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This morning.

Fintan O’Toole repeats what many have been saying since March.

Only the words are bigger.

Fintan O’Toole: Absence of Covid defences at Dublin Airport is startling (Irish Times)



August, 1981.

The first-ever Irish Times colour supplement.

Produced by the paper’s Special Reports Department, edited by Niall Fallon.

To be auctioned at Adam’s on August 10:

This edition of the Irish Times Supplement magazine was in fact never circulated.

The interesting choice of a cover image of a photograph by Tom Lawlor of a supermarket in Cap d’Agde naturist resort in France clearly did not gain the approval of the Major Tom McDowell, the editor [Managing Director, actually] of the newspaper at the time of publication…

…It is understood that he ordered for the copies to be destroyed and the publication of the edition halted. The work of Niall Fallon’s department was never to see the light of day, with the Irish public spared from such indecency….

UPDATE: A male customer (at top), a Purdey-coiffed ladyperson or a fluid mix of both genders? [see comments]

The First Irish Times Colour Supplement (Invaluable)

Stephen Collins of The Irish Times

This morning.

Further to the government u-turn that has ensured Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment recipients will not have their pay cut if they travel to green-listed countries.

Stephen Collins, columnist  and former political editor of The Irish Times, is not happy.

He fumes:

The Government was entirely justified in withdrawing the pandemic payment for people who flout the advice not to travel abroad unless it is essential, never mind those leaving the country for good.

The vast majority of people have willingly obeyed the advice not to holiday abroad.

By allowing itself to be bullied into a U-turn by hysterical objections, the Coalition let down the vast majority of people who have shown a willingness to act in the common good even if that entails a financial sacrifice….

Good times.

Meanwhile, later…

Politicians’ pay has always been an obsession of the Irish media for as far back as anybody can remember. In the overall scheme of things TDs and ministers are reasonably well paid, but then again so are public servants at all levels…

…Pandering to ignorance about their pay has done nothing to improve the standing of politicians.

Pandering to ignorance about TD pay does nothing to improve standing of politicians (Stephen Collins, Irish Times)

Unhappy and happy emojis; Stephen Collins, Irish Times’ former political editor and columnist

This morning.

Put a happy face on….

If Sinn Féin has the energy and the resources to dominate social media and disseminate its message there is nothing wrong with that.

Where it begins to get sinister is the way in which the party’s keyboard warriors seek to intimidate people propounding different views.

For instance the [Dublin City University] study found a marked difference between the emoji icons used to react to posts by the parties.

“Haha”, or “Angry” constituted 94 per cent of emoji reactions for posts by Fine Gael, and 90 per cent for Fianna Fáil, while they only accounted for 7 per cent of these reactions to posts by Sinn Féin.

….The study found that 91 per cent of the emoji reactions to Sinn Féin posts were “Love”.

What it suggests is that the Sinn Féin keyboard army was not just actively pushing its own message but attacking the messages being put out by its political opponents.

…. Whether it is down to poor organisation or fear of intimidation by the “Shinnerbots”, the two parties now negotiating a programme for government appear oblivious to the daily assault they suffer on social media, which is merely a harbinger of what awaits them when the next election comes around.


Also: 😂

Stephen Collins: Big two must take fight to SF on social media (Irish Times)

Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan, a past pupil of Gonzaga College, Dublin

“It’s just a different style, you know, maybe newer people in the Greens might want him to go in and bang the table and roar at Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael all the time, that is not not his style and it’s just as effective as someone who goes in and roars the odds working with people…

Dermot Ahern… speaks really highly of Eamon Ryan… said he and Trevor Sargent were two of the most effective ministers of the recent decades and a lot of people round that cabinet table they really appreciated he could reach out and work across them…

…with Ryan they saw someone who reached across the table across subjects and was well able to work and, you know…

Someone who knows him a while says it’s kind of like that Gonzaga type, you know, patrician quality you know we will get things done, that himself, Brian Lenihan, Simon Coveney, they kind of have that ‘let’s get along and everything needs to be done’ mentality, but I think his method of working is conciliatory but that doesn’t mean it’s not effective.”

Fiach Kelly, Deputy Political Editor of the irish Times on the ’Inside Politics’ podcast with Hugh Linehan


Listen here


New York Times on March 27 and Front page of today’s Irish Times


This morning.

Fergal Reid tweetz:

This morning’s Irish Times takes a design lead from a recent, striking New York Times front page. Even more powerful when it’s our own live register.

‘Design lead’ or ‘lazy pilfering’.

YOU decide!

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