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News in Brief: Quinn Jumps Before He’s Pushed

NIB's favourite artistes (image courtesy: planetjedward.net)

NIB’s favourite artistes (image courtesy: planetjedward.net)

In what can only be described as typical, Enda Kenny’s put his foot firmly into his mouth -this week he’s been calling Joan-people! People, he’s been calling people fat, according to Micheal Martin anyway. The Fianna Fail leader accused the Taoiseach of being fattist following questioning over the decision to suspend gastric band operations. In a bid to save money Enda suggested the waiting patients go for a jog instead and cut out the Supermacs: ‘prevention is better than cure’ to which Martin took offence. He reckons obese people are subject to ‘the last acceptable form of discrimination’, although conceded this couldn’t be applied to James Reilly.

In other political news Ruairi Quinn has been retired! Well jumped, before he was pushed, out of Leinster House. What does this mean for us?! NIB hears you all cry. Oh no sorry, you were wondering about your World Cup Office sweepstake now USA are out. Continue reading

GAA: Donegal And Tyrone Advance In Ulster Championship

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Ulster Senior Football Championship

Down 0-12 Tyrone 3-11

Tyrone cruised past Down in this weekend’s replay at Pairc Esler. Down have failed to be as consistent as the Ulster rivals from the red hand county and have failed to get passed them on numerous occasions. This particular occasion further cementing the dominance of Mickey Harte’s charges. Down started the game well and were awarded a penalty in the first minute when Conor Maginn was brought down in the box by Justin McMahon. Aidan Carr stepped up to take the penalty for the mourne men, which was saved by Tyrone Goalkeeper Niall Morgan. Tyrone took some encouragement from Morgan’s save and raised their game with them pressing ahead after this and building a lead, with points coming mostly from Ronan O’Neill. Ciaran McGinley got the opening goal of the game as Tyrone really expressed their dominance in the first half and led by 1-6 to 0-7 at the break. Continue reading

News in Brief-Students Take Nothing For Granted

The 200 Million dollar man, or Rory McIlroy as he’s known to his mum, has had his fair share of news paper pages in the last week, lamenting his considerable earnings to date. The young golf pro has reportedly signed up with Nike as part of a sponsorship deal that will make him the richest man in sport.

Following the success of the Olympics the suggestion of many millions per annum might prove inspirational for youngsters. In fact they may have a better chance of swinging a stick at the Ryder Cup then receiving their college grants.

Currently 66,000 students are in the process of applying for monetary grants. Out of that 66,000 only 27% have actually completed the process, a failure condemned by Fianna Fáil leader Micheal Martin. Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore defended the government, accusing Martin of ‘frightening’ people.
Coming only a few weeks after sending household charge demands to the deceased, the government’s inability to handle paperwork certainly is scary.

Unless like Rory you’ve got some cash stashed, the idea of the annual Christmas shop probably sends shivers down your spine. However Ireland is reportedly, and somewhat surprisingly, home to the biggest spenders in Europe come the festive season. The average cost of gift giving reaching almost €500 with €300 spent just on food and drink.
We’re not stupid though, cash gifts also top the Christmas lists of 37% of people asked. It’s nice to see amongst all the, lights, tinsel and religion we haven’t forgotten the true meaning of Christmas.
Perhaps it is a display of early Christmas spirit that has seen Former AIB chief Eugene Sheehy very kindly agree to take a pension cut from €325,000 to €250,000. He’s taking something all right.
With all this talk of money it’s easy to forget that in celeb news this Sunday sees the return to our screens of I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here with its usual cast of has-beens and no bodies.
In fact I’ve forgotten again already.

And finally, Newstalk radio were offering one lucky listener the trip of a lifetime yesterday. Be flown to New York by Aer Lingus before jumping into an Avis hire car and in the words of George Hook, take a “leisurely” drive down to Washington DC. He obviously didn’t get the memo.

Taoiseach Congratulates Martin On Leadership Victory

The Taoiseach Brian Cowen was among the first to congratulate Michael Martin who was elected as the new leader of Fianna Fail, despite the turmoil of last week.

Mr Cowen said he wished Martin the best of luck, although he may have frowned at the decision. Last week Martin resigned as Minister for Foreign Affairs, a move that acted as the catalyst for the downfall of the cabinet and Cowen`s departure as leader of Fianna Fail. The Cork TD beat off stiff competition from Eamon Ò Cùiv, Brian Lenihan and Mary Hanafin to win the leadership battle.

Ò`Cùiv finished as runner up much to the surpise of many. However it is widely believed that some of Cowen`s followers who remain in the party voted in favour of Ò Cùiv.

Speaking after his appointment , Martin apologised for the “mistakes the party made over the past few years”. He also admitted that his party is facing into the toughest election since the birth of the state.

Cowen pledged his full support to the new leader of Fianna Fail, yet their working relationship may only last weeks.

“I want to offer my best wishes to Micheál today on his election as leader of Fianna Fail. I have told Micheál he has my full support in his new role and I wish him the very best in the immediate task of leading the party into the election. Micheál Martin is a politician of accomplishment and achievement and he has all the right credentials to be a very successful leader of our Party. I believe Micheál has proven in his various Ministerial roles over the years that he has the essential leadership qualities of focused determination, stamina, collegiality and integrity, which will enable him to become a great Leader of the Fianna Fail Party. I wish Micheál the very best of luck.

The Cabinet Crumbles

Noel Dempsey, Dermot Ahern and Tony Killeen have joined Mary Harney in resigning from Cabinet.

A spokesman for the Taoiseach confirmed that he had received letters of resignation from the three.

The ministers had already announced that they are not to contest the general election.

Their letters are to be forwarded to the President who will formally accept the resignations.

Their resignations bring the number of vacancies in the Cabinet to five, after Taoiseach Brian Cowen pulled the plug on MichaelMartin`s tenure as Minister for Foreign Affairs.

Minister for Health Harney was first elected to the dàil in 1981 and served as Tànaiste under Bertie Ahern. She later became Minister for Health but during her time in this position she was far from popular, as overcrowded hospitals and inadequate services saw the public vent their fury.

Many have welcomed her decision to step aside as the Irish healthcare system is in need of an urgent revamp. However even with her resignation she has made many people furious. Many believe that she has resigned as she will get more money from her pension than if she stood for re-election. She leaves with a golden handshake of 310,000.

Martin Calls For Change

Minister for Foreign Affairs Micheál Martin has said Fianna Fáil should change its leader before the upcoming General Election.

The Cork native who has held the position since 2008,  said he has offered his resignation to the Taoiseach Brian Cowen. However the Taoiseach refused to accept his decision .

Speaking to the media this evening, he said that throughout his time as a Minister he has given his views in an honest and open way.

He said that he has reluctantly concluded that Fianna Fáil should change its leader before the General Election.

He welcomed the Taoiseach’s announcement this evening to table a vote of confidence in his leadership, stating that  he will be voting against Cowen staying in power . Rumours of Martin planning to be the next leader of the party are gathering momentum and his comments will further add fuel to the fire. 

He said the continuing decline of the party was a reason for him offering his resignation. Latest opinion polls and resignations of key party members led him to the move. He said the ‘survival of the party is at stake’.

Martin, was speaking at a news conference at Dublin`s Alexander hotel, hours after Cowen refused to stand down, believing it would be in the best interest of the party if he led it inot the next general election.