St Stephen’s Green Park, Dublin

Aisling Kennedy, in the Dublin Gazette, reports:

A young homeless man was found dead in St Stephen’s Green park [in the wooden gazebo in the middle of the park] on Monday morning. An investigation is currently under way to find out the cause of his death.

The man, who has yet to be named by gardai, was 30 years old and it is believed that he was sleeping rough in the park. He was found by another homeless man at 9.15am on Monday, April 25.

Sinead Kane, a founding member of Hope in the Darkness, which offers food to the homeless outside the GPO on O’Connell Street four nights a week, said she received a phone call on Monday morning from a man who regularly accesses her food service.

She said: “He was very upset and he was crying. He said that he had just found a homeless man dead in the park.”

Sinead said that the man, who doesn’t want to be named, rang her following the discovery.

He had just visited his local pharmacy to collect medication on his prescription but he was told he would have to wait 20 minutes for it.

“He went over to the park to have a smoke in St Stephen’s Green and he said he was sitting on the wall and just happened to look over to see a man lying on the ground clutching a sleeping bag.

“He shouted over: ‘Hey buddy, you ok?’ and he got no response. He went over to him, but he knew when he saw him that he was already gone.”

Sinead said that the man called an ambulance straight away and he called for help from people passing by on their way into work.

“Nobody helped him. People just turned their back and kept going about their business, they wouldn’t stop to help.”

…Meanwhile, in a further blow to the homelessness crisis, two homeless shelters are set to close in the next fortnight, forcing up to 150 people to return to living on the streets.

The 42-bed John’s Lane West hostel, which is jointly managed by Peter McVerry Trust and Focus Ireland, is set to close on May 9 to make way for social housing construction.

The 100-bed Bru Aimsir hostel at the Digital Hub on Thomas Street, which is run by Dublin City Council, is also due to close this Saturday, April 31.

Homeless man dies in St Stephen’s Green (Dublin Gazette)

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Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave


We have literally no idea.

On this day last year, 1,317 attendees from 19 countries had booked their Web Summit tickets. A year later, and with 7 months to go until Lisbon, we’ve passed 27,000 attendees from 149 countries, all of whom as of today you can meet on our new attendee page.

Web Summit has hit one of those inflection points human gatherings sometimes hit.

When we started out Web Summit with 400 attendees five and half years ago, we never for one moment believed we would be where we are today.

For some, “Web Summit has become the most important and largest meeting place on our planet for those changing our planet most”, a sort of “Glastonbury for geeks” or “Davos for geeks”.

What started as a trickle of curious minds from outside of technology in 2014 has turned into a flood. That flood includes thousands upon thousands of leaders of innovative cities and established companies, policy makers and policy shapers, cultural creators and thought leaders.

Meet our first 27,000 Web Summit attendees coming to Lisbon. So what? (Paddy Cosgrave, Web Summit)

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Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy

The Irish Times reports:

Legal aid has been assigned to Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Paul Murphy in relation to his trial on charges of falsely imprisoning Tánaiste Joan Burton during a water charges protest almost 18 months ago.

A trial date has not yet been fixed for Mr Murphy (32), with an address at The Copse, Woodpark, Ballinteer.

…A solicitor acting for Mr Murphy on Thursday said he was making an application for legal aid and handed in a statement of means. He said the State was on notice and had no objection. He said the case could last four to six weeks.

Judge Melanie Greally said based on the average weekly income in the documentation she would assign legal aid. The figures in the documentation were not disclosed in open court.


TD Paul Murphy assigned legal aid for Jobstown protest trial (Irish Times)

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A pleasing animated tribute to all things thunk and ding [inspired by classic pinball games Twilight Zone (1993), Medieval Madness (1997), Tales of the Arabian Nights (1996), The Addams Family (1992) and Indiana Jones: The Pinball Adventure (1993)] by the nice people at Device animation studio in Barcelona.



Irish Independent’s Paul Williams speaking with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Show on February 19

Gareth Naughton writes:

Country star and native Liverpudlian Nathan Carter will pay tribute to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster with a performance of a song specially written to honour the 96.

…We’ll also hear from Kevin Keegan, one of the many former Liverpool players who stood by the families of the Hillsborough victims as they fought for justice.

…Fresh from her election victory, Senator Lynn Ruane will join us in studio to share her inspiring story of triumph over adversity.

…Meteorologist Joanna Donnelly has gone down a storm since making her television debut and now, alongside husband and fellow meteorologist Harm Luijkx, she’ll be telling us why our weather is going crazy.

And is it time that we armed all the Gardaí? We’ll be asking if the Gardaí are properly equipped to deal with the spiralling violence on our streets. A panel including crime correspondent Paul Williams, Clonmel solicitor Kieran Cleary and former assistant commissioner Martin Donnellan will debate the issue.

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