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Another Rolling Stones post?

This afternoon.

Maurice Sadlier tweetz:

Love it – Grafton Street just now #together4yes grandfathers for yes @Together4yes

In fairness.

Thanks Orla


This morning.

At Cookestown Industrial Estate in Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Election Warehouse Manager Michael Leonard inspects the ballot boxes to be used in tomorrow’s referendum on the Eighth Amendment.

Here we go.

Previously: Span Thou Ballot

Sam Boal/

From top: Mark Hennessy and the scene of his fatal shooting in Cherrywood, County Dublin on Sunday

Via Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission:

An investigation by GSOC into the circumstances surrounding the fatal shooting of a 40-year-old man at Cherrywood Business Park, Co Dublin on Sunday last is ongoing. Following the post mortem, and the issuing of the required notifications of the GSOC investigation to the relevant parties, GSOC can confirm the following:

The incident was referred to GSOC under section 102 (1) of the Garda Síochána Act 2005 as amended (“the 2005 Act”) at 20.43 on Sunday 20 May. Section 102 (1) requires the Garda Commissioner to refer to GSOC “any matter that appears to the Garda Commissioner to indicate that the conduct of a member of the Garda Síochána may have resulted in the death of, or serious harm to, a person”.

A team of GSOC investigators from Cork were at the scene from 23.50.

A garda service weapon was recovered from the scene by GSOC. The remaining ammunition and one spent cartridge was located in the firearm. A Stanley knife was subsequently recovered from the vehicle, the Nissan Qashqai, which had been the subject of a garda alert in the preceding hours.

A post mortem on Monday 21 May established that the man identified as Mark Hennessy had been shot in the shoulder, and that the bullet entered his torso causing fatal injuries. The deceased was in the driver’s seat at the time of the shooting. Other wounds consistent with self-harming were noted on his body.

GSOC investigators are in the process of collecting evidence including video footage of the incident. In particular GSOC is in possession of a recording from the ANPR camera of the Garda traffic car which was at the scene. CCTV recordings from premises in the vicinity have been provided to GSOC investigators. Witnesses are being identified and contacted in the ordinary way.

Following a preliminary examination of the incident under s. 91 of the 2005 Act, GSOC is now undertaking an investigation under s. 98 of the 2005 Act, , which is for incidents that appear to involve offences. Under the provisions of s. 98 of the 2005 Act GSOC investigations have, for the purposes of the investigation, all the powers, immunities and privileges and duties imposed on members of the Garda Síochána.

GSOC has appointed a family liaison officer (FLO) to engage with the family of the deceased man.

A statement from GSOC last night into the fatal  shooting of Mark Hennessy (top), a suspect in the murder of student Jastine Valdez.

Fatal shooting at Cherrywood Co Dublin on Sunday 20 May 2018 (GSOC)

Previously: Mark Hennessy on Broadsheet

Pics: YouTube/Press Association

Circular from The Emmanuel House of Providence, Clonfert, County Galway


Fran Greene writes:

So much for the Jesus of compassion. They still don’t get it. Control of people is all that matters…

Emmanuel House

Eddie Stones?

The Saw Doctors – Everyday

A song about abortion and Ireland From The Sawdoctors’ third album Same Oul Town (1995) with a new video by Cian Brennan.

Ana Cosgrave, creator of the REPEAL project jumpers, writes

“This is the only song written about the women who travel Everyday from Ireland to access abortion services abroad and this collaboration with the Saw Doctors brings these women’s stories to life. In it we see a diverse range of Irish women, all of whom are voting Yes tomorrow, representing the women who travel. For me this song is a clarion call for care and compassion.”


This morning.

Dublin 3.

Thanks Some Dad


This evening.

O’Connell Street, Dublin 1

A women protesting for a No Vote after she said she had “lost too many of her own children” demonstrates before ROSA activists dressed as Handmaids advocating a Yes vote in Friday’s referendum.

Sam Boal/RolllingNews

This afternoon.

Project Arts Centre, Dublin 2

The Hunreal Issues brought some of ‘Ireland’s top influencers’ together  to remind people to “come out and use their vote” on Friday: from left, Sonya Lennon, James Kavanagh, Anouska Proetta, Brandon, Sinead Burke, Brendan Courteny, Holly Carpenter and James Patrice.

Pic: Mark Stedman

This afternoon.

Mount Street, Dublin 2

Feminist Ailbhe Smyth and Minister for Health Simon Harris TD  at the Yes Campaign launch of their mobile banners.


This morning.

The Alexander Hotel

A Save The 8th press conference  featuring, from left: Abigail Malone, John McGuirk and Niamh Ui Bhriain.


This morning.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2

A cross Party group of self-described ‘left-wing TDs’ calling for a Yes vote on Friday including Catherine Murphy. Mick Wallace, Clare Daly and Gino Kenny.


This morning.

From left Noel Whelan, Elaine Bedford and Sinn Fein party leader Mary Lou McDonald during a press conference for Together for Yes abortion Eighth Amendment in their Headquarters inDublin. Ms Bedford whose daughter took abortion pill spoke about the danger of unsupervised access.



This afternoon.

The Alexander Hotel, Dublin 2

Love Both campaigners following a press conference campaigning on people to vote No on Friday.


This afternoon.

Merrion Square, Dublin 2

Former President of the IFA Eddie Downey (left) with Fine Gael Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine Michael Creed as they join members of ‘Farmers for Yes’ in calling for a Yes vote.