Category Archives: Newswhip

Newswhip in its first iteration was a new online publication, “a smart tabloid with a simple philosophy of snappy, informative news supported by useful analysis, reader interaction and a positive web design experience.”

From November 2010 until April 2011, I wrote for Newswhip, sometimes covering breaking news stories, sometimes breaking our own stories, sometimes looking in more detail at the stories behind the headlines. Those articles were sometimes straight news, occasionally cheeky or tongue-in-cheek, sometimes expressing a lively and irreverent editorial tone, and were once described to me as “written the way you’d tell a story to your mates in the pub”.

Ireland deports three out of four asylum seekers from Arab Spring nations

Less than one quarter of asylum seekers from three countries rocked by popular protests against undemocratic rulers since the New Year were given permission to stay in Ireland since 2001, department of justice figures reveal. Of the 404 asylum applications … Continue reading

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Don’t drink two bottles of wine alone on Valentine’s Day warns drinks industry

Too much alcohol can affect your romantic prospects, the drinks industry has warned in a pre-Valentine’s day press release, but what’s extraordinary is how the industry defines “too much”. Brewer’s droop is of course a well-known phenomenon, but just how … Continue reading

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Jihad Jane’s Irish connection: Whatever happened to the Waterford Seven?

Last March, as American investigators unveiled Colleen La Rose, aka “Jihad Jane”, seven people were arrested in Ireland in connection with the case. The story, featuring blonde, blue-eyed all-Americans and Al Qaeda plots, got worldwide coverage. Reports at the time … Continue reading

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