PAMPHLETS TOLD 19th CENTURY Irishwomen they shouldn'd sit down for a cuppa because it wasted time and cost too much. 
That's one fact revealed in my Sunday Newsround today. I also found several other references to lazy habits in the Sunday Times and I've attributed them below the break.
The claim of laziness due to tea comes with solid documentary evidence. Ireland now drinks more tea per capita than most other countries in the world. In the 19th century, poor women who like a cuppa were considered as recklesss as whiskey drinkers, new research from Helen O'Connell at Durham University says.
Front page coverage, accompanied by an inside story, focuses on the death of Jacintha Saldanha, the duty nurse duped by a prank call concerning the Duchess of Cambridge. 
Both Oracle and Microsoft enjoy Sunday Times coverage on the amount of tax they pay in Ireland. Oracle, the world's largest business software company, has filed a High Court action against Revenue, Ireland about a tax decision levied against the American company. 
Revenue Ireland will collect property tax at source while the Department of Social Protection will spoon out payments for hard-pressed residents in need of buggies or a Holy Communion top-up. According to the Sunday Times, "Prams are provided as part of the supplementary welfare allowance scheme, which allows for a single payment to families to meet one-off expenditure that a person could not reasonably be expected to meet out of their weekly income."  So that explains how some mothers in Wexford and Waterford paid twice as much as we did for our (now well-used) buggy. We didn't have an avenue to social welfare so we reduced our spending to what we could afford by saving for the buggy.
But at least we're well clear of The Famine. 
1. Gabrielle Monaghan -- "Tea Drinking wives hurt the economy" in the Sunday Times, December 9, 2012.
2. David Leppard -- "Hospital blames DJs for nurses's suicide" on the front page of the Sunday Times, December 9, 2012.
3. Mark Tighe and Gavin Daly -- "Oracle in court action over tax" in the Sunday Times, December 9, 2012.
4. Sarah McInerney and Stephen O'Brien -- "Welfare payments for buggies to be cut" in the Sunday Times, December 9, 2012.
5. Tim Pat Coogan -- The Famine Plot ISBN 978-0230109520
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