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This evening.

Bray, County Wicklow.

The Stretch in your area to Broadsheet@broadsheet.ie.

From top: Eileen O’Riordan (centre) with two members of The Cranberries Mike Hogan and Noel Hogan at the University of Limerick; honorary cap and gown for the late Dolores O’Riordan 

This afternoon.

At the University of Limerick.

The university conferred Honorary Doctorates of Letters on the band members of The Cranberries.

Guitarist and songwriter Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler were all presented with the doctorates while Eileen O’Riordan, mother of the late singer Dolores O’Riordan, was presented with a posthumous Honorary Doctorate of Letters for her daughter.

Speaking at the ceremony, University of Limerick president Dr Des Fitzgerald said:

UL had initially planned to present these doctorates to The Cranberries in April 2017, however promotional and rehearsal commitments prevented the band from being available to accept the honour at that stage.

“It is with very sad regret that since that time the world and more importantly her family and band mates have lost Dolores O’Riordan and her incredible voice.

We very much appreciate her family’s presence here today and particularly her mother Eileen who is accepting this Honorary Doctorate on Dolores’ behalf.”

Thanks Sheena Doyle

Paediatric radiologist Gabrielle Colleran, from Galway

Earlier today.

Paediatric radiologist Gabrielle Colleran, from Galway, recalled the death of her father and called for reform of the Irish health system – namely timely access to quality healthcare.

She wrote…

Gabrielle Colleran

Top, from left: Chris Ciauri, Salesforce; Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe; Mark Hawkins, Salesforce; Taoiseach Leo Varadkar; Elizabeth Pinkham, Salesforce; and Dr. David Dempsey, Ireland Country Leader, Salesforce, earlier

This morning.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar, on his 40th birthday, officiated as US software giant Salesforce announced that it is adding 1,500 jobs over five years.

The company will establish ‘Salesforce Tower’ (above) an urban campus of four interconnected buildings located on North Wall Quay within Silicon Docks.

Reggie writes;

If these are basically call centre/customer support jobs, who will be able to afford Dublin rents?

Anyone?

Salesforce to create 1,500 jobs with Dublin investment (RTÉ)

Earlier: Not Fit To Hold A Candle

Gulp.

The Association of Women Travel Executives Ireland tweetz:

The following is an excerpt from the July 1943 issue of Transport Magazine…my how times have changed!! 😂

Or have they?

FIGHT!!!

Boris Johnson

This morning,

During his speech, Mr [Boris] Johnson {former British Foreign Secretary] said the answer was to “get back in the cab, turn around and face the real obstacles”.

He said Mrs [Theresa] May’s main concern should be to have the backstop on the island of Ireland removed and to use the transition period to come up with a new trade deal.

He added: “She can go back to Brussels, and she should go back to Brussels and say that the British House of Commons doesn’t accept the democratic consequences of the arrangement you have imposed in the form of the backstop. It’s got to come out.”

Boris Johnson: Abandoning Article 50 would be ‘pathetic’ (Sky)

Yesterday: Perfidious Albion, Duplicitous Hibernia

Rollingnews

Dundrum Garda Station, Dublin

The Irish Times reports:

A sportsman has been questioned and released after being arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault in Dublin last month.

He was arrested by appointment at Dundrum Garda station on Thursday night. Gardaí also took DNA samples from the man with his consent.

The alleged assault happened on the night of December 9th or early the next morning, when a complaint was made to gardaí. The woman has since made a formal statement to investigators, on foot of which the man was arrested.

Sportsman arrested over alleged sex assault in Dublin (Conor Gallagher, Ronan McGreevy, The Irish Times)

Pic: Mahoney Architecture

Noel Edmonds

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Fergus McCormack writes:

In his first chat show appearance since leaving the jungle, TV legend Noel Edmonds will join Ray to talk about his experience on I’m A Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here!

20-year-old model Kate Grant from Co. Tyrone will chat to Ray about recently being chosen as a brand ambassador for global cosmetics giant, Benefit…

Ray will also be joined by the five leaders of this year’s Operation Transformation. They’re already 50 pounds lighter after just one week but can they keep it going?

There’ll be a music performance from Mick Flannery…

And as the third anniversary of his death approaches, Nicole Ryan tells Ray about her brother Alex, who died after taking a synthetic drug in 2016, and how she is launching a drugs and alcohol awareness programme for secondary schools in his memory.

The Ray D’Arcy Show tomorrow  at 9.50pm on RTÉ One.

Pic: ITV

Ian Paisley Jnr

Brendan Hughes, in The Irish News, reports:

Ian Paisley billed a Belfast charity for almost £6,000 to fly first-class to a peace conference in New York.

Others travelling to the event from Ireland and Britain, including tánaiste Simon Coveney, flew in economy – more than 10 times cheaper in price.

Political opponents branded the DUP MP “truly shameless” for recouping the high-cost travel from a charity.

It is Mr Paisley’s latest lavish trip controversy after months of criticism and parliamentary probes over holidays in the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Ah here.

Ian Paisley claimed £6,000 from charity for first-class trip to New York (The Irish News)

Previously: Under The Spotlight Again

There Had Been Rumours

Pic: BBC

Rory O’Farrell, of the OECD, tweetz:

Ireland has the EU’s 3rd fastest rising house prices.

Meanwhile…

Earlier: Not Fit To Hold A Candle