Posts Tagged ‘ Racism ’

News In Brief: Criminal Does A Runner As Gardai Takeaway

Abrakebabra or Macaris? You decide! (image:

Abrakebabra or Macaris? You decide! (image:

Up first in our brief news this week a classic crime story that could only happen on our fair Isle. A dangerous criminal escaped from Garda custody as the lads in blue pulled their van over at a chipper. Sure you can’t fight crime when you’re starving! The public have been warned not to approach the criminal who is potentially dangerous, while the Gardai released a statement saying they preferred Abrakebabra to Macari’s.

Google have released the results of top searched for items in Ireland this year. It included such news stalwarts as the World Cup and Garthgate as well as the Greyhound recycling debacle. Amongst the predictable searches was Kim Kardashian’s arse and the death of Robin Williams but the real state of the nation was demonstrated in our second most popular googled question? How to… shift. What a romantic bunch we are. Continue reading

News In Brief: Kimye Land As Gilmore Takes Off

Kimye indulge in a bit of shopping on Grafton Street (Image:

Kimye indulge in a bit of shopping on Grafton Street (Image:


First they were here, then they were gone. The nation mourns the departure of ‘Kimye’, newlyweds Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, as much as we’re mourning the resignation of Eamon Gilmore as Labour Leader. NIB will let you come to your own conclusions about how much that is.

It’s true Joan’s going for the leadership role now. Great news all round. Entertainment channel E! in America were quick to jump on the bandwagon asking if she really had been spotted leaving a cinema in Portlaoise? Turns out it wasn’t her but ‘Kimye’. In case you missed it this is of course making reference to the world media being fooled by photo-shopped images of the famous couple and tweets suggesting they were just after getting themselves some breakfast rolls. Unfortunately the news about Joan isn’t a joke. Sure it may as well be her as anyone else for all the difference it’ll make. Continue reading

News in Brief – Vatican F-Bombs And Ash Wednesday Woes


It’s all kicking off in the Football Association of Ireland after a 14-year-old boy was allegedly subjected to racial abuse during a school cup match. The African born player was taunted with “monkey chants” every time he touched the ball causing the referee to suspend the match. Classy. It’s possible the noises were misinterpreted though, have you seen the kind of people that follow football? For some of them this might actually as much grasp as they have on language.
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News in Brief – Hacked Off Brendan Drops A Howler


‘Has there been bugging? What’s bugging? Am I a bug?’ Minister Brendan Howlin asked assembled journalists in relation to Garda Ombudsman ’eaves-dropping’ to put it nicely, or phone-hacking. It seems Brendan was at a loss as to what exactly had happened inside the offices of the Garda Ombudsman or where in fact he was.

Where are you? Abroad? Australia or Canada, the promised lands? Well if ye are, ye need to learn to speak proper. According to RTE journalist and voice of the Luas (!) Doireann Ni Bhriain mispronouncing certain words could get you in trouble, when trying to settle abroad. Instead of tay you must say tea, three instead of tree and diddly-ie diddly-ie diddly-ie dee ever time you enter a room, just so everyone knows where you’re from. Continue reading

Independent Review Sought Following Irish Roma Scandal


Loredana and Iancu, parents of Iancu Junior (2) and his sister. Two gardai called to their home on Tuesday and asked the boy’s father to come with them.

Pavee Point have called on Minister for Children, Frances Fitzgerald TD to establish an independent review of the actions of state authorities in respect of the removal of Roma children from their families in recent days.

Gardai took two Roma children from their families in Dublin and Westmeath this week in light of the case of Maria , a blonde haired blue eyed child who was found living in a Roma camp in central Greece with a couple who are not her biological parents. That couple have since been charged with abduction.

Pavee Point has said it is disturbed that there have been two recent cases of young Roma children being removed from their families as a matter of first resort and not as a matter of last resort that would normally be the case in all but the most extreme child protection cases. Continue reading

News In Brief-Fine Gael TD Puts His Foot In It As Gingers Set To Revolt


Some weeks NIB thinks the World can be a strange place, others it is completely and utterly insane.

These are modern times, if asked who they love with all their hearts, most young children are more likely to say Santy than Jesus. Or Harry Styles and the rest of One Direction. Kids in Limerick then will be disappointed that the date of their first Holy Communion has not been changed so they can go to a 1D concert. Gaelscoil an Raithin was forced to ballot parents after discussions about a potential move to three weeks earlier got out of hand. You might not see them in mass but they love a good row. Parents voted overwhelmingly to keep the original date, 24th May for communion, also the day of the boys sold out gig in Croke Park. Don’t worry though kids, they’re shit. Continue reading

Conservative Beck Refuses To Discuss WWE Racist Angle

American conservative Glenn Beck has refused an invitation from WWE to appear on their flagship show Raw to discuss a storyline which many believe is inherently racist. Continue reading

News in Brief- Paisley Jnr Shot Down Over Racist Jibe As Pyjama Girls Among Celebration Of Iconic Dublin

pjsAt least January is over – only eleven months till Christmas – and with the months end comes the promise of Spring. Better weather, green on the trees and no chance of a pay rise this year for 10% of Irish retail staff. More than 17% surveyed also expect to cut bonuses and overtime as they struggle to meet the costs of overheads and a decrease in consumer demand. Continue reading

Fan Favourite Ivan Sproule leaves Hibs As Griffiths In Hot Water Over Racist Tweet

Ivan Sproule There has been no shortage of activity behind the scenes at Easter Road during the winter’s break.

Northern Irish winger Ivan Sproule has signed an 18-month contract at Ross County after failing to command a regular first team slot.

The 31-year-old established himself as a fan favourite during two spells at Easter Road, playing 147 times and scoring 22 goals, including a famous hat-trick in a 3-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox. He also played in the League Cup win over Kilmarnock at Hampden on 2007.

Colin Calderwood brought him back to Edinburgh in summer 2011 after a spell in England however he has only started twice this season, the last of which came in the 3-0 defeat at Inverness early last month.

Sproule, who joined his new County team-mates as they jetted out to Spain this morning for a four-day training break, told the Scotsman: “I know there was a bit of talk about possible moves in the summer, but I didn’t want to be hanging around in the stands for another six months.

“I am 31 now and want to be involved and contributing every week. I haven’t been able to do that this season and it has been frustrating.

“I knew Derek Adams from his time at Hibs and I liked what he had to say. There’s a good atmosphere and a great set-up up there. It’s a beautiful part of the country and I’m looking forward to getting my wife and kids up there.”

The popular winger left with the best wishes of all concerned at the club and Pat Fenlon said: “I would like to wish Ivan all the best as he embarks on the next chapter in his career, and thank him for his commitment and professionalism.

“Even when he wasn’t featuring as regularly as he would have liked, Ivan remained a model prop and a positive character within the dressing room.”

Meanwhile controversial striker Leigh Griffiths is in trouble after an alleged racist tweet. The on-loan star is regularly the subject of abuse and provocation online, and it is understood that he responded to an abusive tweet. He immediately deleted his comments and apologised to the ‘follower’ however details were passed to the media. Earlier this morning the club issued the following statement on the website: “Hibernian FC today confirmed that it had spoken to player Leigh Griffiths about exchanges on a social media website. The player had realised that despite the provocation, the language he used was totally unacceptable and had already apologised for what he said. The player has closed access to the account.

“The player supports the club and the whole of Scottish football in its stance against racism, bigotry and anti-social behaviour. The player will be subject to a disciplinary process which will be a private matter between the club and the player.”

Parent club Wolves also issued a statement condemning the tweet and confirmed that Griffiths is likely to spend the rest of the season at Easter Road, news which has delighted the Hibs’ faithful.

In further news, both winger Alex Harris and defender Bradley Donaldson have become the latest Academy graduates to be handed extended contracts at the club.

Attacking midfielder Harris, 18, made his first team debut against Dundee at Easter Road in October while centre-half Donaldson, 19, has been an ever present on the substitutes’ bench since early November.

Harris, who is nicknamed ‘Boozy’ because of his similar hairstyle to former Hibernian midfielder Guillaume Beuzelin, has signed an extension until June 2014.

Harris told Hibs TV: “Obviously I’m thrilled to be able to extend my deal with the club. Now I’ll be pushing myself on in order to get into the first team and to continue my development. It was a surprise. I had trained a couple of times with the first team before, but it was a big shock to be named on the bench and then to be brought on. My aims are to help the under-20s to win matches. Then I want to push forward into the first team and hopefully get some more game-time before the end of the season.”

Lifelong Hibs fan Donaldson said: “I’m very pleased to have extended my contract. I’ve been with the Academy since I was eight and I’ve been going to watch Hibs since I was two. It’s a great club and I had a season ticket when I was three and I used to go to away games as well until I was about 12.”

“To get on the pitch is my main goal and it’s one I’m working towards. When I was first called up into the match day squad for the away game at Motherwell in October it was a little unexpected, but then I was on the bench for the St Mirren game and I’ve pretty much stayed there ever since.”

Manager Pat Fenlon believes both players have got bright futures at the club.  “I’ve been impressed with Alex and Bradley – they’ve shown the right commitment and application.

“They’ve not been fazed by the challenge of stepping up and being involved at first team level and have shown good potential. We look forward to seeing them both continuing to develop into first team players here at Hibernian.”