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(From the ‘e-Thursday’ section of the ‘Business Week’ supplement of the ‘Irish Independent’ , 21st August 2008.)



This blog was listed as one of the 'Finalists' in the '2016 current affairs/politics' category of the Littlewoods Ireland blog awards - but we didn't win the award. But not to worry -thanks to everyone involved for getting us to the final stage of the competition and sure we'll try again the next time!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

LEGAL DRUG TRIALS : ROOM FOR IMPROVEMENT. (The following information was brought to our attention by a reader of this blog , and was published in a Sunday newspaper in December 2009 : the person who contacted us did so on reading our 'Death of Niall Rush' article and , upon checking to the best of our ability, we are satisfied that that person has no 'axe to grind' re the newspaper in question and/or to the companies or individuals mentioned in the piece.......)

The company admits that its product has been linked to serious side-effects in some patients , but said Henrik Thomsen accused the company of suppressing information in a presentation at a scientific congress in Oxford in October 2007.

A summary of Thomsen's presentation for the High Court writ, provided by GE Healthcare, appears to show that it was an even-handed account of his clinical experience and , when asked by this newspaper to highlight any part of the presentation that explicitly stated wrongdoing by GE Healthcare , the company was unable to do so.

The writ states that the defamation may have been "by way of innuendo.." , and this case will trigger a fresh row over the draconian use of Britain's libel laws to stifle scientific debate and silence critics. Henrik Thomsen now refuses to discuss the possible risks of the drug in any UK public forum.......
(MORE LATER).






THE PETER BERRY PAPERS....... The Top Secret Memoirs of Ireland's Most Powerful Civil Servant : Dirty Tricks, Election '69/ Spying on a Unionist Politician/ Keeping the (State) Taoiseach informed/ The Garda Fallon Murder/ Advice to Jack Lynch- 'Fire the pair of them...'/ Vivion De Valera's advice to O'Malley/ Rumours of a Coup D'Etat/ The Internment Plot, November 1970/ Secret Meeting with William Craig.
From 'MAGILL' magazine , June 1980.

" It (the memorandum) mentioned the steps that might have to be taken to enforce the rule of law and I was satisfied that re the problems, in all their seriousness, the various options open to the Government to contain them and the necessity for decisive action were fairly set out.

The arguments indeed were a repeat in a general way of arguments put to the then Minister for Justice , Mr Haughey , and in turn to the then Taoiseach , Mr Lemass , in November 1961. In particular it emphasised again that the time had become opportune to drive a wedge between the rural members - the old faithfuls - and the doctrinaire republicans , mainly based in Dublin , who were sedulously propagating the gospel of a 'Workers Socialist Republic'.

I was given no indication of Government thinking following their consideration of this document . The IRA split in December 1969 into the 'Officials' - the socialists - and the 'Provisionals' . In December 1972 , Mr Blaney was to claim in the Dail that he and a lot more with him had set up the 'Provisionals'......."

(MORE LATER).





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British Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead , Gerard Adams, to seek a seat in Leinster House....

Good news at last!
Amidst all the election chatter and the announcement of the IMF's 'new boy' in Fianna Fail , it was announced today that one Mr Gerard Adams , late of the parish known as 'Irish Republicanism' , had been granted , and accepted, an 'Office of Profit under the Crown', thereby publicly acknowledging that he is an "Employee of the Crown".
This indeed is a glorious day , politically speaking , for us little people : the IMF's Mr Martin will 'fix' this corrupt State and take it back , morally , physically and financially , from the clutches of the bigger crooks in Brussels and Washington that , only a few months ago, he couldn't wait to hand it over to, and Mr Adams has at last received his just rewards , and will herald yet another 'historic' day when he becomes the first ever Belfast-based 'British Crown Steward and Bailiff' to campaign for a seat in Leinster House , a 'parliament' which his now-public employers , the British Crown, actually established - some would say "inflicted on us" - in 1922.
We trust that Mr Adams will be proud enough to give his full name and title in his nomination forms and on the ballot paper :
Gerard Adams - Crown Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.
We hope he does , as it suits him.
This just in from Crown Steward Adams' employer-

'26 January 2011
Manor of Northstead

The Chancellor of the Exchequer has this day appointed Gerard Adams to be Steward and Bailiff of the Manor of Northstead.

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...and a few words from Crown Steward Adams' employers can be heard here.
Once again , Gerry , a Chara - Congrats! We always knew you had it in you.....

Thanks for reading,
Sharon.