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PATRIOT PAUL NILAND

WITH AN unlimited supply of retired generals and spooky security experts to propagandize about the mind of Vladimir Putin, its was rare to see actual residents of Ukraine get a look in over the weekend. As embassies advise foreign citizens to leave the country, the media went in search of ordinary individuals who plan on... Read more »

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PAUL TREYVAUD’S POLITICS

Paul Treyvaud

AS FANS of Goldhawk are well aware, Kerry-based restaurateur Paul Treyvaud – son of the legendary Gresham Hotel head chef Michel – isn’t shy about voicing his opinions. And his political leanings have become pretty clear. Treyvaud has been a vocal critic of the lockdown measures and their effect on restaurants since the start of... Read more »

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NEIL FRANCIS’S SOFT SIDE

THERE WAS a great deal of fuss made by the Sunday Times of its signing of Neil Francis, bête noire of woke social media types all over Ireland. But, has he lost his bite? Franno had been on a hiatus following his reference to England whizz kid Marcus Smith’s “Oompa-Loompa tan”. Not surprisingly, a social... Read more »

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UNA HEALY’S SIDEKICKS

WITH VALENTINE’S Day in the air, Virgin Media appears to be acting like a love-struck suitor in its eagerness to make Una Healy work as a presenter. It has paired the former girlband member with a random cast of male sidekicks on the Six O’Clock Show, possibly because there are fewer experienced presenters knocking around... Read more »

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ELON MUSK’S IRISH WISHLIST

Elon Musk

THE GOVERNMENT concedes that its plan to have one million electric vehicles on Ireland’s roads by 2030 will be “difficult” to achieve. Don’t take Goldhawk’s word for it: way back in 2019 Micheál Martin warned Leo Varadkar that such a figure “requires that basically all new cars sold from today onwards be electric”. In all,... Read more »

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SIXTH TIME LUCKY FOR HAZEL CHU?

IT SEEMS no matter how hard Éamon Ryan works to keep Hazel Chu out of the Oireachtas, circumstances present another opportunity. Chu was blocked from running alongside her party leader in Dublin Bay South despite an extraordinary result in the 2019 local elections. She was then passed over for the 2020 Seanad elections, the Taoiseach’s... Read more »

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ALAN KELLY’S REVISIONISM

Alan Kelly

IS THE Labour Party still in complete denial about its own time in government? With the so-called cost of living becoming politically sensitive in the extreme, party leader Alan Kelly points the finger at “too much low pay in Irish society”. “An epidemic of low pay”, he told listeners during an interview on RTÉ Drivetime.... Read more »

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DELIVEROO RIDES ON

THE SO-CALLED disruption by tech-visionaries in the restaurant industry is stretching the limits of newsworthiness. The RTÉ website this week informs readers that Deliveroo plans to expand into three further counties in the south east. Ordinarily this breed of news filler would be accompanied by headlines of new jobs or remarks from beaming local representatives,... Read more »

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PAUL BYROM’S CD IN RED

PAUL BYROM spoke in the Sunday Times about not recouping the 50 grand he spent on his last album, but the tenor certainly has shown a remarkable knack for aligning himself with heavy-hitters in the media, music and business world. Take Irish Times hack Paul Howard, who, in what seems like a very Ross O’Carroll-Kelly... Read more »

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SAMANTHA MUMBA’S BRILL NEW GIG

AHEAD OF unveiling his new pop act, pop music manager and all-round loudmouth Louis Walsh has called on local radio stations to support Irish acts. Given that Samantha Mumba accused him of contributing to the demise of her music career, Walsh probably shouldn’t rely on his former protegé to give the act a spin on... Read more »

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ALI RYAN’S RENAISSANCE

Ali Ryan

WITH THE red carpet brigade chomping at the bit to return to the Dublin ligging scene, Goldhawk’s favourite celeb-spotter Ali Ryan was first out of the traps with a date for the Gossies. While these awards heap kudos on influencers and Z-listers, a business award should go to Ryan herself now that she has finally... Read more »

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PURPLE REDS

CAMPUS POLITICS is a competitive field as parties try to recruit the best and brightest students. Aside from free stationary and social opportunities, figures like Collins, De Valera, Connolly, Robinson or Sands are routinely pressed into service in the battle of idealism. This appeal to heritage presents a dilemma for the Social Democrats, whose lineage... Read more »

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RATHMINES SKIRMISH

Charlie Flanagan

HOSTILITIES HAVE resumed the political war zone of Dublin Bay South with Eamon Ryan stealing a march on irate Blueshirts. Following the weekly parliamentary party meeting several Fine Gael TDs briefed the media, expressing outrage at the manoeuvres of the Green Party leader on social media. Ryan emerged from Government Buildings last week and proceeded... Read more »

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INDO SCOOPS

Paul McAuliffe

WHEN IS a scoop about scoops not much of a scoop at all? Reporting at the Irish Independent went on a journey this week over the issue of TD’s pints. A headline in Monday morning’s print edition brought news that the “Dáil bar tills kept on ringing as much of the hospitality sector remained shut”.... Read more »

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SNAPSHOT OF THE ‘IRISH TIMES’

HOW DISAPPOINTING to see the Irish Times join the gutter press in its coverage of champagne popping civil servants. What columnist Fintan O’Toole believes is no less than “one of the most civilised newspapers in the world” stuck dutifully to its high standards throughout most of the controversy, declining even to publish the offending photograph... Read more »

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LOUISE’S MCSHARRY’S NEW GIG

INDO EDS were presumably so moved by hack Donal Lynch’s description of the “world of hurt” in Louise McSharry’s “dramatically blue eyes,” they installed the axed 2fm presenter as an opinion writer in the very next edition of the paper. “Cream rises to the top and there can be little doubt that McSharry will make... Read more »

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RUSSIAN POWER PLAY

Vladimir Putin

GOLDHAWK will never fail to marvel at the arguments encountered each and every time conflict looms. Sometimes sophisticated, often absurd, war will always produce unrivalled creativity in its propaganda. The public are subject to unfamiliar faces from even more unfamiliar organisations spinning simple tales of heroes and villains. An interesting case this week on ‘Brainstorm’,... Read more »

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SADHBH O’NEILL’S SEANAD BID

SPOILS FROM the Green Party war remain reserved for the victors. In ministerial appointments, Seanad nominations and other gifts, leader Eamon Ryan has rewarded loyalty to the exclusion of others. Announcing her intention to contest the Seanad by-election, former councillor Sadhbh O’Neill adopts the language of social justice, telling the Irish Times that “our economic... Read more »

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MENTAL ARITHMETIC

MAWKISH STATEMENTS in the Dáil on Wednesday night will have done little for the nation’s mental well-being. TDs were responding to a report which found that at least 221 children have been exposed to risk or harmed while accessing Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in Kerry. Four years after concerns were first raised... Read more »

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TRINITY’S SCIENCE EXPERIMENT

Catherine Martin

THE FUTURE of the Science Gallery has turned into an amusing game of pass the parcel and it looks like Trinity’s experiment will yield positive results for the time being. There was surprise and disappointment in October when it was reported that the college planned to close the facility as no longer financially viable. Staff... Read more »

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SAVAGE OPTIMISM

ANTON SAVAGE is the latest of several columnists to take on the begrudgers. It is remarkable just how many media voices have promoted the same message in recent weeks. Every major newspaper, several political journalists, the national broadcaster, the Tánaiste and the Finance Minister have all pushed a variation of “yes, we have problems, but..”... Read more »

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NINA CARBERRY’S FORM

Nina Carberry RTÉ

RETIRED AMATEUR jockey Nina Carberry’s hoofing skills are currently getting top marks from the judges as she gallops around the dancefloor in RTÉ’s Dancing with the Stars. She also has a business called Nina Carberry Racing, but her accounts are not quite as glittering as her dancing prowess on the Sunday night filler show. She... Read more »

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THE PRASIFKA’S INDELIBLE MARK

IT IS hard not to sympathise with any young Irish author emerging in the shadow of Sally Rooney. The next hot property on the literary scene, Catherine Prasifka, who signed her debut work to Scottish publishers, Canongate, last February, will be fending off the lazy comparisons more than most. Not only has Prasifika trodden the... Read more »

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HUBRIS BITES COVENEY, AGAIN

Simon Coveney

HOW APPROPRIATE to see the very hubris that drove the state’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council again threatens the downfall of Simon Coveney. William Shakespeare would be impressed with the troubles of Cork’s own prince. While it is becoming unpopular to acknowledge the mere existence of political elites, there is no... Read more »

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INDEPENDENCE DAY

Charlie Flanagan

GIVEN THE Government’s agonising over making good on its promise of new public holidays, it is unsurprising that events this weekend passed without much in the way of popular celebrations. Largely a ceremonial affair even in its centenary, what is dubbed “Ireland’s Independence Day” in recent commentary has nothing of the fanfare officially encouraged in... Read more »

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SPINNING BRIAN REDMOND’S PERFORMANCE

IN HIS role as resident panto villain, Brian Redmond is currently casting judgement on celebs hoofing in Dancing with the Stars. Redmond is certainly familiar with judgements of the financial type, as a couple have been registered against companies co-owned by the dance professional and teacher. These include one for €17,000 registered against Spin Dance... Read more »

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SOBER REALISATIONS

Michael McDowell

ONE COULD be forgiven for thinking that the introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) was the first occasion in which the cost of gargle increased. After almost two decades of debate in Leinster House, the Public Health (Alcohol) Bill finally became law in 2018. A young Micheál Martin was Health Minister when the first tentative... Read more »

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MICHEÁL MARTIN’S STANDARDS

Micheál Martin

THOSE RESPONSIBLE for leaking the Mother and Baby Homes Report can sleep easier a year into the Government’s rigorous investigation. Cabinet whispers in the Zappone affair were enough to prompt amateur sleuthing and recriminations within Fine Gael. The entire Government has more than once restructured its business in effort to prevent Nphet speaking to the... Read more »

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SINN FÉIN REFORM DEBATE

MARY LOU McDonald’s remarks on public sector reform have stirred wider feelings and some surprising outcomes. The prevailing narrative that Sinn Féin in power would be a disaster for the country is giving way to the novel sight of right-thinking people agreeing with the party leader’s analysis, at least when it comes to the wheels... Read more »

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FIONANN SHEAHAN’S PINKOS

Fionnán Sheahan

STRANGE TO see Fionnán Sheahan do down the work of a fellow journalist. A column in Monday’s Irish Independent seems to turn reality on its head, erasing the reporting of a rival newspaper in the process. Anyone who hoped a new year might see the Indo move on from some of its go-to clichés will... Read more »

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O’GORMAN’S ADOPTION TEST

A YEAR to the day since the Government released its final report from the Mother and Baby Homes Commission, Roderic O’Gorman emerges with the long promised Birth (Info & Tracing) Bill. If the timing indicates an attempt to turn the page on eight years of criticism in handling this delicate saga, the Children’s Minister has... Read more »

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DONIE O’SULLIVAN’S CAPITOL RISE

RTÉ’S RECENT broadcast of a documentary on Donie O’Sullivan provided a useful portrait of the intrepid reporter’s journey from Cahersiveen to the US Capitol. The CNN Correspondent has been written about in gushing terms here at home since rising to prominence last year and the film followed this same pattern of journalists talking among themselves.... Read more »

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IRISH TIMES HARI KARI

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GENEROUS OF the Irish Times to offer Johann Hari another step on the road to redemption. The controversial journalist, once a darling of liberal Britain, has been eking his way back to prominence after a number of scandals in the early part of the last decade. The former London Independent columnist at one point commanded... Read more »

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THE PRODIGAL RAY FOLEY’S RETURN

AS LOUISE MCSHARRY and Muireann O’Connell can testify, Irish radio departures aren’t always music to everyone’s ears. Unlike the gals, Ray Foley resisted the temptation to put the boot in with his former employers when he departed his weekday radio show on Today FM in 2012. This measured approach has paved the way for the... Read more »

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INTRIGUING BARMAID

SUE GRAY, the ‘senior civil servant’ delegated to inquire into the non-party at 10 Downing Street that Boris Johnson invited 100 guests to in May 2020, knows all about the difference between a drinks session and serious business. The BBC did not give much away about Sue today describing her thus: “an employee of the... Read more »

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OPERATION TRANSFORMATION’S LOSS

Kathryn Thomas

THE BACKLASH against RTÉ’s Operation Transformation is bad news for Vision Independent Productions, the company behind the station’s annual weight-loss and fitness juggernaut. Given that the Philip Kampff-led firm made a small loss during the year ending September 2020, compared to a profit of €210,000 the previous year, the show falling out of favour in... Read more »

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