The Press Gang: THE RATHER UNKIND observation by a Burgh Quay union officer that trying to put new life into the Irish Press Group was "like putting lipstick on a corpse," has finally been refuted. Management there have let it be known that they intend to switch over to new technology on their three national papers from May 13.
WHO SAYS solidarity and comradeship are things of the past? The legendary Christy Dunne has been languishing in a Spanish cooler in Palma since way back when, strapped for £6,000 bail money and no doubt depressed by tales from the old sod that some members of the family haven't exactly been busting a gut to come up with the readies.
ON A QUIET WEDNESDAY afternoon before Easter in Dublin District Court No 1 in Morgan Place, Justice Peter Connellan was hearing a few routine cases - after hours drinking, driving without tax and insurance and such like.
MAGILL's first friend was Noel Pearson. He was one of the founders of the magazine and its first financier. He also was largely responsible for giving the magazine its title - an itinerant family outside Dundalk was also called Magill.
THE 100 ISSUES OF MAGILL HAVE SPANNED the period from October 1977 to date. It has been a dismal period in Irish life. We have gone through the most serious economic crisis of the last fifty years, an economic crisis created largely by a combination of domestic political recklessness and vacillation. By Vincent Browne
WHY didn't the Pope appoint a radical feminist as Archbishop of Dublin? Has he no regard for the views and sensitivities of the trendy element? Doesn't he understand that things have changed in this country and that the ultra-liberal faction - heavily represennted among Dublin journalists - now expects to have its interests and deeclared preferences taken seriously into account in such appointments?
Awards in five categories: Music, Theatre, Politics, Television and Sport
OFFICIALS AT THE NORTHERN IRELAND OFFICE WERE excluded from the preparatory talks for the Anglo-Irish Summit - until ahnost six weeks before the meeting at Chequers. "It seems they don't trust the natives," was the comment from North of the Border. The decision to keep them at bay left the NIO hopping mad, and ensured that several pro-unionist spannners were determinedly thrown into the works in the vital final weeks before the Irish and British Prime Ministers met. Storrmont Castle knows all about the unionist veto.
I AM delighted to note that the madly-gay champagne sparkle of nightlife in downtown Boyle, Roscommon, has not been affected by the rumoured recession.
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