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Conor Pope, in The Irish Times, reports:

House prices rose by 12.3 per cent in the 12 months to the end of December and the rate of increase is accelerating significantly, new figures show.

The rise revealed today compares to a 9 per cent increase in the same period of 2016 and compares to a hike of 11.4 per cent in the average cost of a house in the 12 months to the end of November.

The latest numbers mean that from the trough in early 2013, prices nationally have increased by 72.1 per cent.

House prices rise 12.3% in a year and rate of increase accelerates (The Irish Times)

George Hook

This morning.

In the Times of Ireland.

Lise Hand writes:

The controversy over comments about rape made on Friday by the Newstalk presenter George Hook took an unexpected turn yesterday when the station began a fightback against its critics.

The radio station has decided not to use any contributors from The Irish Times in response to an article by the newspaper’s columnist Fintan O’Toole. On Tuesday O’Toole wrote that he would not appear on Newstalk again, describing it as “flagrantly sexist”.

Although there was no official statement to The Irish Times from the Communicorp-owned station, the ban was acknowledged by a source at the paper and Newstalk producers have been informed. A spokeswoman for the station could not be reached for comment.

Newstalk retaliates in rape row with ban on Hook critics (The Times of Ireland)


In The Irish Times

Kitty Holland writes:

Views, behaviours and individuals that contravened the moral hegemony of 1930s, 1940s and 1950s Catholic Ireland were publicly shamed, silenced and cast out by the thought police of the time. Abhorrent views were censured, stymieing intellectual and social development for decades.

Ireland is, thankfully, a different place now. Some would say our treatment of women has changed radically, but have our underlying social and political attitudes changed so much?

Today’s thought police see themselves as very different to those of 70 years ago. Their agenda is freedom and safety for women and girls.

However, the abhorrent and deeply damaging views of women and girls, articulated by Hook, teenage boys, and our Constitution alike, must be heard. They must be challenged. They must be changed. Simply silencing them will not achieve the safe, free world we want for our daughters.

George Hook should be challenged, not silenced (Kitty Holland, The Irish Times)

Front page of today’s Property Supplement in The Irish Times

“Housing is the main story for the Irish Examiner. Elaine Loughlin writes that the State is considering taking an equity stake in people’s homes, in an overhaul of the Help-To-Buy scheme. It would see the lump-sum grant replaced with a State loan to buyers, similar to the British model.

One index of the present property market is that today’s Irish Times property supplement has 32 pages – 10 pages more than the main section of the paper.”

John S Doyle, speaking during the ‘What It Says In The Papers’ slot on RTÉ One’s Morning Ireland this morning.

Good times.

Common enough in fairness.

Listen back in full here


Further to Nicholas Pell’s glossary of alt-right terms published by The Irish Times yesterday, headlined “The alt-right movement: everything you need to know”…

John McManus, opinion editor at the newspaper, has outlined its reasons for publishing it.

From Mr McManus’s explanation:

“… the purpose of the Opinion and Analysis section is to inform readers about the issues of the day, offer insights and give them something to think about. It purpose is also to stimulate and advance arguments about matters of public interest.

The piece by Nicholas Pell met these criteria. At a minimum it decodes a lot of the Alt-right movement’s language and at best it gives a clear indication of its thinking and idealogy.

We took the view that someone reading the piece would be better informed about the Alt-right movement and what it stands for.

There is a wider issue of to whom we should or should not give a platform in The Irish Times. There are limits of course, but fundamentally we don’t subscribe to the notion of denying a platform to people we don’t agree with or that will provoke strong debate, as the Nicholas Pell piece has done. We have, for example, recently run trenchant pro and anti-abortion pieces .

The existence of the Alt-right cannot be simply ignored. It was a factor in the US election and is closely associated with figures in the incoming administration. We would argue, moreover, that anybody who seriously opposes it should want the public to know what the Alt-right really stand for.

…Some of the language in the piece has clearly offended people which was not our intention. We felt on balance that that leaving it in gave a deeper insight into the nature of the Alt-right movement.”

Why we published Nicholas Pell’s article on the Alt-right (Irish Times)


Earlier: To Pell And Back


Una Mullally writes in The Irish Times:

The Irish Times was wrong to publish the article by Nicholas Pell. There are of course many ways to talk about the so-called “Alt-right” – a purposefully fluffy term for white supremacists, fascists, Nazis and others – but publishing a racist, misogynistic, trolling glossary is not one of them. I do not believe we should be interested in humouring fascism. I believe we should be invested in destroying it.

Una Mullally: Why ‘The Irish Times’ should not have published Nicholas Pell (Irish Times)

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This morning.

The controversial new Irish edition of The Times, a new digital daily part of a 7-day subscription package (link below) with The Sunday Times.

Its ‘welcome’ editorial says:

Welcome to the Irish edition of The Times and thank you for subscribing. This new newspaper is part of a seven-day digital package, which includes the Irish edition of The Sunday Times. The Times has been in existence since 1785. The Sunday Times was founded in 1821 and has had an Irish print edition for over 20 years. Both newspapers have a long and distinguished tradition of quality journalism. The Sunday Times is an established and popular newspaper in the Irish market and we intend for the Irish edition of The Times to be as strong a competitor among its daily rivals.

The newspaper industry has undergone significant change in recent years. It has been challenging but it has created new opportunities. We continue to print the UK and other editions of The Times — and will do so for some time yet — but we have also developed a world-leading digital offering, using the full array of platforms — tablet, smartphone and web — now available to us.

We have embraced the possibilities that technology provides and we are determined to stay ahead of our rivals. We still tell stories, we still break news, but we are now able to do so with more style and flair, allowing our readers to enjoy a far more interactive experience. In Ireland we have chosen to concentrate on a digital-only product for the Irish edition of The Times. We believe this will give us the opportunity to seize the potential of the medium in a way that has not been achieved in the Irish market to date.

The changes in our industry have also enhanced the relationship we have with you, our subscribers. We believe in the importance and power of quality journalism; we believe in hiring professional journalists to produce it; and we believe we must charge a modest amount for their efforts.

By supporting our journalism you are far more than a reader: you are a member of The Times. We want to hear from you and our technology allows you to get in touch more conveniently. You can also share our journalism more easily and, in doing so, help us to learn what you are interested in and where best to focus our efforts.

If we are asking our members to pay, we must offer more. This is why News UK and Ireland, our parent company, has invested in exclusive content such as our sports highlights packages for exciting competitions including GAA league and championship games in addition to British Premier League matches.

Being an Irish edition of a world-renowned newspaper puts us in a great starting position. In addition to the 30 journalists we have in Ireland, we have 350 in London and 36 around the world. Ireland is a vibrant country with a strong sense of its place in the world. We think readers of the Irish edition will be keen to know about domestic affairs, often in great detail, but we also think you will want to know more about what is going on outside this country.

A newspaper with a different perspective in the Irish market is a positive development. The more competition the better. We believe we will distinguish ourselves by providing quality and insightful Irish news but, crucially, we also intend to pursue an outward-looking agenda. As a newspaper we have a global reach that no other offering in Ireland can match. We believe that this will allow us to deliver exciting, informative and entertaining journalism and we look forward to sharing it with you, seven days a week.

FIGHT/Was it for this?



The Pro Life Campaign held its national conference in the RDS on Saturday. One of the issues raised was media bias.

Caroline Simons, legal consultant for the Pro Life Campaign said:

“For over two years now, every time this issue comes up in the news there has been an almost exclusive focus on abortion. This is doing a massive disservice to women. How many women end up going for abortion in this situation having heard nothing whatsoever about the extraordinary support which perinatal hospice care offers to the mother and baby for whatever short length of time the baby may live? There is urgent need for more balance in this debate.”

Cora Sherlock, Deputy Chairperson of the Pro Life Campaign said:

A majority of people in this country consistently say that they want to keep a pro-life model in Ireland. Put simply: we’re not into ending lives here. We are into saving them. Recent polls claiming widespread support for abortion fail to take into account the fact that the evidence shows abortion is not a treatment for suicidal feelings. The Government ignored this when introducing abortion last year.”


According to today’s Irish Times, 68% are in favour of referendum in cases of rape or where the foetus will not be born alive.

Majority of voters want abortion law liberalised (Stephen Collins, Irish Times)

Previously: No Direction Home

Pic: The Scientist


Sinn Féin is neck-and-neck with Fine Gael in popular support for the first time, according to the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI poll.

The poll also shows that Labour has benefited from a modest bounce since the summer Cabinet reshuffle with new Tánaiste Joan Burton now the most popular party leader.

And it appears that the controversy over John McNulty’s Seanad nomination has had no impact on Fine Gael support since the last poll in May.

Enda to grow beard and tweet about teddy bears in desperate bid to win back voters.

Sinn Féin level with Fine Gael, opinion poll shows (Stephen Collins, Irish Times)

The grounds of the former Bon Secours mother and baby home in Tuam, Co. Galway where it’s believed 796 infants may have been buried in a mass grave. Middle: Catherine Corless and, above, today’s coverage in the irish Times.

“Corless writes in her article about hearing of boys who “came upon a sort of crypt in the ground, and on peering in they saw several small skulls. I’m told they ran for their lives and relayed their find to their parents.”

From Rosita Boland’s Tuam mother and baby home: the trouble with the septic tank story piece in today’s Irish Times and  picked up by a number of Catholic websites today.

From the accompanying video Catherine Corless says:

So it was only in my research when I was talking to people in the area, they said ‘Do you know there’s a little graveyard at the back?’  The older residents in the area – now, before these new houses went up – they had the story that two little boys were playing in the area back in the early 70s/late 60s and they came across a huge hollow in the ground. Then they went further and saw there was a slab – a few slabs going across this hollow and so the lads tried to peer in to see what was in there, and they got some stones and broke open more. They said when they cracked open the slab – he said he was just doing this – it was full, full to the brim with skulls and bones. I said ‘Were they big or small?’ ‘Oh’, he said ‘they were little ones, all little ones’ he said.




The full transcript of the video via Paul Moloney:

Catherine Corless: “I started out to do the history of the nuns and the children who went there and I wasn’t expecting the stories that came up. Because we never really knew the home babies as we called them. I kind of remember them going to school in the lower classes. I do remember that they came down in rows, down a double-row down to school. Everybody remembers the sound of the boots because they made a rattle when they came down because the girls and boys wore these hob-nail boots, big black hob-nail boots, summer and winter, and I do remember they were treated that little bit different than the rest of us. We always knew not to play with them and to keep away. This whole area was enclosed with an eight-foot wall right around an acre perimeter, and very few people could see in or out. If you were in there you couldn’t see what was going on in the outside word. A car would come and drop off a mother I suppose and she would go in and once they went in there they just didn’t see outside again until they left.

So it was only in my research when I was talking to people in the area, they said ‘Do you know there’s a little graveyard at the back?’ The older residents in the area – now, before these new houses went up – they had the story that two little boys were playing in the area back in the early 70s/late 60s and they came across a huge hollow in the ground. Then they went further and saw there was a slab – a few slabs going across this hollow and so the lads tried to peer in to see what was in there, and they got some stones and broke open more. They said when they cracked open the slab – he said he was just doing this – it was full, full to the brim with skulls and bones. I said ‘Were they big or small?’ ‘Oh’, he said ‘they were little ones, all little ones’ he said.

Rosita Boland?: “And do you believe him?”

Corless: “Well, it’s not just the boys talking, it’s from other people around the area if you talk to them. They say that a few people came to see what the fuss was about. Someone called the parish priest to come up and to look at the area and to bless it. It’s only in the last month or so that I found out that these boys – now men – were still around. I didn’t have their names until about a month ago.

Boland: “Do you believe that there are all of the children in that grave, do you think that that is possible?”

Corless: “I think it’s quite possible going from the boys’ explanation that it was full to the brim of bones. But still how children at the time, does it matter if it’s 500, 600? If there isn’t a full 796? 10 children in a septic tank? 20? Isn’t that horrific? Is it the numbers that makes it horrific?

Boland: “Would you welcome excavation in that spot?”

Corless: “I would welcome the truth, always, always. The evidence strongly suggests excavation is the only way, if anyone wants to do that. That wasn’t our intention, our intention was to name the children, have them remembered, put up a plaque. I’m thinking of the other mother and baby homes in Ireland, I’m thinking of the groups that are out there, desperately trying as we were, struggling to have children remembered. And if this investigation helps and pushes it forward, I would welcome it. It’s justice, justice to children, justice to the people who gave birth there.”

(Photocall Ireland)