Jim Cusack in the sky with diamonds

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I wonder what the pay in the Sindo is like. Do they get paid piece-work or  flat rate?  Or – what seems to me pretty likely – do they get a bonus each time they mention Sinn Féin and the IRA in the same sentence?

This morning, Jim Cusack is letting all that trapped gas  accumulated over the festive period burst free onto his column page. At the top, naturally, he has a picture of four armed men in balaclavas, with fists raised.  The headline is ‘Hard line old school brigade still has an iron grip on SF’. The article then goes bumping along the bottom for about a thousand words.

What’s he saying? Well of course that Sinn Féin are puppets, manipulated by the northern IRA. Jim stresses the gap between Ireland north and south: “Like their Protestant neighbours, ‘Fenians’ in the North generally don’t like the Republic much.”  By way of proof he cites Brian Keenan in 2000 referring to “Those bastards in power in the Free State”.   If Sinn Féin ever get power in the south, he warns, there’ll be revenge taken: “The Labour Party, with its sizeable intake of the Provos’ most-hated enemies of the former ‘Official’ republican movement, would be well up the queue for the firing squad”. It sort of goes on like that, with the core warning that the people of the south must not allow these totalitarian nuts to gain access to power in the south.

It’d be funny if it weren’t so stupid – although  dense as it is, it still provokes the odd muffled guffaw. Like Jim ‘s notion that northerners, fenians and prods, kind of detest the south. Jim old bean, you couldn’t be wronger. Both fenians and prods in the north generally speaking love the south. The people, the countryside, the history, the warmth, the dazzle – honest, Jim, we love it. No kidding. And that Brian Keenan quotation: you seem to have missed that he was talking about, not the south, but “those bastards in power” in the south. Quite a different matter. There are a lot of southerners who detest those bastards in power in the south, and with good reason. And there are those in the south as well as the north who detest the kind of bogey-man, black-board-screech journalism that Jim’s paper and others trot out week after weary week, on the assumption that if you repeat a lie often enough it’ll become truth.

But here’s a little secret, Jim – bend your head in close so I can whisper. You’re beginning to sound silly. It hurts me to say it but it’s true.  You can only so often do a back-flip fifteen, twenty, thirty years and warn us that The IRA Are Coming  before people begin to nudge each other and chuckle. By now we’ve heard you and Ruthie go over the top so often, the picture you paint is beginning to look like a journalistic acid-trip, where Sinn Féin will come swirling out of the sky, decked in scarlet, intent on dastardly deeds including the setting-up of firing squads.

Tell you what, Jim. You go and have a wee lie-down. Whatever it was they put in those in-house mince-pies, it’s definitely doing your head a lot of no-good.  And console yourself that though you may be required weekly to ride a the-provos-are-coming hobby-horse, there’s always the bonus.





39 Responses to Jim Cusack in the sky with diamonds

  1. Jim.hunter December 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm #


    • Jude Collins December 27, 2015 at 1:19 pm #

      Look.Jim.Some.Days.I.need.a.psychedelic. laff. OK?

  2. Sherdy December 27, 2015 at 1:21 pm #

    Why is it that in virtually every country where people boast of ‘free speech’ it is used by the extreme right wing big business organisations to spew out poison pen hatred of any person or organisation which might propose something which might resemble something more like democracy.
    You mention Cusack and that old bird you used to fancy, RDE, but how did you forget the ex-Official IRA man Owen Harris?

    • Jude Collins December 27, 2015 at 1:53 pm #

      I do not now nor have I ever fancied RDE. If I have ever suggested I did, I either misspoke or was drunk or was joking or all three. Officer.

      • Sherdy December 27, 2015 at 10:12 pm #

        My mistake Jude, just because you still fantasise about your Trinity days with her, I thought there was still a bit of smoulder to the old flame!
        By the way, your choice of ‘Oh holy night’ by (was it) Perry Como sounded okay this am, but recommend you YouTube Leontyne Price with the definitive version.

        • Jude Collins December 27, 2015 at 10:38 pm #

          Nah, Sherdy, no problem – although it was UCD, not Trinity. I chose Holy Night but I didn’t choose Perry C, much tho’ I used like him with ‘Kewpie Doll’…

  3. ben madigan December 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm #

    Seems like some newspaper or other has an anti-SF story, or 2 or 3, every day of the week – for the series Boy Cries Wolf is to Blame!!!

    I think (hope) it pretty much washes over people at this point.

  4. Mark December 27, 2015 at 3:29 pm #

    I’ve seen many frightened animals in my time, many just cower before they meet their end at car wheels or other devices, rats however tend to jump squealing at you, the present free state government parties are like these rat’s, scared and, as this usual trash shows, will do anything to divert attention from the fact they, or at least the stickies, will be trounced soon.as the election happens, the blueshirts will loose some seats but, their media keep telling us we’re better off and there are more jobs, meanwhile, the bank’s are again lending enormous sums with bugger all security.
    The sooner we start to sign up to the idea we were wrong before and learn from our mistakes the better for our children, many without parents at this time of year because their parents had to leave to obtain work abroad to feed them, or worse, committed suicide rather than live with the shame of re=possession and homelessness.
    The arrogance is returning to, as I observed on Christmas night, as I played the Dublin version of Monopoly with my family, prices are inflated and the people there are so up their own behinds, they actually think they could sell ‘telecoms’ and the ‘internet’ which they never did.
    Unless they refuse to listen to the lies, we will be back to repossessions and suicides within seven years, time might be right to listen to Jerry Beades and Tom Darcy.

  5. Ryan December 27, 2015 at 3:46 pm #

    Wow, Jim really has over indulged on the Christmas sprouts this year.

    “Like their Protestant neighbours, ‘Fenians’ in the North generally don’t like the Republic much.”

    That explains why all those “fenians” in the North support the Republic of Ireland soccer team and why the likes of James McClean from Derry and so many other “fenians” from the North opted to play for and represent the Republic of Ireland in many, many sports worldwide and are deeply proud and honoured to do so.

    I even remember boxer Wayne McCullough, a Protestant from the staunchly loyalist Shankill Road, representing all of Ireland (including the Republic) and carrying the Irish Tricolour in the Opening of the 1992 Olympics (Where Wayne won Silver for Ireland in Barcelona, he also won Bronze for Ireland in the Boxing World Cup in India in 1990). Wayne said he was “proud and honoured” to represent Ireland. Then we have another Protestant, World Champion boxer Carl Frampton from another staunchly loyalist area, Tigers Bay, who represents Ireland and is proud to do so. Carl was once asked by a BBC Reporter: “If you could represent Great Britain instead of Ireland, would you?”, Carl replied: “No, I’m proud to represent Ireland, Irish Boxing has taken care of me”. Also, in the latest poll done by the Belfast Telegraph a majority of those polled said they supported an All-Ireland soccer team instead of 2 Irish soccer teams. Interestingly, nearly 50% of all the protestants polled supported an All-Ireland soccer team, the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland teams merging.

    Its not very nice of Jim to tar the entire Protestant community of the North with the same brush (not to mention all those “fenians”). He really should stop telling porkies but I guess that’s near impossible or a contradiction when your working for a paper like the Sindo.

    • billy December 27, 2015 at 8:02 pm #

      framtons choice of anthem and flag didnt sound or look very irish when he last fought.

    • neill December 28, 2015 at 8:13 am #

      Unionists have no problems with the Republic it’s just the Northern nationalists we have problems with though in fairness who wouldn’t? ; )

      • jessica December 28, 2015 at 11:02 am #

        “Unionists have no problems with the Republic it’s just the Northern nationalists we have problems with though in fairness who wouldn’t?”

        That was sort of the problem in the first place neill.
        So great to hear you have learned nothing and moved on not an inch, sure its all about unionism.

        • neill December 28, 2015 at 12:53 pm #

          Perhaps you would have us learn from the brave IRA Jessica?

          • jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:44 pm #

            “Perhaps you would have us learn from the brave IRA Jessica?”

            Why not, when the British army agreed the stalemate, they had the courage to stand down and even decommission to allow them to leave with some honour.

            You tell us neill, why is unionism clinging on to its paramilitary wings, refusing to decommission weapons, still recruiting and sabre rattling?

            What are you going to do?

      • Ryan December 28, 2015 at 2:42 pm #

        “Unionists have no problems with the Republic it’s just the Northern nationalists we have problems with though in fairness who wouldn’t? ; )”

        That’s right Neill, baby steps, your finally realizing that it was Unionism that had the problem with Nationalists, well…., lets just be honest, it was a problem with Catholics and their religion. Protestant extremism always had a dominant role in political Unionism in the past, less so today because Catholics aren’t a small minority anymore.

  6. Donal Kennedy December 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm #

    Bonus? Cui Bono?

    But what IS the Wages of Sin, Though?

    ” Darlin’ Questions, Joxer, a Darlin’ Questions.”

    Maybe we should ask a Tara Street Walker?

    (Maybe I spelt that last word incorrectly?)

  7. Iolar December 27, 2015 at 4:06 pm #

    Wonderful images,

    “Trapped gas… burst free onto his column page… The article then goes bumping along the bottom…”.

    I spent some time in convivial company recently, enjoying a few stimulants. I was introduced to a number of young men and women, “home for the craic.” Each of them were working in different parts of the world. Mr Keenan’s comment about power and the state, as reported, is mild compared to the opinions expressed in my company, about what currently passes for politics on the Emerald Isle. I am obliged to refrain from sharing the comments in the refined environs of this blog site. Given the tyranny of time, it will not be long before the exodus from the country resumes, once more, in earnest in 2016. Will the plight and fate of economic migrants feature in any journal of record? Should we expect any analysis or critical commentary about the talent and potential that is seeping out of the country?

    No doubt, pre election promises and less than mediocre journalism will flow as freely as gas until the electorate makes public its bottom line.

  8. Donal Kennedy December 27, 2015 at 4:10 pm #

    See “BAD HATS O’ER THE BORDER?” 10 DEcember 2015.

  9. neill December 27, 2015 at 4:41 pm #

    Republicans complaining that the Irish Independent isn’t fair to them gets a bit boring folks after all if you cleaned out your augean stable then nobody can complain you could start with slab Murphy.

    • Mark December 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm #

      Hi Neill, next week is 2016, we don’t do ‘croppy’ any more, clean the stables yourself!
      Thomas Murphy, recently convicted in a ‘special court’ without benefit of, what other citizens, in similar situations, and holding real power in the Republic of, did not have to face, we’ll see how ECHR eventually deal with that ‘conviction’.

      • neill December 28, 2015 at 8:16 am #

        Why should we clean you’re stable after all we are not trying to gain power down south it’s the rank hypocrisy of republicans that annoy me very keen to to lay down claims of corruption against their opponents and yet are insulted when opponents shine the light on their activities

        • Mark December 28, 2015 at 10:54 am #

          Dia duit ar maidin Neill, please, look forwards, we’ll all be in it together soon enough, revenge of them croppies!

          • neill December 28, 2015 at 1:00 pm #

            You can usually judge people by their past actions.

          • jessica December 28, 2015 at 5:13 pm #

            “You can usually judge people by their past actions.”

            No you cant. People change.

            I was pretty wild in my youth, never housed and far too fond of the drink, yet now I rarely touch the stuff and like nothing more than spending time at home with my family. I am probably still a little neglectful as I work too much but feet up in front of the telly and early to bed with a good book, or laptop now that im torturing you all.

            People change as they get older. Look at Ian Paisley. Should we judge him on his past actions or how he changed when his health deteriorated?

        • Ryan December 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

          A Unionist complaining of hypocrisy……

          What next? a racist complaining about racism?

          You really are priceless Neill lol

          • neill December 28, 2015 at 3:39 pm #

            Once again a little rich coming from you Ryan

      • billy December 28, 2015 at 9:23 am #

        special courts..in daily use in the north .

  10. Perkin Warbeck December 27, 2015 at 5:59 pm #

    Cusack’s Cossack Vodka

    What’s that sludge in Jim’s right paw, Paw?
    ‘Suits a Sindo drudge better nor I ever saw’
    What so odd ma
    About his vodka ?
    ‘Takes real uisgebaugh to toast ‘T. ar LA !’

  11. Mary Jo December 28, 2015 at 7:53 am #

    A great retort. We are badly short of genuinely independent media in ROI. The Examiner is marginally better than the Independent which reduced itself to gutter press long ago. However I find those often unpaid youngsters at the Journal are the best of the ROI daily newspapers right now.

  12. giordanobruno December 28, 2015 at 11:46 am #

    There is quite a bit of ad hominem, shooting the messenger stuff here (as usual).
    Some of the points made by Jim Cusack seem fair enough to me.
    Many people in the North know and care little about what goes on in the South’
    I know plenty who have never even crossed the border.
    As for what SF would do in power I think and hope he is wrong about firing squads but if the ambivalence seen by supporters towards smuggling and tax evasion by millionaires is anything to go by, they will hardly be known as the party of law and order!

    • jessica December 28, 2015 at 12:59 pm #

      “As for what SF would do in power I think and hope he is wrong about firing squads but if the ambivalence seen by supporters towards smuggling and tax evasion by millionaires is anything to go by, they will hardly be known as the party of law and order!”

      What ambivalence towards smuggling and tax evasion?

      Taxes must be paid and Sinn Fein were part of setting up the new cross border policing to deal with smuggling.

      Why should we tolerate a state that would deny human rights abusing special courts and using garda for politically motivated demonisation in the run up to elections?

      Fine Gael are as corrupt as China.

      Stick to the truth and facts if you can gio.

      • neill December 28, 2015 at 3:44 pm #

        Fine Gael corrupt as China dear Lord nobody is as morally and financially than SF still every party needs supporters like Jessica

        • jessica December 28, 2015 at 4:58 pm #

          “Fine Gael corrupt as China dear Lord nobody is as morally and financially than SF still every party needs supporters like Jessica”

          It was Fine Gael who brought the Dail into disrepute helping to make Denis OBrien a billionaire living in tax exile I should add, though he would dispute that as he pays some tax in Ireland, even doing time for it behind bars. Still, they now have a media circus in their back pocket as a reward.

          We need Sinn Fein to bring some honesty and principals back into Irish politics.

        • Gearoid December 28, 2015 at 6:34 pm #

          Let us start with the whitened sepulchers of the two unionist parties when it come to any form of corruption

      • giordanobruno December 28, 2015 at 6:02 pm #

        I made reference to ambivalence by supporters. Specifically the comments here in recent days downplaying the activities of Slab Murphy.
        I hope SF policy makers are a little more robust than some of their supporters.
        As wolfe tone has said below no party can claim to be holier than thou and I do not actually believe SF would be any worse than others (though probably no better)
        The damage this type of thing (i.e.Slab) is doing to their standing amongst floating voters may mean we will not get to find out what they would do anytime soon.

        • jessica December 28, 2015 at 9:01 pm #

          “The damage this type of thing (i.e.Slab) is doing to their standing amongst floating voters may mean we will not get to find out what they would do anytime soon.”

          The very thoughts exactly of the authors of such material.

          Fine Gael and their cohorts are making a disgrace of our country and electing Sinn Fein is the only way to fix it, and it wont take firing squads,

          Abusing the human rights of a county Louth farmer is not going to damage them one iota.

          The people can smell the desperation and fear and that is not what we need running our country?

          Remember, Ireland is and always will be, 32 counties, the so called republican parties in the south have forgotten that and need a reminder now more than ever.

          They underestimate the number of irish citizens they are offending throughout these 32 counties by printing this material. At the same time they will promote the commemorations of the rising. The land of saint and scholars will not be so easily fooled.

    • Wolfe tone December 28, 2015 at 2:44 pm #

      Gio, could you name a government on these islands that can claim the crown of ‘the party for law and order’? Cos as far as I can see all governments, never mind it’s supporters, have been ambivalent concerning upholding the law. Be it nepotism and fraud within parliament, the police and the judiciary. Be it sexual abuse and murder of kids within parliament, the police and the judiciary. The list is a long one of how many govts have been ambivalent to crime. For some to lecture others on their suitability of being in government is laughable at times.

  13. Joe Nolan December 28, 2015 at 6:57 pm #

    Even by Cusack’s own appalling standards, this article takes some beating. Not only was it the usual anti-Sinn Fein diatribe, but it was riddled with self-loathing and bordered on xenophobia towards the entire nationalist community.
    He accuses Sinn Fein of being “stuck in a 32-county mindset”. And I thought a united Ireland was a noble and legitimate political aspiration long before it was formally recognised in the Anglo-Irish agreement.
    He states that the last time northern nationalists travelled in large numbers to Dublin was to participate in the anti H-Block march in Ballsbridge in1981. Obviously the 50,000 plus who travelled to the Tyrone-Armagh all-Ireland football final does not count.
    There are a couple of (unintentionally) humorous asides though.
    He lists the Labour Party, the retired Special Branch men and print media figures among those who a SF government would put “in front of a firing squad” (I kid you not). Apparently, that great supporter of militant Irish republicanism, RTE, will be spared the bullet (I kid you not).
    He also warns against drinking the water on any visit to South Armagh. I would have thought that the local authorities would be best placed to warn if there was a danger to public health from the water supply. His colleague, the equally nasty Paul Williams, recently wrote that Louth County Council had spent hundreds of thousands of euro cleaning up the water supply as a result of diesel laundering. This is totally untrue but went completely unchallenged.
    At least Cusack’s article contributed tithe merriment of the festive season.

  14. gerard December 29, 2015 at 12:24 am #

    Best not to spend much time wasting ink on JC…don’t think the lift goes to the top.