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From top: Irish Times editorial on the EPA report which has prompted calls for cyclists to wear protective masks

Earlier this week, The Irish Times reported on a report published by the Environmental Protection Agency about nitrogen dioxide levels in Dublin.

In response, Cian Ginty, of Irish Cycle, writes:

Officials from the Environmental Protection Agency yesterday gave a stark warning on nitrogen dioxide air pollution, clearly making the link between excessive car use and human health.

in reaction, The Irish Times told us to wear cycling face masks and not to walk on busy roads and, this morning, used its influential editorial column to call for urgent action to… wait for it… have more monitoring.

More monitoring is needed, but using such an influential column to just calling for monitoring is a disservice to the residents of the city centre, and visitors of all types, be they workers, shoppers or tourists.

The bull in the China shop — the car — is hardly touched on in the article.

The Irish Times says the “capital needs a real-time map to highlight how bad the air has become in certain parts of the city” but what the capital needs is action — mainly focused on traffic reductions measures.

READ IN FULL: The Irish Times and air pollution: A dirty old newspaper protecting car use in Dublin City Centre (Irishcycle.com)

…Incomes around the average industrial wage are always difficult to fulfil the criteria,” says [Financial adviser Michael] Dowling.

Indeed, he ran an income of €37,000 for a single person through all the banks’ calculators and all he could come up with the amount they could borrow was bang smack in line with the Central Bankrules, of 3.5 times income.

This would give a total mortgage of just €129,500, or a purchase price of about €143,333.

While this would mean monthly repayments of about €530 a month, and would thus be affordable based on our would-be buyer’s net income of about €2,500 a month, it’s still unlikely to get our buyer very far in Dublin.

“If the loan amount is €129,500 then they’d need an exceptional deposit built up, or to get a gift, to buy in a Dublin context,” Dowling says.

It’s also important to remember that to qualify for just this amount, our applicant would also need to carry no further additional debt; a car loan or holiday loan would make that figure shrink even more

Can I buy a home in Dublin on an average wage? (Fiona Reddin, Irish Times)


Cannabis has changed immeasurably; today’s drug, grown in carefully controlled hot-house conditions, is far more potent than the grass or hash that was common a few decades ago. The dangers associated with it have grown apace, but corresponding awareness does not seem to have penetrated the public consciousness.

What debate there has been has focused on the medicinal uses of the plant. The research base on cannabis is skimpy, largely due to its illegal status, but there is some evidence of its usefulness for treating a limited number of ailments. Parents of children with severe epilepsy, for example, have spoken of the huge difference medicinal cannabis has made in reducing seizures and improving quality of life. Other claims – for example, its ability to “cure” cancer – are simply without foundation.

Campaigners for medical cannabis have taken offence at the implication that their work is a “Trojan horse” for wider legalisation of the drug. Yet the favourable attention paid to their cause cast the drug in a softer light. The result was an imbalance in public debate, one that is now being corrected by the willingness of frontline doctors to talk about the cannabis-related problems they are encountering in their practice.

In this regard, it would be helpful to hear more from the chief medical officer in the Department of Health.

The State has moved slowly to provide an access scheme for medicinal cannabis, which is now likely to start in the coming months. This will allow for the drug, supplied by quality assured and approved suppliers only, to be prescribed for patients for a limited number of conditions, where they have no other treatment options.

Today’s Irish Times editorial.

Danny the Dealer writes:

A ‘nodge’ of Lebanon’s finest to the first person to explain the inherent contradiction in this fairly tragic editorial.


A Debate Long Overdue (The Irish Times)

Irish times today (top) and yesterday (above)

This morning.

Professor Fiona de Londras tweetz:

I see the Irish Times’ opinion pages are replete with Sinn Féin bashing columns today. I do wonder what would happen if people engaged with Sinn Fein’s actual policies (especially economic and social) instead of taking swipes at them based on some (now outdated) sense of their ‘untouchability’.

It is not that I think Sinn Féin’s approach to the current sit in Venezuala isn’t problematic (it is). It’s that the only actions many prominent journalists seem to engage with are ones that allow them to denigrate Sinn Féin without engaging with their actual policies.

‘Establishment’ voices can keep on treating Sinn Fein as if they are toxic if they want, but the reality on the ground is that they connect meaningfully with many people’s everyday realities and hardships, and a lot of politics is about being and feeling heard. And that is about policy.”


Yellow Vest protestors in Paris last Saturday

Lara Marlowe (Irish Times’ Paris Correspondent) informs us that gilets jaunes (yellow vest) protesters deeply distrust the media and regard journalists as part of the elite (“Yellow vests’ reactionary and populist traits not just a French problem”, Analysis, January 14).

This distrust is understandable, given the smug leftist bubble that the modern media inhabits.

Indeed, she reported only last week that “virtually everyone I know likes Macron and detests the gilets jaunes ” (“Yellow vest riots are too close to home for city-dwelling elites”, Paris Letter, January 9).

Karl Martin
Dublin 13.

Irish Times Letters

Yesterday: Liberté, Égalité, Hyperbole


Pic: Getty

Front page of The Irish Times, March 30, 2018

Broadsheet commenter Shayna, who was questioned by the PSNI following comments she made on the site, will not faces charges of contempt.

Shayna, who has contributed to Broadsheet since 2010, was the foreperson at the Belfast Rape Trial.

She was contacted by the office of The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland who told her the Irish Times had alerted their staff to comments following the trial.

Believing correctly they were innocuous and did not breach jury guidelines, Shayna contacted the paper.

The story made the front page of the following morning’s Irish Times (above) stating without evidence:

‘In the posts the juror addressed the reasons the jury came to its decision.’

The article contained quotes from a deeply distressed Shayna awaiting the police in her kitchen at her home in Belfast.

She was further taunted and had her quotes ridiculed on twitter by staff members of the Irish Times.

In an article that appears in today’s Irish Times, in a small section on the bottom of page 4, The Lord Chief Justice of Northern Ireland is reported as saying:

‘The attorney general has decided not to institute proceedings for contempt against the juror.”

Juror who posted comments about rugby rape trial avoids prosecution (Amanda Ferguson, irish Times)

Belfast rape trial juror’s online comments are referred to AG (Conor Gallagher and Amanda Ferguson, Irish Times, March 30, 2018)

Previously: ‘I Am Liable For Arrest’

Former Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan


The Irish Times, reports:

The former Garda commissioner, Nóirín O’Sullivan, has sought all information held on her by a number of major media organisations under European Union data protection rules.

Faced with the request, RTÉ has told some of its journalists that all of their email records are being examined by the State broadcaster’s data protection officer….

…The former commissioner has also made the same request for data records to The Irish Times and the publisher of the Irish Mail and the Irish Mail on Sunday.


Nóirín O’Sullivan requests data held on her by key media bodies (The Irish Times)

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews