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This afternoon.

A smattering of the memes currently being deployed ahead of today’s Fake News Awards from the White House.

Can this end well?

YES YOU decide



Yesterday: Meme Stream Media

This morning.

Kerry Today on Radio Kerry.

In this morning’s programme we will bring you details of the Garda press conference in Caherciveen, which saw Gardai conclusively state that Joanne Hayes is not the mother of what was known as the Kerry baby, and issue an apology to her.

The press conference also appealed for information in relation to the death of the baby, found in Caherciveen in 1984, known as baby John.

Before we do that we are going to do something we don’t normally do as a current affairs programme – maybe even as a society – we are going to pause.

We are going to acknowledge:

The emotions and memories stirred by the words “The Kerry Babies” is something that cannot be understood in any other county, in any other place, other than right here in Kerry.

The rawness that is felt, undoubtedly by all those still involved, but also collectively in Kerry, by a people by a place. The instinct, even by many of our listeners yesterday to leave it all alone, to let it lie, to question what purpose could be served in dragging it all up again.

I was seven years old in 1984, yet like many others of my generation, as well as those older and probably younger on hearing the words the Kerry Babies there was a collectively flinching.

An involuntary instinct to pain.

Why because it is a memory of a painful time in this county.

But maybe after yesterday, the words can finally take on a different meaning.

Maybe when now spoken of the Kerry Babies in time will represent a turning point in our society.

In 1984 some institutions of the state sought to make a criminal case partly using a very available and powerful weapon at that time – shame.

But ultimately through the courage of Joanne Hayes and her family and the people of Abbeydorney – it began a process which we are still seeing now – where citizens speak their truth and the shame is placed where it deserves to lie – with institutions and individuals who abuse their power in the name of the state.

At best well intentioned Gardaí were found to have feet of clay, to have made mistakes in a desire to solve a child’s death – at worst it was a time when power was knowingly abused by others who placed their careers ahead of search for the truth.

Can any apology – and my experience of the Garda press conference yesterday is that apology is sincerely intentioned – given 34 years after an event make up for the trauma is caused and the shadows it cast on the Hayes family. Only they can know that, they have asked for and they deserve privacy at this time.

There may be other people listening to us this morning for whom the review of the case is causing huge and silent distress – I hope I speak for all our listeners when I say it is a different Kerry, it is a different time – and you find support waiting.

Yesterday also changed maybe for the first time “ The Kerry Babies” to where its focus should have always been to the Kerry Baby – to baby John found on White Strand in Caherciveen on April 14th 1984.

Baby John didn’t deserve the death he was given.

He didn’t deserve to be alone.

And Gardaí are now seeking help in his name.

A name that has been too long forgotten, and someone replaced by the name Hayes 34 years ago.

Baby John also deserves a voice, someone to speak up for him, someone to give him peace.

Yesterday we saw an unprecedented apology, we saw an organisation say sorry, maybe The Kerry Babies legacy should teach all of us to have the courage to admit when we are wrong.

Maybe it can help create an Ireland where we seek answers before we allocate blame, we can be mature enough to understand rather than judge, and to support rather than sacrifice.

Radio Kerry wasn’t on air in 1984, but since we came on air in 1990 we have sought to be means by which the people of Kerry tell their own story, in their own words.

Maybe now in Kerry and beyond the Kerry babies case can stand for something else.

Radio Kerry broadcaster Jerry O’Sullivan this morning

Radio Kerry

Earlier: It Was I Who Went On Trial

This morning.

Mark Sandys, Global Head of Beer, Diageo, at the launch of Open Gate Pure Brew, “a full flavoured, NON-ALCOHOLIC beer“.


Says Mark:

Fully brewed and fully fermented with an ABV of 0.5%, Open Gate Pure Brew is available in 330ml bottles and will be initially rolled out to 250 pubs in Dublin from January 2018 with wider distribution nationally in Ireland from March.


Open Gate

This afternoon.

A protest in Ballivor, Co Meath – against a proposed Scientology centre.

No change in planning permission required for Scientology drug rehab centre (Meath Chronicle)

Syntax suffices and hits this time
Your semantics practiced is in decline
Your pedantic static enterprise.
Is a tantrum: that of a neglected child.


Shots fired.

Bray rapper Leigh Michael goes below the fold in Acapella Archive, episode 18.

Leigh writes:

Today’s episode is a response to a comment hinting at the ‘private language’ and ‘Chinese Room’ arguments for potential philosophical themes to explore in verse. I’m also going to take the opportunity to explore the nature of online commenting.

Leigh Michael

Ronan Delaney writes;

Sneaky tricolour…


Improv maestro Neil Curran (him off the telly) writes:

The Tightrope is Dublin’s only twice weekly improv night taking place in Anseo [Camden Street, Dublin 2] and we are pleased to be launching our monthly theatre night at the Pearse Centre Theatre pPearse Street, Dublin 2] this coming Friday.

Kicking of the theatre season are two of Dublin’s top improv groups; Auto-Correbt with their “Choose Your Own Adventure” show and Jess’s’s’s with the Edinburgh Fringe hit, “Poetic Jesstice”.

Tickets €10/€8.

The Tightrope January Theatre Night 2018

This morning.

In Fordstown, Co Meath.

Tom Dillon tweetz:

Feeding the woolies in the SNER!!! Will shed them in a fortnight I reckon. Due 1st March.

“Two more detectives from Dublin came in. They were roaring, shouting and one of them slapped me across the face twice. I was crying the whole time. They really frightened me.”

Further to yesterday’s apology from An Garda Siochana to Joanne Hayes for the “stress” caused to her over the Kerry Babies case.

The above is taken from a clip of Ms Hayes speaking to RTE in 1985.

The footage was played on RTE’s Six One last night.

RTE’s Six One also played a clip from an interview Ms Hayes had with Gay Byrne on the Late Late Show in 1985:

Gay Byrne: “Did you not expect the tribunal to find as it did?”

Joanne Hayes:I didn’t expect a clap on the back but I didn’t expect they’d go so hard on me. After all, the tribunal was set up to look into the behaviour of the gardai but it was I who went on trial.”

And finally.

On last night’s Prime Time.

Dr Vicky Conway, an associate professor at Dublin City University’s School of Law and Government, and historian Diarmaid Ferriter discussed the Kerry Babies Tribunal.

Dr Conway said:

“Let’s not forget whether it was when she was being interviewed or the tribunal itself, she had just lost a child. This woman was grieving the loss of a child.

“And that was never really acknowledged in the tribunal.

“…when you read the reports and the transcripts of the tribunal, this was all about establishing Joanne as a liar, as a seductress, as a temptress

“…one of the things that gets lost as well, despite the State pathologist saying that Joanne did not kill her own child, Mr Justice Kevin Lynch ruled that she did. He says that she choked her child and hit it over the head with a bath brush and there is no evidence to support that.

“And yet she has to live with the fact that a judge said that about her, that she killed her child when she did not.”

Watch RTE’s Six One and Prime Time back in full here

Irish Feminist Judgment Project: Kerry Babies case (Vicky Conway,

Yesterday: Thirty Four Years Later



Joanne Hayes at the Kerry Babies Tribunal in 1985

“It is a matter of significant regret for An Garda Síochána that it has taken such a long time for it to be confirmed that Ms Hayes is not the mother of Baby John

On behalf of An Garda Síochána, I would like to sincerely apologise to Ms Hayes for that, as well as the awful stress and pain she has been put through as a result of the original investigation into this matter, which fell well short of the required standards.”

Garda Superintendent Flor Murphy, this afternoon

Baby John’s body was found at White Strand in Cahersiveen, County Kerry on 14 April, 1984 with multiple injuries and had died from stab wounds. The discovery of the body of a second baby on a farm near Abbeydorney outside Tralee, led to a tribunal of inquiry.

Gardaí arrested Joanne on the grounds that she had been pregnant by two different men and gave birth to both babies.

Gardaí apologise to Joanne Hayes for stress and pain over Kerry Babies case (RTÉ)

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews