Unfortunate phrasing from the official Labour party spokesperson on Willie Penrose taking ill in the Dail today
“Mr Penrose was in the Dail chamber when he suddenly began feeling unwell. An ambulance was called and he was taken to hospital … Read more
ok ok I can’t resist it.
The BBC is a disgrace.
Forcing Brand out because The Daily Mail and The Sun complained, ONE WEEK AFTER the original broadcast. I listened to it. It’s stupid and crude but funny in places. … Read more
An upside of the crisis: the sheer entertainment value and joy of watching truly excellent commentators.
My Top 5
Keenan is on top form today arguing against government investment in … Read more
Link to the IT
JOE BEHAN’S resignation was a shock all right. A Fianna Fáil deputy resigning on a point of principle rather than a corruption charge should be a welcome development. What a pity Behan picked such a bad … Read more
Announcement: My column in The Sunday Times is concluding this week! I start in The Irish Times this Wednesday (22nd). For the moment they are cool with me publishing the columns on the blog, so though I am posting very … Read more
n 1999 Jim Mitchell was chairman of the Public Accounts Committee when it conducted an important and uncommonly efficient inquiry into the wholesale avoidance of Deposit Interest Retention Tax (Dirt) by Irish banks.
For years, half the country were stashing … Read more
The Cleraun Media Conference is coming up. Great line up of speakers. … Read more
I used to play poker. Sometimes you weren’t quite sure if you had the winning hand, but you’d go “all-in” and hope your opponent couldn’t see your heart leaping in your chest. Win or lose, it was quite a rush. … Read more
Minister for Finance Brian Lenihan rang RTE boss Cathal Goan to complain about Liveline’s programme last Thursday week. The government was outraged because Duffy suggested that customers shouldn’t trust the banks. The plebs were panicking. It was irresponsible, the government … Read more
In a horizon-broadening move, I bought tickets for No Man’s Land at The Gate. My sister readily agreed to come along even after I briefed her on what to expect. “This is Pinter, so its not going to be fun: … Read more