Education Minister Ruairí Quinn, who celebrates his birthday today, was shown the red card at the Irish National Teachers’ Organisation (INTO) annual conference in Cork.
Later in Wexford, Mr Quinn received a similar response at the Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland (ASTI) annual meeting in Wexford, below.
You may recall how Iona Institute founder David Quinn threatened legal action against the University Times two months ago after the Trinity College newspaper published articles about the much-lampooned online video, The Case for Man/Woman Marriage.
The College Tribune, a UCD publication, is now reporting that a separate paper Trinity News has now received legal letters concerning their coverage of the University Times incident.
James Grannell reports:
“The College Tribune now understands that Trinity News has come under fire from David Quinn in relation to their coverage of the controversy between him and the University Times.”
“In a reply, which was published in the University Times on 12th February, Quinn accused Trinity News of “dismissing” his concerns in relation to the articles, namely that the University Times had defamed him by effectively describing him as “a racist” who had “formed a ‘bigoted hate group’”.
“It is understood that Trinity News were sent a series of legal letters from solicitors representing David Quinn. This is believed to have been the reason for the publication of a clarification to their earlier article relating to the problems between the University Times and the Iona institute.”
“If legal action is taken against Trinity News it will mean that both Trinity papers will have been forced to back down by Quinn in a single academic year. This may also have implications for other student media outlets and how they cover issues relating to Quinn and the Iona Institute.”
He’s literally a poor man’s Denis.
Previously: Iona Don’t Discrimante, OK?
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Accountancy firm Ernst & Young has been appointed the new auditors to the Quinn Group, which is part-owned by the former Anglo Irish Bank.
The appointment comes just two days after the bank started a legal action against the firm over its role as auditors to the bank before it was taken into State ownership in 2009.
Ernst & Young has replaced rival accountants PricewaterhouseCoopers as auditors to the group formerly owned by the bankrupt and imprisoned businessman Seán Quinn.
A spokesman for Quinn Manufacturing Group confirmed it had just appointed Ernst & Young as its new auditors on a multi-year contract after a competitive tender for the job.
Minister for Finance Michael Noonan told reporters he was aware of the State-owned bank’s action against the firm. “On they go,” he said.
President of the High Court Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said last week it was “truly shocking” that €1.65 billion may be required from the compensation fund to meet claims and costs arising from the administration of the insurer. He sought the “clearest of explanations” to be provided to understand the reasons for these costs at the hearing today. During last week’s hearing he said it would be helpful if somebody from the Central Bank also attended the court.
The cost of the administration was put at about €738 million and this rose to €775 million. The amount being sought from the fund “had more than doubled” in the space of a few months, he said.
Lawyers for the administrators told the court that the €1.65 billion was “an absolute ceiling” and based on a worst-case situation, while the actual level of draw-down was expected to be between €1.1 billion and €1.3 billion.
Oh, well that’s all right then.
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