Sunday Long Reads: Five years of Garda scandals; Does criticism really matter?

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After another busy week, we look at back at five years of Garda scandals and how it has impacted on the force. We also look at the role of film criticism and whether or not it's still important. 

Elsewhere, we hear from Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey during his visit to Dublin, we also assess Monaghan's All-Ireland chances and learn about Bohemains legend Jackie Jameson.

Five years of Garda scandals: From penalty points to fake breath tests

Barely a month after Noirín O'Sullivan resisted calls to step aside during the inquiry into the whistleblower controversy, the Garda Commissioner has found herself under fresh pressure.

Sinn Féin has published a motion of no confidence in the Commissioner after the force revealed details of incorrectly issued court summonses and major discrepancies in breath test data.

Fianna Fáil leader Michéal Martin, meanwhile, said his party "can no longer articulate confidence" in O'Sullivan until they receive clarity on the issues.


Opinion: If everyone's a critic, does your criticism really matter?

“The worst thing that we have in today’s movie culture is Rotten Tomatoes,” argued American director and producer Brett Ratner recently, wilfully ignoring some of the real problems in the current mediascape.

He was blaming the popular film review aggregator website for poisoning viewers against Batman v Superman, a film he himself had produced. “Now it’s about, ‘What’s your Rotten Tomatoes score?’” Ratner opined to Entertainment Weekly, bemoaning the loss of film criticism as an art, calling back to the glory days of Pauline Kael’s New Yorker reviews.

“And that’s sad, because the Rotten Tomatoes score was so low on Batman v Superman I think it put a cloud over a movie that was incredibly successful.” Why so cirrus, Brett? Let it be clear, Batman v Superman was already toiling under the brumous misery benchmarked by Man of Steel some years earlier, long before any critical take billowed forth a smug smog designed to obscure it from the view.


Twitter CEO: 'Looking at subscriptions is interesting'

Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey was in Dublin on Thursday, visiting the Irish office and met with a number of prolific users. Following a casual chat with Sinead Burke, Bressie and Darragh Doyle, but to name a few, he sat down to discuss the business.. 

The company was created by Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams back in March 2006. The platform was launched in July of that year.  

As we sat in 1 Cumberland Place in Dublin, Dorsey discussed the evolution of the various features on Twitter. I asked Dorsey if the much craved 'edit' button is on the way. This has been suggested and requested numerous times by users.


The Great Man: The Legend of Jackie Jameson

If ever there was a example of not needing silverware to become a legend it’s that of Jackie Jameson. 103 goals in 303 appearances between 1981 and 1990 made Jameson a favourite but it was his style of play, humbleness and most importantly loyalty that made him an icon still revered in Dalymount Park to this day.

The "Great man", as he’s known, passed away in 2002 but attention was drawn to his story this week as it had he lived he would have turned 60 on Monday.

Think of the excitement you get when you see Daryl Horgan dribbling through defences now, imagine him doing that over mud piles and without hair and you may get some idea of what it was like to see Jameson in action.

Are Monaghan All-Ireland contenders and do counties take them seriously?

It took two attempts for Donegal to vanquish Monaghan in last year's Ulster Championship.

Three late frees from Conor McManus saved the defending champions and forced a replay which would be contested with the same feverish tempo as the first.

Donegal prevailed by the narrowest of margins and awaited the winner of Tyrone and Cavan in the Championship's other semi-final replay.