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DARA’S EUROPEAN PROGRESS

Dara Murphy

IF DARA MURPHY has long since jettisoned his domestic career boosters – ex-taoiseach Enda Kenny, as well as Cork moneybags and Fine Gael trustee Jerry Carey (see p10) – as dispensable, he has made new friends in the right places in Euroland. These alliances explain... Read more »

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BOYLAN’S BRUISED BY BYRNE

Claire Byrne

THE RAPTUROUS review of super-smooth gynaecologist Peter Boylan’s book, In the Shadow of the Eighth, by Indo columnist Martina Devlin, referred to his “courageous stance in working closely with… a female-led social movement” (the repeal the eighth referendum). Devlin also told how Boylan had worked... Read more »

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PROFILE: RICHARD BARRETT

Richard Barrett

ONE OF Fine Gael’s most trumpeted policies is the sprawling Rebuilding Ireland “action-driven plan to dramatically increase the delivery of homes nationwide”. The person who has been benefitting most from this “innovative and future-facing plan of action” is one Richard Barrett of Bartra Capital, the... Read more »

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OLD MCGARRY’S ‘CLICK FARM’

Spare a thought for Goldhawk’s old pal, online publisher and self-promoter extraordinaire Niall McGarry, who has taken the decision to step aside from “all executive responsibilities” in the Irish side of his business. The Maximum Media founder behind brands like JOE and HER.ie faced uncomfortable... Read more »

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DUP ‘SECULARISTS’

Arlene Foster

A mark of how extraordinary this political moment is can be seen in just how quickly the DUP’s opposition to abortion has withered.

Just weeks ago in the Belfast Telegraph, Arlene Foster wrote that her party’s positions remains “resolute and unchanged”. The substance of the opinion piece meanwhile only underlined how the DUP, under her own leadership, have boxed themselves into too many corners: the reliance on a Westminster parliament, the stand off at Stormont, the contradictions in its own à la carte attitude to devolution and how the Brexit referendum, which her party supported, has since bulldozed all other issues in its wake.

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THE GOD FIGHT

David Quinn

Lucinda Creighton popped up in the European Parliament Magazine this month in her current role as an er, online extremism expert. In a two page advertorial dressed up as an interview, the former Renua leader outlines her view that online platforms have failed to self-regulate... Read more »

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PHYSICIANS HELP THYSELVES

The advent of figures like Dr. Peter Boylan becoming household names, with bookdeals to boot, demonstrates how the ‘Masters’ can be elevated to positions of public authority. The CervicalCheck scandal however, which has now been in the public domain for almost two years, has caused... Read more »

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COVENEY ‘SUPPORT’ FOR PALESTINE

Simon Coveney

AS EVENTS in the Middle East degenerate, Simon Coveney’s masterful Palestinian strategy has been laid bare. This follows Fine Gael’s revelation that its commitment in the programme for government to recognise Palestinian statehood was a verbal con trick. Apparently, what they meant all along was... Read more »

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DUBLIN TOWN’S TASK

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THE ROW over the designation of part of Dublin 2 as the Grafton Quarter continues to reverberate and Dublin City Council remains under pressure to review the decision, which was taken by the low-profile Dublin Town organisation, funded mainly by rates levies on local business.... Read more »

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RYANAIR’S BOTTOM LINE BOOSTED BY BOEING’S BAD NEWS

Michael O'Leary

NOT TOO many observers realise that the ongoing Boeing 737 Max debacle has had a beneficial side-effect for Ryanair shareholders, as it has put a stop to Mick O’Leary’s growth gallop. Given the ramifications from the tragic air accidents in Indonesia and Ethiopia in late... Read more »

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MAIL’S (FE)MALE ‘ETHOS’

Paul Henderson

EVOKE.IE, website of the Mail titles newspaper group (DMG Media Ireland), hosts a timely and most cautionary article this week about the perils of foolish, drink-fuelled behaviour at office Christmas parties. It warns that uninhibited activity can lead to “issues with sexual harassment” and the... Read more »

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JUDGE GEARTY’S VIEW

Judge Mary Rose Gearty

THE RECENT appointment of Mary Rose Gearty SC to the High Court bench means that two female barristers involved in the prosecution of Anglo-Irish Bank-related cases – Gearty and Úna Ní Raifeartaigh (now on the Court of Appeal) – have been made judges. But Gearty... Read more »

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PROFILE: NOEL GREALISH

Noel Grealish

INDEPENDENT TD Noel Grealish was the first politician of substance to emit nakedly racist and even sectarian remarks before stealing away from public glare; job done with the recruitment of that roughly 20% of the electorate whose rage and frustration leads them to such ‘politics’.... Read more »

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DUP/UDA ‘TARGETS’

John Finucane

A PRECURSOR to the ‘pressure’ from the UDA on the Ulster Unionist Party to give the DUP a free run in the Westminster election in North Belfast came just a few weeks earlier. A UDA activist, closely linked to various loyalist activities, was consulted by senior DUP figures over Boris Johnson’s Brexit strategy and a joint unionist response to the ‘crisis’.

Just over a month ago, Arlene Foster and other leading DUP members met with various UDA leaders, including former UDA man Matt Kincaid. In the run up to the fake 1992 prosecution that effectively secured the quick release from custody of UDA boss and British agent Brian Nelson, Kincaid was one of a number of UDA figures convicted of possession of documents likely to be of use to loyalist terrorists.

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VOGUE’S IRISH CHAMELEON

Vogue Williams

IT HAS been increasingly hard to avoid Vogue Williams/Spencer lately, with her reality TV series on E4 and an appearance on The Ray D’Arcy Show earlier this month. She also got plenty of coverage for the ‘revelation’ that she is looking for a big pad... Read more »

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KERRY DOG FIGHT

Norma Foley

WITH EVERY seat vital in a possible hung Dáil after the next general election, there is consternation in Fine Gael at the possibility of Fianna Fáil taking two seats to FG’s one in Kerry (currently they have one each). Both parties have their eye on... Read more »

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ORLAITH MCBRIDE’S NEW JOB

Orlaith McBride

CONGRATULATIONS to outgoing Arts Council director Orlaith McBride, who has landed the I100,000 pa job of director of the National Archives of Ireland (NAI). Although her qualifications for the role are not immediately obvious, she is undoubtedly suited to it. Possibly the most striking aspect... Read more »

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REVIEW: THE GLOBALIST: PETER SUTHERLAND – JOHN WALSH (WILLIAM COLLINS)

Peter Sutherland was “possibly the most influential Irish person ever to have lived”, says this book, a smidge hyperbolically but with some justification. However, as it doesn’t pause to observe, he was never elected by anyone anywhere – unlike ‘influencers’ such as Dev, Mary Robinson... Read more »

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JOHN GORMLEY’S REVENUE HEADACHE

John Gormley

IT LOOKS like red tape rather than red carpets is increasingly on the minds of the nation’s hard-pressed movie moguls following the imposition by the taxman of a raft of pesky new rules covering the multi-million euro film tax relief scheme. One high-profile casualty is... Read more »

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DUP TO HOLD BALANCE AGAIN?

Nigel Dodds

No sooner had Mary Lou McDonald endorsed Lady Sylvia Hermon as the ‘remain’ candidate in North Down in the UK election than Lady Sylvia announced her retirement; the two announcements were not connected. Hermon had had enough as the sole remain MP from the north... Read more »

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SOLIDARITY WITH RTÉ

Matt Cooper

IVAN YATES and Matt Cooper thundered recently about the inept, spendthrift, tax-funded RTÉ on their Virgin One The Tonight Show as the private TV station piled the pressure on its crisis-ridden broadcasting rival. The two presenters made much of RTÉ’s cost base and double funding... Read more »

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WHO IS DISHING THE DIRT IN DUBLIN FINGAL?

Lorraine Clifford-Lee

The past returning to haunt election candidates is certainly nothing new, however, is it not curious to see not one but two candidates in Dublin Fingal having to answer for old comments on Twitter? It takes certain level of commitment to trawl the internet history... Read more »

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RTÉ SPLIT: DEE VS MOYA

Dee Forbes

YOU HAVE to feel sorry for RTÉ director general Dee Forbes, who is faced with the wrath not only of her staff but also the RTÉ board, which has serious doubts about her and the other executives responsible for the plan to save RTÉ. The... Read more »

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NOEL ROCK WALKS ALONE

Noel Rock

The only thing red about Ballymun Blueshirt TD Noel Rock is his soccer jersey. The Fine Gael Tory boy and chair of the Oireachtas housing committee is a dyed-in-the-wool Liverpool supporter, well known for his copious tweets about Jürgen Klopp’s side and chatting publicly about... Read more »

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QUINN DIRECTOR TO STAND FOR FG?

John McCartin

FINE GAEL handlers are still mobbing mountains to persuade former Independent MEP Marian Harkin to stand at the general election in Sligo-Leitrim. They do not have confidence in Senator Frank Feighan to retain the seat and seem to have given up hope of getting TD... Read more »

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THAT BIG MIRROR SCOOP

Conor McGregor

As anticipation builds ahead of tonight’s Newsbrands Journalism Awards, it is worth recalling Conor McGregor’s alleged ‘love child’ and the internal wrangling over whether the story should be shortlisted for ‘scoop of the year’.

Goldhawk has previously detailed the fractious debate among showbiz judges regarding the story’s eligibility and a dispute which eventually led to an intervention from Mirror editor, John ‘Jumbo’ Kierans (See The Phoenix 16/10/19).

It is most unfortunate then that last week it emerged that the MMA fighter has been “cleared” of all paternity claims following a DNA test. McGregor  is evidentially not alone in his wishes to “move on” either.

For ten months The Mirror has covered every minor twist and turn since the initial scoop in January however last week’s development remains unreported.

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RACISM OR FILTHY LUCRE?

Martin Kenny

THE RECENT debate between Sinn Féin TD Martin Kenny and Ballinamore Community Group spokesman Gordon Hughes on RTÉ’s Claire Byrne Live was respectful and calm, but decidedly cool.

Kenny and his family were in their Ballinamore home when his car, which was parked outside, was torched, with the common assumption being that the attack was a response to his support for asylum seekers in the town.

Doubtless neither Kenny nor anyone else believes that Hughes would have any truck with such an outrage (Hughes condemned it outright). But Hughes is a long-time Fine Gael member and former councillor, as well as an estate agent in Ballinamore, and he would certainly have clocked Kenny’s searing attacks on his local party colleagues days before the arson attack. Speaking in the Dáil, the Sinn Féin TD had expressed some strong views about FG’s performance on asylum seekers and social housing.

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MARTIN IN LAST-CHANCE SALOON

Micheál Martin

The year of our Lord 2020 will be make or break for the man his chief rival calls the Priest. But if Micheál Martin is to avoid what once seemed his pre-ordained place as the first Fianna Fáil leader never to be taoiseach, he may... Read more »

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DOOLEY: TO PURGATORY OR HELL?

Timmy Dooley

THE REAL fall out for Fianna Fáil frontbenchers Timmy ‘Dolittle’ Dooley and Niall Collins must await the result of Fine Gael TD Noel Rock’s complaint to the Committee on Members’ Interests. Relegation from the frontbench or even a downgrading in a reshuffle is not in... Read more »

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TENEO AND TRUMP

Declan-Kelly

MOVE OVER GELDOF, the poor have found a new messiah. Declan Kelly, Teneo boss and consultant to the super rich, has come up with the novel idea of a benefit concert. In a head spinning campaign of corporate hot air, next September will see a... Read more »

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