Agreed. In addition to nobody wanting to pay for it, nobody wants to read investigative financial journalism anyway.
It’s far easier to pad out articles using “billions” in bold and peppering it with “tax haven” and “bung”, and “alleged”. Take the recent O’Brien controversy, how many articles did you read which questioned the statements made by Doherty & Murphy which seemed to contradict each other? None most likely. How many of those same articles made irrelevant references to his private jet or his tax domiciliary status (while interesting to some, it is just filler and irrelevant to the underlying issue). Look at Cleary’s closing, why did the SBP article refer to Foley’s porsche car? The same article sought to imply Foley had been bailed out by Nama yet didn’t provide any evidence. We’re in an age of churnalism where if everything must be simple, controversial and fit into a 140 character tweet.
How can anyone provide evidence for Foley’s possible bailout ? NAMA won’t release it (Happily for all concerned)
Fact is her fund bought leveraged property assets at the height of the boom… and yet she’s still driving a porsche.
Is anyone really still defending The Denis? (other than those who work for radio stations he owns) Really? Even after the Moriarty Tribunal? I mean you did read the references to him in that didn’t you?
I think the water issue will seriously hurt them.
With over 50% still unregistered, it’s just not going away.
The protests continue.
There’s an ongoing gamble - don’t pay for water and see if the new government next year scraps it altogether.
Kenny is, and always has been, FG’s greatest liability.
One assumes he wants to be the first ever FG leader to be re-elected into office, so there’s no intention to vacate the position.
However, the electorate doesn’t vote ***for ***FG.
They vote ***against ***other parties.
In 2011 they voted against FF.
FG was the main beneficiary of this protest, but unfortunately it delivered a FF-clone government when people wanted something different.
The water issue just drilled this home.
It’s an interesting exercise to decipher where people are going to switch their allegiances.
It’s not drifting back to FF in any number.
Undoubtedly, Sf will gain seats from it.
I reckon every politician knows there’s an enormous free-floating block out there - hence the flurry of new partys emerging.
If independents obtain the highest percentage of votes (as indicated by polls) it’s an absolute damning indictment on the health of Irish political parties.
Not discussing it doesn’t necessarily mean ignoring it. I read Namawinelake’s and Elaine Byrne’s almost daily updates on this case on Twitter with interest, and I’ve also made a point of reading the articles the SBP has done on it, but I just haven’t been inspired to post about it.
In July Mick Wallace was to bring forward damning evidence (any evidence would be a start) proving the Coulter/Cushnahan money was payable to politicians. This hasn’t happened, he wouldn’t show up to the NI inquiry either.
The NI Nama inquiry to date has provided nothing of interest - the most “interesting” hearing was Gareth Graham (a bookie who couldn’t repay his property loans) who made a raft of accusations about Cushnahan but they all related to a period prior to Nama being established when Cushnahan was working in his office. He has loads of evidence (tapes of telephone conversations) but wouldn’t actually say what that “evidence” was.
Then there was numerous references to Borrowers being treated unfairly i.e. they didn’t get the Debtors Charter they wanted - i.e. release of all PGs, light touch treatment of defaulted Borrowers.
Elaine Byrne continues to harp on about calling the FBI. Good for her, but that hasn’t resulted in anything.
According to RTE news, the DUP didn’t want Bryson’s evidence aired in public but the SDLP and SF swung it. Of course, this is not entirely unreasonable given that Bryson is just a blogger who hasn’t revealed his sources, but you do have to wonder how DUP grandstanding about alleged IRA activities could have been a convenient smokescreen for Robinson’s involvement in the NAMA/Cerberus arrangement.