Dig A Pony
by Niall Shanahan

The Indo reports that a review of the public service 'added years' scheme is 'costly' and 'hard to justify', the HSE has been criticised for failing to meet its obligations to employ people with disabilities, tributes pour in for Bob Dole, and the Anglo-Irish Treaty was signed 100 years ago today.


The Irish Times reports that a new survey finds that the vast majority of HSE staff felt supported during the Covid-19 pandemic but more than half felt there has been a negative change in their working environment.


The Weekend


Our SNA members had a go at breaking the internet on Saturday, hosting something like 800 delegates at their #RespectForSNAs online seminar, and the seminar was trending at its peak just behind NPHET for a time. Andy wrapped up the seminar with this message.


Elsewhere, the Indo carries an obituary for journalist and trade union activist Mary Maher, who passed away last week. The same paper reports that a letter from a number of Siptu staff, sent to members of its NEC, describes the working environment at the union as "full of reprisal, widespread discrimination, stress related mental illness and burnout."


The Business Post reports that the Data Protection Commissioner has warned the government that a “radical reassessment” of its structure is needed as it is “unsustainable and unfit for purpose”




I've spent the last two weekends entranced by Peter Jackson's epic three-part Beatles documentary Get Back. Drawn from beautifully restored footage of the band's January 1969 writing and recording sessions, there's a lot to like here. The relationships within the band are fascinating, and the film serves as a reminder that most great bands are usually greater than the sum of their parts, and these lads were no exception.


They are all at once charming, funny, stressed, tetchy, exhausted, playful and relentlessly creative, even during what has often been characterised as a dry spell for the band (they had just finished the 'White' album and would record Abbey Road a few months later). Here's Paul jamming away on his bass at a rough idea that we see transform into the song Get Back. We see it develop over a couple of weeks and later, with the lovely Billy Preston on keys (here's John offering him the job), they nail the arrangement, and it's a thing of beauty.


Have a great week.




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