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Statements in the media… good, bad and indifferent… July 5, 2020

Posted by guestposter in Uncategorized.

Sinn Féin has never sought to hide its relationship with the IRA but it has attracted little media comment, apart from occasions when it became so obvious it could not be ignored.

Stephen Collins appears oblivious to years of press coverage of SF.

I like the ‘even’ in the following paragraph…

The limits of even the one metre rule have been made clear, mostly notably by the last minister for education Joe McHugh who warned about reduced class attendances and sizes when students start returning to school in the autumn. One teachers’ union has even warned about strike action if schools do not reopen in line with public health advice or there is a risk to health and safety.

Strike action over risk to health and safety? How unreasonable! The same piece though continues:

Health specialists say that the response to the pandemic in the country has moved to a phase of personal responsibility where people must make their own risk-based choices.

“We are moving away from a one-size-fits-all rule-based system to one of individual risk analysis and individual responsibility and different rules and different situations,” said Prof Sam McConkey, an infectious diseases specialist at the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.

“It is no longer a one-size-fits-all. I know the teachers were struggling with that.”

But how does a worker actually exercise ‘risk-based choices’ in a work environment? The idea is a contradiction in terms.

Or as the TUI noted during the week:

The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) will tell the committee its members have no magical immunity to Covid-19 and must be treated as are other workers.

Pat Leahy makes a good point about some bruised egos around Cabinet promotions…

…there are many people in and around politics who have lost their jobs in recent days – the Fine Gael Cabinet members (two of them from the westnorthwest region, remember), their advisers and drivers, staffers of all ranks – they have not just lost out on a promotion, they have become unemployed.

Let’s conclude this week with a quiz. Who said this this weekend?

Cases, Cases, Cases! If we didn’t test so much and so successfully, we would have very few cases.


1. CL - July 5, 2020

“David McWilliams: Governments can’t ‘create’ jobs, so why do they keep pontificating about it?
It’s businesses, not governments, that create jobs. So politicians should stop promising them”-Irish Times, July 4

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2. EWI - July 5, 2020

So, is McConkey a FFer or a FGer?

Meanwhile, every day this week has brought articles in the IT decrying any lockdown, and the TV doctor off Newstalk has been leading her own campaign.


crocodileshoes - July 6, 2020

The ‘writing as a mother’ contingent of columnists – Kelly, Jennifer O’Connell, Brenda Power – barely remembers to mention education in its haste to condemn teachers. In the case of Tony Holohan, well, we don’t know what’s going on in people’s lives and everyone has the right to put his own family first. As for those damned teachers, though, who cares what’s going on in their lives or about their families’ health: if they don’t come to work it’ll be bloody inconvenient!

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3. tafkaGW - July 6, 2020

I won’t boost it with a link but from the IT:

David McWilliams: Governments can’t ‘create’ jobs, so why do they keep pontificating about it?

Now just the title is absurd. You don’t need to subscribe to the neoliberal rag to read further.

Yes they can, and they have in the past.

Here’s how. Tax Apple, Google, Microsoft etc. appropriately. Use the money to get people building renewable energy infrastructure, providing one-tier healthcare for all, running public transport etc. etc.

Hey presto, the government has just created jobs.


CL - July 6, 2020

McWilliams’ hero is the right-wing crackpot Milton Friedman; hence his ideologically-driven stupidity prominently displayed in the Irish Times.


4. tomasoflatharta - July 6, 2020

“Sinn Féin has suspended all party activity in Dublin South West in the wake of the nomination of former MMA fighter Paddy Holohan as mayor of South Dublin County Council.
In an email to members of the party in the area, Sinn Féin said that at a meeting of the Ard Chomhairle on Saturday the 4th of July “it was decided to suspend all party structures and party activity in the Dublin South West Constituency pending a full review of the area”.
“This follows some recent political actions taken by some members in the constituency which the Ard Chomhairle views with deep concern.
“Suspension of all activity means that there will be no meetings or political activity of any section of the party in the area until further notice ie. Cumann,CC,or Council group meetings.
“The National leadership intends to meet with the new Dublin Cuige/Political leadership post the AGM on Saturday 11th July to assess the situation and set the terms of reference for a full review of the area.” https://www.irishtimes.com/news/politics/sinn-féin-suspends-party-activity-in-dublin-sw-following-holohan-mayor-nomination-1.4297771


CL - July 6, 2020

“Recently elected Deputy Mayor of South Dublin County Council Councillor David McManus said Sinn Féin’s decision “raises more questions”.
“How can he be re-admitted as an official councillor representing the party but then can’t be nominated for mayor,” the Fine Gael councillor said.
“The Sinn Féin leadership are responsible for this and now they are trying to throw their local Councillors under the bus. I would call for Mary Lou McDonald to make a full statement on this matter, it’s time for answers, not reviews,” he added.”


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