USI’s €5,000 figure for fees “hypothetical”

USI have been using a made-up number to strengthen Nov.16 campaign, writes Dave Ryan

In an article published earlier this evening by the College Tribune by Donie O’ Sullivan, it has been revealed that the author of an Independent article which has been an important part of the USI’s ‘Stop the Fees’ campaign was indeed hypothetical. Continue reading


Radio Free Maynooth #20: We Gonna Break Yo’ Pencils

Landmark! Radio Free Maynooth‘s 20th episode has arrived for your listening pleasure!

On the show this week, Dave, Brian and Shane (also Paudi, eventually) discuss:

  • The Question o’ The Week
  • The News in Brief, with Shane
  • The Final Week of the #aras11 race
  • The Referenda
  • The floods (for about ten seconds)
  • The USI March
  • A new segment, Shane’s Soapbox
  • Why the Sallins Road in Naas can fuck off.

Listen, download, enjoy! [If Soundcloud player does not load immediately, please refresh. Soundcloud’s fault for being silly]


Observer Newsletter: Vol. 1 Issue. 2

Didn’t get a chance to pick up the latest issue of our newsletter? You can see, read and download it here, Observer Issue 2 (1). This issue contains all the latest stories, news and opinion including:

  • The Aras Debate at NUIM. (coming soon to the site).
  • Sam Smyth’s Sacking
  • Our Tweeting details for the Aras election coverage. Some gems from the campaign so far can be found here, here and here.
  • The introduction of Thobias’s new agony uncle/general musings column, entitled ‘The Every So Often Column’.
  • And finally, some stuff on the referendums.
-Padraig McCarrick

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Statement by Hugh Morgan (Man with the €5,000 cheque)

Plus the response from a representative of Sean Gallagher

Under fire: Presidential candidate Sean Gallagher

From RTE website

I wish to clarify and set the record straight in relation to the dealings I had with Sean Gallagher which resulted in my attendance at a Fianna Fail fundraiser in the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk, on the 1st July 2008. Continue reading

The Frontline #Aras11 Debate Report Cards

Dave Ryan runs down the final debate in the race for the Presidency

‘What I have done, I may well have delivered the photograph. If he gave me an envelope I… if he gave me the cheque it was made out to Fianna Fáil headquarters and and it was delivered and that was that.’ –Seán Gallagher

In the final week of the Presidential election, the two most important figures have been 40% and €5,000. The first figure represents the impressive polling performance of Seán Gallagher coming into the home stretch. Polls on Sunday show the entrepreneur and Dragons’ Den star a full 14% clear of his nearest competitor, Michael D. Higgins. The second figure represents what may be Gallagher’s downfall just short of the finish line. More on that anon. Continue reading

Radio Free Maynooth #19: A Podcast of Two Halves

An experimental two-parter.

RFM is back, and stranger than ever. This week’s show is two seperate podcasts in one.The first was recorded in our podcast bunker immediately after #18, the second was recorded the night Paudi and Shane came back from the MSU Junket, so no Dave or Brian in part 2. This week, we discuss:

  • Paudi’s love of Keeping Up with the Kardashians
  • The Democratic Right Movement
  • The Print
  • The MSU Junket experience
  • A Nick Griffin update.

As a bonus, if anyone wants to see the near death experience Paudi had with hot sauce, see here.

Listen, download, enjoy! [If Soundcloud player does not load immediately, please refresh. Soundcloud’s fault for being silly]