Author Archives: Karl Monaghan


Regular Sunday Business Post tech columnist Jane Ruffino (above) column was bumped in yesterday’s edition in favour of expansive and glowing coverage of the Web Summit.

It couldn’t possibly be anything to do with her previous week’s column (behind the SBP pay wall or available in an expanded form on Medium) that used the Web Summit as an example of the overly cosy relationship between tech journalism and the companies they report on.

G’wan the Official Ireland.

Where is technology’s critical culture? (Jane Ruffino)


Budget 2016??

Some crystal balling.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the top tax rate on middle-income families will be dropped to a maximum of 50 per cent in 12 months’ time, all but confirming plans cut the upper income tax rate to 39 per cent in the next budget.

Mr Kenny remarks, in a Dáil speech this afternoon, are also seen as a clear indication that the new upper USC rate of 8 per cent on income exceeding €70,000 would be increased to 9 per cent when the top income tax rate is cut again.

This also implies that the two lower USC rates would each be cut by a further half percentage point to 1 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.

Want to see what that will all mean to you (should it all come to pass)?

We have Karl’s Budget 2016 calculator prepared already!

Click HERE

Taoiseach pledges to cut income tax rate again in next budget (irish Times)


Karl Monaghan

Budget 2015.

Does it suit YOU?

Karl’s Budget 2015 calculator (powered by now includes all of this afternoon’s data.

The calculator handles the following changes:

  • USC rates changed
  • Incomes of €12,012 or less are exempt
  • €0 to €12,012 @ 1.5%
  • €12,013 to €17,576 @ 3.5%
  • €17,577 to €70,044 @ 7%
  • €70,044 to €100,000 @8%
  • PAYE income in excess of €100,000 @ 8%
  • Self-employed income in excess of €100,000 @ 11%
  • Standard rate band of income tax increased by €1,000 from €32,800 to €33,800 for single individuals and from €41,800 to €42,800 for married one earner couples.
  • Top rate of income tax dropped from 41% to 40%
  • Extra €5 a month per child for Child Benefits


Click HERE

And there’s another 10 free TaxCalc iOS apps:

In case you’re wondering how the numbers are checked, they’re tested against the Department of Finance’s Budget Documents.


British military intelligence agents in Northern Ireland used fears about demonic possessions, black masses and witchcraft as part of a psychological war against emerging armed groups in the Troubles in the 1970s, a study says.

“It was quite clear that the church, both the Roman Catholic church and the Protestant church, even for the paramilitaries, held a fair degree of influence,” [Army Captain Colin] Wallace said. “So we were looking for something that would be regarded with abhorrence really by the two communities, and at the same time would be something that paramilitaries couldn’t justify, and also would be in many ways seen as a reason why some of the outrages were taking place.

Black Magic and Bogeymen: Fear, Rumour and Popular Belief in the North of Ireland 1972-74

Satanic panic: how British agents stoked supernatural fears in Troubles



The first ever recorded computer bug

We released a new version of the Broadsheet app last week with iPhone 6/6+ support and a lovely Today widget and for most people it’s been working fine.


A small number of users are experiencing a crash when trying to view any post. Sorry. Unfortunately I’ve been unable to replicate the crash on any of my test devices so it’s proving to be a very frustrating bug hunt.

So I need your help.

If you’re one of these users and you’d like to give us a hand I would ask you to sign up to our Beta. Once you’ve signed up to TestFlight, register your iPhone with them and I’ll then be able to send you a test version of the app to make sure the bug is well and truly squished.

Beta Sign Up

ComicJam48 LogoAnd a bit of jam.

Kevin Yourell writes:

I’m putting together / running an event for comic book creators in a few weeks called ComicJam48 Dublin.

The goal is to establish an great event that can be replicated by other organisers in other communities around the world. Similar to the movement that has been growing in the tech community over the last 4 years.

The idea for ComicJam48 came, like a lot of great ideas, out of a conversation over a few pints. We though it would be cool if there was a weekend event where people who love creating comics can get together in a really great location, Generator Hostel in Smithfield on the 6th & 7th of September, where we will feed and water attendees to keep them at their creative best, plus there will be limited edition T-shirts and a printed copy of the Anthology of all the projects created at the event for each attendee. All this from €35 (Early-Bird) per person.

We are hoping for a good mix of experience and inexperience at this event. While we’re planning on having mentors on the day to offer advice and make sure everything runs smoothly, the real goal of this event is collaboration and for people to teach and learn from each other, to share ideas and ask questions.

Dublin ComicJam48 2014

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Released yesterday, ShipAntics – The Legend of the Kiki Beast is the latest puzzle game from Dublin based StoryToys.

They describe it as

ShipAntics stars a madcap crew of seafaring adventurers: Captain Fred, the warm-hearted skipper of the Barnacle, Amanda his precocious, wild and wide-eyed daughter, and Otto, a cheeky young tall-tale touting Octopus. Your orders are to help Amanda and Otto as they venture into the wild blue yonder, solving mysteries and puzzles with Fred and the rest of the crew of the Barnacle.

Which actually boils down to it being a nice little point-and-click type adventure game that reminds me of the glory days of Monkey Island.

It’s a cute little game and the obviously high production values make it a delight to play.

The app is available now on the Apple App Store for €1.99.

Do you have an Irish app (especially an Android one)? Let us know:

As always, no favours, cuddles, or pints were given for this post. We have some guidelines on submissions.