The bullshitter of the day award goes to Mr Michael Fitzgerald of Abtran in Cork, for this wonderful answer to the question of what levels of salaries the 300 new jobs coming to his company Abtran are likely to be on offer.
I really had to laugh. Aside from the "em . . . . em . . . . em . . . em" that went on for about 1 minute, the bullshittery involved in saying "competitive" is the usual clear sign that the jobs are a) Fás level, b) the minimum wage or c) potentially unlike to ever materialize at all, like similar service centres previously announced in Cork like this one (200 jobs announced, no more than 100 ever materialized, mostly in the 20k-23k per annum salary level, and place shut down almost entirely with a cumulative loss of about 90 roles over the 5 years), this one (1100 jobs promised, none ever materialized) and my special current favourite, this one (need I say any more).
So what exactly is a "competitive package?" I have heard so many rec…
There has been a myth circulating for years that one of the presenters of 1970s RTE children's series Bosco died of AIDS.
Its complete shite actually. In fack the presenter is alive and well and still acting. Its incredible the prejudice against gay men and people with HIV that a man whose sexuality was not a major secret was assumed to have been consumed by the "gay plague." In fact he just a year or two ago did an excellent series of drag mimics of a major female politician and even the Taoiseach's now ex-mistress!
I was horrified to hear of the venue for Dublin Pride's Family Picnic yesterday. I think its great we have picnics, yes, and even more delighted that finally the scene is comfortable in crossing the river here to the northside. Great. But Fairview Park was the scene of one of the worst atrocities of our gay history. In 1982/3 an RTE worker, Declan Flynn, a gay man, was murdered there.
Fairview Park in those days had turned into a spot for gay guys to find each other for sex. Lets not beat about the bush. I'm neither going to condemn or justify it. But the fact remains that in a year where we try to rebember his untimely death by murder, its hardly appropriate to throw a family party on the same spot.
My Mum's family are Coolock/Artane and the previous year nearly 50 kids lost their lives in the fire at the Stardust complex in Artane, a badly converted jam factory whose daily alarms I used to hear while playing in my Grandmother's garden on the Malahide Rd in the…