Posts Tagged ‘ Shane Filan ’

News in Brief-United We Stand,Divided We Fall

This week we (well, not me) waved goodbye to Westlife. The fab four retired from the limelight with a farewell concert at Croke Park supported by our favourite twins who perhaps for one week should remain nameless. Never before have four men hopped off stools so diligently (and so many times), whilst the two blonde ones didn’t miss a background note and the brunettes sang someone else’s song.

As well as the eighty thousand fans that filled the stadium the concert was also broadcast across cinemas in Ireland and the UK which is presumably where old member, Brian McFatOne, sorry, McFadden, watched stoically, tears lining his cheeks. He taught them that stool move and not one of them said thank you . . .
It looks like detention for Shane Filan though who will continue to be managed by Louis Walsh as he launches his solo career as the ‘male Adele’ in a bid to reverse his bankruptcy.
Many Ulster Bank customers have faced their own financial difficulties over the last two weeks after a ‘technical fault’ at the bank left many payments unprocessed and some accounts empty. Today, Ulster Bank staff are still trying to clear the backlog of unprocessed transactions, now extending their prediction of resumed normal service to the beginning of next week. It’s a good job we’re used to not relying on our banks anymore otherwise this newest failure on their part may have come as a surprise.
Talking of Jimmy Carr’s unprocessed tax transactions – we were weren’t we? – the controversy has sparked debate on this side of the water as well. Whilst we know certain superstars of our own *cough-Bono-cough* have made use of off-shore, legal, tax reduction measures it is unlikely they will face a barrage like Carr as the Irish economy relies in part on the income of the `legitimate tax avoidance measures` we offer global companies such as Facebook, Google and Apple .
 . . So moving swiftly on.
Two newly weds in Cork had trouble with a gatecrasher at their wedding, at the Castlemartyr Resort where Bill Clinton also happened to be staying. Mr Howard, who is from Killavullen in north Cork and Ms Seamans, from Minneapolis in the US, where both more than happy to squeeze the former President into a wedding snap. Now that’s one for Facebook.
Another couple who may soon be updating their statuses are the Queen and Sinn Féin MLA Martin McGuinness who cemented their friendship this week with a lovely, long handshake.
There’s no love lost between the Queen and Martin McGuinness, his former affiliates blew up her cousin, she’s the Queen. That’s just how it is. Or was. But after Wednesday, when they met in matching colours and shook hands not once, but twice for the assembled press it seems Anglo-Irish relations may be on the up. Or not. McGuinness was quick to reassure, ‘I’m still a Republican.’ Maybe it’s still more ‘complicated’ than ‘in a relationship’.

News in Brief-Broke Westlife Star May Seek Band Reunion

Under inspection from TROIKA feels like when your mum checks if you really have tidied your room. This week officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund have arrived to check up on us to deem if Ireland is worthy of another cash biscuit from the barrel.

It’s not looking good for Westlife’s Shane Filan, in trouble with creditors over alleged €4million debts incurred by his property company. At least this may mean for Filan fans that a Westlife reunion may be quickly scheduled after their summer farewell tour.

Filan’s financial forecast has been echoing the weather this week with heavy rain and gale force winds. Despite the rain only two races were called off yesterday at Punchestown where race goers were often forced to take shelter from the wind and rain. On walking the track Ruby Walsh assured race organisers the ground was fine – on a two mile stretch he only had to change his mud covered goggles four times – fine indeed.

Ray D’Arcy has refused to retract his outburst directed at the Catholic Church last Friday. Whilst apologising for his use of language on an early morning show the Today FM presenter refuses to retract his statement to the Church hierarchy. This isn’t the only controversy concerning the church this week.

Alan Shatter announced on Wednesday a new bill outlining mandatory reporting in cases of child abuse. However confusion exists concerning whether this law will include priests that hear of pertinent details during confession although if outside of confession they must be reported under the same regulations. Auxillary Bishop of Dublin Raymond Field has stated the seal is ”unvioable” and other priests, according to the Irish Independent have suggested they would be uncomfortable about compromising the Seal of Confession regardless.

There is a loop hole in the legislation preventing the imprisonment of non-reporters if another enactment entitles a person to the refusal to disclose. Does this loop hole (more of a loop tunnel it seems) not already make the argument void, nullifying the need for priests to come forward?

Simon Cowell has been altogether too forth coming in his confessions this week. With sordid affairs and admitting regular colonic treatments to give him that ’sparkle’ in his eye. At least Cowell has had the decency to apologise for the sordid serialisation of his private life in The Sun throughout last week. Simon said he was forced to ’hide under a pillow’ as more and more of his escapades were revealed. The media coverage of these ”exclusives” we’re widespread last week with almost every tabloid running a feature, whilst Simon may have been able to escape, those of us not able to leave the country were forced to greet his smearing face at every turn.

Walsh Cleared After Groping Row

Pop guru Louis Walsh has confirmed that gardaí are no longer investigating allegations made against him.

Mr Walsh, the popular X-Factor judge and manager of both Westlife and Boyzone,had been accused of groping a man, Leonard Watters, in the toilet at the trendy Dublin nightclub Krystle, a spot he has frequented for over four years.

A whole host of stars from the music industry including Westlife lead singer Shane Filan and X Factor boss Simon Cowell have spoken out in support of the Mayo native, who is set to hit Irish screens this summer as the only remaining judge from last year on a new look X Factor panel.

In a statement today he said he is “outraged” at the allegations, which emerged last week – and that he won’t rest until he is vindicated.

Watters (24), with an address at Woodview, Navan, Co Meath withdrew his claims today against Walsh.

The allegations were first reported in The Sun last week.

In a statement released today, Walsh said:

“I have been informed by An Garda Síochána that I am now no longer under investigation.  I have robustly maintained from the outset that this alleged incident did not occur.  While I obviously welcome today’s confirmation from the Garda that the matter has been dropped I remain outraged that this story ran in the first place in The Sun and I have instructed my libel lawyer to vigorously pursue legal action against the paper and they will also be taking action in relation to a number of other equally serious related matters”.
Walsh said that he is not going to let the incident rest until he has received total vindication.
“This has been a hugely distressing time for me but I would like to thank all my friends and colleagues for their support and I am now just looking forward to getting back to work”.