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IRISH TIMES ‘HISTORY’

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GOLDHAWK READS with intense excitement Conor Pope’s potted history of the Irish Times website in today’s paper. A “pioneering” tale of many “firsts” and no less than an unexpected “big role in the history of world media”. The humble story begins 25 years ago, with... Read more »

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WILL FINE GAEL STEAL THE GREEN CLOTHES?

Eamon Ryan

EAMON RYAN may yet turn into a full blown liability for the Green Party but Fine Gael should be cautious in joining the chorus of ridicule that followed recent pronouncements on car sharing. Junior Minister, Andrew Doyle, has recently been making hay in the local... Read more »

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Television viewing took a decidedly 1980s hue this week with threats of paramilitary violence all over the media. It began in the Sunday Times with various loyalist figures promising riots in Belfast and bombs in Limerick. This was followed by RTÉ when Barry Lenihan interviewed... Read more »

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IFTA’S MYSTERY PLOT

Áine Moriarty

EARLIER THIS year (see The Phoenix, 8/2/19) Goldhawk noted a potential lacuna in the diaries of the nation’s celebs with the non-appearance on the calendar of this year’s IFTAs ceremony – Áine Moriarty and Deirdre Hopkins’s annual gong-fest for our deserving film and TV luvvies.... Read more »

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WILLIE FRAZER’S ‘VICTIMHOOD’

William Frazer

Justice Minster Charlie Flanagan’s praise for Loyalist killer Willie Frazer, now deceased, looks a little misjudged. Flanagan’s posthumous eulogy to Frazer was posted on twitter after the death of the ultra-loyalist arms distributor last June, with the minister speaking of Frazer’s “unstinting campaigning for victims”.... Read more »

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ARLENE, THERESA AND BORIS

Arlene Foster

With the obvious exception of Garda Commissioner Drew Harris OBE (€200,000+ pa), a policeman’s lot is not a happy one. But being a copper is a feather bed containing 77 virgins when compared with the lot of a DUP leader. Ask Arlene Foster. Some years... Read more »

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BURTON’S BUDGET BLATHER

GUFFAWS SURELY ECHOED down Kildare Street yesterday when Joan Burton criticised government treatment of lone parents as “disgraceful”. The Labour Party finance spokesperson has seized on an ESRI report which branded the budget as “regressive”, issuing a press release on Friday before taking her righteous... Read more »

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ANTI-ABORTION D4 DARLING

Arlene Foster’s sudden suggestion that “it’s time to get Northern Ireland moving again” has been dismissed as a “pointless political stunt” by Sinn Féin’s Michelle O’Neill and “completely disingenuous” by Naomi Long of the Alliance Party. The DUP leader is backing Nuala O’Loan who has... Read more »

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TONY O’REILLY JNR’S PROVIDENCE PANTOMIME

Tony O’Reilly Jnr

DEALING WITH the Chinese on the development of the Barryroe oilfield was never going to be easy, but it did hold out the brief prospect of significant reward for Providence Resources’s long-suffering shareholders. It is now clear that the farm-out agreement Tony O’Reilly Jnr signed... Read more »

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MADIGAN DELETES BAILEY FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Josepha Madigan

CONGRATULATIONS are in order for Josepha Madigan, who is celebrating three years since Enda Kenny cut the ribbon at her office in Churchtown. How time flies! Not only is this, in itself, a significant personal and political milestone but the culture minister also pointed out... Read more »

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HELEN DIXON’S UNDERFUNDING

Helen Dixon

THE BUDGET was bad news for Helen Dixon whose office received only a meagre increase in resources for 2020. Paschal Donohoe presented this year’s budget as totem of responsibility but are government setting themselves up for yet more data protection trouble? Commissioner Helen Dixon responded... Read more »

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RECKLESS FIANNA FÁIL?

Barry Cowen

THIS WEEK’S BUDGET provided the most important opportunity for Fine Gael to claw back a modicum of economic credibility. The party’s reputation has been greatly eroded by overspending scandals, precarious reliance on corporate tax receipts and criticisms from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC). Fine... Read more »

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FINE GAEL ABANDONS THE YOUTH

Leo Varadkar

IT WAS HARD CHEESE for younger voters who were all but absent from Fine Gael’s budget on Tuesday. With no increase in the minimum wage, limp climate action, little in the way of mental health services and nothing to address the spiralling costs of rent,... Read more »

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VLAD’S ECO SPIN

Leo Varadkar

Government may be sluggish if not hostile in their attitude to climate action but Leo Varadkar will be damned if any easy publicity goes unclaimed.

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DONOHOE’S DEFLATION

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It was a day of only mild catharsis for political hacks who have spent weeks agonising about the lack of “budget excitement” Recent weeks have seen the build up variously described as “boring” – Irish Times, “bland” – Sunday Business Post, “safe” – Irish Examiner.... Read more »

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RECKLESS FIANNA FÁIL?

Barry Cowen

THIS WEEK’S BUDGET provided the most important opportunity for Fine Gael to claw back a modicum of economic credibility. The party’s reputation has been greatly eroded by overspending scandals, precarious reliance on corporate tax receipts and criticisms from the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council (IFAC). Fine... Read more »

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FINE GAEL ABANDONS THE YOUTH

Leo Varadkar

IT WAS HARD CHEESE for younger voters who were all but absent from Fine Gael’s budget on Tuesday. With no increase in the minimum wage, limp climate action, little in the way of mental health services and nothing to address the spiralling costs of rent,... Read more »

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FINE GAEL’S PHONEY CLAMPDOWN

Michael Noonan

ONLOOKERS were no doubt astonished by the revelation in Paschal Donohoe’s budget speech that vulture funds “have engaged in aggressive behaviour to avoid tax”. As well as promising to introduce new “anti-avoidance measures”, the finance minister announced that his officials will “intensely scrutinise activities in... Read more »

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MORE RTÉ CLIMATE BALLS

Leo Varadkar’s announcement on Monday that government plan to ‘phase out’ oil exploration saw the fossil fuel industry receive generous space on RTÉ. The morning began with the rte.ie newspaper round up republishing an Irish Examiner report in which Petrel Resources director, David Horgan, branded... Read more »

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RYAN’S REWILDING

Eamon Ryan

Eamon Ryan’s suggestion that wolves be reintroduced to Ireland brought mixed blessings this week. The proposals met with considerable derision and a rebuke from government, while nonetheless generating the kind of high profile policy debate rivals in the Labour Party or Social Democrats have struggled... Read more »

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ENDA KENNY’S CADDY

Mark Kennelly

CONGRATS TO Mark Kennelly, former chief of staff to Enda Kenny during his reign as taoiseach, who has landed the plum post of Golf Ireland CEO in a hotly contested, “extensive” competition, which saw Mark drive down the fairway and come in well under par.... Read more »

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SAUDIS BACK IRELAND AT UN

FOREIGN MINISTER Simon ‘Covetous’ Coveney and Iveagh House mandarins will have been pleased at receiving Saudi Arabia’s support last week for the government’s aching desire to win a seat on the UN security council. But this short-term diplomatic success may prove damaging in the long... Read more »

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MARTY WHELAN’S JERUSALEM JUNKET

Marty Whelan

VIEWERS OF RTÉ’s coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest final in May will have heard presenter Marty Whelan speak of a “visit to Jerusalem earlier in the week”, noting “it was quite spectacular to be at the Wall” and “get a sense” of the city.... Read more »

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HASHTAG RTÉ ON CLIMATE

Joe Duffy

Informed debate about serious matters facing humanity continued this week on RTÉ with the first caller on Liveline immediately linking climate protests to “economic terrorism”. Friday’s march by school children provided an opportunity for Joe Duffy to read from an Extinction Rebellion press release promising... Read more »

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FINE GAEL ABANDON THE MORAL HIGH GROUND

Simon Coveney

Tánaiste, Simon Coveney, maintains that ministers are “at one” on public services cards and reiterates his faith in “rock solid” advice from the Attorney General. His comments in the Dáil on Thursday were, however, somewhat telling. Despite all the barefaced posture, Coveney dithered, going only... Read more »

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EAMONN RYAN’S JUST TRANSITION TEST

Eamon Ryan

Green Party legislation setting out a framework for ‘just transition’ moved closer toward committee stage yesterday despite a rather tepid reception on government benches. Eamon Ryan is not the type to submit ‘unworkable solutions’, hungry, as he is to work along side the larger parties.... Read more »

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THE NEW ORDER AT INM

Fionnan Sheahan

BELGIAN PUBLISHERS Mediahuis may find that bending the querulous natives to their will at Independent News & Media (INM) is a little more difficult than suppression of dissent in the Belgian Congo a century ago. Perhaps this is why Mediahuis has begun by beheading big... Read more »

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MYSTERY AT THE BERNARD SHAW

Bernard Shaw pub

A WEEK of social media breast-beating about the decline of Dublin’s nightlife has obscured the reasons for the impending closure of the Bernard Shaw on South Richmond Street. Precise explanations for leaseholder Trevor O’Shea’s decision to shut up shop are in short supply and matters... Read more »

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PROFILE: MICHAEL CREED

Michael Creed

AGRICULTURE MINISTER Michael Creed has suddenly been thrust into the front line as the latest crisis in rural Ireland confronts the government – led by traditional farming champions, Fine Gael. The militant beef protest campaign is politically toxic for Leo Varadkar and his party, as... Read more »

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YOUNG BLOOD: LORNA FITZPATRICK

Lorna Fitzpatrick

THE Union of Students in Ireland (USI) president, Lorna Fitzpatrick, has taken charge of the national union at a trying time for the student movement as a whole. USI radicals have accused the union of taking its foot off the pedal on the thorny issue... Read more »

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MARIA BAILEY FIGHTS BACK

Maria Bailey

IT LOOKS like controversial TD Maria Bailey is not going to go quietly, despite the leadership stratagem of leaving it to Blueshirts in her Dún Laoghaire constituency to do their dirty work for them. Readers will recall that Leo Varadkar and Fine Gael’s director of... Read more »

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RTÉ MEDIA PANIC!

Dee Forbes

The RTÉ Autumn season kicked off in “gala fashion” on The Late Late Show last week with fire brigade, lifeboat, ambulance and other first responders parading around Montrose studios. It was a neat trick to place the national broadcaster firmly within the ranks of vital... Read more »

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REGINA’S CLAMPDOWN

Regina Doherty

Fine Gael were left red faced last week when the party had to concede that there is little room for tax cuts in the upcoming budget. Spin obsessed Varadkar has, till now, survived minor storms but his government are undoubtedly wobbled by a series of... Read more »

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