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Cowen went golfing and officials dithered as country burned in 2008 - Independent.ie
Lest we forget, the sheer bullshitting ineptitude of Fianna Fail as they managed to shamble into destroying Ireland's economy in 2008:
Once that nasty bit of business was done, the Cabinet departed en masse for six weeks on their summer holidays, despite the emerging economic and financial tsunami. Cowen and family famously took up residence in a caravan park in Connemara as opposed to his 'official' residence at the Mannin Bay Hotel nearby.
When pressed by our reporter Niamh Horan as to why he was not at his station, he defensively replied: "I don't understand it. First the media have a go at me because I'm taking a holiday with my family and then they come down to see if I'm having a good time!" he exclaimed.
2008  meltdown  ireland  brian-cowen  connemara  politics  history  fianna-fail 
february 2015 by jm
Sting op exposes Andrews over FF Twitter rants - National News - Independent.ie
Incredible sting op uncovers the real identity of an anonymous Twitter account posting Fianna Fail gossip:
He discovered that each tweet had originated from the Twitter web interface, meaning it had been posted from a web browser on a computer, rather than sent from a mobile phone or other portable device.

Based on the times that tweets were posted by @brianformerff, he deduced that the Tweets were being posted while the user was on a work break, using a company computer or an internet cafe.

The next stage in the hunt was uncovering the IP address of the computer where the tweets originated.

"I created my own web redirection service which would allow me to take links to articles of interest, for example in the Irish Times, and then transform them into short links that would pass through a redirection server I controlled. In this way, if someone read the tweets and clicked on the link, I would be able to establish the IP address of the computer that was being used at the time."

The author created a new twitter account, @john_cant _type, based on the persona of a politics student based in Kildare. He started sending several messages and tweets to "brian" and other users to establish himself as a genuine twitter user.

Eventually @brianformerff responded to a post from @john_cant_type to a link to an article at Silicon Republic. The bait was taken and the IP address was tracked to an internet cafe, Amazon cyber/net Rathmines which offers web access "at the very reasonable rate of €1/hour".

What happened next descended almost into the realms of farce. The author waited for tweets from @brianformerff and then rushed to the internet cafe to try and catch Chris Andrews. Eventually the plan worked and the author used photography and video surveillance, even taking covert photographs of tweets as they were being posted in the internet cafe by Chris Andrews and analysing if the word count and structure matched the tweets appearing in cyberspace under the tag @brianformerff.
chris-andrews  twitter  surveillance  privacy  anonymity  politics  ireland  fianna-fail 
august 2012 by jm
Backdoor legislation is no way to tackle thorny issue of copyright - The Irish Times - Fri, Mar 11, 2011
good article by Karlin Lillington on the attempted sneaking-through of an SI to 'deal with' filesharing. agreed on all counts
filesharing  piracy  ireland  law  karlin-lillington  legislation  fianna-fail  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Keeping Track of Electioneering | Election Leaflets 2011
'See or post leaflets shoved through your door by parties and candidates across the land. RSS feeds and email alerts available by constituency. Add new leaflets through a web form or by email.'
election  leaflets  pamphlets  ge11  ireland  politics  fianna-fail  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
Martin investigated over sending unsolicited e-mails
fast work from new FF leader Micheal Martin: 'None of those who complained consented to their details being used to contact them in this way and none could establish how Fianna Fáil obtained their addresses.'
spam  micheal-martin  fianna-fail  dpc  privacy  data-protection  ireland  politics  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
The worst week for the worst Taoiseach in the State's history
incredible insider account of Cowen's final ineptitudes as FF leader. Beyond GUBU
gubu  funny  inept  ireland  brian-cowen  fianna-fail  dail  crazy  politics  from delicious
january 2011 by jm
Government gets no 'serious offers' for e-voting machines
2 *other* govt departments (nice try) wondered about buying them, for utterly random purposes for which they're totally unfit. Total cost of the e-voting fiasco is now EUR54.6 million. Another fine Fianna Fail mess
fianna-fail  fail  e-voting  ireland  fiasco  from delicious
october 2010 by jm

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