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News In Brief: How Not To Be A Sinful Santa

Bah humbug Bus Eireann! (image: globalcool.org)

Bah humbug Bus Eireann! (image: globalcool.org)

Sometimes you can’t make the news up, rather you can’t make the people who make the news up. NIB is thinking specifically here of the author who might remain nameless (NIB could change their mind) of The Kilkenny Journal. Their lead story this week: ‘Paedophiles set to pose as gays to marry and adopt kids’. At first NIB thought it was a joke, then we wished it was. According to the splash, predatory paedophiles are already flocking to Ireland in preparation for the gay marriage bill that will be going through the Dail in the spring. Once married they will use their status as happily married couples to adopt and then abuse children. NIB repeats, this is not a joke, this has actually been published online under the guise of actual factual reporting. Listen lads, it’s time to turn off the internet. We obviously can’t have nice things if this is how we behave. Continue reading

History Repeats Itself – 2013 Dublin Bus Strike

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In the summer of 1913, James Larkin called a general strike of the employees of the Dublin Tramway Company. It escalated to this point after William Martin Murphy owner of The Irish Independent, The Evening Herald, and of course the trams, banned workers from joining or being a member of Larkin’s union, the Irish Transport and General Workers Union. History would remember Larkin’s decision to go on strike as an impressive and tactical bit of timing on his part, as it coincided with the opening day of the Dublin Horse Show; one of the busiest days for Dublin’s public transport. This led to an agreement between the majority of large business owners in Dublin locking out their workforce, causing riots, civil unrest, and very poor conditions, and lasted nearly six months. Continue reading

News in Brief-Quinn’s Getaway Foiled By Price Hikes As Molly Malone May Be Set To Emigrate

Even Molly Malone has had enough of the rain and the recession , the iconic statue at College Green could soon be off to Oz. Failte Ireland, the tourism board and Emirates Airlines have been in discussion about moving Molly, as part of Melbourne Cup celebrations, to the city for two weeks in November where she will join Ireland’s young work force. When even a bronze statue is emigrating it’s time to wonder if Ireland really is up a certain creek without a paddle. Wait for me Molly!
A flock of sheep have been stolen in Country Antrim. The livestock from the Knowhead Row area of Broughshane have distinctive blue heads (sprayed not genetically engineered) but are not tagged. Police are working hard to apprehend the thieves. Well that won’t be hard. They’ll be the ones stuck behind a flock of blue headed sheep.
With the Olympics starting in London tonight security across the country is at its highest. Except in Manchester where the security measures of the city airport were foiled by an eleven year old who attached himself to an unwitting family to bypass security checks. One commentator said; ‘If an eleven year old can get past security, so could a thirty-one year old’. I can imagine it now, six foot tall, bearded and affecting a squeaky voice, I’d say even Manchester’s clearly lax security might spot that one.
No doubt Peter Quinn would have found this story very interesting as he is also trying to run away – technically has run away. Having been sentenced to three months in prison for his involvement in the Quinn saga, and losing his licence due to drink driving earlier in the year, it hasn’t been going too well for Peter. According to sources he was showing signs of the strain before he made his departure, the poor lamb. He’s not the only one, his legal representatives have now asked to be removed from representing him in the future. Ouch!
         Of course if he could stump up a bit of cash, he could get a Bus Éireann ticket, but he’d want to be quick, prices are going up and I hear he’s not as flushed as he used to be. Commuters will apparently face a six percent rise in fares from January 2013 across the CIE transport links; Iaranród Éireann, Dublin Bus and Bus Éireann. To many of the unemployed population though commuting is but a distant dream.