Well Covered



Tanaiste Leo Varadkar

This morning.

Via Irish Times Letters:

As seen in the Monday edition of The Irish Times.

Page 1: Leo Varadkar pronounces his wise counsel on the purchase of the new National Maternity Hospital site.

Page 1: In the blurb for page 3, we see that Leo Varadkar urges the DUP to honour agreements.

Page 2: Views on travel abroad: “Varadkar says Government has decided to diverge from Holohan’s travel advice.”

Page 3: “Varadkar urges DUP to ‘honour its commitments’ on Irish language’’.

Page 4: Varadkar’s concerns and “intimations” over site for new National Maternity Hospital.

Page 4: “Pandemic must leave positive legacy, says Tánaiste.”

Page 4: Varadkar’s Ard Fheis speech: “Varadkar dances a leftward shimmy to pair Fine Gael’s old favourites.”

I did check out the Sport section for Mr Varadkar’s tips for the Southwell and Ballinrobe races but, sadly, nothing doing.

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Green Party leader Eamon Ryan also get a fleeting mention in some of these articles.

But no mention at all of the leader of the Opposition, who happens to be the leader of what the polls consider to be the most popular party in the country – north and south.

How come?

Is mise,

Caomhin O Seanain


Irish Times Letters


Sponsored Link

19 thoughts on “Well Covered

  1. Jdawgs

    Popular is popular. She isn’t leader, she isn’t in power, she isn’t making decisions. I’m thankful for that. You can judge how SF work by looking north of the border. It ain’t the ideal utopian party it portrays itself to be down here.

  2. Micko

    Well, with the lack (or very little) of any real journalism remaining in this country, possibly the world…

    whichever side sends out the most press releases is gonna get the most coverage.

    Plus, Martin doesn’t make news. He’s boring, he doesn’t sell. He’s about as interesting as a colonoscopy and as useful as an ashtray on a motorbike.

    Varadkar’s not much better, but compared Martin he looks like fricking Liberace.

    1. Bitnboxy

      I’d rather prefer a boring, non-flashy, self-effacing Taoiseach or Táinaiste but this is no longer our world. Trump, Johnson, Mary Lou and Leo know the value of social media and soundbite. Our rapidly deteriorating attention spans mean we are governed by slogan and not substance. Look at where this has catapulted Johnson with his Brexit con-job.

      1. Bitnboxy

        *Tánaiste – wrong spelling in my original post.

        Oh yes, totally agree Micko. The media of all hues could not get enough of Trump. Whether railing against him or lauding him as a messiah and the second-coming, they could not get enough.

  3. John F

    It’s a weird situation, for over the past year, all private media companies have been very dependent on the state for advertising revenue. The endless ads about Corona, restrictions et cetera et cetera. There are regular advertisers pulled back due to the lockdowns.
    This state-owned media is dependent on the good graces of the political parties in government to guarantee their licence as well as some advertising revenue.
    How can this not be a conflict of interest. Media companies know that Leo is guaranteed to be the next Taoiseach, there are never going to print anything bad about them or at the very least distract from the nasty stuff.
    I don’t fully agree with the Sinn Fein assessment that Mary Lou is being purposefully ignored. They are not in government, they did not receive a mandate from the majority of the Irish public. And I doubt they will in the next election either. They will need support from the far left parties and that just will not work.

    1. Micko

      I can’t remember who said it, but it was something along the lines of “when a state and its media are parroting the same message consistently, then it’s one of the main signs to get out of that country ASAP”

      There were other signs of a failing state, one of which is the government scrapping inheritance. That all property would eventually go back to the state.

      Obv we’re there yet, but the conflict of interest you bring up, is concerning. It is not a good sign.

  4. Bitnboxy

    This is a post tailor made for Giggz! I thought they would be all over it like a fly to the proverbial…

    Paging Giggz…

    Giggz, are you there?


    1. GiggidyGoo

      Ah, the Narcissist and Gaslighter returns.

      Not referring to yourself in the third person anymore then? Cured of narcissism?

      And, by the way, I did see your nasty and disgusting post to / attack on John F at the weekend – as did many others here. Saved for posterity. Gaslighting once again, but in the nastiest of ways. Good for you that the moderator removed the post. You’re disgraceful.

      1. Bitnboxy

        Firstly, my dear aul low born abusive Giggz, your OTT unhinged reply is quite redolent of an acute narcissism in and of itself. You were well able to gaslight me a few months back although I appreciate that was due to a difficult period you subsequently admitted (and for which I sympathised).

        You have an utter inability to even tolerate gentle ribbing. For seasoned posters on here, it is more than apparent that you have a bad case of Leo-fever. I mean, it is mildly amusing. And you are in decidedly no position to crow about “nastiness” given your tenure here.

        Don’t know what the hell you are referring to re “John F”? Or who this poster is.

        And you can hurl all the abuse you want (obviously as a result of your background) but I will not stop in either calling out your behaviour and propaganda and the odd gentle rise.

        Sorry not sorry.


  5. RuilleBuille

    Watching the news on TV3 and RTE you’d swear Alan Kelly was the leader of the opposition.

Comments are closed.

Sponsored Link