Following up from yesterday's post I received a comment from @johnnyryan (must have a Google Alert on - Hi again Johnny!), which I have published in the post. Johnny points out that both he, and the Editor of the Irish Times @hlinehan, have made it "clear that The Irish Times' does not expect payment for URLs". I'm happy to make that clear here too. I do believe that the Irish Times has a good model for a newspaper where the most recent content is free, but that older material must be paid for (€10 for one day is a bit steep though).
As I wrote yesterday - a "storm in a tea cup".