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Taylor Hynes – IOU

Ted writes:

Fantastic official video for Ireland’s Junior Eurovision 2028 entry I.O.U. featuring two familiar faces [Ireland’s 2018 Eurovision representative Ryan O’Shaughnessy and 1993 Eurovision winner Niamh Kavanagh] to Irish fans. Hope they keep this 7Os theme for the stage in Minsk! #nopenneysjumpers


Previously: A Song For Europe

Environmental stories take up less than 1% of airtime on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland – one 13th the airtime devoted to sport

This morning.

Via [environmental NGO] Gluaiseacht:

Gluaiseacht analysed two weeks of Morning Ireland broadcasts, separated by six months, in April and October.

It found environmental stories were covered for only 0.92% of the time, while sports news accounted for 12.41% of the broadcast time, dedicated business news was covered for 5.57% of the time, and Brexit coverage accounted for 10.69% of the broadcast time.

Only one feature story over the two weeks carried an environmental angle, a story about new research into how dandelion seeds fly….

Gluaiseacht member Eoin Ó Leidhin said,

“RTÉ and in this case Morning Ireland are failing to inform the public on environmental and climate change stories. We have seen from the aftermath of the BBC’s Blue Planet II series and the subsequent plastics campaign what public service broadcasting can achieve in mobilising the population for the common good. Yet RTÉ haven’t even had a standalone environmental correspondent since 2010, while in comparison they have lots of sports correspondents”.


This afternoon.

Dublin and Cork city centres.

Protests today following statements made during a trial in Cork last week in which a 27-year-old man accused of raping a 17-year-old girl was found not guilty.

Barrister Elizabeth O’Connell SC, for the accused, had asked the jury to consider what the woman was wearing, saying:

“Does the evidence out-rule the possibility that she was attracted to the defendant and was open to meeting someone and being with someone? You have to look at the way she was dressed. She was wearing a thong with a lace front.”

Earlier: Smalls Minded

This afternoon.

National Transport Authority (NTA) HQ, Dublin 2

National Transport Authority CEO Anne Graham and Deputy CEO Hugh Creegan at a press conference outlining details of phase one of the Bus Connects Core Bus Corridors project.

The proposed network aims to deliver ‘230kms of dedicated bus lanes and 200kms of cycle tracks along 16 of the busiest corridors’ in Dublin.


…most of the existing bus routes that flow into the centre of Dublin would be reorganised into seven simple spines.

Spines are very frequent lines. With a bus coming every 4 to 8 minutes all day, and even more frequently at peak hours, there is always a bus coming soon.

This high frequency makes it very fast to connect from one spine to another, as well as to other frequent lines like DART, Luas and the frequent orbitals.


Previously: Redesigning Dublin Bus

Sam Boal/RollingNews

This afternoon.

The motion tabled before Dublin City Council by Green Party Councillor Ciaran Cuffe reads:

That the ‘green man’ period at pedestrian signals throughout the city centre be increased by one second in order to better facilitate more vulnerable road users who would benefit from additional crossing time.”


Dublin councillors to vote on extending ‘green man’ time (Irish Times)


Tonight’s London Evening Standard






Clockwise from top left: UK Prime Minister Theresa May; former UK Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, DUP Leader Arlene Foster and Leader of the House of Commons Andrea Leadsom

This afternoon.

Theresa May and her Tory Cabinet ministers are in No 10 Downing Street to discuss a draft Brexit deal agreed by UK and EU negotiators.

The British Prime Minister told MPs in the House of Commons that the Brexit agreement reached by negotiators took the UK “significantly closer to delivering on what the British people voted for in the referendum.”

More as we get it.



This afternoon.

“I know for the unionist community in Northern Ireland this is quite a difficult time. Many of them may be feeling vulnerable, many of them might be feeling isolated and many of them may be quite worried about what may be agreed in the coming days.

I want to say to them the GFA [Good Friday agreement] will be protected and that includes a recognition that we respect the territory of the United Kingdom and that we respect the principle of consent, that there can be no change to the constitutional status of Northern Ireland unless a majority of Northern Ireland say so and we are very happy to have that written into any agreement.”

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar.

Brexit Deal Live (The Guardian)

Mad Scientist

Jeffrey Roe writes;

This was ade during Kino Spraoi [Kino is a film-making movement of short-films on little to no budget], a filmmaking hackathon last weekend in Tog Hackerspace. More films from the same weekend coming soon on our Youtube channel.

Tog Hackerspace

For €1,773 a month.

In Broadstone, Dublin 7.

Dublin Rental Investigator tweetz:

Another @Spotahome property seeking ‘Professionals’ which has 2 sets of bunk-beds crammed into a one-bedroom apartment not a two-bed as advertised. I reiterate the ESA 2000-2015 Intention to discriminate.


Today’s Irish Daily Star

Murtles writes:

Obviously The Irish Daily Star have learned nothing from this controversy judging by their condescending headline.

Yesterday: Free Tomorrow?