Bernie Goldbach in Topaz Cashel | Papers snapped with my Xperia
SO MANY THINGS in Irish newspapers remind me I'm an American in Ireland. But I don't make that distinction in my short newsround today.
Instead, I've become accustomed to a string of predictable events this time of year, starting with the fact that the July/August news cycle is filled with a lot of fluff. That said, several main points jumped from the Sunday Times and Sunday Business Post and merit a mention in the brief audio and video clips that I produced under free and open wifi at Topaz in Cashel, Ireland. Readers would get a more balanced view of Ireland from the summaries vetted by Storyful. The black and white page in the screenshot is part of Another London, a photography event hanging in Tate Britain from 27 July to 16 September.
The Sunday Times found evidence of a shock tax on cigarettes via a Freedom of Information Request. The Irish Minister for Health wants to boost a pack of 20 cigarettes from EUR 9 to EUR 15 during the next six years.  The Sunday Business Post reveals, "The government is set to approve a EUR 2 billion package of measures designed to stimulate growth in the economy. The flagship project is the development of Grangegorman."  Thirty acres on that site will go to the Dublin Institute of Technology.
There's more in the video from YouTube below.
Since Peter Donegan reads these posts, I'll mention the "Grow for It" column I spotted in the Home section of the Sunday Times.  And since I expect my 10-year-old daughter to rewind this blog posts, I'll point out the fact that our 2030 vehicle should be one hulking wifi antenna array. 
1. Sarah McInerney -- "Reilly's tax plot to stub out smokers" on the front page of the Sunday Times, July 15, 2012.
2. Pat Leahy -- "Coalition tounveil 2bn stimulus package" on the front page of the Sunday Business Post, July 15, 2012.
3. Jane Powers -- "Coming Up Roses" in the Home Section of the Sunday Times, July 15, 2012.
4. Richard Melville -- "Techno mission: accomplished" in the InGear section of the Sunday Times, July 15, 2012.
Five years ago, Damien Mulley was writing about being "Wired and on the go" in the Sunday Tribune (RIP).
Bernie Goldbach curates news items. Video clip uploaded via O2-Ireland HSDPA.