Thursday 14 December 2017

Week-ipedia - Enda is cut to the bone on his €185,000 a year

Enda Kenny
Enda Kenny
Kim Bielenberg

Kim Bielenberg

Spare a thought for top politicians and officials who have to get by on incomes of between €140,000 and €190,000.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny was asked if he felt he was worth his €185,000 salary.

Enda's response was: "Very much so".

He added: "We've cut everything to the bone."

Meanwhile a resignation letter from the HSE boss Tony O'Connell was uncovered in which he suggested that getting by on his €147,000 salary was "too much of a financial challenge".

Shock, horror. The Bishop of Elphin Kevin Doran seems to have no problem with gay people marrying.

This week his Grace posed the question: "Can people of homosexual orientation marry?

"This is quite interesting, because most people would probably say that they cannot legally do so. But, of course, there is no legal obstacle to a person of homosexual orientation getting married, just as a heterosexual person can."

Just so long as it's not to each other.

Good week


The Dublin-based designer bagged herself an Oscar for best production design on The Grand Budapest Hotel. She wasn’t at the presentation —

and slept through the broadcast of the ceremony. Those who watched the RTE repeat the following

evening would have been in full sympathy.


Boffins identified a compound in hops that was shown to boost cognitive function and slow dementia. This means beer drinkers can ward off memory loss better.

Itsh great thish! Hic! Who did the study? Another pint and I might remember.

Bad week


The queen of pop fell off a podium during the Brit Awards when one of her dancers appeared to tug her cape. This inevitably prompted half of Twitter to compare her tumble favourably with those of  Premier League footballers: “Fair play to Madonna, she didn’t even appeal for a penalty.”


FIFA advised that the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should be played in November and December. It was rumoured that the final could take place on December 23. FIFA’s Jim Boyce explained why summer would be too hot: “You can’t air-condition a country.” Good point.

Headline of the week

Woman whacked by Weetabix gets €130K compo

Irish Daily Star


“It’s our time to have wage equality once and for all and equal rights for women in the United States of America.”

— Best Supporting Actress Oscar winner Patricia Arquette


It’s one week after the release of that film, and still it is getting mixed reviews.


Fifty Shades of Grey is romantic only because the guy is a billionaire. If he was living in a trailer it would be a Criminal Minds episode.

There was an immediate response after Cadbury’s announced the demise of the Pink Snack.

@JohnMoynes Pink Snack protesters are chanting “Don’t stink, bring back pink” while throwing bricks and setting fire to cars. Mere anarchy in Dublin.

What do you do if you are Greek finance minister with your country on the brink of ruin? Go to see a play by an Irishman about a woman stuck up to her middle with rubbish.


Two nights ago I saw Sam Beckett’s Happy Days (Greek National Theatre). Splendid performance(s). Such a relief from you know what..

As we move into Spring, we have to think of those long evenings and what their effect might be.


For safety reasons, the “Stretch in the Evenings” has been called off for a few days.

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