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While members of Shannon Watch were gathered for their monthly vigil yesterday, an Air National Guard, Alabama, KC 135 air refuelling tanker aircraft number 80106, was on the runway at Shannon airport.

 

 

Air National Guard, Alabama, KC 135 air refuelling tanker, at Shannon Airport June 14 2015

Air National Guard, Alabama, KC 135 at Shannon Airport 

Shannon Watch Monthly Vigil June 2015

Shannon Watch Monthly Vigil June 2015

Features, National

 

Irish media, fearing lawsuits, steers clear of billionaire.” New York Times

In Sunday’s special edition to mark this

sacrificial act of philanthropy

the elderly historian, who came free

with the newspaper group

you bought yourself last Christmas,

looks out over spectacles she inherited

from her great-grandmother

and balms your most sensitive bits

with enough coconut oil

to make Bounty bars for the entire

population of China.

 

Because of your rare and exceptional generosity

future ex-Presidents of the United States

(and their mistresses) will be able

to play crazy golf

with your immensely valuable

eyeballs; your delicious belly

will be a bouncy castle

for the children of morbidly

obese journalists;

 

your skin, in all its glorious

pinkness, will be stretched out into

a vast tarpaulin above the main marquee

beneath which the envelopes that need

to be exchanged

can be; your hair will be cared for with

chemicals until it’s an enormous

all-encompassing rug on which

the ex-wives of the wealthy

can have relations

with anatomically correct replicas

of the late Silvio Berlusconi,

and as they do so

give sweaty

thanks

 

for how, having first fatally

besmirched bribery’s good name

you went on to forever damage

censorship’s, until then,

excellent reputation;

 

ground democracy down

until it was little enough to fit

in a test-tube so tiny

you had it specially made and imported

tax free from Malta.

KEVIN HIGGINS

Features, National, Worker's Rights

The Dáil voted today by 74 to 51 to approve the sale of the states share in Aer Lingus.  This is pure treachery on behalf of our politicians and it is a sad day for Ireland. Workers and unions in Aer Lingus must do everything in their power to resist this sell off of the nations assets.

Aer Lingus is an iconic company. It’s one that a lot of Irish people have enormous fondness for, probably because it has been around nearly as long as the State has. It was an early symbol of a kind of hopeful modernity; a symbol of Ireland as an independent country, an island state that nonetheless was closely tied to the world beyond. Aer Lingus matters to Irish people, and I’d hazard a guess that there is nobody but nobody in this country, outside of Fine Gael, who is happy to see it sold off to IAG.
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