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Mags Gargan, in The Irish Catholic, reports:

The Government does not know the cause of death of the majority of the asylum seekers who have died in State care in the last 10 years.

“While two people are recorded as dying as a result of suicide and one resident was stabbed to death, the “suspected cause of death” of over one third of the people who have died while resident in the direct provision accommodation system is unknown.

In response to a Freedom of Information request from The Irish Catholic, the Department of Justice released figures which show that 44 people have died in the direct provision system between 2007 and 2017, including three stillborn babies and one “neonatal death”.

In 15 of the cases the Reception and Integration Agency (RIA) record the suspected cause of death as “unknown” or simply “died”.

Among those listed as unknown was a 41-year-old man who was “found in room by roommate” in 2008, a 53-year-old man who was “found dead in his bed at 9am” by his roommate in 2012, a 35-year-old man “found unconscious in room and died in hospital” in 2014 and another man in 2015 “found unconscious in room and died in hospital”.

Cause of one in three deaths in direct provision system is unknown (The Irish Catholic)

I write as a homeless citizen in my late 30s. My father had a house, a car and three children when he was my age.

The Irish capitalist system has failed my generation when it comes to housing rights. The laissez-faire housing strategy has failed us.

I call for a bailout of the sizeable homeless population of Ireland and the urgent utilisation of State power to act as social entrepreneur in resolving inequality of conditions as far as housing is concerned.

Only the bypass of market forces can resolve the situation. We cannot wait any longer for social justice.

Gavin Bushe,
Dublin 22.

A bailout for Ireland’s homeless (The Irish Times letters page)

Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan and new Chief Justice Frank Clarke

This afternoon.

Department of Justice

The Minister for Justice and Equality Charlie Flanagan at the presentation of the newly-published Irish version of the Rules of the Superior Courts to newly-appointed Chief Justice Frank Clarke, a life long supporter of Fine Gael.

Good times.


Before: Montague Street, Dublin 2

After: Montague Street today

Ultan Mashup writes:

Montague Street (Dublin 2) is not paradise. But there was no need to close the Post Office for locals and put up a bakery for the usual suspects in the locale. I thought PornDog (now closed) – also on same street – took the biscuit.

When are we going to have a debate about hipster and millennials’ gentrification in our cities?



This morning.

Samuel Beckett Bridge

Crane drivers and members of Unite Trade Union march this morning  to the Health Executive Authority to protest against what they claim are unsafe and non qualified crane drivers.

They are also looking for a pay increase from their current wage of 16.69 euro per hour to 24 euro per hour.

The row is further intensified by an inter-union spat with Siptu and Unite over which union represents the crane drivers.


Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Feargal Purcell writes:

An Post, has issued a stamp commemorating the centenary of the death of soldier, poet Francis Ledwidge, often referred to as ‘The Poet of the Blackbird’.

Designed by Detail, a Dublin design firm, the stamp features a portrait of the Irish poet and incorporates a photograph of a blackbird by nature photographer Lewis Bates.

The stamp (€1) along with a special First Day Cover (FDC) is available at leading post offices, the stamp counters at Dublin’s GPO or may be viewed and purchased online (at link below)

Irish Stamps