They whispered in dark corners and went out late at night and conspired and conspired but the emperor Claudius knew they were up to something.

I’m still a busy little bee working away and retagging old posts. I’m now up to September 2006. That’s only another four years to go and I’ll be up to date! errr, that’s a lot of posts. Tis odd though, going though my life back then, I posted a lot more, for one thing. And […]

Lusk shooting.

This morning, as I walked to work, I happened to glance at the headline of my Metro Family anger at killings verdict. And I thought to myself, this couldn’t be the family of the armed raiders shot while robbing a post office, could it? Of course it was. This sort of shite annoys the fuck […]

It matters what we journalists do. If I didn’t think my work made a difference, I’d probably give it up

Today marks the tenth anniversary of the death of Veronica Guerin. For those of you who don’t know Guerin was a journalist who mainly wrote crime stories. Exposing drug lords and crime gangs. She was shot and killed as she sat in her car at a red light on the Naas road. In the aftermath […]

“Gravity is a cruel and unpredictable mistress, so…” “No it isn’t, it’s a constant all over the world.”

So many topics, so little inclination. Nevertheless[1] I shall write something, about something. I could bring up the high speed bus chase through Dublin[2] yesterday, which resulted in one fatality and many injuries, and some people asking why the gardaí­ didn’t shoot the driver, but other people are already discussing it.[3] Then there is the […]

I just wish I had a blanket to wrap around him’

The whole country had learned through the heartfelt appeals by Robert’s parents, Mark and Majella, that their son feared the dark and, aware of that, a garda charged with preserving the scene asked Fr O’Donovan to pass on a message to the family if he thought it appropriate.

Fr O’Donovan recalled: “He said, ‘I was one of two gardaí who kept watch with Robert last night . . . I would like the parents to know that Robert wasn’t alone last night – I spoke to him all the time’; and then he concluded, ‘I just wish I had a blanket to wrap around him’.”

Veronica Guerin

Went to see Veronica Guerin last week. It a film based on the true story of Veronica Guerin, a journalist with the Irish Independent who was murdered in 1996 because of her investigations into organised crime in Dublin.

In the film Cate Blanchett plays Veronica and from what I could see the rest of the cast as played by Irish actors (including a wonderful cameo from Colin Farrell). Its a good film, but watching it I couldn’t help but try and compare it to what I would see as real, and obviously as a film it isn’t/wasn’t real. Still overall it was a good film, that doesn’t really take too many liberties with the truth (or at least what I think of as the truth). Read more about Veronica Guerin

Round-Up

Well the last few posts have mainly been about the “oh-so-exciting” [1] move of the blog from one location to another. So I thought I may as well give a little round-up of what’s been going on elsewhere. On Friday my flatmate found out that she should have received a new replacement cheque-book. Trouble is […]

IRA go GUBU

So just how out of touch with reality are the IRA
I mean they are often condemned for their vigilante style justice, what with the knee-cappings and punishment attacks etc. So, now that they are trying to improve PR with the “local” community, what do they do? Say that they have conducted an investigation, and are willing to shoot those responsible for the murder of Mr. McCartney.