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From top: Eric Locke; Dr Seán Ó Domhnail

This afternoon, Erick Locke was  found guilty  at the Central Criminal Court of murdering Sonia Blount at a room in the Plaza Hotel, Tallaght, Dublin 24  on February 16, 2014.

Further to this…

Sam M writes:

Man uses fake Facebook profile to lure ex. girlfriend  to a hotel room.

Brings along with him a “pellet gun, Stanley knife and cable ties”. But only to “frighten her” he claims. When she screams, the mother-of-one is “strangled and suffocated”.

His psychiatrist testifies in court “that he had intended tying her to a chair and forcing her to listen to an account of his suffering, but didn’t intend to kill her.”

Locke is suffering from Pervasive Developmental Disorder, he says.

Prosecuting barrister Remy Farrell describes the psychiatrist as “wholly unreliable” adding that “his lack of familiarly with the evidence is simply stunning.”

Defence barrister Patrick Gageby agrees that the psychiatrist appears poorly prepared but said he was ‘not so sure’ that the diagnosis of PDD was challenged.

Well today it was.  Locke will receive a mandatory life sentence.

Who is the psychiatrist? Dr Seán Ó Domhnaill, leading member Youth Defence since its foundation and spokesperson for the group in the 1990s and 2000s.

Eric Locke found guilty of murder of Sonia Blount in hotel room (RTÉ)

Defence insists Eric Locke had mental disorder at time of killing (Irish Times, May 19, 2017)

Stop that.

No one’s that happy.

This afternoon.

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Dustin The Turkey, with Stephen and David Flynn of The Happy Pear and Ray D’Arcy launch Ireland’s biggest “free summer festival”, Laya Healthcare’s City Spectacular.

The festival takes place this in Dublin’s Merrion Square on July 7th-9th and Cork’s Fitzgerald Park on July 15-16, entry is free.

*gobble, gobble*


Gardaí are appealing for help in trying to find Iris Innocent, above, aged 14.

Iris was last seen in Balbriggan, Co Dublin, last Saturday morning.

Iris is approximately 5’ 4’’ tall, of thin build, with black hair, brown eyes. She wears black glasses.

Anyone who has seen Iris, or can help in locating her, is asked to call Balbriggan Garda Station at (01) 8020510, the Garda Confidential Telephone Line on 1800 666 111 or any Garda station.

Pic: Garda Press Office

Chief Executive Officer of Tusla Fred McBride

You may recall how a false allegation of child abuse against Sgt Maurice McCabe was circulated by Tusla.

Further to this…

[Chief Executive Officer of Tusla] Mr [Fred] McBride later issued a personal apology to Sergeant [Maurice] McCabe over the mistake, but now says he has never experienced such “unprecedented” levels of scrutiny in over three decades in social work and that it is difficult for Tusla employees not to perceive this as “hostility”.

Adding that he has “no problem” with scrutiny, Mr McBride said so much scrutiny at the same time is acting as a distraction and that there had been some hysterical reaction to Tusla’s involvement in the controversy.

He was speaking at the launch of Tusla’s Child Protection and Welfare Strategy 2017-2022 which provides a roadmap to streamlining services offered by the agency and ensuring consistency of service provision throughout the country.

Previously: A ‘Failure To Delete’ Error

Charleton Schedule

Tusla inquiries are a ‘distraction’ says chief executive (Ciaran D’Arcy, The Irish Times)

*rubs change*

This afternoon

Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.

Fine Gael Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launches his policy document, Taking Ireland Forward, as part of his campaign for the Fine Gael Leadership.

Courage-free Tory Boy cheat us all.



Mr Varadkar mentioned air traffic control as one of the essential public services – as well as transport services such as the Luas – that might be precluded from strike action following a Labour Court recommendation.

In another manifesto pledge, he said he would abolish the “help to buy” scheme for first time buyers if it was shown to increase house prices.

Mr Varadkar said he would replace a key policy of his main rival, Minister for Housing Simon Coveney.

The money saved from scrapping the income tax refund would be used to set up a fund to incentivise older people to move out of larger homes.

Leo Varadkar says he will ban public sector strikes in ‘essential’ areas (Irish Times)


Democracy calls.

Jill Bryson writes:

Please remind your readers that all UK-resident Irish citizens can vote in UK general elections and that the deadline to register for this one is tonight at precisely 11.59 p.m.

Registration here is quick and painless.

Every vote for the coalition of chaos counts.


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