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This morning.

Helix Theatre, DCU, Collins Avenue, Dublin 9

The cast of The Helix Panto, Beauty and the Beast present am oversized cheque for €12,000 to Temple Street Children’s Hospital raised from the cast’s designated charity show.

The Helix Panto staged a special performance of Beauty and the Beast, starring tenor, Paul Byrom (Gaston), Orla Jennings (Belle) and Chris Corron (The Beast), where ALL proceeds raised on the night went directly to Temple Street Children’s Hospital.

Marketing Manager of The Helix, Louise Phelan, sez:

“Achieving a remarkable donation of €12,000 through our audiences and knowing how much it will help the hospital has given all of us a great sense of fulfillment and pride today’.”

In fairness.

Behind you!

Stop that.

The Helix Theatre

Thanks Ian

This afternoon.

The Church of Saint Ailbe, Ballybricken, County Limerick.

Outside the funeral mass for Dolores O’Riordan, Limerick native and lead singer with ‘The Cranberries’.

WATCH: ‘Her talent was worth its weight in gold’ – Dolores O’Riordan’s funeral takes place in Limerick (Limerick Leader)

VIDEO: Dolores O’Riordan’s duet with Pavarotti echoes through Ballybricken as famiy bids final farewell (

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews

From top: Former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan; Maurice and Lorraine McCabe this morning.


Former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan is continuing to give evidence to the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle about the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation.

Olga Cronin is there and ‘sheet tweeting on the evidence given so far today.

For the first time the public heard Ms O’Sullivan speak about her knowledge of the false rape allegation that was levelled against Sgt McCabe in documentation circulated between Tusla and An Garda Siochana in 2013 and 2014.

Readers will recall how, on May 16, 2014, then Asst Commissioner Kieran Kenny sent a letter to the the then Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan’s office, with the wrong referral attached.

The letter included the line:

“You will note that the allegation identifies the alleged perpetrator as Maurice McCabe.”


Ms O’Sullivan has told the tribunal she can’t remember getting the false referral when it was sent to her by Mr Kenny.

Readers will recall it was May 2014 when Sean Guerin SC recommended that a Commission of Investigation be carried out into Sgt McCabe’s allegations of malpractice in Cavan/Monaghan – giving rise to the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation.

In the summer, Ms O’Sullivan’s former private secretary told the tribunal that he was of the understanding she had read it in May 2014.


The tribunal heard of two letters that Mr Walsh sent to Asst Comm Kenny – in which he clearly stated “I am directed by the Commissioner” – asking for further details on any follow-up action on foot of Mr Kenny learning this allegation was false.

This morning.

Ms O’Sullivan told the tribunal that she read Mr Walsh’s evidence and doesn’t dispute it.

However, she said she had “no recollection of that letter being brought to my attention”.

She repeated: “I don’t remember it”.

Kathleen Leader BL, for the tribunal, asked Ms O’Sullivan, given timing of the O’Higgins Commission and her receipt of the false referral – and the level of interaction between her and the department  about Sgt McCabe – if she had ever shared any information about this false referral with the Department of Justice or any Department of Justice officials.

Ms O’Sullivan said she didn’t and it would have been “very inappropriate [to do so] even if I had seen it”.

Ms O’Sullivan said when the issue of the false rape allegation arose in 2017 (presumably because of tribunal), she learned the referral sent to her office was “filed on a different file to deal with Ms D as opposed to McCabe file”.

She said, in light of referral being in Ms D’s file as opposed to Sgt McCabe’s, that perhaps its relevance to Sgt McCabe was “not immediate” to her.

The tribunal continues.

Olga’s tweets can be followed here

Earlier: Unforgettable


This morning.

Dublin Castle, Dublin 2

Disclosures Tribunal fan Peter Behan (top) nabs signatures from Former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and Sgt. Maurice McCabe of a copy of Force Of Justice: The Maurice McCabe Story by Michael Clifford.

Not the most appropriate time perhaps.

But fair play, in fairness.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Last night.

Fairview, Dublin 3.

Ailish Lally writes:

Great parking by [Independent TD] Mick Wallace –  He was in the local shop across the road – managed double yellow lines & almost entire footpath...

…That area is treated like a car park & I wanted to use this as a high-level example in the hopes it will contribute to a solution :-)

Kids United – Les lacs du Connemara

Ted writes:

This new rendition of Michel Sardou’s “Les Lacs du Connemara” appeared on my YouTube feed today. But was the video really shot in the west?

We may never know.



This afternoon

Carlosfandango writes:

‘Hugh’ deep in thought…Name that beach?

Half a Mars bar & package of Tayho Chaze n’nunion to the first correct entry…