Irish journalism's trenchant criticism of govt bailout plans

The low-brow "red-top" tabloids of the Commonwealth (and the former Commonwealth) are not much for journalism, but they sure know how to lay out a front page. Case in point: the Irish Daily Star's commentary on the Oireachtas's bailout plan: USELESS GOBSHITES.

USELESS GOBSHITES (via @pongogirl)


  1. Thanks folks – you’re right, of course. Is there a technical term that describes the relationship that Ireland has to other English-speaking countries with similar red-top papers, including the UK, Canada and Aus?

    1. from a historical viewpoint – ex-English colony (in the sense that it was the first English colony, a thousand years ago). Depending on your politics, you could also describe it as the first and last English colony (what with Ulster and all).

      1. English, perhaps, but wasn’t that part of France now called ‘Brittany’ itself once a colony of, well, British? Specifically, British from that part of the UK now called “England”?

        Although IIRC this settlement of Brittany did take place in the 5th or 6th century AD…perhaps before there was an ‘England’.

        So Ulster might not necessarily be the “first” English colony.
        It certainly seems not to be the first British colony, anyhow.

        1. By “Ulster” I meant “Ireland”, of course – I’m ignorant as to the order in which the areas of Ireland first fell to the English.

  2. Damn, I would have picked this up if I had noticed it last night, and had it framed. While I’m not a huge fan of tabloids, the Star is right on the money with this one.
    The government in power is going to push through a FOUR YEAR BUDGET plan, then get voted out. The minority parties, smartly, are not going to push for an election this month, because they don’t want to be the ones to put the country €300 billion in debt. So, yeah, “Useless Gobshites” the lot of them.

  3. I think the term you’re looking for is ‘next to’….

    Or, with current news in mind ‘in debted to’….

  4. I suppose you could call is neighbors :)

    Daily star is an offshoot glam rag, love child of the daily star (British daily star) and a local editing team who inject a bit of Irish content before regurgitating the same mouth breathing drivel onto the streets.

    Love the headline, but the real problem in Ireland is not the brown paper bags of money that go around, it’s the acceptance of the plausibly implausible explainations of the politicians when they are caught; ie Bertie ahern: my landlord loaned me a bag of cash (28k sterling) to do up the house I was living in, no I can’t explain why the bank I lodged it in had only a few thousand sterling deposited the same day, it’s a complete mystery to me that an identical amount inusd was also exchanged on the same day…

  5. I’ve really been enjoying revisiting all the free market/neoliberal economist articles on the “Celtic Tiger” lately. Google around 2006 for a fun time.

    1. At what stage the world start operating under free-market principals? I must’ve missed that one, either that or you don’t know the meaning of the term.

      I think you’ll find that most of Ireland’s current problems (and those of other housing-bubble affected economies) arose from government meddling (mostly via tax-breaks for developers in Ireland), not unrestricted trade.

  6. I can’t stop laughing at this headline. It’s the funniest thing I’ve ever seen on the front page of anything.

    What the hell is a gobshite? I don’t even care, it’s so brilliant I’m making this my new curse ^_^

  7. Actually, the South of Ireland left the Commonwealth in 1949, as the 1948 Republic of Ireland Act came into effect in that year.

  8. Mommy says “both in the north and the republic, your mouth is your ‘gob’ and, if a load of shite constantly emits from it, you are a’gobshite’! If you call someone in the north a ‘gobsite’ you are being very ‘passremarkable’!! NorenIronMan

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