Some Peculiar News Items This Week

March 7, 2008 at 12:06 am 1 comment

Here are some peculiar news items from this week, starring Pat Kenny, GV Wright, Kevin Myers and a stash of pornography (but, sadly, not all together). >>>

Pat Kenny

Pat Kenny was interviewing Norwegian journalist Asne Seirstad on his radio show this week about her book The Bookseller of Kabul.

Kenny pointed out that the man who was the subject of the book had later complained that she had used information that he had considered confidential. Seirstad replied that, in retrospect, it was impossible for a woman from a Western culture to write about a conservative Afghan Muslim in way that he would approve.

Then Kenny displayed a sensitive mastery of understatement by adding that if someone came over here from Afghanistan, ‘they would think that all women were prostitutes and whores.’

GV Wright

GV Wright, the Fianna Fail TD whose claims to fame include running over a nurse while drunk driving, told the Tribunal that he doesn’t know whether he believes the evidence given at the tribunal about corruption.

But he does accept that that he himself got £15,000 from Frank Dunlop and Owen O’Callaghan, including £2,000 in cash handed to him inside the Dail wrapped in a copy of the Irish Times.

Kevin Myers

Meanwhile over at the Irish Independent, Kevin Myers began a column with:

Why am I so against the tribunals? Here is the answer. Sink a spade into any part of Kansas, and you’ll find dirt. Likewise, Ireland. This is a dishonest, corrupt society, which is of course why Mahon is finding what it is finding.

Maybe I’m a bit slow, but surely that’s a reason to be for the tribunals, not against them?

The Monk

Finally, on the RTE news website, there was a headline ‘Monk Caught with Porn Stash.’

I looked forward to another expose of Gerry Hutch, but it turned out to be about a Benedictine monk who was caught with around 230 pornographic films in his room in a monastery in western Germany.

Ah, well.


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Mike  |  March 8, 2008 at 6:51 pm

    It was actually during one of Paisleys rare appearences in the European Parliament that he called the Pope the antichrist.

    A stance which popular misconception is hardly unique to Paisley.


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