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Vlad’s blasphemy row shock!
GOD AWFUL: God, seen here with (L-R) Methuselah and the Baby Jesus, has said he will deal with the issue of his departure in a timely fashion

By Our Religious Affairs Correspondent May A. Culpa

MEDIA personality and part-time politician Leo Varadkar has been accused of blasphemy.

The allegation relates to an interview he gave to The Angel Gabriel on RTÉ’s late night show Who Do You Think You Are?

During the show Mr Varadkar was asked if he believed that God is Endless. Mr Varadkar replied that he did not accept that God is Endless – or indeed that Endless is God, but he accepted that sometimes it was presented that way – and people were getting tired of it.

He said he thought it was time for God to go. Or at least to give a date on which he would be departing, or retiring, or going to Mayo – whatever.

“How dare he preside over a country in which there is such misery. We have to spend our lives on our knees thanking him. What kind of Taois…er, God is that?” he asked. After the show it is alleged that a member of the public (The Angel Michael Ringer) phoned in a complaint to Westport Garda Station.

If convicted of blasphemy, Mr Varadkar could be sentenced to eternity in purgatory (Seanad Éireann). Mr Varadkar has since denied ever uttering what was reported and blamed Simon Coveney, “That Merchant Prince of Darkness”, for spreading the rumour to discredit him. “I mean, who does he think he is ? God?

Barnier’s Brexit benediction
WING AND A PRAYER: Barnier prayed for the soul of Theresa May, a key bargaining chip in her successful Tory leadership bid

CHIEF BREXIT negotiator Michel Barnier was forced to do a decade of the rosary before addressing the Dáil, it has been revealed. The EU man spoke to TDs on Ireland’s special position regarding Britain’s divorce from the Union.

According to Dáil etiquette, the Frenchman had to rattle off the Apostles’ Creed, a heap of Our Fathers and a load of Hail Marys before he could address the repercussions of a possible hard border and customs posts on the island.

“It’s in the rules,” said the ceann comhairle. “As a visiting dignitary he had to respect the chamber and its laws. In fairness to him, he mowed through it, took him five minutes tops.”

RTÉ launches 10-year plan

RTÉ director-general Dee Forbes today announced her shock plan for reforming the schedules over the next decade and asked the government for another €15m to fund it.

Forbes said: “While our coverage of sport and currents affairs will continue, we will be placing a much greater emphasis on cultural output,” she pledged. “Otherwise, everything will remain exactly the same.”

Among the highlights of the new 10-year plan are:

  • Cuts, a new 48-part series set in the accountancy department of a busy Dublin hospital, starring Amy Huberman
  • The Great Irish Bake-Off (presented by Agnes Brown and Amy Huberman)
  • Mrs Browne’s Barrel
  • Repeats
  • The usual cheap imports

“We’ve had a fantastic initial reaction to the plan,” said Ms Forbes, “and I am confident that people will take to the streets in their millions to avoid watching these programmes.”

TV Listings

Redwater – 9pm, RTÉ One:
Brit soap opera couple Charles and Camilla travel to a sleepy Irish village to find out how the Éire are doing. Rings are kissed and arses licked in this thoroughly embarrassing outing from the grovelling natives.

The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne – 10pm, RTÉ 2:
Controversial religious programme. God is in the hot seat this week as he explains to Gaybo why he lost his belief in Stephen Fry. He tells Gay: “Blasphemy doesn’t bother me at all. No, Fry is just a wanker.”

SPOT THE DIFFERENCE
JEAN CLAUDE VAN DAMME JEAN CLAUDE JUNCKER
Played a robotic tough guy  Is a robotic tough guy 
Is a notorious middleweight  Is a notorious lightweight 
Is world famous for splits  Is world famous for splits
Speaks English as a second language Doesn’t want to speak the English language
Enjoys alcohol sensibly Enjoys alcohol
Known as the Muscles From Brussels Calls himself the Muscles From Brussels
Thinks eggs have souls Thinks British are assholes
Mary Lou should come clean and tell us what we all suspect

By Indo Group Political Editor Craven Doyle

SINN Féin leader-in-waiting Mary Lou McDonald is no doubt keen to avoid jumping the gun by talking openly about her succession to the scruffy-bearded former IRA cannibal and traffic lights crasher “Grizzly” Gerry Adams (Good start – Ed).

But her succession is all part of a well-planned long-term (You forgot “sinister” – Ed) manoeuvre that has been in the works for decades. Hence her Trinity College enrolment back in the day; her sham membership of Fianna Fáil as a student; the cultivation of a “cultured” south Dublin accent and the softly toned dress wear for public occasions. (Now that you mention it! – Ed)

Even the smile has been has crafted – no doubt by lengthy hours before a mirror in some backwoods cabin in the midst of the Dublin mountains – to suggest conviviality and reassurance.

But look closely. There is much there to be feared by everyone on this island.

As St Conor of Cruise said in his message to the Sindonians: “Beware the grizzly bear that comes dressed as lamb.” (Outstanding stuff! Take Thursday off – Ed)

Tycoon season winding down
HAVEN SENT: Top boffins say the disappearance of the warm front might force locals to take shelter in ramshackle operations like this one

METEOROLOGISTS say a massive heavy weather front that has lingered across Haiti for over seven years is at last showing signs of evaporating.

Storm Haven followed in the wake of Tycoon Denis – or El Dino as it is known among climate watchers – which blew in from Ireland in 2010.

The front is known across the globe for putting the wind up people day and night, with papers flying back and forth all over the place.

Storm Haven has huffed and puffed for years but is reportedly now running out of energy, with some experts predicting it will have blown itself out by next Tuesday.

“The Haitian people may need more tents and blankets if the huge swells of hot air that came with El Dino disappear and leave them out in the cold,” sighed one aid worker.


THE IRISH SUN WELCOMES MADEMOISELLE MACRON

TODAY your Soaraway Sun gladly doffs its chapeau to French prez-in-waiting Emmanuel “Manny” Macron for showing tout le monde that grans are grey-t!

She may have more lines than a Shakespearean play but Madame Macron (98) is still quite an “Eiffel!” to the young politician whose French resistance quickly folded as soon as she marched into his life. (Typical! – Ed)

Yes we Cannes!

The glamorous gran, whose three grandsons fought in WW1, first met her hubby when she helped to deliver him at birth (Are you sure this is factual? – Ed). She was immediately smitten by his wailing and three weeks later followed him to Paris where he vowed to marry her as soon as he learned to walk.

Once again our French comrades are a-Brest of the pack in showing the world that when it comes to love, it’s never t-ooh la la-te to “see voo play”! (Woeful stuff –well done! _Ed)

What the world thinks:

  • Phwoooar! Wouldn’t mind a bit of ball juggling there mate! –Wayne Rooney
  • Living proof that the longer you stand by someone the better the rewards for all concerned. Food for thought. –Enda Kenny.
Those Eurovision entries

Goldhawk takes a look back at some of the most memorable acts from this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

United Kingdom  – Theresa and the Tories 
While this act is wildly popular in Britain, Theresa and her entourage have struggled to attract fans in Europe. Her strident tone coupled with hysterical backing singers have resulted in the UK getting virtually nothing out of their trips to the continent.

Ukraine  – Don Bass and the Rebels 
This old crooner is best known for his hit song Crimea River.  However, a bust up with bosses in Moscow resulted in two-fifths of his band stating they would prefer to perform with the Russians this year instead. He will be keen to avoid further splits in the future.

Russia  – The Trumps 
Having been born and raised in the United States it came as a major surprise that front man Donald was chosen to represent Russia. Aided by an army of online fanatics, The Donald rose to the top with his signature hits Crooked Hillary and Lyin’ Ted.

HARRY CROSBIE’S LINE-UP

– Debty Harry
– Dire Straits
– EL Owe
– Aiken Stevens
– Banananama
– Simply-in-the-Red
– Stone Broke Roses
– The Crash
– Johnny Cashflow
– Muddy Waters

Even more good news as boom continues
Independent House

by our Good News Staff  – Hayley Feelgood

FOLLOWING the amazing revelation that last week’s upbeat edition sold a lot of copies, the incredible surge in optimism now seems set to continue until at least 2025.

In our latest specially commissioned poll carried out in a leading newspaper office yesterday, 98% of respondents say the nation’s mood is currently soaring towards a 48-year high.

The research confirms that consumer spending is going through the roof and that higher earners now have more money than poor people, which is driving happiness levels through the roof. Evidence suggests Ireland’s richest people have:

  • Bigger luxury homes
  • More expensive cars
  • Wider 85-inch TV screens

Meanwhile, a significant majority (100 %) now spend much more every weekend on non-essential items including cheap booze, cigarettes and the soaraway Sindo.

Articles about the Feelgood Factor have also increased 150% since last week. Said one of the country’s top editors, Cormac Berk: “At last we can feel really good about filling some space.”

INSIDE

  • Do girls look good in skimpy bikinis? – P3
  • Irishmen are sexist pigs… and that’s a good thing! Niamh Pwhorran – P5
  • Liffey lovelies’ heatwave frolic – P7
  • Bad Journalism – Why are desperate newspapers filling up their pages with any old rubbish? P10
Ireland’s Best Places to Work No 5: AN GARDA SÍOCHÁNÁ

Mission Statement – ‘See No Evil’

History
Headquartered in Dublin’s Phoenix Park, we are represented in every county in Ireland, working up to 24-hours per day on essential surveillance, breathalyser testing and combating gorse fires. The current Garda Commissioner is Nóirín O’Sullivan (though that could change any day now).

Strategic Operations
Core functions include prevention of violent crime, ensuring personal security, reducing the incidence of serious injury and working to prevent outbreaks of anti-social behaviour in local communities (but mainly within the organisation itself).

Social Responsibility
An Garda Síochána includes 14,500 garda and civilian employees – including several women (who do a very important job in the station kitchens, all things considered). The senior management team supervises day-to-day operations, attends meetings and organises special search missions in the hope of recovering our lost reputation, which has been missing for years.

In-House Facilities
Generous selection of breakfast rolls, Sweet & Spicy Pot Noodles. Extended tea-breaks allow members to review time-consuming criminal cases, complete overtime sheets and discuss all these false allegations against us from a killjoy shower of rat bastard whistleblowers.

Leisure Amenities
Well-stocked warehouse filled with tarpaulin, canvas sheeting, wool and other heavy-duty covering materials. Plus range of high-vis vests, ear plugs, handcuffs, video games, whitewash, smoke, mirrors, etc. Full access to specially designed dark rooms (usually set aside for full-time auditors).

Freedom of Information
Ah now, lads, would yiz come on out of that!

SEAN SPICER’S FAVOURITES

Favourite singer?
Kate Bush

Favourite band?
Bush

Favourite politician?
George Bush

Other career you might have chosen?
Hedge fund manager

Any vices?
Benson & Hedges

Who will replace Enda as gaffer?
enda-kenny

RODDY COLLINS
The combative League of Ireland veteran specialises in saving sinking ships so this may be right up his street. Showdowns with Vincent Browne would be compelling. Odds: 10/1

PEP GUARDIOLA
Has spent past 12 months overseeing a bunch of overpaid, under-achieving primadonnas. A good fit. Odds: 5/1

ARSENE WENGER
Considered a bit of a dinosaur of the game, Wenger is used to angry people asking when he’s going to leave the job. A continuity candidate perhaps? Odds: 4/1


That controversial ‘hospital pass’ in full

By our rugby correspondent Tony ‘Emergency’ Ward

IT’s THE move they are all talking about. That awful pass by right-winger Varadkar to youth team call-up Harris in that top-of-the-operating-table clash played at Bedsyde Manor last week. The hospital pass, as it is known, put Harris in the unenviable position of being instantly double tackled and grounded by Boylan and Fitzpatrick of the opposition.

It is expected that Harris, who suffered a bruised ego, will now be out for a month. Varadkar is merely suffering “an inflated opinion of his appeal”, according to the team’s Assistant Medical Officer, Dr Coveney. “I can live with that,” retorted Vadadkar after the game. Some private practice will now be prescribed for Varadkar, “away from all the publicity” according to Coveney.


KILKENNY TO REGAIN CROWN

ONE IS not a betting man, but were one to be so, then one could do a lot worse than place a few florins on Kilkenny for this year’s hockey hurling championship!

One was struck by the confidence of King Brian when visiting the Cats’ camp! By Jove they will take some beating this year!

Galway showed in the league that Tipp can get flustered when the half forward chaps are starved of the sliotar thingy. That’s why one expects Cork to come out of troublesome Munster.

The spirit of Mick Collins was certainly alive and ready for battle when one visited the Rebel County last week! They could prove as big a handful as the Fitzgeralds, whose descendant Davy could do with some Walter Raleigh type comeuppance!

By golly, one looks forward to returning to the Emerald Isle for Croker in September!

Enda’s Story – The newsletter of St Enda’s Special School
Enda-School

A message from the principal

Yet another extraordinary week here at St Enda’s, where we had not one but two very important international visitors proving yet again how well connected the school (by which I mean the principal) is on the world stage.
First we had Prince Charles, who demonstrated his hurling skills on our GAA pitch and, in the process, heroically resisted the urge to mistake the scene-stealing Mr Adams’s head for a sliotar, which I would have been very tempted to do.

But the Prince is a very patient man, clearly. On which subject: what a wonderful role model he provides for others as he waits calmly, year after year, for the throne to become vacant and never ever complains that the incumbent monarch is dragging things out on him, even though he’s now nearly 70.

And how inspired was it that when he planted those two sapling trees in the school gardens, he should have named them “Simon” and “Leo”, by chance.

Oh alright: I admit that was my suggestion. In any case, I now look forward to seeing the young saps – er saplings – grow and develop. Who knows, maybe in about 20 years, they’ll be big enough to dominate their surroundings.

Then, of course, we had our VIP guest from Brussels, Mr Barnier, who was here to address the school assembly on the challenges we face when our giant neighbouring campus Teresian College leaves the European scheme to go private.

True, his speech was about as exciting as one of Mr Donohoe’s school budget statements.

But I suppose not everyone can be blessed with my combination of intellectual rigour and rhetorical brilliance. And, as he said, he was here mainly to listen and learn about Ireland.

To this end, Mr Flanagan and our art teacher Miss Humphreys then took him on a “field” trip up to Monaghan where the concept of a “soft Border” was dramatically illustrated when their car had to be dug out of a boghole near Crossmaglen.

But they made it back to St Enda’s in one piece eventually, and Mr Barnier said the experience had given him some useful ideas on how he and Teresian representatives can reconcile the mutual desire from free movement between the schools with Mrs May’s plans for an electrified boundary fence, razor wire, and machine-gun posts.

Mixed Bag for St Enda’s in annual Teachers Awards

Congratulations to Mr Ross on being voted Most Improved Teacher at this year’s school awards, which were presented as usual by our good friends at Harry Magee Butchers.
Our PE teacher and bus driver was awarded a modest 2 out 10 by the adjudicators, but this was a huge increase on the zero he scored last year. So huge that not even our super-smart maths teacher, Mr Donohoe (who himself top-scored on 8 out of 10), could express it in percentage terms.

Mr Ross declined to comment on his improved performance, for which he wins a year’s supply of rashers from Magee’s and a specially commissioned sculpture of a prize sausage.

Miss Foster apologises

The former principal of Stormont Academy, Miss Foster, has apologised for a newspaper interview in which she called her former deputy, Miss O’Neill, a “blonde”.
She had been accused of sexism after making the reference during a word-association game with a reporter from the Sunday Undependable. But in a statement regretting her choice of terms, Miss Foster insisted she did not have a “sexist bone in my body” and said she had simply used the “wrong b-word” under pressure.

“I had intended to be mildly sectarian as usual – not sexist,” she added. “And of course, whenever I think of Shinners, the first thing that comes into my head is bombs. So in Michelle’s case I was thinking ‘bombshell’, but for some reason ‘blonde’ was the word that came out.”

Ms Foster’s statement added: “I can only apologise to members of the Fenian community and I assure everyone that this failure to insult them on racial and religious, rather than sexist, grounds will not happen again.”

Seducing Teachers Still Forbidden

Students are reminded that attempts to seduce teachers more than twice their age are still strongly discouraged at St Enda’s, regardless of the result of the recent French presidential elections.

This follows a number of complaints from middle-aged female teachers who say they have since been subject to an upsurge in amorous overtures from pushy 15-year-old boys planning careers in politics.

In one potentially serious incident, a teenager fell from the balcony of the staff-room, while clutching a rose between his teeth and a copy of his economic reform programme.

In a separate development, meanwhile, third years are advised that the planned class trip to Paris has been postponed until further notice.

Say hello to Mr Moran

The school welcomes a new staff member this week in Mr Kevin “Boxer” Moran, who will be assistant geography teacher, specialising in the subject of why his native Athlone floods every bloody winter.

Mr Moran replaces Mr Canney, who in keeping with their gentleman’s job-share agreement, was dragged kicking and screaming from the classroom last week after his year ended. The new man assures us that his unusual nickname is not a reflection on his attitude to corporal punishment, but he advises a students “not to push their luck”.

‘My court horror’
Martyn Turner recalls his brave stand against Ireland’s blasphemy laws

IT WAS 1995. The phone rang. It happens. It was The Irish Times.

“You are being sued for blasphemy.” “So what?” I responded, “That’s the price you pay for creating hard-hitting editorial cartoons that challenge the very foundations of Catholic oppression.”

As always, the editor appreciated the fearless risks I took in the interests of press freedom. My latest daring and wonderfully literate cartoon in support of divorce had sent shock waves through the Vatican.

The irony of it all was that the church-ridden Irish state was the blasphemous party, having openly questioned my special place in the hearts and minds of the nation.

Now I knew how history had treated other social commentators, such as the great William Hogarth, Oscar Wilde and Stephen Fry.

What did these ignorant philistine clerics and their political lackeys know about artistic skill, hyperbole and satire?

Have they any idea what it takes to come up with brilliant topical material every day, not to mention churning out occasional pompous filler pieces about being cruelly hauled into court for making sacrilegious comments over 20 years ago?

They have made my life a misery. Anyone less talented than me would have been crushed by such treatment.

Enda’s Story – The newsletter of St Enda’s Special School
Enda-School

A Message from the Principal

For many generations here at St Enda’s, we have dreamed of the glorious day when our “Fourth Green Field” – the site on which Stormont Academy now stands – would be returned to us. So it was a very proud moment this week when, thanks to yours truly, that day moved a little closer.

I’ll come back to how I achieved this shortly. First a brief history lesson. Until 1921, the field was indeed green. It was used mostly for playing pitches, but with a large preserved wilderness area in the middle, nicknamed “Tyrone”, where many wildlife species thrived.

Long after the controversial events that led to it being partitioned from our campus, we still exercised a territorial claim over the land under Articles 2 and 3 of the school constitution. Then came the peace process of the 1990s, when we downgraded the claim to an aspiration that the two jurisdictions might be reunited by consent some day.

That remains our position. But the significance of this week’s decision by An Bord Pleanála is that if and when reunification occurs, the Fourth Green Field will now be automatically rezoned for use by St Enda’s, without the need for any further formalities.

It was a particularly proud moment for me, having single-handedly masterminded the negotiations over many weeks and months, despite also needing to deal with such petty distractions as people demanding a timetable for my resignation as principal.

As this historic breakthrough surely demonstrates, it’s still much too early to talk about me depriving St Enda’s of my vast experience any time soon. Clearly, my legendary negotiating skills will be needed even more in the months ahead as we seek ways to further stitch up Mrs May of our neighbouring Teresian College and her fellow Trexiteers.

Then there will be the challenge of dealing with the co-called “border pole”. No I don’t mean the poll with two Ls that Mr Adams is calling for. I mean the 40ft pole that, until recently, the Stormont principal, Ms Foster, was using to keep between her and Fenians at all time.

Happily she seems to have dropped this pole lately as part of a new charm offensive. I now look forward to holding friendly talks with her on a way forward, just as soon as she gets back from her Irish language and dancing course in Gweedore.

Anti-Fraud Campaign Defended

Special needs teacher Mr Varadkar has defended his campaign to expose welfare fraud at St Enda’s, insisting that abuse of the free sandwich scheme alone is costing the school up to €15 a year.

Using the slogan Welfare Cheats Cheat Us All, he has been encouraging anyone with information about false claims to report it anonymously via an official graffiti wall, formerly the back of the bicycle shed. But some critics have suggested the free aerosol cans and paint brushes provided to informants, plus the campaign’s expensive PR launch, cost at least as much as any fraud does.

One concerned commentator, speaking anonymously in a posh Cork accent, suggested Mr Varadkar was using the issue to highlight his right-wing credentials to the school board, which may be selecting a new principal soon.

Mrs May Shocks Students with Snap Exam

Second-year pupils at Teresian College have been left reeling by the news that they must sit their A-Level exams in June, three years earlier than expected.

School principal Mrs May, who had repeatedly ruled out premature exams, defended her U-turn on the issue by saying it would introduce clarity to negotiations on “Trexit”: the school’s controversial decision to leave the European scheme and go private.

Second-year students have strongly criticised the move, however, characterising it as “personally-motivated revenge” against a class with known left-wing sympathies. They say it follows a recent debate in which the motion “That this house believes Mrs May is a stupid bitch” was passed unanimously.

Observers believe the decision to call the June 8 exam was also swayed by the perceived weakness of the second-years’ form teacher, Mr Corbyn. Latest polls suggest his students would score an average of only 7% if their A-levels were held right now.

According to one well-placed Teresian staff member, Mrs May’s idea is that by exposing the second-years as “mutton-headed mugwumps”, the rest of the school population can be scared into line.

‘Taking all the nuns out of Irish politics’ – Public lecture

Veteran politician Bertie Ahern will give a public talk in the school hall next week on the subject of how to take the nuns out of Irish politics for good. Mr Ahern was one of a number of politicians who, 15 years ago, oversaw a decommissioning process in Ireland by which all unlicensed nuns were supposed to have been “put beyond use”.

The haul, which included hundreds of AK47 Carmelites, was believed to have been buried at midnight somewhere, in the presence of two clergymen. But as we now know, the process was not as complete as hoped. Mr Ahern will discuss the mistakes made and the lessons to be learned.

Mr Harris Injured in Angolan Nun-fight Incident

As you may have heard by now, our school doctor is recovering in hospital after a charity trek in Angola went badly wrong.

Details remain sketchy, but it’s believed he was one of a group taking part in a fundraiser for the new National Maternity Hospital, when they either trod on one of the many landlines for which Angola is infamous, or were caught in the crossfire of a nun-fight – or both.

Mr Harris’s condition is said to be “not career-threatening”, at least yet. But a visitor from the Irish Red Cross reported that his hair was temporarily out of place, and that he was said to have “aged visibly” overnight. “He looks almost like a grown-up now,” a spokesman said.

Ireland’s Best Places to Work – No 4: THE IRISH TIMES
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Mission Statement
We pride ourselves on being the ‘Paper of Record Losses’

Corporate History
Since 1859, The Irish Times has been an integral and important part of Irish life. Its distinctive journalism has been influential and interactive, involving our audiences and driving a public-interest news agenda. That’s why we prioritise empowerment, vision, diversity, pluralism, inclusivity and similar digital-led buzz words.

Corporate Ethics
As a bastion of social liberalism for over 150 years, we offer flexible working arrangements (particularly for the editor) and hardly ever indulge in hush-hush late-night meetings where emergency editorial reshuffles are hastily arranged.

Social Responsibility
While other news outlets employ subservient columnists who pontificate on political and social matters on a daily basis, The Irish Times provides a Lifestyle Youth section and balanced comment on contemporary issues, such as the very latest Presbyterian Notices, Church of Ireland Notes, etc.

Corporate Design
Employees are closely involved in the newspaper’s innovative content and format. The latest eye-catching broadsheet design incorporates an exciting new font, bora perpetua, that makes bold use of black and white newsprint. Plus a special throwaway section for your bin.

In-House Facilities
Copies of the paper’s editorial hymn sheet are widely circulated. Some car-parking facilities (complete with a hard shoulder to cry on) are available. State-of-the-art newsrooms are all fully equipped with dozens of easy-access fences. Medical aid is offered to all staff experiencing twisted arms, spinal injuries, poor circulation, etc.


ILIE NASTASE’S TERMINOLOGY OF TENNIS

Serve: What woman does with breakfast the morning afterwards.
Racket: Thing women make when they all complain about me at once.
Love: Looking in the mirror
Approach shot: Chat-up line (eg ‘How about it, bitch?’)
Game: When she’s up for it
Fault: Not mine that I’m so attractive
Bounce: Function of a mattress
Offensive Lob: See approach shot.
Call: Advice offered to a young woman
Grip: Thing people keep telling me to get of myself


That first Poolbeg incinerator delivery

CHAMPIONS CUP: AN APOLOGY
Irish Rugby

OVER THE past few weeks we may have given the impression that an all Irish Champions Cup final was a foregone conclusion. Headlines such as ‘Up yours Froggies’ and ‘Who the f*%k are Saracens anyway?’ may have hinted that all Munster and Leinster needed to do was turn up at the respective stadiums to book a place in the final. We would like to apologise for any suggestion that Munster’s fans would help them see off the current European champions on a cricket scoreline. In fact, we now realise that not only did some of their supporters have difficulty finding their way to Dublin 4, some of their players were also missing in action. Leinster, meanwhile have apologised to fans for forgetting to adjust their watches to CET, thus completely missing the first hour of their defeat in France.


FRENCH ELECTION HOTS UP

Here they are – the two leading contenders en route to the Élysée Palace

Emmanuel Macaroon

The 39-year-old conservative presidential front-runner is widely regarded as a safe pair of hands. Youthful, inexperienced, charismatic, he has a proven reputation as a former banker. Macaroon defeated Eugenie Croissant, the Minister for Fraud and Mismanagement, to become the leading challenger to succeed François Hollande. With his penchant for chain smoking Gauloises and an encyclopedic knowledge of the Asterix books, he has already won widespread support – particularly from his old friends in high-powered financial circles.

  • Best known for having several raffish navy suits and a much older wife.
  • Downside: Most people hate him.

Marine Von Pen

Glamorous right-wing candidate whose name literally means The Cage by the Sea, which she plans to fill with thousands of desperate Syrian refugees. This charismatic, feisty high-flyer has campaigned on a platform calling for an immediate ban on burkas, snoods, foreign cheese and curries. She is also a firm believer in sealing all national borders, cutting benefits and establishing hundreds of factories across France specialising in the production of Lego Nazi toys.

  • Best known for opposing the EU and for her leadership of the National Front Pour Repatriation Des Africains.
  • Downside: Most people really hate her.
Tóibín: ‘No Cnuas is Bad Cnuas’

Outrageous. The more I absorb the enormity of its enormousness, the more I toss and turn ‘neath the darkened dreams of my dreamy slumber. Pyongyang! Pyongyang! Pyongyang! snaps the symphony of my bed springs in collusion with this atrocity.

As my good friend Joyce once memorably confided to me in a dream: “Every dog has his Dedalus.” That is so very true; so profoundly true in its very trueness. Though he may have lacked the insightful wordplay and imagination of this modest award winning writer who followed in his (Finnegans) wake.

The faceless men with the calculators wouldn’t have waited for either of us, of course! Oh no, they’d have pilfered the cnuas from our pockets even as we fuelled the muse by sucking long and contemplatively on our pipes over a shared shag.

And what of poor Kavanagh or the unfortunate Myles, or god help us the lad who scribbled The Butcher Boy and whose name escapes me. Slow perhaps, and not as talented as some of us, but surely worth a few bob to keep themselves in summer holidays to Barcelona and Catholic Europe.


Those Cnuas Recipients

Andy Cash
Phil Pockets
Moore O’Demoolah
Lotta Dosh
Jack Pott
M.T. Urcoffers
Hans Outt
Lewis Change
Rich A. Sole
Drew Downdelot
Robin Blind

MCGREGOR PLAN FOR DAVY

UFC champ Conor McGregor has called on GAA bosses to overturn Davy Fitzgerald’s eight-week sideline ban and has come up with an ingenious idea to keep the Wexford boss off the pitch.

“We’ll put an octagon on the sideline,” shouted McGregor. “Davy would be locked in for the duration of the game but would be free to shout and encourage the Yellow Bellies.

“No opposition players would get hurt and Davy can express himself within the cage without interfering too much. Coach Kavanagh could help him with his technique. It’s a win-win.”


Crackdown on ministerial moochers

THE PUBLIC is being urged to report cheats who are abusing the generosity of the system.

The Department of Social Protection urged people to take action following information they received about an underemployed man with a funny accent known to be a complete fraud. The man, known as Leo Varadkar, is believed to be travelling the length and breadth of the state making bogus claims.

Facial recognition technology has so far failed to catch Mr Varadkar as it’s believed he is extremely two-faced. Leo is also known to spend days on end looking at himself on expensive flat screen televisions, paid for by the taxpayer.

A spokesperson for the Department claimed Varadkar has been mooching off the public purse for nearly a decade.

“This man has a deluded sense of entitlement and is known to rely on the media to support himself. The sooner he is stopped the better,” she added.

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Topical Words – Compiled by Dick Shunery
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An occasional service to Phoenix readers explaining the meaning of certain words that have suddenly become newsworthy.

This Week:
‘Charity’

The voluntary giving of help, typically in the form of money, to those in need. An organisation set up to provide help and raise money for those in need.

Not to be confused with Sisters Of Charity, an organisation that seeks to acquire valuable assets for itself at the expense of the general public.

IN OUR NEXT ISSUE THE TOPICAL WORD WILL BE:
SHAMELESS


Medical Matters

Dr Fintan Tool writes…

As an all-round expert on women’s rights – including fertilisation, sterilisation and the whole mystical childbirth experience, I am often asked to explain the complexities of the new National Maternity Hospital saga.

Of course, to clarify this highly contentious issue in simple terms that can even be understood by ordinary people, it’s essential to recognise the uneven balance of power that has besmirched Irish society for centuries. Various vested interests health ministers have callously rampaged through the maternity needs of generations of marginalised Irish mothers, emulating the worst excesses of the infamous barbarian hordes.

At least we still have one or two erudite liberal-minded, award-winning columnists who continue to speak the everyday language of the people on the street by challenging the toxic corrosion undermining civic democracy that is being perpetuated by infantile government ministers who persist in promoting the so-called charity myth… (Continues like this for another 2,500 words)


TV Listings

Jamestown, Sky 1, Friday – Period drama. Disinterested Tory geek Brokenshire is sent to balance the interests of two warring factions – one that he despises; another he doesn’t care about – in a far-flung corner of the Empire. How long can he go on pretending to know what he’s doing? Tediously predictable.


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