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# Text Messages

Last year
# Your Say
Poll: Do you still send SMS text messages?
The first text message was sent 30 years ago today.
# bullying allegations
Sunak defies calls to sack Gavin Williamson despite ‘not acceptable’ messages
Sunak is under fire for bringing the twice-sacked minister back into Government despite a bullying investigation.
All time
# Simon SMS
Sinn Féin calls for all documents related to Zappone appointment to be published
TD Matt Carthy said the Department of Foreign Affairs should also clarify if any other relevant documents have been erased.
# Your Say
Poll: Do you delete your text messages?
It’s all the rage.
# Merrion
Coveney asks to appear before Oireachtas Committee to clarify text controversy
The fallout from the Zappone controversy continues.
# Fraud
Gardaí warn public over text message scam seeking to gain personal bank details
People are being asked to contact their bank immediately if they believe they have been scammed.
# digital privacy
UK police forces to ask rape victims to hand in mobile phones for investigation
Concerns have been raised by victims groups about new consent forms.
# Colm Keaveney
Former TD comes centre stage in attempt by Denis O'Brien to name Declan Ganley in court action
Details of texts sent and received, and an affidavit filed in favour of Denis O’Brien, by Galway politician Colm Keaveney were detailed in the High Court today.
# Beep beep
'Hello, I'm in the Dáil': TDs to be banned from making calls in the chamber
TDs will still be allowed use social media while in the Dáil chamber.
# Massachusetts
Woman accused of urging boyfriend to kill himself via texts goes on trial
The court heard that Michelle Carter played a “sick game” with another person’s life.
Hospital patient 'no shows' are costing the State nearly €12m
Minister of State Catherine Byrne said the administrative cost associated with non-attendance is approximately €25 per patient visit.
# WhatsApp
Text messages are on the way out - but we're eating up huge amounts of data
The new ComReg report also found that Ireland is expensive for home broadband, but relatively cheap for mobile bills.
# the chat is lit
10 struggles you'll only understand if you're in a group chat
*bzzt* *bzzt* *bzzt*
# terrifying messages
Kerry man convicted of intimidating sex worker to be held in prison over Christmas
The 40-year-old sent the woman threatening text messages and said he would contact her family.
# last message received
This Tumblr is collecting the last messages people got from loved ones
It’s pretty heartbreaking.
# on trial
"I want someone to care for me and love me" - court hears Elaine O'Hara text messages
More than one thousand messages were read to the Central Criminal Court today.
# Day One
"It was very nearly the perfect murder," jury is told in Graham Dwyer case
The judge had warned jury members that they could not be ‘squeamish’ — but not even that had prepared the courtroom yesterday.
# Opting out
Company behind bulk marketing texts says Irish trade is 'challenging'
Zamano reports a fall in sales and profits, blames ComReg code of practice for bad local figures.
# hello this is dog
The 16 greatest ways to respond to a wrong-number text
Look man I’m just interested in the car.
# Dilemma
The Burning Question*: Is txtspk eva OK?
Let distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)
# Tragedy
'Mom, I love you': The heartwrenching text messages sent from South Korea's sinking ferry
About 287 people are still missing.
# Back and forth
The text messages between Oscar Pistorius and Reeva Steenkamp
WhatsApp messages between Pistorius and Steenkamp were revealed during the murder trial in South Africa.
7 mortal dangers of sending a text message
We’re living life on the edge with every single text.
# rural crime
Gardaí launch 'text alert' service to tackle rural crime
The initiative will allow people to send alerts of suspicious incidents to the rest of the community through gardaí.
# Prime Numbers
John Gilligan, corporation tax and Trap’s last day: The week in numbers
Plus: How many texts do people in Ireland send on an average day?
# Awkward
15 tragically lost battles with autocorrect
It is a worthy foe.
# Childline
Childline received 1,212 calls, texts, and messages on Christmas Day
The news comes as Childline – which does not receive government funding – says it is concerned about its finances in 2013.
# helpful
Useful Tech Advice of the Day from O2: Turn it off and turn it back on again
The phone company had some useful IT Crowd-esque advice for its customers today.
# Curses
Watch your language - Pakistan blacklists 'rude' words in texts
Pakistanis will have to think twice before texting about “love pistols” or, em, “headlights” under new regulations.
# Daily Fix
The Daily Fix: Monday
All the day’s news, and the bits and pieces you may have missed…
# Your Say
Ur say: Would a tax on texts make you :) r :( ?
Michael Noonan has ruled out the prospect of playing a new levy on text messaging. Do you think such a tax would work?
Noonan rulez out tax on txts :)
The Minister for Finance said he wasn’t aware of such a tax – previously proposed by Labour – anywhere else in the world.
# Your Say
Poll: Should ministers’ mobiles be publicly available?
Some ministers have changed their numbers after having them posted online – but should such details be kept private?
# Ring Ring!
Ministers change mobiles after numbers posted online
TDs from all parties – including ministers – have their numbers posted online after a trade union puts them in a newsletter.