Craic & Codology

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THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF CARRICKMINES

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I Thou shalt not have other Godforsaken people before US!
II Thou shalt not take the name of me and the others who lord it over you in vain.
III Remember the name of the street and keep it wholly amongst ourselves.
IV Honour your father and your mother’s revulsion.
V Thou shalt not kill time moving in for six months.
VI Thou shalt not halt near our space.
VII Thou shalt not cause an avalanche of media coverage.
VIII Thou shalt not bear false witness that we are neighbourly.
IX Thou shalt not covet your neighbour’s wife’s parking space.
X Thou shalt not covet your neighbour’s good bit of green field.


THIS YEAR’S HALLOWEEN COSTUME SPECIALS

Mick or Treat!

  • Dress up like MICK WALLACE and scare the bejaysus out of half of the Northern Ireland Assembly.
Mick or Treat!

Mick or Treat!

  • A SHANE LONG mask that will have 80 millions Germans shaking with fear

    SEAN O’BRIEN – Attack a Frenchie and get off (almost) scot-free

  • DENIS O’BRIEN WIG & (LAW) SUIT – Send a shiver down journalists’ spinesWESTLIFE COSTUMES –
    Terrifying enough to get Isis members to convert to Catholicism

“My living nightmare”

by Yvonne Connolly

Apart from being one of the country’s most beautiful and incredibly talented models, I’ve always been a highly intuitive person who has a lot to give. Of course, my glamorous Boyzone marriage brought its own pressure, but I was lucky enough able to take the whole celebrity roller-coaster in my stride.

But even though I seemed to have everything (amazing looks, above average intelligence, a flair for cooking), my battle with the hell of addiction hit me for six. It started innocently enough with the odd celebrity piece in a newspaper. Then it just got more regular – columns in magazines, favourite recipes, weekend supplement fillers about life in the fast lane. Before I knew it, I just couldn’t stop writing about myself and my glitzy marriage to Ronan.

Looking back on it, we were the perfect superstar couple and had some really wonderful years together. Ronan kept proving his love for me by having repeated affairs with young dancers who toured with the band. No matter what happens, I will always love him… the little bastard.


Deez Nuts rules out Irish Cabinet role

US Presidential hopeful Deez Nuts has ruled out taking a role in the Irish Cabinet. The 15-year-old has gained surprising traction for his candidacy, polling at up to 9% in one state, but has insisted a post in Enda Kenny’s government is not in the offing.noonan-cow

“I don’t want my election bid to be derailed by association with those clowns,” said Nuts. “I’m running a serious operation here and the last thing I need is to be mentioned alongside spoofers like Joan Burden and Mike Nonsense.

They’re a total joke with no credibility. They might provide a bit of colour for the press, but everyone knows they’re a ludicrous outfit with zero substance.”


HEALTH MATTERS

This week, top nutritionist Dr. Paschal Donohoe offers some food for thought on how to prevent pain and ruination in Ireland.Dr-Pascal-Donoghoe

As a doctor I am oft en asked, “Doc, what dietary recommendation have you to reduce high blood pressure, prevent heart attacks and help people to avoid sudden shock syndrome?” Well, fi rst we could make the bill for the breakfast more reasonable, or at least throw in a third sausage and a few more beans, if you have to charge €29.75 +VAT + Service. Th en maybe we could start knocking a few bob off the takeaways…. I mean €37.50 for burger and chips off the van at the festival would stop anyone’s heart!! And don’t get me started on a weekend for two in a Dublin fi ve-star! Th e best way to avoid problems if you’re staying for a few days is to bring your own sandwiches…. (Contd. for lunch and evening meal)


Caution urged over female Viagra stories

Medical authorities last night cautioned that female Viagra stories may lead to exhaustion amongst males who struggle to keep pace with the exciting development. The warnings come as three hacks were found collapsed over their desks in the early hours of the morning as they tried to meet the paper’s demand on their prowess.

“The poor inept sods were up all night and couldn’t go the pace,” said one newsroom staff member. The incident follows a recent study that found stories of female Viagra can stimulate entire newsrooms and arouse extreme levels of interest in editors.

“I’ve never felt like wanting more and more as much as I do now,” gushed one middleaged media proprietor yesterday. “Do you think the cute new intern would join me for a bit of proofreading?”


Greeks ‘losing patience with Germans’

The euro’s future was again heading towards jeopardy last night, after Greece warned Germany to “get its act together” over bailout funding. The warning followed increasing uncertainty amongst German politicians, before the country’s parliament agreed to allow the ESM provide a third bailout.

“To be honest, we are getting a bit fed up with these Germans moaning and groaning,” says one Greek surgeon collecting his dole yesterday. “It took them a full day of nitpicking before they signed off on the lousy €120 trillion. By then the sun was starting to set and the tide was almost gone out. Don’t they have an ounce of compassion?!”

A spokesman for Syriza echoed the sentiments. “Some of these Germans are beginning to sound like Baldy Noonan,” he fumed. “How long does it take to sign a bloody cheque? They need to start implementing their commitments faster.”


‘SHAM MARRIAGES’ TARGETED

Calls were growing last night for political ‘marriages of convenience’ to be outlawed. The demands come amidst increasing public anger that such arrangements are merely sham exercises where one or both parties merely want to secure residency in Leinster House.sham-marriage

Critics say in many cases the ‘partners’ often speak a different language to ordinary Irish people and may even detest each other, despite striking a deal in a smoky back room to commit their futures to each other.

Says one disgusted voter, “Its time these opportunistic chancers were rounded up and given the bum’s rush out of the country forever! I mean Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil? Get real!! It’s just unadulterated lust for power!”


CAO LATEST OFFERS

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MAYNOOTH Integrated Social Media Post-Facebook communication course (formerly Virtual Studies) combining one-to-one intrapersonal research (formerly Talking to Complete Strangers), posting pictures of self at Electric Picnic, and exchanging lists of the most shaggable people on the course.

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(That’s enough courses – Ed.)


LATEST DONALD TRUMP INITIATIVES

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

■ Compulsory wearing of baseball caps 24/7
■ Obama to be tried for not committing any war crimes
■ America to invade some place
■ Sarah Palin’s birthday to be a national holiday
■ Kick Putin’s ass


ELECTRIC PICNIC HIGHLIGHTS

NEW LOOK FINE GAEL FRONTBENCH

NEW LOOK FINE GAEL FRONTBENCH

NEW LOOK FINE GAEL FRONTBENCH

SUDOKU PARTY Combining burlesque, origami, cookery and experimental theatre, this unique chill-out space is located in an upside-down bouncy castle. Th ere will be special backwards screenings of Tarkovsky and Godard films, while guest DJs include Gavin Friday, Gary Lightbody and Eddie Hobbs.

PLANT HIRE DISCO A full-scale recreation of a plant hire business from a midlands industrial estate, you can here simultaneously get your hair cut and enjoy the latest avant-electronica sounds. Th ere will also be vaudevillians, acrobats and hula-hoop dancers, as well as live stand-up from Andrew Maxwell and Neil Delamere.

CURRENT AFFAIRS CABARET Immersive, experiential multi-media platform, which sees David McWilliams, John Banville and Miriam O’Callaghan discuss the current crisis in recycling. Look out for the special one-off collaboration between the Pet Shop Boys and George Hook.

(That’s enough Electric Picnic guff – Ed.)


Letters to the Editor – 28/8/2015

Concerned male

Sir, – I am gravely concerned over the speculation surrounding this newfangled Viagra for women folk, which we are hearing so much about. Like any red-blooded Irish man, I am absolutely appalled that the fairer sex should feel it requisite to pop a pill in order to properly appreciate a man’s physique! Heavens, what is wrong with the women of this country? Ever since the damned electric washing machine replaced the washboard, this was the inevitable destination of the path we chose. By Jove, in my prime there would be no waiting around for the pills to be taken down off the shelf on a Saturday night!!

Yours, etc, George Hook, Old Codger Lane, Blokestown

Dáil Éireann Business

Sir, – Over the past five weeks, most of your readers will have seen my photograph every day on the front pages of the national newspapers. While every other minister and TD has been on holiday, I have been out and about, attending important public events, such as launching Ireland’s new aviation policy, warning people about rip-off prices in the tourist industry and generally arranging media interviews. I would like to sincerely apologise to my absent colleagues for such shameless self-promotion and for giving the misleading impression that any Government business is taking place during the long summer recess. I deeply regret that I have let down my fellow ministers by my thoughtless behaviour and by forgetting the basic core values and cherished traditions of Dáil Éireann.

Yours, etc, Paschal Donohoe, Leinster House

Ashley Madison scandal

Sir, – As CEO of the world’s leading adultery website, I wish to express my deep concern regarding recent reports that a prominent Irish TD is among the subscribers to our highly successful cheating database. While we have thousands of satisfi ed members from within your country’s respected business and academic circles, we are always particularly careful about protecting our reputation. We pride ourselves in being taken seriously and are therefore appalled at suggestions that we would sink so low as to accept totally amoral individuals who lead such shameful secret lives. All our subscribers are scrupulously vetted and we would never offer membership to those who indulge in the extreme levels of infi – delity associated with Irish politics. The reputation of all those satisfi ed members of the entire online cheating community is at stake and the last thing we want is to become a laughing stock because of our alleged links with one well-known political charlatan.

Yours, etc, Ed Sleeze, NYC

Sir, – I wish to avail of your good pages to right a terrible wrong. I was shocked and appalled to have a colleague inform me that my identity has appeared, alongside his own, amongst data in the Ashley Madison leak. I totally refute any allegation that I was seeking a sexual relationship with any man or woman registered with Ashley Madison. In fact, I was happily engaged in a healthy – albeit clandestine – relationship with my housekeeper at the time of the alleged registration. My bishop can confi rm this, although not publicly of course in the interests of her husband and three young children.

God bless you all, Fr. Jock Strap, Fondle Avenue Gropestown (Not real name & address)

Greek bailout

Sir, – My decision to call an immediate general election is primarily aimed at sending an important message to Greece’s European partners. While we have been forced to take major steps towards the total destruction of our economy, much work remains to be done. I have always argued that the EU institutions have been entirely unrealistic in their expectations about Greek debt repayment. By setting the date as “Never”, they are placing an unworkable deadline on our people. In my view, “Never” is much too soon and it is likely to take at least twice as long as that to restore economic prosperity and collect suffi cient taxes to pay off the excessive burden of this unacceptable bailout.

Yours, etc, Alexis Tsipras, Athens

Proud man

Sir, – It is most encouraging to see such a great increase in CAO applications this year. Any country would be proud to have such a wonderful array of talent in its midst. In fact, having spoken to leaders of industry across Europe and beyond in recent days, they say they are very much looking forward to acquiring their fair share of you, once you have qualified and can contribute pricelessly to their country’s development. I know you will all do us proud once you get to wherever you go. Bon voyage one and all.

Yours, etc, Enda Kenny, Leinster House

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Darron Gibson update

Darron Gibson

IRELAND BOSS Martin O’Neill says he will give evidence in the trial of midfielder Darron Gibson after he was charged with drink-driving. Th e Everton man is alleged to have been involved in a hit-and-run with a cyclist, failing to stop after an accident and hitting a petrol pump with his car. But O’Neill, a fellow Derry native, says the charges don’t add up and he will make himself available as a character witness.

Darron Gibson

Darron Gibson

He said, “Just look at the charges. Anyone who knows Darron knows he is innocent: ‘hit and run?’ No, I have seen him hit and stop running alright. ‘Failing to stop?’ Again, if you look at his past performances for Ireland he regularly stops (trying, chasing back, passing to team-mates etc). As for hitting a static target? No chance – we have hours and hours of video footage showing the exact opposite.”


US SHOOTING LATEST

An American man shot dead by his two-year-old son “died doing what he loved”, according to a close friend. Th e Alabama resident was showing his young son how to fi re a revolver when the fatal accident occurred.

“If there is any consolation it’s that he died doing what he loved,” said neighbour Chuck Stones. “We have a right to bear arms and it’s important that we teach our kids how to use weapons. If they want to become cops when they grow up they need to know how to deal with African-Americans for example. Although now the kid will grow up without a father, he will have a tremendous respect for guns, which is what his father would have wanted. God bless America.”


O’NEILL ORDERS POLICE SEARCH FOR NEW TALENT

Ireland football manager Martin O’Neill has asked An Garda Síochána and British police forces to search their files for any exciting young talent that may have been overlooked. Th e Irish boss is also understood to be keen on establishing a prison scouting system across both countries.

The move comes aft er Jeff Hendrick was notifi ed to appear in Dublin District Court in relation to an alleged nightclub confrontation and the arrest of midfi elder Darron Gibson on suspicion of drunken driving. Striker Andy Keogh was also arrested in a nightclub incident in Australia last February.

“Who knows what undiscovered talent may be lurking in DPP files or even jail cells,” says the former Leicester and Celtic gaff er. “I’ve already been alerted to a play making armed robber on remand in Yorkshire and I’m told there’s a tough tackling burglar on the run in the Kerry mountains. It’s very exciting.”

Meanwhile the manager says it he “does not expect” any further arrests amongst the squad before the crunch Euro 2016 qualifiers against Georgia and Gibralter. “Unless someone seriously annoys Roy I can’t see any major disturbance occurring,” he confirmed.


Schmidt hails World Cup preparations

IRELAND’S PREPARATIONS for a World Cup of mediocrity are in full fl ow after easy wins over the mighty Wales and Scotland. Now ranked as the second best team in the world, Joe Schmidt’s men are right on track to repeat the glorious failures of 2007 and 2011.ball-baring

“We’re going to get carried away,” Schmidt told reporters. “This is our year. I can feel it in my bones. I know we’ve been down this road before but this time we’re in with a real shout. This year’s quarter-final defeat will be better than any of our previous efforts. I can see us leading the All Blacks well into the fi rst quarter. ”


Ashley Madison shock

Thousands of Irish people are living in fear, after details of their online activities were leaked on the Dark Net following the Ashley Madison hack. The expose threatens to reveal the sordid internet history, email addresses and pictures of the users.

It is expected to show that thousands of Irish people have been clicking on links on the Independent.ie website claiming to tell you ‘10 things you thought you knew about Kim Kardashian’ , and showing exclusive pictures from Ronan Keating’s latest wedding.brave-bare

A source said, ‘These people are terrified that their names will be connected to such filthy pasttimes. To you and me they look like happily married couples, but beneath the surface they are hiding these terrible compulsions to satisfy their lust.’


More Star non-stories

Following on from their sensational scoop about Alan Shatter allegedly claiming 12 euro in expenses, the Irish Daily Star has uncovered further evidence of outrageous extravagance amongst Irish politicians.

According to documents seen by the paper, TDs have claimed upwards of 30 cents for items such as matches and toothpicks. Despite the wave of indifference that greeted the non-story, the Star is standing over its allegations.cool-alan-shatter

“This is another example of Irish politicians living the high life at the expense of the hard-pressed taxpayer,” said a spokesman for the paper, Mike Shameless. “It’s a disgrace – and you can read further damaging revelations concerning claims for paperclips in tomorrow’s sex-sational Star!”


NASA to help with Irish Water

The Government is to ask NASA for help with administering Irish Water, it has confirmed. The coalition no longer has any clue who qualifies for the €100 conservation grant and requires the space agency’s help with the calculations. “This is obviously a massive project for us,” said a NASA spokesman yesterday. “We’ve been busy with attempting to land another probe on Mars, but Irish Water dwarfs that in terms of complexity – we could be looking at billions in financial outlay, or roughly equivalent to what Irish Water has spent on consultants”hats-off

However, the spokesman denied the agency will also attempt to fi gure out Alan Kelly’s homeless policy. “AK47 is off-limits,” he explained. “We simply don’t have the manpower – we’d have to set up another agency.”


KELLY ‘DISCUSSED HOMELESS CRISIS WITH HOTEL STAFF’

Minister for Doorways and Park Benches Alan Kelly has stringently defended his approach to the country’s homeless crisis, and denies he failed adequately to address the situation while on his summer holidays.

“To say I was ‘hiding’ from the issue is a monstrous fallacy of gigantic proportions”, said the straight talking minister from his mobile phone somewhere last night. “Th ere wasn’t a meal or a drink ordered when I raised the subject with the waiter and other hotel staff .

“I even discussed it with a family of three Americans by the pool and with at least four taxi drivers on the way to the beach.”

Meanwhile, in his latest initiative to resolve the crisis, the minister has guaranteed that “every homeless man, woman and child in this country will receive a warm promise before Christmas that something will be done about this problem, caused by Fianna Fáil policies.”Commenting further, Kelly states, “I absolutely guarantee that. Th e consultants are working on the wording even as we speak. No expense is being spared to ensure it reads well.”


Power finds new way to not get elected

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Former Fianna Fail Senator Averil Power has confi rmed she has found a new route to not getting elected. Having already failed to get elected for FF, Power has revealed that she faces rejection as an Independent candidate in Dublin Bay North at the next election.averil-power-head-in-hand

“Averil Power is an icon for our times,” commented Irish Independent editor Fionnan Sheahan. “We don’t deserve her, but in a selfl ess act of remarkable courage, she has vowed to put her remarkable talents to work for our country.”

Writing in a special 30-page souvenir on her life and times in the Indo, Power said that, “I was torn whether or not to run – but in the end my colossal ego just meant I had to.”


Sinn Féin planning to enslave humanity

Martin McGuinness contemplates his next move

Sinn Féin is hatching a diabolical plan to bring about the end of days, it has emerged. Last night we tracked down the party’s spokesman, known only as Legion, to his hideaway lair where he warned of the dark terror to come.

Martin McGuinness contemplates his next move

Martin McGuinness contemplates his next move

“The time of purification is at hand,” he commented. “Humanity shall soon kneel before us – there will be no place to hide. We will not rest until all corners of the earth have succumbed to our might.”

The Gardaí refused to be drawn on the party’s plot to imperil the future of mankind, except to say, “It would be inappropriate to comment as investigations are ongoing.”

Meanwhile, it is believed that the UN was last night trying to contact the Avengers.


OPERATION TRANSFORMATION 2015

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Meet The (Wannabe) Leaders

Eddie Hobbs
Always prepared to jump onto the nearest bandwagon, Eddie is highly motivated and especially keen to shed the EDDIE-HOBBSentire public service who are draining essential private profits out of the body politic.

Shane Ross
The dapper Dublin South TD has always considered himself a political heavyweight, but is still not quite fit for purpose. Intends to keep climbing the greasy pole even more over the coming months.

Lucy Creighton
Something of an early front-runner who is constantly chasing after the nearest camera crew. This former Fine Gael lady has a lot to lose, so even more PR exercises are planned during the year ahead.

(That’s enough Team Leaders – Ed.)

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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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CLOONEY VISIT

Sir, – On behalf of the entire country, may I be the first to the legendary George Clooney and his beautiful bride Amal Alama- dwun to our shores. Hollywood’s glamorous A-list couple have been extremely busy since they celebrated their marriage last September in Venice in front of a small group of several thousand invited guests. Since then, they have been honeymooning quietly on the front pages of all our lead- ing newspapers, so they will be glad of a short hideaway break in the Cooney ancestral home (23, Main Street Tullahought, Co. Kilkenny) where I would ask fans and the media to fully respect their publicity at all times.
Yours, etc,
Mike Madeupname Dublin 2

ROYAL FAMILY SCANDAL

Sir, – Recent sensational allegations suggesting my sordid involvement in under-age sex orgies are absolutely prince andrewunfounded. Such vile facts divert attention from my vital work promoting British interests in European ski resorts and on the world’s leading golf courses. Since I have nothing whatsoever to hide, HM the Queen has just offered me an important new 25-year appointment in the South Atlantic.
Yours, etc,
Andrew Windsor Falklands

TV3 SOAP OPERA

Sir, – My colleagues and I are having a great laugh in the station when we tune into this new soap opera on UTV. Talk about unrealistic! Shur them lads look like they’ve been savaging it at the gym every week of the year! And off they go solving murders without a sign of a gouger rightly getting a flake across the head on the q.t. in the back room, let alone a bit of a ‘kidney massaging to jog the memory! And there’s no way any of us would try it on with a young wan in the front of the squad with a whole back seat empty! To cap it all, as the new young fellow here noticed, not a bottle of tomato ketchup in sight! We do be nearly choking on our chips so we do!
Yours, etc,
Garda Seán ‘Hopper’ Ball c/o the station Cuffstown,
Co. Donegaol

Sir, – I was very disappointed with the quality of last night’s soap opera on TV3. The OTT histrionics of the lead character, Vincent Browne, were scarcely credible and heVincent Browne was clearly unable to contain his penchant for scenery-chewing. In addition, his melodramatic showdowns with his panellists were hammy and contrived. I’m surely not alone in thinking TV3 can do much better!
Yours, etc,
Mick Kindle Waterford

(ANOTHER) NEW POLITICAL PARTY

Sir, – I am sick and tired – sick and tired I tell you– of the sham- bolic excuse for either leadership or political policy as practised by public representatives in this proud but betrayed country. I am now in the process of forming a new political party, in which I intend to ally an all- embracing collective of dedicated, forward-thinking and energetic individuals.

In our commitment towards cre- ating a new political reality opposed to the practice of political cronyism, I vow to re-construct the political landscape on behalf of Irish people of all political, religious and cultural persuas… (The editor reserves the
right to edit any correspondence on the grounds of cliché abuse and the insensitive practice of mantra-mongering – Ed.)
Yours, etc,
Joe Soap, Ballyvision, Co. Kill Kenny

GENDER QUOTAS

Sir, – I am a 55-year-old Cork man with a strong interest in politics and, if I may modestly concede, excellent prospects. I am presently seeking about 27 women to join me in an exciting adventure to scale the heights, brave the storm and eventu- ally sail into a new dawn over the coming 15 months.

Some door knocking duties may be required in advance. This golden opportunity is open to all ages. Looks are Hugh Hefnerunimportant but an ability to recall whatever I say, recite it clearly and with conviction and a willingness to stand where one is told is absolutely essential.
Yours, etc,
Micheál Martini, Cork

COPYCAT ARTICLES

Sir, – Following the tragic events in Paris, I hope I am not alone in ex- pressing hope that we do not witness a wave of copycat articles based on the content of last weekend’s news- papers. I would appeal to journalists to show restraint and not emulate the slew of alarmist articles about jihadists in Ireland, which were not just confined to the tabloids but also spread to the Sindo and Sunday Times. We also had to suffer bursts of hot air from Tom McGurk and Oliver Callan in the Business Pest. I sincerely hope these pieces are one-offs and not the start of a frightening new era.
Yours, etc,
Todd Rundgren-O’Sullivan Mayo

THE IRISH TIMES receives a great many awful letters each day and, thankfully, it is possible to find space for only a small selection. We regret that we can’t publish even fewer of them.

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KEANO UPDATE

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ROY KEANE has vowed to quit giving up on things for 2015. Having recently left his assistant manager position at Aston Villa after just four and half months, the Cork man has vowed to cut down on the habit. ‘The idea came from going to see Gone Girl with some of the lads on the Ireland panel before Christmas,’ says the Irish assis- tant manager. ‘It was crap but I stayed until the end. Then I ordered a coffee in a café and even though I didn’t think the barista poured it particularly well, I drank the whole thing. Now I am determined to quit quitting once and for all. I’ll stick with this for as long as I can.’

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FLANNERY LATEST

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Former Fine Gael strategist Crank Flannery has said the party’s very existence is threatened unless he is on board for the next general election. Speaking last night, Flannery commented: “Ireland is heading for an Flanneryapocalyptic abyss if Enda doesn’t utilise my extraordinary political genius. I think it’s time the media focused on my unparalleled strategic brilliance rather than those massive Rehab payments. Oops!” Meanwhile, other possible strategists the Taoiseach has met with include Charles Manson and Robert Mugabe.

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EMPTY BED FOUND IN HOSPITAL – INQUIRY DEMANDED

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Angry crowds gathered out- side the Ministry of Health last night after it was revealed that a free bed had been dis- covered in one leading Dublin hospital.

The demonstrators handed out leaflets claiming that pa- tients on trolleys had already suffered enough without Leothis latest shock.

“My 90-year-old grandfa- ther has just got used to the busy corridor where he has been for the last five weeks,” said one distraught protestor. “It would just be too great a shock to suddenly move him into a strange bed in an over- crowded hospital ward after all this time.”

Meanwhile, HSE spokesman Mike Madeup appealed for calm and promised an immediate inquiry into the free bed development.“The occasional empty bed is bound to become available once in a while,”said Mr Madeup,“but the public can rest assured that we are doing everything in our power to ensure that no patient will be offered a free bed ever again.”

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NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTIONS

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Rory McIlroy:

Try to win 3 majors to be in with a shout of winning the BBC Sports Personality

Conor McGregor:

Learn to be more outgoing

David Drumm:

Take acting lessons to become more convincing

Ched Evans:

Contact Mike Tyson regarding getting career back on track

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TV LISTINGS

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Game Of Thrones:

Sexually explicit, ultra-violent story of medieval political intrigue. Contains strong language and scenes some viewers may find distressing. Starring Aidan Gillen

Charlie:

Sexually explicit, ultra-violent story of medieval political intrigue. Contains strong language and scenes some viewers may find distressing. Starring Aidan Gillen

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CHARLIE SHOCK

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CHARLIE STARS Aiden Gillen and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor have said that their roles in the RTÉ drama are the toughest they’ve ever had to play. Both featured in Love/Hate as murderous, treacherous gangland bosses but say those roles were like playing Bosco in comparisoncharlie-shock with their characters in the new drama. ‘Ah here,’ said Gillen, ‘those roles were easy. Now I am playing a man who was at a different level of evil than Johnboy. Johnboy wouldn’t have lasted a second with Charlie.’ Vaughan-Lawlor, who plays Char- lie’s press secretary, said: ‘There was a lot of duplicity involved, a lot of wheeling and dealing, a lot of back- stabbing. So playing Nidge in Love/Hate served me well in getting into the mind of a government press secretary, yeah. I just had to ham it up a few notches to be convincing as PJ.’

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New Drumm Uproar

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In a sensational ruling that has sent shockwaves throughout the financial world, a US judge has ruled that the former Anglo Irish Bank boss David Drumm was “not remotely credible” and that his statements to the court were filled with “outright lies”.

Just seven months after Drumm’s Boston bankruptcy trial, the damning 129,000-page ruling concluded that the 48 year- old banker had made statements to the court that were “knowing and fraudulent”.

Close associates of the former banker immediately expressed their surprise at the latest development. “Although I have never met Mr Drumm and know nothing about his dodgy financial affairs,” said one former colleague, “I have great sympathy for him and his millionaire wife at this very difficult time.”

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REBOOT IRELAND LATEST

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Health experts say Ireland is facing a “catastrophic” population explosion due to the political party being launched by former Fine Gael TD Lucinda Creighton. “The new party’s four founding principles are so in- credibly promising and reassuring for Ireland’s future that people are inevitably going to want to have lots more children,” warns sociologist Raisa Brood. “I already know dozens of pro-life couples who have already started going to bed early. They can’t wait to rear large, happy families but

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IRISH INDOBRIENDENT NEW EDITOR HAILS FRESH DIRECTION

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As he commences his new role as editor of the Irish Independent, Fionnan Spleen yesterday stated that the paper was about to enter an exciting new era.

“Under the guidance of the supreme leader, his magnificence Denis O’Brien, the Irish Spindo can lookindo forward to a bright future largely based around the same tired old guff,”said Spleen.“As well as acknowledging the vitally important role that filthy rich business tycoons play in our society, we intend to provide a dynamic mix of dull news stories, hackneyed lifestyle features and egotistical columnists.”

Stephen Flay, INM mouthpiece-in-chief, said:“We are delighted to announce the appointment of both Fionnan and Cormac Berk, who succeeds Anne Harass at the Sindo. They are committed to building INM’s reputation as a digital company, as well as boosting their own profiles and egos.

“At INM we put great store in developing our talent across online and print, in addition to making shedloads of money. We intend to grow our market share until there is no other media organisation left globally. Cormac and Fionnan will bring a fresh prospective, and hopefully we will see a sizeable growth in readership – as well as our executives’ bank balances.”

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