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Dublin: 12 °C Thursday 21 February, 2019

Lunchtime Fix: 7 things you need to know

Catch up as you refuel.


1. Has any other city suffered as much as Waterford since the recession began? In another blow to the southeast, Bausch + Lomb has said it is seeking 200 redundancies.

Waterford City Scenes Closed-down businesses in Waterford city. Source: Photocall Ireland

2. More announcements from Labour folk today as Alan Kelly announced his wish to be second-in-command in the party and Arthur Spring said he was mulling over a leadership bid.


3. Businessman Anthony Lyons is back on court today as a three-judge panel rule on an unduly lenient sentence for a sexual assault. Lawyers for the office argue that the six-year sentence imposed is applicable but that “the suspension of the five-and-a-half years that is of concern in this case”.

Anthony Lyons Court Cases Lyons, pictured on the right, wearing sunglasses. Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

4. As gardaí issues warnings about travelling on this busy Bank Holiday weekend, tragic news of two road deaths came through this morning. The fatalities bring this year’s death count to 76, higher than this time in 2013.


5. The Irish Ambassador to Australia has taken issue with the media’s reporting on a court case, where they referred to the accused as a ‘Drunk Paddy’ and used other ‘belittling Irish stereotypes’. Noel Write wrote in The Age:

The repeated use of such language over time leads to uncritical acceptance of a distorted national stereotype. It undermines the confidence and self-esteem of communities, including of the many children of Irish-born parents in Australia. The relevance of such hurtful insults extends beyond the upset it causes to one particular group of people. Equivalent stereotyping would be as offensive to any other nationality or ethnic group as it is to the Irish.

6. Do you believe the rumours about Roy Keane leaving the Irish set-up for a job with Celtic?

Overheard, with a hint of sarcasm, in‘s HQ today: ”Now there’s a man who would never walk out on his country… twice.”


7. Brad Pitt was punched in the face at a film premiere last night.


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