Something a bit different today. I've made a video with Taryn DeVere, where she puts the questions sent in by subscribers to me. This is the (video) Gist.
With the Queen's death, Britain has a chance to move on from its Imperial past. This is the Gist.
Robert Troy’s greatest political legacy will be writing a paragraph that finally managed to crystallise what Fianna Fáil stands for in the mind of voters. This is the Gist.
Inflation squeezes the living, but delivers windfall benefits to certain companies. This is the Gist.
The Government refuses to take a decision the science says it must make to hit Ireland's emissions targets. This is the Gist.
The political climate and the actual climate aligned this week, leaving everyone hot and the farm lobby bothered. This is the Gist.
The Tories were revolting and Irish planning legislation was bolting. This is the Gist.
The Government is trying to rush through a bad law on their national surveillance regime. This is the Gist.
The US Supreme Court continues its efforts to transport America back to the 19th Century. This is the Gist.
After the Johnson crisis of confidence, vapourware policy announcements, minority-blaming and petty cruelty are all that is left to him. A fitting, if unpleasant, end for the Brexit Tory project.
Britain’s Govt made a show of themselves again. In the US, infants were murdered while police loitered aimlessly nearby. This is the Gist.
The NMH debate revealed the most valued behaviour in a political system devoted to protecting groupthink.
After a week of assertion and counter-assertions we're settling on a generally agreed set of facts about the new National Maternity Hospital plan.
A spooked Cabinet refused to approve the Maternity Hospital deal after a mobilisation campaign saw TDs' phones and emails hopping. This is the Gist.
Things have changed for the Gist this week. Seeing as it only exists because you like to read it, I thought this might be a good moment to do my first ever post on writing a newsletter. This is the Gist’s gist!
The Government is trying to move forward with their plan to gift the National Maternity Hospital to the nuns' chosen vehicle. This is the Gist.
Sometimes it's impossible to know when we're in a between time. And then, sometimes, its pretty obvious. This is the Gist.
It has been a difficult month, filled with horror and outrage. So we're taking a step back to try to see the stories that are driving our lives. This is the Gist.
The Labour Party is set to choose its third leader since a cataclysmic judgement by voters on its time in office. This is the Gist.
Lacking expertise in military tactics after Alexander the Great, we try to think obliquely about Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This is, hesitantly, the Gist.
Events around the border between Ukraine and Russia meant that War Talk loomed large in international discussion. This is the Gist.
After an eventful week in public affairs, in Ireland and abroad, hangovers seem like the connecting theme. This is the Gist.
Schoolteacher and musician, Ashling Murphy went for a run and was murdered. Nothing else that happened this week matters. The shock of the news coming out gave way to the paroxysm of anguish, of anger, of horror and of loss. Vigils were spontaneously held around the country, and abroad. Ms
2021 has passed but almost every story and issue we faced has continued into 2022. Let's take a peep over the horizon to see what might finally resolve itself in the next 12 months. This is the Gist.
The year when we all, public and politicians alike, seemed to be trapped in a loop, repeating and rehashing the same experiences over and over again. This was the Gist.
The European Commission has been asking questions about Ireland blocking Mother and Baby Homes survivors' access to their medical records. A Gist Exclusive.
There's a lot happening, so let's try to get to it all in a flash. This is the Gist.
Facebook’s changed its name and wants everyone to look over there at a VR future. But both actions are attempts to escape its past and present. This is the Gist.
Entropy increases and political problems tend to compound. Tired parties can sometimes reach a point where they simply can't do anything new. It's a bad formula in a crisis. This is the Gist.
The Budget is coming, 12.5% tax is ending and the opinion poll numbers are thudding. This is the Gist.
The public has been served old news stories, warmed up in the political microwave, and I give you some spice at the end. This is The Gist.
The Government tries to restart politics as usual, unveiling its Housing plan. This is the Gist.
The Taliban returned to Kabul and the state of the Climate discourse belatedly begins to heat up. This is the Gist.
There was turbulence over the appointment of Katherine Zappone to a UN job. But it was the story of a hotel reception for 50 people including the FG leader which blew the house down. This is the Gist.
The sun shone as the government struggled to meet their promise to let customers go indoors for dinner and a drink. And we look at Dessie O'Malley's underconsidered legacy. This is the Gist.
The first election since the pandemic, the first test of the parties since GE20. Dublin Bay South's by-election was a psycho-drama played out in leafy villages. This is the Gist.
The reassurance statements given by the Government for years over the plans to pay for the building of a National Maternity Hospital, and then gift it to the nuns are wearing thin. This is the Gist.
The Mother & Baby Homes Commission of Inquiry returned to the public's attention as one of the Commissioners decided to speak about it for the first time at an invitation-only Oxford University zoom
This week, we’ve been looking back and forward, like a shellshocked Pushmi-pullu. This is the Gist.
This week, we’ve been looking back and forward, like a shellshocked Pushmi-pullu. This is the Gist.
Ireland suffers its most momentous cyber attack, until the next one. This is The Gist.
Unpopular Housing policy consumed the last government and saw the last Housing Minister leave politics entirely. Will we do it again?
The Soldiers of Destiny's Survival Klaxon sounded as they hit 11% support, but in the same week they might have stumbled on a new way forward. This is the Gist.
Prime Time Investigates broke a whistleblower's story on Friday night. The Dept of Health has been assembling secret dossiers on autistic children to use against them in court. This is the Gist
Irish coalitions have one defining factor- the smaller party gets hammered. The Greens feared it, but chose to enter Government anyway. But what happens when a party just... seems small?
It's time to face up to our responsibility as an email and actually do an Irish news roundup. This is the Gist
Australia is bringing in a law to mandate a transfer of income from Google and Facebook's new advertising duopoly back to the old Murdoch etc companies that used to hoard that gold. This is the Gist.
RTÉ is running a survey, Australia is shaking down Google and Facebook on behalf of Rupert Murdoch and the Government is having a consultation. But first, this is the Gist.
The last few months have seen a lot of news. This week saw some of those old ghosts of stories past come around for a second pass. This is the Gist.
Look, all the days are the same anyway and I like the name. This is the Gist.
The Government doesn't want to bring in strict quarantine for international travellers. But it can't quite explain why. This is this the Gist.
The US has achieved a new President, the UK's shelves have started to look bare and the only music left is sea shanties. This is the Gist.
Demonstrating an hitherto unknown ability to not stab itself in the eye needlessly, the Government went out onto the airwaves to let the word go out- The Commission Report was dead to them.
Picking up the leitmotif of the year so far, the government want to assure you, it is someone else’s fault. This is the Gist.
Nazis storm the US Capitol building, the Leaving cert looks shaky, everyone is annoyed and it is only Wednesday. This is the Gist.
The Government is shook, but not as much as the public, as the Covid numbers explore the upper reaches of infection number charts.
The numbers are ballooning, the consequences will be tragic and the government is compounding its political error by refusing to admit it. This is the Gist.
Christmas approaches and the nation staggers towards it, adult children perplexedly discovering they needed to order their own turkeys weeks ago. This is the Gist.
They're poised to inherit Fianna Fáil's earth and have been enjoying the sunny uplands of the polls since the election. But lately, SF have been having no craic with Twitter.
The only magic humanity has ever made real was creating a system which removed power with little pieces of paper. This is the Gist.
The Government rammed through a piece of legislation taking possession of the data collected by the Commission of Inquiry into Mother and Baby homes, planning to seal it for 30 years.
The big news broke as the evening drew in. NEPHET, the health experts were going to recommend a ‘circuit breaker’- a nationwide jump to Level 5 restrictions. This is the Gist.
This week saw US politics succumb to the remorseless power of the gods of narrative, and the first ever example of the Department of Education failing the Leaving Cert because it didn’t show its workings. This is the Gist. Ill behaviour The US President has spent months denying the
Big things have happened in the last fortnight. Big things are coming in the next two weeks. But now, you're stuck in the middle with the rest of us. This is the Gist.
It is becoming a settled truism that the Government is struggling to communicate. This week saw that struggle take fresh new turns, for each of the three parties.
While golfgate continued to swirl around the Government, their biggest project since taking office is poised to start. It's back to school.
Mask nazis and Dáil Recall be damned, we're taking a break from Ireland. Come with me and we'll see what's up elsewhere.
They played a round, downed a round and then sat around. The week the Oireachtas Golf Society decided to mark its 50th anniversary by blowing up a Government.
What if it’s not just a communication problem?
Ireland's insatiable sliced-ham habit hits hard and the capital city casts about to recast itself in the post-pub age. This is the Gist.
Everything and everyone else seems very insignificant when our view adjusts to take in the passing of a giant. John Hume's funeral was today. This is, well, a Gist.
In the pandemic turmoil, the plan for the Irish government to become a regulator of Internet content for much of the world has drifted under the radar. This is the Gist.
Sideshow Bob and his Circus of Rakes continued their governmental manoeuvres in the dark. But even as a forest of rake handles met their allotted noses, truths emerged. This is the Gist.
Its going to define the shape of the internet for years to come, its come out of Ireland (twice) and its super complicated. This is the Gist.
The Fianna Fáil leader had enough.
We’re a fortnight into our new government. So how’s it going? Well, in a Government of three parts, strangely, the one which is the least known quantity is Fianna Fáil. This is the Gist.
Ireland's Covid Tracing App launched, to public enthusiasm. Even privacy advocates gave it a guarded welcome. But is this the right message, right now? This is the Gist.
Living online has prompted some to ask questions that they've never faced before. I want to address the least important of those questions. What's with all the Earwax Ads?
OK. Let’s do this. My tone is wrong, the format is wrong and the medium isn’t able to do justice to the profound depth of the story. But silence isn’t good enough. This is the Gist. Police Riots The US policing system, faced with a few days
Looking to the East before looking to the West. It has been a hard few years for Ireland’s view of our neighbours, home to families and friends. What happened? This is the Gist. Nation on the verge of a nervous breakdown The UK’s Brexit vote in 2016 seemed
As the second-level schools peter out, and the parents of primary school children start to dream of a July without any online assignments to oversee, the Minister for Education has taken to the airwaves. This is the Gist. Leaving Cert, Departed The Minister for Education was very clear. The Leaving
What’s going on? Aside from the daily statistical count of infections and deaths, it’s hard to know. With the Dáil attenuated, the Government is answerable to no one. Some Ministers don’t even have constituents to worry about, because they’re not TDs any more. The one thing
The national escape tunnel has been planned, but can FF escape their darkness?
This is hard. And it turns out, that includes for the people in charge too.
The Dáil was back in session today. Like the rest of the world, its work continues. Just very slowly.
Across the world, mass population tracking apps are being deployed or developed. I try to get to the Gist.
Michael has purchased his stint as Taoiseach from Fine Gael and it only cost Fianna Fáil everything
Extensions to the restrictions prompt thoughts on what comes next
Things are still the same, but differently.
Ireland passes its emergency laws. But what's happening elsewhere?
Another big day for Ireland's most radical left party, Fine Gael
Although the virus is now the context for everything happening, there are some actual events emerging.
Sit still, while everyone moves around you.
Shocked into silence by the whole world changing, back now to squeeze it down for you.
"Nothing happens, and nothing happens, and then everything happens."- Faye Weldon
There’s only one story everyone’s talking about, but it’s not the only thing happening.
Briefed about the expected impacts of the coronavirus over the next few weeks, Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil suddenly drop the playacting.
Trinity graduates have a boutique selection of candidates for their three Seanad seats. Let's have a look.
The ballot paper folds out and folds out again. Here's a rundown of who all the candidates might be and who you might want to prefer.
FF and FG have to do a deal. They aren't. But they've have a cunning plan for the President...
Royals in Ireland! Whatever can it mean?
Virus response kicks up a gear, SF not in a rush to return FG text
There's an election on, where strange people you've never heard about run for votes from a tiny minority. But first, the Labour Party leadership
A second poll confirms what anyone with eyes to see knew, and it is very bad news for Fianna Fáil
Corona goes viral, markets feel ill and infant nomenclature
Green Party starts to sweat at the approach of decision time, Ireland begins to sweat at the first Coronavirus case in NI, via Dublin
A rare treat as the nameless voice of Ireland's leading political commentators helms a special Gist
The political bubble pops as events start to press in on a political system still in post-election seclusion.
Party ins and outs are unclear, but what about the policies?
A quiet weekend for Irish political news prompts a quick look at other things happening.
Its been two weeks since the election. I was away for the last week. Now I’m back, it’s probably time for a bit of a round up. And, it turns out, some strange things have happened. Three go in, None come out After nearly two weeks of shadow
One week on, a very very brief overview on where the parties stand
While the Dáil flails about trying to put itself together, what about the Seanad?
From no-news to all-news in one day.
Howlin quits, FG/FF fits
It's three days since the vote and everything has gone very quiet. In coffee shops all around Leinster House people are huddled in clumps, speaking in hushed tones, eyes darting at the door in case an enemy or journalist comes in. But, for the rest of us, everything has gone
It's Day 2 of the Count and we are into the realm of hilarity as the losing parties- who have never both lost the same election- struggle to come to terms with what's happened. The numbers have settled down and we know what the Dáil looks like. The trick now
It's Day 1 of the count. The boxes are open. True things were said yesterday, and today we got to literally enumerate them. I love a count, me. There are thousands of stories across the country in a count. But here isn't the place for all those. Instead, here's the
It's day 0 of the count. The country went out and voted on a Saturday, for the first time since 1918. And, like 1918, Sinn Féin seem to have had a pretty good outing. So now we have to COUNT THE VOTES! And so, contrary to any common sense, I
Day 25 and last and I thought I'd ask people what their experience of the campaign was. I asked what did you think at the start, did anything happen to change your mind during it, what you’d hope for after the count and why? Here are some of the
Day 24 of the Campaign. Journalists and candidates alike are ashen-faced on the TV. Newsletter writers are mourning all the lost sleep of a daily email commitment. But somewhere else, under the rock and soil, the political landscape is rearranging. A forest of talk The time is running out. The
Day 23 of the Campaign and nobody knows anything. So, let's take a tour through the strangeness together. Fine Gael Party (like it's 1932) The Taoiseach decided to give his media interview in front of a 1932 Cumann na nGaedheal poster which (apparently) hangs in Fine Gael HQ. Here it
Day 22 of the Campaign and we're having a mysterious old time about it. Nobody knows what's going to happen and everyone is holding their breath. Head to Head (to Head) It's a debate, FOR LEADERS! Prime Time was the venue for the latest election set piece, Nau! Jetz mit
Day 21 of the Campaign and all is changed utterly. MRBAye-Carumba! The third poll in a row, showing Sinn Féin rising, comes from the Irish Times MRBI house. This is the poll it used to be said of, that if MRBI tell you you're dead, phone the undertaker. And tonight
Day 20 of the Campaign. The last week looms, with suddenly a lot of novelty on the horizon. FG Splinters Richard Bruton and Catherine Noone. Paschal Donohoe on his soapbox. Soft focus videos of Simon Coveney. Suddenly, as the poll results came home and the reality of approaching opposition sank
Day 19 of the Campaign and, lookit, its not looking great for Fine Gael. It's sort of looking the opposite. FG say No So, you know, the internet has been around for a while now. But, for reasons not currently to hand, Fine Gael appear not to have noticed before
respondentsDay 18 of the Campaign trail and there was only one thing to be done all day. We just had to look at Brexit happening. Janey mac. Brexfast Roll Long before the sun rose over Dublin, a bus was wending its way through the cold dark streets towards Dublin Port.
Day 16 of the campaign and we have 11 days left before polling day. Yes, only a little past half way. I know. Bridge There was a new bridge opened in Wexford. The Taoiseach cut the ribbon, accompanied by various all-party local worthies and mayors. The bridge, named after JFK's
Day 17 of the Campaign and the Gist will be zigging while everyone is zagging at the Cooper/ Yeats debate tonight. Instead, here are some bits and pieces you may have missed. Departmental ventriloquism Minister Katherine Zappone came out strong, with plans to force childcare workers to give a day
Day 15 of the Campaign and it was all from dawn to dusk. NoOne home Back again [https://tinyletter.com/Tupped/letters/campaign-gist-debatable-value-relatable-saoirse-and-the-seething-cauldron-of-dublin-bay-north-1] in Dublin Bay North, where FG candidate Catherine Noone spontaneously combusted, leaving the rest of the country trying to put their jaws back on. Probably best to
Day 13 of the Campaign and we finally got a debate with all the party leaders on the telly and, you know, it wasn't terrible. Na, na, na, na, nah-na, Leader! The Irish political system is shaped by our voting system. And today's debate did something that the previous two-hander
Day 12 of the Campaign and everything seems to be in a state of uncertainty. Dismal Science As previously remarked, party manifestos are bunk. However, responses to questions about those manifestos can be helpful in assessing how parties go about dealing with the non-bunk bits of life. So, for example,
Day 12 of the Campaign and your author has taken himself to a Burns Dinner. As a result, today’s gist shall be shorter than usual- a mark in. It’s favour, I hope you will agree. Exile, though not always cunning Party leaders marched briefly in Drogheda against drug
Day 11 of the Campaign Trail and the early excitement has faded to be replaced by the hard slog of actually constantly talking to the general public. Manifestly useless Christmas Day comes, long planned for and anticipated. Eyes snap open early, mattresses are jumped up and down on, and there's
Day 10 of the Campaign and there are signs that cabin fever is setting in the central campaigns and the press pack alike. Are you all on Drugs? Yesterday's debate was such a non-event that the only thing that could be found to latch onto was the (repeated) admission that
Day 9 of the Campaign and we had a few significant occurrences. Also, an opportunity to cheer on Saoirse McHugh, Green Party candidate in Mayo. Debatable Value There was a strange genre mash up on TV3, where a Sky Sports format (Pre and post-game analysis programmes) bracketed a strange fashion
Day 8 of the Campaign and nothing much of note happened. Taoiseach wears brown, leaves town Completely unrelated to the MRBI polls showing FG support crumbling in Munster, the Taoiseach took his FG roadshow to Mallow in Co. Cork, to be seen meeting “country people” and perhaps, to learn of
Day 7's Campaign Gist and we suddenly wake, blinking, into a new world. Turning and Turning in the Widening Gyre The Doldrums are behind us, the next polls are out and the metallic tastes of panic and power are co-existing in almost everyone's mouth. The efforts at command and control,
Day 6 of the Campaign and there was no way I wasn't going to do one on that poll. The Poll It takes a special sort of genius to launch your election campaign by telling the public that they're juvenile for not supporting your Black and Tans commeroration before canceling
As it’s a weekend, Campaign Gist takes a slightly different format. Doldrums The election campaign seems to be running in some distant, sealed part of the country. This isn’t necessarily from any lack of local effort by candidates. Doubtless, doors are being knocked on, hands shaken at shopping
Day 4. Your Campaign Gister has come down with a fever. Some of the below may, therefore, be be the product of an overheated mind. Death It is proving an unfortunate theme of this campaign that each day is accompanied with news of a terrible crime. First a 17 year
Day 3 of the campaign, which by some quirk has also always been happening. Brexit Merit Badges Today presented more evidence that, contrary to all that is sane and rational, Fine Gael are genuinely invested in talking about Brexit to win votes. A voter may say to themselves “Why should
Campaign Gist is in an unusually somber mood today. A homeless man was critically injured while industrial machinary was used to remove his tent while he was in it. A photograph of the Minister for Housing's poster hanging above the scene of the incident went viral. The Taoiseach responded by
It’s the Gist! In an election! So it’s the Campaign Gist! Shorter and more ruthlessly selective than ever. Posters Fizzogs on lampposts mean only one thing- post-revolutionary terror and hangings from the street furniture. Unless it’s an election, in which case we are treated to lovely photos
Euro-Drama A day and a night and then another day without sleep. Only hotel banquet food and take-out for sustenance. The leaders of the 27 member states of the EU unhappily discovered themselves in a sort of Irish Hotel Wedding Experience as the price for trying to decide who would
Back now , for the moment. On we go. G20: Occidental Winners After discovering that putting tariffs on Chinese goods led to China putting tarrifs on US goods, the US president demonstrated his mastery of dealmaking by reversing himself, and declaring himself the winner of the whole thing at the G20
Reportedly Here at The Gist, we like to squeeze things down for you. So, imagine how helpful it is to find that a whole set of unrelated but proximate stories suddenly crammed themselves together. On the day that saw a new set of reporting restrictions to limit reporting/tweeting of
UK just can't Spain complained. If the withdrawal deal applied to Gibraltar, then they would veto it. It took the UK four days to respond- "Grand, whatever, no applying the deal to Gibraltar. We just can't any more." No point fighting to the ends in Westminster for a deal that
Trenchant criticism of defaced installation Somebody didn't like the 18 foot sculpture of a WW1 soldier installed at the enterance of St Stephen's Green. They sprayed red paint over its bottom half. Though this isn't the most constructive form of social criticism, it is certainly the most direct- neither destroying
Scouting in the past Unsurprisingly, like lots of Irish organisations put in locus parentis over children, it turns out that volunteering with Scouting Ireland was used as a chance by a bunch of child abusers to attack children. According to the fella hired to do a review, this abuse was
Sometimes, there is nothing interesting happening nearby in news. Trump is still awful, Brexit is still occurring, FG like rugby. So, today we have a special round up of news from Asia. #MeToo in Bollywood Bollywood star Preity Zinta was asked about the #MeToo movement (an interesting phrase used to
Landlord law lacuna The head of the Residential Tenancies Board had a clear message to deliver. There were landlords out there just blatently raising rent above the maximum 4% a year in "Rent Pressure Zones" (aka, where the people are). And, by golly, there is absolutely nothing the RTB can
Reality Bites OK, so this is the Gist. Let's do the Brexit bit. So, basically, Ms. May's Wednesday claim the Cabinet backed her was missing the *until they start to quit. Mr. Raab, the man who had negotiated the Brexit deal quit, reputedly in horror at what he had wrought.
May-Day! May-Day Brexit has been 18 months of watching someone trying to haggle on prices with the automatic scanning machine at a Tesco checkout. Now, having finally reached the point where the 'store is closing' announcements have got serious, the UK gov has decided to just pay for the thing
Comics, cruelty and cameos Stan Lee lived to be 95 years old. Today, he died. 95 years is a long time- long enough for him to be a complicated person to write an obituary for. Fortunately this can be solved by ignoring the first 60 or so years of his
US President's enthusiasm for history dampened The person who was elected two years ago to do the job of being President of the US cancelled the plan to attend a memorial in a French cemetery for Americans who were killed in WW1 because it was raining. That's why he cancelled,
Repubs Get Outta Town Democrats in the US, having received most of the votes cast, lost in the Senate, but won control of the House of Congress. The meaning of this is whatever you want it to be for the purposes of public discussion. But, just here, between us, it
Edgy Election Democrats hope to take control of Congress in an US. The local commentary casually acknowledges that the constituancies are gerrymandered, there is widespread vote suppression of minorities and that the voting machines are suseptible to tampering. Basically, it takes an overwhelming Democrat vote turnout to hit even representation.
News bit The media's love of fellas who'll leave their natural habitat of the golf club bar and tell you what they really think of travellers and women continued this week on TV golf club bar, the Late Late Show. Ignoring the specific spoutings (which is what every normal person
Google staff Feeling less Lucky Thousands of people got up from their desks in Google at 11.10am all around the world and walked out to protest the spectacular failures of the company's management to properly deal with the sex harassment. This is a not great look for any company,
Bank Holiday Hangover Schools are closed this week, and the bits of the country that didn't go back to work yesterday (newspapers and the like) found that their heart wasn't really in it. Similarly, journalists scraped around the sides of walls and even reported on wills in the probate office
Europe's Anchors' away The Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, has seen her once unquestioned power ebbing away across a number of lackluster regional elections. The Government parties have not been doing well- which is bad news for the political centre as both the main German parties are currently in government
Higgins triumphs unnoticed The President of Ireland having been reelected with the largest personal mandate in the country's electoral history, the media have immediately rushed to give more attention and oxygen to the reactionary comments of the shambling mound who came a very distant second. It is possible this may
Nation, just glad its all over, votes Its only been a few short weeks of national embaressment, appeals to the lowest impulses in the world, motivational business word-guff, holy eczema cures and explanations of how money you give away can end up back with you again. But today, the bit
The Past Is a Foreign Country, With No Extradition Treaty In Tuam, Co. Galway there's a small patch of grass with a wall around it in the middle of a housing estate. Under the grass is a sewage works, which was used as a mass grave for hundreds of babies
UK, longing to be a nation once again The UK Prime Minister, who is still Theresa May at time of writing, announced a new plan to deal with the fact that, apparently, nobody in charge of the Brexit project noticed that Ireland was a different country. And that now that
UK longs to be a nation once again The UK Prime Minister, who is still Theresa May at time of writing, announced a new plan to deal with the fact that, apparently, nobody in charge of the Brexit project noticed that Ireland was a different country. And that now that
Small man towers over opponants Michael D. Higgins, after seven years of doing exactly the job he is applying for to universal acclaim, remains most people's first choice for President. To reassure those people they're right, the other candidates have been existing. The one within the margin of error decided
Oireachtas Free Speech Zone Irish High Court finds TDs &Senators can't have restrictions on their speech in the Oireachtas by a court. Courting Attention US Supreme Court Judge told "You're hired" in prime time TV spectacular Getting Gisty With IT Very brief email newsletter returns.
UK Lunacy Tory party conferences are rarely pretty. But this year, the UK's Government appears to have taken note of the defeat of the Blackshirts 80 years ago today in the battle of Cable Street and decided it was time to do something about that. Specifically, they decided to dedicate
Hello again! The Dáil is back in session and so are we. Police and Numbers Irish police are considering going on strike for more pay. However, it is illegal to go on strike. So they instead all call in sick at the same time. However, the CSO released figures suggesting
Banks Stressed The two main Irish banks hovered in the bottom of the EU's league table after the continent-wide stress tests that see what would happen in the event of a financial crisis. Basically, this means they were some of the most likely banks to go bust in the event
As neither of Ireland's news agenda setters (RTE and the Irish Times) can muster any news worth the name, tonight it's an Africa News In Gist Special. Doubtful prosecution A judge who convicted (in his absence) a notable rival to the sitting President in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Woman wins Hilary Clinton won the Democratic Party nomination to be President. This would be ho-hum if it had been some fella. But it was the first time that anyone from the female half of the population of the earth had got such a nod. And that was a big
Glossing over repeal The Project Arts centre saw their political speech stifled by an instruction by Dublin City Council to paint over Maser’s “Repeal the 8th” mural, on planning permission grounds. No, I don’t know either. An empty sort of victory for those who would literally want to
Trump horrorshow The Republican convention peaked at 3am Irish time yesterday as plus-sized moral homoculous Donald Trump gave his acceptance speech. Earlier he gave an interview to the NY Times where he made protective NATO action dependent on the receipt of sufficient cash money from the ally states. This being
UK Doomwatch The new cabinet has been appointed in the UK and, proving that reality may be buckling, it is even more gruesome than the last one. Boris Johnson’s appointment as Foreign Secretary is basically just having a laugh. UnWarranted Hotmail In 2013, a fellow’s Hotmail was sitting
We’re Rich! Hey, the CSO say that last year Gross Domestic Product grew by, not 7% but 26.3%. This doesn’t mean that we all get bars of gold in the post as it turns out that much of those ‘Domestic’ monies are really measuring multi-national companies cash.
The Dead Movies would have us cheer for the good guys, the downtrodden, when they fight back. But there was a demonstration in Dallas last night over the routine shooting of black american citizens by their police forces. And someone or some people started shooting at the police, killing four
Cow Dead UK army shot some cows. That’s it. FF reanimate Poll shows rise in support for FF. FG TDs seem to misdiagnosed the problem as not controlling cabinet sufficiently. In fact the problem for FG is insufficient votes at the last election, something they haven't come to terms
Iraq Hindsight, Oh hey, look at all those words! That will be mostly how the Chilcot report, published today, will be reported on today. Running to 12 volumes, and millions of words it is report on how the UK went to war in Iraq. (Spoiler: Doesn’t end well). The
Broken Britain, Sky-Hole Broken Britain, After so many years of talking about it, UK newspapers have finally Broken Britain. But, as Boris was knifed by human-guppie hybrid Michael Gove we can't even look forward to the sight of the heir-apparent squandering his unearned chance. Gove, who once denounced the Good
UK Check-In Britain is still stuffed. New ways things have gone wrong since yesterday: Headbanging brexiteers declaring for Tory leadership. Labour MPs demanding their leader go, but with no alternative in mind while leader insists on staying with no plan to heal the split. Countdown to property crash stats becoming
Turkey murders People shot travellers and then blew themselves up in Turkey’s main international airport killing 28 people who just wanted to get somewhere or do their job. This is just one of those rote stories now, because you can’t really stop people from doing this every time
Brit-Fit The UK keeps up the high standards of the last few days. Boris announced his plan was to just keep things as they are now, but without having to follow any EU rules. Also, rainbow flavoured ice cream, unicorn-based transport network, fat-burning doughnuts. The Labour Party continued to rage
Fixit > “If you put a large switch in some cave somewhere, with a sign on it saying 'End-of-the-World Switch. PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH', the paint wouldn't even have time to dry.” -The Thief of Time, Terry Pratchett Well, they only went and did it. England and Wales rose up against
Counting to Two Britain has voted and they're counting all the bits of paper. If you're reading this in the morning, sure, you'll know better than me what happened. If not, go off to bed. The whole thing was still mad. Free Money There was a great story about a
Football Ireland won against Italy. We get to play again! Irish Fan Status: Still gas. Also, checking on their phones how you apply for a loan from the credit union. England’s Nervous Breakdown The people of the increasingly-misnamed United Kingdom go to the polls to experience a pleasure well
Fascists Turns out a man who's accused of murdering an MP while shouting "Britain First" may turn out to be a subscriber to fascist magazines, to behave like a fascist and assert his name is "“Death to traitors, freedom for Britain”" when asked it in court. These facts suggest there
GSOC’d If it’s a Friday afternoon, then it must be a difficult report being released from the Department of Justice. This one was the first inquiry of its sort into whether GSOC did things correctly after a lady died in a road traffic accident and before a Garda
Murder MP Jo Cox, was small, well liked, pleasant and welcoming to immigrants to the UK. She had two small children. A man with a gun shot her dead today after attacking her in public. He shouted out 'put Britain first' as he killed her. Even reduced to bare facts,
Terrible people "Let's see if we can turn these freshly killed murder victims to our own personal rhetorical advantage." - Terrible people. A day after mass murder of revellers in a gay nightclub in Orlando by a homophobic abusive man with a violent fantasy life that had him investigated by
Mass murder A gay club in Florida during Pride, running a Latino night. A man whose father said he got angry when he saw two men kissing. He had already come to the attention of the FBI as potentially violent but could still buy multiple weapons of mass murder. Dozens
I will not do a News in Gist tonight. Philip Cairns was 13 when he went missing from my neighbourhood. I was 10. By the time I was 13, I used to cycle down a nearby road to go to my local library. The smiling face from his photo was
NAMA The NAMA Annual Report has been released and, good news!, everything is awesome. NAMA is something something 20,000 new houses as well as in some way going to make a giant profit to make us all rich again at the end. All the jam will arrive every other
Juries, juries, juries Serious crime cases have juries, who put in the hours needed to come to decisions. Sometimes, lots and lots of hours. They hear fantastic amounts of evidence and wrestle with legal niceties that baffle experienced lawyers. Today, the reportedly longest jury deliberation in the state's history ended
Lightning Basically, the main thing you need to know from the news to speak to you fellow humans is that a fella was hit by lightning and that he's alive and hopefully going to recover fully. This is everyone's chance to dust off their personal favourite struck by lightning stories,
Crime With the courts closed and nothing else moving on a sunny Summer Bank Holiday Sunday, we're left with reporting on police activity as the final available form of official news. So, today we have shootings, assault on children and so on as the main breaking news. While gangs attacking
The Greatest Muhammad Ali's life story was too big for one life, so it overflowed and poured into everyone else's life story too. He fought for himself and, because he was an irresistibly attractive other, he fought for them too. The sport he played didn't deserve him and its cultural
Court Reports It's a very sunny Friday of a Bank Holiday. Which means all our usual news sources are in beergardens- except for the courts! So, we've got guilty verdicts and innocent verdicts. It's all very official and newsy. Guy who worked for Irish Life and Permanent is not guilty.
Health stuff Northern Ireland says gay men can give blood after all. But not marry. We're keeping it contiwise. The Minister for Health, who's a youngfella with a grand head of hair on him, says he wants everyone to agree with a policy that will take 10 years to do,
Birmingham Bombs The Birmingham pub bombings from the 1970s are going to be looked at again, as they are now an official error so the UK State can acknowledge that. Who knows, maybe it will turn out a dead person was to blame. Gorillas (deceased) A faraway zoo shot a
Garda Numbers The Minister for Justice says she'll give more stuff to the police in a bit over gangs and maybe even more police, but not for years. She also wishes we'd stop asking her hard questions about them. Europe Water Thing Some sort of thing where the EU Commission