). Didn’t Jim O’Callaghan represent Gerry Adams?

      1. Steph Pinker

        I’ve no idea about O’ Callaghan-Adams so I can’t comment, but what I alluded to in my post above is what you’ve just defined – to ‘represent’ someone. It’s long been known that Gilligan (I’m using JG as an example because David referred to him in TT), was/is a criminal since the 80s with multiple convictions, one of which is for murder; is it discretionary or dichotomous for *any* barrister of human rights to represent a drug dealing, murdering criminal?

        Do ethics or morals have a price, or is it just a case of being pragmatic and getting the client off, ironically at all costs?

        1. david langwaLLNER

          steph it is the act that was and is the problem not mr gilligan

          in constiutional terms you are dealing with ideas

          1. Unreal

            Steph is only interested in regulation of the tone of debate David, don’t be bothering taking any notice

      1. Johnny

        Oh,I liked you more when I thought you repped JG,the “CAB” act?…let us freeze/seize everything now prove your innocent,RICO here.

        1. Unreal

          Where exactly did you get the notion you were relevant to us any more johnny? You are the epitome of the crucifying emigrant bore who goes abroad and tells all and sundry ad nauseum how great it is “over there”, and sure be jaysus they don’t drive on the same side of the road, and you can see the Empire State from my little shoebox hovel and …
          Pathetic gibberish
          Crawl back in your hole please

          1. Johnny

            …as a very hot lesbian remarked late nite in a underground leather bar,to a friend who offered try show her what she was missing out,in the meat packing district,honey it’s men like you with small…she left later with me:)

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