Ireland's worst columnist.

macdarawhitfield

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Help needed here!They appear to be self replicating like Agent Smith.God be with the days when it was just Myers and the Cruiser.Who is this awful Hellish O Hanlon viper? Then we have the Daily Wail fuelled return of Mary Ellen Slime-on. But who,in your opinion, is the bull goose rentagob de nos jours?

Send preferences ,please ,with a little background as well.They may be :self serving,glib,facile,sneering ,bigoted,economical with the actualite or just physically repellent.Or ,indeed,some combination of the above.

I'll start the ball rolling with Ian O Doherty,who ,hilariously,described the later period John Lennon as 'fat'.
Sadly, in more ways than one,O Doherty's column comes with a picture by-line.
 


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Brendan O'Connor, fawning sycophancy for O'Reilly's favoured ones, including the liar Ahern, plus for dead cokehead models, bullying vilification for those outside the tent. A prime example of the quality of his work from July 2007:

SO THE sky is falling in again. The Irish stock market is apparently in meltdown, because of the housing market, which is also apparently in meltdown. The level of property horror stories is at an all-time high and everyone is tripping over each other to predict even greater gloom than the next guy.
Tell you what, I think I know what I'd be doing if I had money, and if I wasn't already massively over-exposed to the property market by virtue of owning a reasonable home. I'd be buying property. In fact, I might do it anyway. You don't even need money to buy property these days. Imagine if you walked into the bank and said, "Listen, guys. I want to gamble a million on the stock market. I have 100 grand myself, will you guys lend me 900 grand at really low rates and I'll pay you back over 40 years? In fact I won't even pay off the principal, I'll just pay off the interest." They'd laugh you out of it. But substitute gambling on the property market for gambling on the stock market and they'll fall over themselves to give it to you.
So why would I be buying property right now if I could? Well, for starters, property is good value these days. It's certainly cheaper than it was six months ago. While the official figures on aggregate surveys are talking about drops of two to three per cent in property prices, anyone who is out there in the jungle will tell you that it is a buyer's market bigtime.
And how he described those that quibbled about what was occurring:


This is not to say everything is rosy in the garden, but then you know that. The vultures of doom who have been circling for years waiting to be right eventually are having a field day.
So, you know, maybe the sky is falling in, but maybe you should think twice before you follow the Chicken Lickens of the media into Foxy Loxy's dark cave.
http://www.independent.ie/opinion/analysis/the-smart-ballsy-guys-are-buying-up-property-right-now-1047118.html
 

sarak2

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its noel whelan in the irish times - bad writing, no insight, utterly predictable. i dont care if i agree with a writer or not as long as it is interesting, maybe provocative and deep - Whelan is just completely banal
 
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its noel whelan in the irish times - bad writing, no insight, utterly predictable. i dont care if i agree with a writer or not as long as it is interesting, maybe provocative and deep - Whelan is just completely banal
Whelan should add 'Noel Whelan is a failed former Fianna Fail election candidate' as a by-line at the end of each column, an interest I feel should be declared.
 

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I cannot stand Breda O Brien. There was a tradition of excellent women writers at the Times, Carol Coulter, Kitty and Mary Holland, Karen Lillington. This current appalling editor has utterly destroyed that fine tradition by degrading the times in a consistent display of non-chalant disregard for traditions. B'OB has really got to go!
 
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evercloserunion

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Has to be Kevin Myers, who I think needs no introduction, for his sensationalist and often racist articles just to grab attention.
 
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drbob1972

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Has to be Kevin Myers, who I think needs no introduction, for his sensationalist and often racist headlines just to grab attention.
funny, i'd have considered Myers, thought provoking, intelligent, and insightful.......
 

garlandgreen

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I don't think he chooses his headlines the Indo does. As I remember it he didn't want headlines on his articles but the Indo forced the issue when he moved there
 

evercloserunion

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I don't think he chooses his headlines the Indo does. As I remember it he didn't want headlines on his articles but the Indo forced the issue when he moved there
Fair enough, it's more the content of the articles I'm talking about anyway. I shouldn't have said headline.
 

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I don't find them particularily racist. He might have a different point of view from you but that doesn't make him racist
It would seem that anybody who favours controls on the number of immigrants coming here, and who would prefer if members of some nationalities/cultures didn't come here at all, is de facto "a racist". In those circumstances it is high time that "racism" became respectable here.
 

evercloserunion

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I don't find them particularily racist. He might have a different point of view from you but that doesn't make him racist
That's obvious; lots of people have different points of view to me but I don't consider them all racist. Myers, however, was the subject of a complaint for incitement to hatred wasn't he? I read that article, it was clearly racist. Of course you had people trying to claim it wasn't but you're always going to have people saying that, and saying it doesn't make it true.
 

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All of them, but the worst is Justine McCarthy, who has a monoply on pious, misinformed, God-help-us-all drivel.

Newspaper columnists are an affliction from God.

The only journalists I have any time for are Kealin Shanley and Donagh Diamond. There's the only ones I know who have mastered the ability to report the news with tripping over their egos and who understand that interviewing someone doesn't mean having an argument with them.
 

Catalpa

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I don't admire any of them TBH.

Pack o tossers IMO

- if they were any good at the telling the Truth they wouldn't get a job as a columnist in the Irish Media in the 1st place.

Oddly enough Myers is the only one with a pair even though he can be a pain in the arse more often than not -

at least he dosen't give a damn what the PC Crowd think.
 

garlandgreen

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That's obvious; lots of people have different points of view to me but I don't consider them all racist. Myers, however, was the subject of a complaint for incitement to hatred wasn't he? I read that article, it was clearly racist. Of course you had people trying to claim it wasn't but you're always going to have people saying that, and saying it doesn't make it true.
I read the article. "Subject to a complaint" counts for diddlysquat in my book. Tune into Liveline any day of the week. Complaining is easy. Any fool can do it. What matters is can you substantiate an accusation?
 


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