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Archive for April, 2008

The Great Siptu Carve-up

Martin Nolan handed me the letter. I glanced at the first line.”Dear Brother Nolan,” it began.

“An heirloom?” I enquired. “Written to your grandfather?”

“Not at all,” he replied. “It was written this month. To me.”

Martin had received a bombshell from Arthur Hall, the secretary of his union. Or at least the outfit that he thought was his union. Brother Hall’s letter told him that he was being kicked out of the TEEU.

Brother Martin Nolan had broken no union rules. His sin: joining it.


Ethna KOs cronies at EBS

A bloody nose for EBS chairman Mark Moran and his crew of cronies. The EBS AGM sees challenger Ethna Tinney wipe the floor with his nominees, romping home several thousand votes ahead of them. Mark fails to fall on his sword, despite his known opposition to Ethna. ‘Resignation’ is an unknown word in the lexicon of the EBS.

The members have sent a clear message: Mark’s refusal to recommend Ethna has been resoundingly rejected. Yet he and his band of third-raters all have the brass neck to soldier on. God help the EBS.


Dempsey Ducks Cowen Trap

BRIAN Cowen is past the post for Taoiseach. Which opens an intriguing question: who will be his successor as Minister for Finance?

Which poses the more basic puzzle: does it matter a hoot?