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MEDIA CLIMBS THE GOOGLE TRAIN

Liam Kavanagh

“IN IRELAND, Google supports news publishers in a number of ways”, at least according to several similar articles on Friday. The Irish Times, Clare Echo, Connaught Telegraph, Donegal Daily and others, including a blog on the tech giant’s own website, each inform readers that this support comes in the shape of “innovation funding and training,... Read more »

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NICKY BYRNE’S SWAGGER

NICKY BYRNE has confessed to being “broken-hearted” over leaving 2fm in 2019, but seems confident that the station will roll out the welcome mat when he returns from touring with Westlife to resume his radio career. The middle-aged crooner told RSVP Magazine that he “may have to” look to Radio 1 for a future gig... Read more »

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THE GAS MEN

THE SQUEEZE on gas prices could hardly come at a more inconvenient moment as governments across Europe face into a difficult political winter. Energy minister Éamon Ryan has promised budget interventions to mitigate what he says is a “significant but hopefully short-term problem,” and the issue underlines the increasing uncertainty of reliance on fossil fuels.... Read more »

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LASERS ON THE LAGAN

SOME GOOD news for Belfast industry with the announcement that the British Ministry of Defence plans to develop next-generation technology at the Thales Air Defence facility. New contracts to manufacture so-called Direct Energy Weapons (DEWs) has been reported prosaically as a standard jobs boost story, but what exactly does this entail? Economic headlines have not... Read more »

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DEVILS ADVOCATE

President Higgins

THE GOD Squad were no doubt thrilled with the blessing received by the President during his recent visit to the Vatican. Michael D Higgins has long been something of an anti-Christ for Irish moral guardians, who took credit for the loss of the liberal’s Dáil seat in 1982 and still find great exception each December... Read more »

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EMILY HOURICAN’S GLORIOUS PR

IT’S THAT time of year again when the Sindo devotes itself to pulling out the stops to promote its journalist Emily Hourican’s latest book. The paper granted Hourican a double-page spread over the weekend to whet their interest in her fictionalised version of the lives of the Guinness sisters in the 1930s. It also received... Read more »

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SEAN TINKLER’S TAXING ISSUES

The Revenue

THE REVENUE’S recently-published list of tax defaulters indicated that a penalty of over €1/4m was imposed by the courts on Wicklow man, Sean Tinkler, in relation to a non-declaration of income tax and VAT. It is not the first time Tinkler has found himelf in a spot of bother, as in April 2013, he was... Read more »

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JUST RETURNS

Jennifer Whitmore

SOCIAL DEMOCRAT TD Jennifer Whitmore has established herself as a committed voice on environmental issues in a campaign that now extends to recycling Green Party legislation. The Wicklow TD this week tabled a Just Transition Bill based heavily on one first championed by Éamon Ryan while in opposition. In short, the idea goes that workers... Read more »

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FIANNA FÁIL’S WOMEN

DAILY MAIL columnist Niamh Walsh has been condemned by right thinking society for her remarks about the fashion choices of a number of Fianna Fáil politicians. The polite consensus is that such criticism will deter good people, and women in particular, from entering politics, but there has been no room in the hubbub for comment... Read more »

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BRESSIE’S SHUBBY GOOD NEWS

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ALTHOUGH THEY took a five-year hiatus from 2010-2015, there is good news for fans of The Blizzards. Its members Niall “Bressie” Breslin, Declan Murphy, Justin Ryan and Louize Carroll set up a new company earlier this month called Shubby Good Ltd, which suggests a commitment to the future. While he lamented to RTÉ that the... Read more »

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MARTIN MAULS THE MEDIA

The confidence-and-supply deal reflected Micheál Martin’s lack of belief in his party’s ability to take on FG in a general election.

FRESH FROM what must have been a productive party think-in, it is most interesting to see where Micheál Martin points the finger for Fianna Fáil’s problems. An Taoiseach launched an extraordinary attack on the Dublin media from the floor of Dáil Éireann on Wednesday evening, singling out broadcasters in particular for “partitionist” tendencies. Arguing that... Read more »

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CO-LIVING TROUBLES

UNCERTAIN TIMES for superstar developer Reza Merchant with the New York property media reporting this week that his start up, The Collective, is on the edge of bankruptcy. As one of the evangelists for so-called co-living, Merchant’s attention has extended beyond New York and London, and naturally on to Dublin, where The Collective plans to... Read more »

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NO PROGRESS ON COMMISSION REPORT LEAK

LEAKS CONTINUE to haunt the Government as its handling of the Mother and Baby Homes debacle comes back under the spotlight. The first day of a new Dáil term saw an unlikely alliance of Mary Lou McDonald and her erstwhile colleague, Peadar Tóibín, who questioned An Taoiseach about the progress of an internal investigation launched... Read more »

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SCRATCH FILMS’ PUSH

WITH RTÉ and the Rotunda hospital under fire over the filming of the documentary series, The Rotunda, the production company behind the series wasn’t rushing to respond to media queries. Scratch Films barely got a mention as the broadcaster and the maternity hospital wrangled criticism from the public, media and politicians, induced by film crews... Read more »

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LAURA WHITMORE’S MEDDLING

WHILE HAPPY to be paid to promote careers in the British Army, the perpetually offended Laura Whitmore has never ventured into the fray when it comes to Irish politics – until now. Leaving aside the laughable sight of a FF politician taking umbrage over a trivial comment when the party has some serious issues on... Read more »

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IS DREW HARRIS STILL UP FOR THE JOB?

Drew Harris

HAS REFORMER Drew Harris been consumed by the very culture he was hired to transform? The Garda Commissioner has expressed forceful opposition to a long fought for organisational shake up as the Government’s Policing, Security and Community Safety Bill undergoes pre-legislative scrutiny. The Irish Times reports that Harris takes issue with several proposals in the... Read more »

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JAMES LOWE’S SWEET DREAMS

LEINSTER RUGBY star James Lowe ended last season on a pretty poor run of form, but if the Irish Times’s ‘Me & My Money’ column is anything to go by, he’s found his touch again. For proof, look at his skillful use of an otherwise harmless Q&A about his spending habits, to give his team-mate... Read more »

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STEFANIE PREISSNER’S LOLLY LOVE

DOSH-LOVING Stefanie Preissner was at pains to point out to Sindo readers last weekend that she wouldn’t have been able to afford a house deposit without the help of an inheritance from a deceased relative. Despite the income generated by her column, book publishing deals, TV series, theatre shows and supplying public-relations advice to Fianna... Read more »

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SEAN LUCEY’S EXIT

Denis O'Brien

INTERESTING TO see board member Sean Lucey depart Actavo just as business might begin to improve. Filings in the Companies Office reveal that Lucey resigned from parent Actavo and several of its holdings, including events, construction and engineering divisions, at the end of August. Lucey joined Actavo as Chief Financial Officer in October 2018 back... Read more »

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DONAL SKEHAN’S CHEESE

WITH SLIM pickings on the RTÉ Player, viewers must sustain themselves on unmissable vehicles like Donal and Nico’s Cheesy Road Trip sandwiched between Winning Streak, Home & Away and Fair City. An online “original” sees the ubiquitous chef Skehan joined by “rising food star”, Nico Reynolds, as they travel West Cork “in search of the... Read more »

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WAXPERTS’ BAD HAIR DAY

WHERE THE glitterati will go to become, er, less hirsute is the big question now that Waxperts has closed its salon in Dun Laoghaire. Social media stars and Z-listers will have to go elsewhere for their Brazilians now that the 13-year-old salon has shut up shop. Waxperts opened in 2008 and is owned by Ellen... Read more »

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DEIRDRE CONROY’S CHUTZPAH

Deirdre Conroy

AS SHE licks the wounds from her mauling in the recent Dublin Bay South by-election, Deirdre Conroy can console herself with the knowledge that her disgruntled tweet to the government of Andorra saw her trending on Twitter this week. Whether Fianna Fáil sympathises with the councillor’s beef with the tiny principality is anyone’s guess, especially... Read more »

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DERVAL’S HEALTHY FIGURES 

HAVING MADE a loss of €15,000 in its first year of trading, the good news for Derval O’Rourke and Greg O’Gorman is that their health and fitness company has moved into the black. While the three-time Olympian originally owned 60% of Digital Health Resource Ltd, she has now transferred 10% of the shares to O’Gorman,... Read more »

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FOI BLUNDERS

THE GOVERNMENT’S ability to create chaos for itself remains resilient after the summer break with Leo Varadkar and Simon Coveney subject to several lines of inquiry. How poetic that an affair triggered by a leak from the confidential cabinet table now brings focus on transparency and the Freedom of Information Act. The ever increasing fallout... Read more »

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CATHERINE MARTIN’S ROAD TO REOPENING

Catherine Martin

CATHERINE MARTIN’S Return to Live Entertainment Working Group was announced to much fanfare in March of this year, so it will have surprised many to arrive at a point almost six months on with the latest “roadmap” so light on detail. The Culture Minister was in need of a win after last month, having been... Read more »

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DRIVETIME’S POT OF GOLD

THE OUTRAGE industry takes no rest for the silly season, and so even the leprechauns are summoned to the front line of the culture war. RTÉ brings, from the world of American college football, the startling news that the “fighting Irish” mascot of Notre Dame University has been judged as the “fourth most offensive” of... Read more »

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DENIS DESMOND’S LAOIS HEADACHE

Denis Desmond

IT WAS a nice angle while it lasted, but the simplistic tale of the GAA behemoth having it all their own way while a plucky live events industry is left adrift had come undone by the week’s end on Friday. Performers of all stripes were less than impressed by the scenes at the All Ireland... Read more »

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YATES’ MEDIA MASTERY

Ivan Yates

IF IVAN Yates’ media wrangling masterclasses take off the way he hopes, they’ll generate €15,000 per day, in addition to the €450 he’s charging participants opting for a 15-minute virtual interview – or as he put it on Ireland AM, a “punishment beating.” Although he said in 2020 that his plan for retirement was to... Read more »

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JOHN MCGUIRE’S ESCAPE FROM HELL

WITH VARIOUS presenters, shows and producers being culled from Virgin Media Television and media reports claiming that the bloodbath is far from over, former Xposé presenter Karen Koster is safe as she moves from hosting Ireland AM to The Six O’Clock Show. Her husband John McGuire’s dulcet tones have been heard on the station almost... Read more »

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LISA JORDAN’S JUMP

WITH HER range of Luna by Lisa Jordan hair and beauty products landing in Dunnes Stores this week, Cork influencer Lisa Jordan is giving Suzanne Jackson and Pippa O’Connor a run for their money. Having established her company, PBH Media Ltd, at the end of November 2019, Jordan made a profit of €99,000 in the... Read more »

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LUCINDA TAKES ON BIDEN

THE OVAL Office will have felt a distinct chill on Sunday having received a strong rebuke from Lucinda Creighton. Avid Business Post readers among the West Wing’s foreign policy elite will have been disappointed to find Joe Biden and his administration branded as no less than “the face of the chaos and terror that reigns... Read more »

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BLUESHIRT BIG BRAINS

leo Varadkar

WITH SUCH energy, dynamism and intellectual heft in the Fine Gael ranks it is surprising to see the party turn to the public for direction. The latest wheeze has the Blueshirts asking the plain people of Ireland to “submit their ideas for how we can help make Ireland better for all.” The party must indeed... Read more »

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OH JAYSUS!

PLEASED TO see Joe Duffy catch up with The Phoenix. This magazine had warned in April that the apocalyptic premonitions of Christina Gallagher may influence some attitudes in the fight against Covid; however, not even Goldhawk could have foreseen an instalment of Liveline in which it was debated whether or not Jesus would have taken... Read more »

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PATRICK BERGIN’S BONUS

HOLLYWOOD STARS and landed gentry whose posh piles are in need of repair could do worse than live in Ireland. Offaly County Council allocated €50,000 in April 2021 to film star Patrick Bergin under the Historic Structures Fund, which provides financial assistance to assist with the conservation and restoration of heritage properties. The Sleeping with... Read more »

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VIRGIN TV’S EXODUS

A FEW empty seats have come up in Virgin Media Television, with Anna Daly announcing her imminent departure from Ireland AM after 12 years, hot on the heels of Matt Cooper jacking in host duties on The Tonight Show and Pat Kenny confirming that he won’t be appearing in the autumn/winter schedule. With the station... Read more »

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LINDA HAYDEN’S EXIT

SO LONG to The Victims Alliance which will not be seen at the centre of another social media storm. The advocacy organisation burned very bright for some months before a spectacular end in March this year. The Standards in Public Office Commission (SIPO) now records that the alliance has officially and “permanently ceased lobbying”. Organisation... Read more »

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