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 comparison 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.’
New Drumm Uproar
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.”
REBOOT IRELAND LATEST
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
IRISH INDOBRIENDENT NEW EDITOR HAILS FRESH DIRECTION
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 look 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.”