Author Archives: Bodger

This afternoon.


A separate allegation.

‘Little Sewing Tree’ totes and aprons in retro, spotty and Roald Dahl

Some bags for your stocking?

Alan Daly writes:

My wife Sarah hand makes bags and aprons etc from our home in Skerries [County Dublin], her company’s name is Little Sewing Tree and there’s a Facebook page (at link below) where you can order from. They can accept debit/credit card and paypal and can ship anywhere.

Little Sewing Tree (Facebook)

Irish-made stocking fillers to marked ‘Irish-Made Stocking Fillers’. No cost.

This lunchtime.

Jo;Burger, Castlemarket, Dublin 2

For the #IrishCoffeeDay that’s in it.

Sinead writes:

TWO Irish Coffees for €10 right now on the terrace of Jo’Burger in Castlemarket, until 6pm.

All proceeds to Movember.

It’s freeeeeezing today in Dublin, and it’s Friday. What more of an excuse do you need?



Stop that.

Pru Leith

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Via RTE:

Business woman and cancer survivor Majella O’Donnell and rugby analyst Brent Pope will join Ray this week to discuss mental health and talk about their experiences.

…Food writer and broadcaster Pru Leith from Great British Bake Off will be in studio to chat to Ray about filling Mary Berry’s shoes…

Some of RTÉ’s favourite weather presenters Joanna Donnelly, Gerry Murphy and Michelle Dillon will be in studio to chat to Ray about our obsession with the weather…

Stevie the Robot, which was created by a team working out of Trinity College, is a robot designed to assist the elderly and those disabled. Stevie is the first of its kind to be built in Ireland and… Ray will have the first live TV interview with Stevie in studio.

*removes batteries from remote*

The Ray D’Arcy Show on at 10.10pm on RTÉ One.

Pic: Channel 4

Former Fine Gael Senator Niamh Cosgrave and her French Spaniel

A former Fine Gael senator has revealed she was inappropriately touched three times by TDs and councillors while canvassing for votes.

Niamh Cosgrave, who was a senator from 1993 to 1997, has recalled how her father insisted she be accompanied by a male driver for protection while travelling the country seeking support.

“It happened three times. It started with the knee and ‘oh you’re a lovely girl’. I’d cross my legs and then they’d touch my thigh,” she told the Irish Independent.

Ms Cosgrave, who was a victim of rape later in life, said she regrets not speaking about her experience sooner but felt unable to do so.

Ex-FG senator ‘was touched inappropriately three times’ as she was canvassing for votes (Kevin Doyle, Irish Independent)

Previously: ‘It’s Not A Dirty Little Secret’

Arsa Angolo

Self help in Irish with comedian Martin Angolo.

Cian McCarthy, from Macalla Teo (Dublin-based production company), writes:

We’ve just launched a new webseries in Irish with comedian Martin Angolo. The series is called Arsa Angolo and has just been launched on BLOC – TG4’s new social media page.

It’s the first time they’ve commissioned a scripted comedy series for the web.

In the series Martin gives life advice, such as – how to find love, become an internet sensation and how to make it as a busker.

Bloc TG4

Taoiseach wants ‘firm commitment’ from Britain on Irish border (RTE)

Former Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and former Minister for Justice and current Tanaiste France Fitzgerald

This morning.

Further to questions remaining over what former Minister for Justice Frances Fitzgerald and the Department of Justice knew of the legal strategy which was employed against Sgt Maurice McCabe during the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation in 2015…

Because, readers will recall, the legal strategy of the then Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan was outlined at the commission but later dropped after Sgt McCabe proved claims made by the legal counsel for Ms O’Sullivan, and claims outlined in a five-page letter by the Chief State Solicitor Eileen Creedon, now a High Court judge, were untrue…

And how nothing of this abandoned strategy was recorded in the commission’s final report…

And how the Secretary General of the Department of Justice Noel Waters announced he’s stepping down in February – within hours of the Dail hearing of reports of a phone call from Ms O’Sullivan’s office to Mr Waters on May 15, 2015 – the same day Sgt McCabe delivered his first blow to Ms O’Sullivan’s legal strategy…

Daniel McConnell, in the Irish Examiner, writes:

Dáil chairman, Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghail, is “considering” a fresh complaint from Labour TD Alan Kelly over information he sought over the treatment of Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.

Mr Ó Fearghail yesterday received new correspondence from Mr Kelly and he is now taking the matter under consideration for adjudication, a spokeswoman for the Oireachtas said.

Alan Kelly in fresh Maurice McCabe complaint (Irish Examiner)

Previously: What Is Going On?

Absence Of Malice