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The warehouse in County Louth last night (top) and this aftternoon (top)

Up to 90 vehicles seized by gardaí were destroyed in a fire at a warehouse in Haggardstown, County Louth last night.

The facility where the blaze broke out is owned by a local towing company which has a contract to store cars seized by local officers.

Emergency services were alerted to the fire at around 7.20pm last night and gardaí and fire units responded. No-one was injured in the blaze, but it burned out of control for several hours.

Ninety vehicles.

Rollingnews

Praise for Dundalk Fire Service after Haggardstown blaze (Dundalk Democrat)

Pics: Dundalk Democrat, Rollingnews

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The results of an Irish Examiner/ReachOut Ireland teen mental health survey “designed to capture the views of teenagers in Ireland in relation to youth mental health and the issues that affect them”.

Exams and school mostly.

Meanwhile…

#TeenMentalHealth Report Day 1: ‘I want it all to stop’ (Irish Examiner)

Screen Shot 2017-03-30 at 15.55.49From top: Deputy Commissioner Dónall O’Cualáin, Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, Deputy Commissioner John Twomey, and Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality; Independents 4 Change TD Mick Wallace; Noirin O’Sullivan

This morning.

In light of the latest Garda controversies.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan, along with Deputy Commissioners Dónall O’Cualáin and John Twomey, and Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn appeared before the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Justice and Equality.

Readers may recall a post from yesterday in relation to Assistant Commissioner Michael Finn’s announcement last week that Superintendent Pat Murray from Athlone had been appointed  to carry out the “fact finding” internal investigation in relation to the near one million false breath test figures and 14,700 wrongful convictions.

The post drew attention to the fact that, previously in the Dáil on December 15, 2015, Independents 4 Change TDs Mick Wallace and Clare Daly spoke about Superintendent Pat Murray.

Mr Wallace said of Superintendent Murray: “This is an individual who has harassed and bullied a Garda whistleblower to an awful degree for a long time.”

He also said that he would give the Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald proof of  Superintendent Pat Murray reclassifying crime figures.

During this morning’s meeting of the justice committee, Mr Wallace asked about Superintendent Pat Murray and the Garda’s internal investigation.

From the exchange…

Mick Wallace: “Senior garda indiscipline is not under the remit of the Policing Authority, right? But, Commissioner, it is within yours, right? And would you agree that there’s a problem around how Garda indiscipline is dealt with? Now, in line, in tune with the question, I wanted to ask if Superintendent Pat Murray had any involvement in the internal inquiry? You might answer that for me?

Noirin O’Sullivan: “Deputy, or chair again, I’ll take your direction on this. I don’t think it’s appropriate to speak about individual members and, you know, I’m not sure what the question specifically relates to but I’m happy to answer a question on a broader issue if you wish.”

Chairman Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin: “Deputy Wallace, can you maybe rephrase? Maybe relook?”

Wallace: “I just read a press report that Superintendent Pat Murray was actually involved in a, but I don’t know if it’s true or not. And I just wanted the commissioner to confirm if yes or no…”

Ó Caoláin: “Is their a relevance to you raising it….

Wallace: “There is yeah, it’s connected to…”

Ó Caoláin: “…To be careful again, in the context of what I cautioned members about, at the outset of the meeting, I’m not privy to what is in your question…”

Wallace: “I’m referring to a new internal investigation that the Commissioner is setting up. And I’m just wondering in light of the problems in dealing with indiscipline in the force, I’m wondering if, whether Superintendent Pat Murray, who has, is under, is the subject of a protected disclosure. And I’m wondering if he got a job involved in the internal investigation or not. Yes or no.”

Ó Caoláin: “Commissioner I, again, I’ve no advance indication of the questions such as this presenting. I appreciate that there are subliminal issues involved. You’re free to answer as you deem appropriate and, if the matter is inappropriate, in your opinion, I would accept that that is the case and we’ll move on.”

O’Sullivan: Well, chair, thank you. Deputy, what I can tell the committee here today is that commissioner Michael O’Sullivan is appointed to conduct the investigation and to establish the facts.”

Wallace:So you’re saying that Pat Murray is not involved?

Ó Caoláin: ” That, I think, I think, with respect, the Commissioner does not believe that that is appropriate in the context that you’ve raised. And I’m respecting that, deputy Wallace. Is that, that is your position, Commissioner?”

O’Sullivan: “Yes. The assistant commissioner is in charge of the investigation. There is nobody else in charge of the investigation.”

Wallace:So is he not involved in it?

O’Sullivan: “Not…”

Ó Caoláin: “Deputy Wallace, I ask you…”

Wallace: “All right, ok..”

Ó Caoláin:Can we move on please?

Wallace: “Right, I’ll move on. I realise it’s hard to get answers.”

Yesterday: Gasp

pope francisPope Francis

The pope, who is 80, “will do everything he can”, to attend the World Meeting of Families, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, a senior Vatican official, told journalists, as he announced plans and final dates for the ninth edition of the gathering of Catholic families.

The World Meeting of Families is to take place on 21-26 August.

Francis will be the first pope to visit Ireland since John Paul II in 1979.

Vatican confirms Pope Francis plans to visit Ireland next year (RTÉ)

Pic: Getty

 

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He saw it coming, in fairness…

In an interview from earlier this week Ian Bailey tells Olaf Tyaransen of Hot Press magazine of his likely arrest.

“I’m Going To be Arrested On Thursday” (Hot Press – subscription)

Yesterday: A Living Hell

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This morning/afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Members of the the disability movement highlight the Government’s failure to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – 10 years after a Fianna Fail-led government signed the convention on March 30, 2007.

Rollingnews

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This morning.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan before the Justice Committee:

Pressed to offer an explanation as to how the inaccurate recording happened, the Garda Commissioner said it could possibly relate to the fact that checkpoints were designed to be a preventative measure.

Perhaps it wasn’t as valued as detections“, she told Fianna Fail Deputy Jack Chambers, but said she did not want to detract from the diligent work done by gardai and said the process of establishing the facts was still ongoing.

Deputy Chambers pressed the garda delegation on whether a bonus system paid to senior gardaí could have played a part in the exaggerated figures.

The commissioner said she did not know the details of such a bonus system and agreed to come back to the committee.

Gulp.

More as we get it.

Watch Live here

Garda Commissioner before Oireachtas Committee (RTÉ)

Earlier: Dan Boyle: Rap Sheets In Blue

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Brave Giant – The Time I Met The Devil

With a video directed by award-winning filmmaker Fergus Costello.

Fergus writes:

Something you may be interested in, the video for Brave Giant’s new single “The Time I Met The Devil” which debuted on The Late Late Show last Friday.

From Drumlish Co. Longford, Brave Giant have already begun making waves around Ireland with a headline gig in Whelan’s sold out on the 22nd April with a new date announced for Friday the 21st April.

The video catches up with Father Damo Lennon, once again played by Joe Rooney, 20 years later, to see how he deals with the aftermath of an enormous party, hope you like!

Brave Giant

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from left: Gino Kenny,TD  Richard Boyd Barrett TD and Vera Twomey

This evening.

Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

A rally in solidarity with Vera Twomey and her seven-year-old Ava Barry who is suffering from a rare form of epilepsy called Dravet Syndrome.

Earlier this month, Ava’s mother Vera Twomey, walked  from Cork to the Dáil  to highlight her daughter’s need for THC-based cannabis oil to battle seizures.

Meanwhile, Minister for Health Simon Harriss this evening has asked a panel of doctors to draw up guidelines on how medicinal cannibis can be prescribed in Ireland.

Earlier: Free This Evening

Pics Niall Neligan