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The route between Topaz, Cemetery Cross and Shannon Dry Cleaners, Prospect Hill.

How long?

A writes:

A friend of mine unfortunately lost a large sum of money in Galway City today on Bohermore Road. If anyone found a load of €50 notes blowing around in the wind and sleet [Yes, lovely loose notes] we’re hoping they will be very nice and email us here [] or hand it into the Gardaí where my friend has left her details. The money was taken out at the [Topaz] petrol station at Cemetery Cross and she noticed it was gone by the time she got to Shannon Dry Cleaners [Prospect Hill].




Tk Ickle writes:

Leaving Parkwest [Business Park, Co Dublin]. 500m in 20 mins. :(



Dublin city tonight.

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)


O’Connell Street, Dublin tonight.

Annebxis writes;

You wait and you wait..



A Truck jackknifed and blocking the Bailieboro to Virginia Road in Cavan tonight.

Thanks Jane


Free tomorrow?

An exhibition of photography and oral testimony of the local response to the Corrib gas dispute at Comhlamh, 12 Parliament Street, Dublin at 7pm tomorrow night.

Reddy writes:

Given how the communities all over the country are facing a Rossport-isation of policing with the water protests, this is one to highlight and attend. . Eye opening.

Rossport Residents Reflect On Resistance To The Corrib Project (Comlámh)

Rossport Residents Reflect On Resistance (Rashers Tierney,

90368976This afternoon.


Reveal at 5.30pm.

Update: Yes, it’s the Sally Gap , Co Wicklow. Congrats 3stella and Matt.

(Eamonn Farrell/Photocall ireland)



Sandyford Industrial Estate, Dublin at 5.15 this evening.

Thanks Stevo


The Grand Canal at Portobello, Dublin this evening.

Thanks Sheila



Thanks Alan Colohan


photoAnna Christofides (above) and barrier-free Greek Parliament last night


How’s that going?

Athens-based, Galway-born political scientist Anna Christofides writes:

Despite threats and scaremongering from the EU, Greek voters have spoken; “no more austerity” and “no more EU imposed governments”. The message is loud and clear, the task is less so.

It is early days for Syriza and the new Greek government and Greeks are nervous. Many believe that change will not come fast enough or be radical enough. However, the streets of Athens are already showing signs of change. The gradual militarisation which had taken hold of Athens’ city centre has been rolled back since the new Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, took office on Monday.

The barriers in front of the parliament have been removed and the buses of riot polices have disappeared from the streets. Just as a palpable feeling of depression and desperation descended on the city following the Troika bailout deals in 2010, now there is a tangible feeling of hope and cautious optimism.

Nonetheless, Syriza must tread carefully. Though they have been elected with a political mandate for change and to put an end to austerity, the reality is, their first battle may lie closer to home than with their European aggravators. The fact remains that the country is deeply divided. Though Syriza won the elections by a clear majority, 6% of the population continue to support the neo-nazi Golden Dawn party and 34% continue to support the parties that signed the memorandums and implemented devastating austerity measures which have left more than half of the country’s youth unemployed. Representing and satisfying such a conflicted and confused society is no mean feat.

Moreover, the country’s state institutions have traditionally supported and implemented the policies of Right and far Right governments. In turn, they themselves are supported by the country’s oligarchy, who, up until now, have proved untouchable. Syriza is well aware of this. It is no coincidence that they contacted the leaders of the Army and Police within one hour of the release of the first exit polls on Sunday evening, to confirm their trust for both of these institutions. Despite this, election statistics indicate that, once again, police were amongst the staunchest supporters of Golden Dawn.

In addition to the immediate domestic challenges there is extreme pressure from the European Left. The political investment in Syriza is collossal, the future of the entire European radical Left relies on their ability to demonstrate that a valid, political, alternative to the current neo-liberal status quo exists. With so much pressure there is no margin of error for Syrzia.

For those of us that long for a radical redistribution of power and wealth and fairer society for all, let us hope that they get it right.

Thanks Bewildered Student


KrugNobel cat-loving Economist Paul Krugman

…So now that [Alex] Tsipras [leader of Syriza] has won, European officials would be well advised to skip the lectures calling on him to act responsibly and to go along with their programme. The fact is they have no credibility; the programme they imposed on Greece never made sense. It had no chance of working.

If anything, the problem with Syriza’s plans may be that they’re not radical enough. But it’s not clear what more any Greek government can do unless it’s prepared to abandon the euro, and the Greek public isn’t ready for that.

Still, in calling for a major change, Tsipras is being far more realistic than officials who want the beatings to continue until morale improves. The rest of Europe should give him a chance to end his country’s nightmare.

Paul Krugman: Syriza should ignore calls to be responsible (Irish Times)



Top: Dort and Dom Kelly and from left: Jake, Luke and Josh. Above: Danish newspaper Nordjyeske .

An expat in trouble…

Sheila Larkin  writes:

These are my good friends Dorte and her husband Dom Kelly. I first met Dorte in 1999 when she lived and worked here in Dublin. She was one of the nicest people working in HMV on Henry Street. She met her future husband Dom, who originates from Tallaght. They moved to Dorte’s home country of Denmark in 2003 and they got married in 2004.They have since had the wonderful Luke (aged 3) and twins Jake & Josh (aged 18 months).
Recently Dorte had invasive surgery to remove 3/4 of one lung to save her from lung cancer.They then lost their house to a very serious and dangerous mould, which their home insurance wont cover. Their luck has been horrendous. For them and their three boys, two of whom have their own health problems.
They are stuck, they are running out of money to pay the rent for their new accommodation. They need to either fix their current house, which is now worthless due to the mould but still paying a mortgage on. Or find a new house to buy. Both options need money they don’t have.
Dorte’s work colleague have set up this fundraiser to help.
Their full story can be found here (see fundraiser link). Trust me when I say you won’t me nicer people than the Kelly’s of Vrå. And I want to help them. I hope you can too. Even if it’s just a Euro, I know Dorte and Dom would be forever grateful.

William HamiltonNativity.

By Dublin-born photographer William Hamilton.

William writes:

This picture was taken in County Mayo, in the lead up to Christmas. As I drove by I laughed, and I had to turn the car around, pull in, and take the shot. To me it is a uniquely Irish scene. There was obviously care taken assembling the figures, and its got the religious element, but sometimes over here we might not be the best with the finer details. The old car trailer parked in a mucky pathway was the funny part for me. Also it kind of looks like it may have been abandoned there. But I like the fact that someone put this together, for the passers by…

This week’s Le Cool Dublin issue

A chat with William