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From top: A Panda Waste Management lorry; RTÉ’s Mary Wilson


The Irish Times reported that a new pilot scheme by Panda Waste Management will involve cameras being installed on bin lorries used in Fingal, Co Dublin, to record what householders are putting into their chipped green recycling bins.

The aim is to identify who is putting black bin rubbish, for which there is a charge, into their green bins, which are free, and to fine householders who do so.

The plan is that photographs of the offending rubbish will show who is contaminating their green bins.

The Irish Times reported:

It was revealed on Wednesday that 160 containers of waste for recycling in China were stopped in Rotterdam because of contamination. The rejected waste is being sent back to Ireland at a cost to the recycling industry here of some €500,000.

“It’s a Dublin problem,” says John Dunne, domestic director of Panda, interviewed at the company’s huge Regional Material Recovery Facility in Ballymount industrial estate in west Dublin.

“For every 100 tons that comes in here for recycling, 40 tons is pure sh*te –nappies, clothes, food and garden waste – there’s no other word for it. All stuff that doesn’t belong there. We’ve had dead dogs put in recycling bins.”

Further to this…

On RTE’s Drivetime last night, presenter Mary Wilson spoke to Dublin City Councillor Cieran Perry and Managing Director of the Recycling Division in Panda Waste, Des Crinnion.

Following the Drivetime slot…

Cunning Hired Knaves writes…

“So you think it’s just to avoid paying bin charges, the bad behaviour”, Wilson asked, and asked why people could not go along to a local authority facility and recycle there instead. It was a curious question, since as far as I know, there are no nappy recycling facilities in existence. And even if there were, it is hard to imagine people loading up with dirty nappies to make the journey.

Perry said that in so far as the general public was mixing recycling waste with normal waste, a lot of it was likely down to ignorance, of not knowing what could and what could not be recycling. Crinnion for his part was keen to emphasise that a lot of it amounted to laziness. That is – though he was not drawn on this point – a lot of lazy parents putting nappies into green bins.

Wilson then asked how much was down to ignorance, how much was down to laziness, and how much was down to ‘couldn’t care less’, having apparently opted to set to one side the matter of cost, and the more general question -proposed by Perry- of how waste collection ought to be funded.

In response to Perry’s suggestion that more education would be a more cost-effective means of ensuring proper recycling, Wilson wondered how much more education people needed. “Every child in junior school up is taught about the green flag and recycling and composting and everything else.” Perry countered, not unreasonably, that people were generally aware about recycling, but not necessarily aware, in the specific case of green bins, of what could be recycled and what could not.

Mary Wilson then asked Crinnion about the roll-out of the scheme, and noted that it would be “the citizens of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown first. They’re probably the best behaved, are they?”. The attempt at jocularity could scarcely conceal the class contempt that motivated the question: less affluent locations could be presumed to be worse behaved.

…Prevailing views on household waste production come with a moralistic streak, often encapsulated in the view that ‘the polluter pays’. In the case of homes where there are babies, the polluter in question is someone who cannot help it. All other things being equal, the weight of a bin for a home where there are babies in nappies is far greater than that of a home where there are no nappies used. And they fill up more quickly: we took out the black bins with far more regularity when subjects to the nappy regime.

Hence the costs of waste disposal for homes where there are babies are far higher than those where there are not. Not everyone with babies in nappies has the money at hand to pay for a black bin collection every time it becomes necessary, or, for that matter, the presence of mind required to always throw the right waste into the right bin. That kind of thing is often quite hard, when there are babies to be fed and cleaned, and a home to be maintained.

Thus beneath the moralising disciplinary talk about ‘laziness’ and ‘bad behaviour’, there is the brute fact of a waste disposal regime that penalises poorer parents with babies, one more indication that we have no responsibility for other people’s children, or their welfare. Moreover this regime can only but penalise poorer single parents -usually mothers – even more.

But the consequences of this regime are cast by the public broadcaster – through the words of a private company representative- in terms of the virtue of the rich and the wilful vice of the poor. What is all this, if not a form of widespread pollution?

RTÉ: Trash on the airwaves (Cunning Hired Knaves)



Are you in London?

The London Irish Abortion Rights Campaign team writes:

We are is thrilled to announce an incredible comedic line-up for our Stand Up for Choice fundraising event next month.

Father Ted creator Graham Linehan and panel show regular Sarah Pascoe are among those performing and the spectacular Tiffany Stevenson will be acting as MC for the night on March 28th In the Irish Arts Centre, Camden…

Tickets on sale here

London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign


‘Social Mediocrity’

Created by ‘sheet commenter sǝɯǝɯʇɐpɐq and “his friend who did most of the work”.

The animated short (above) was supposed to open our show last night and this episode was to close proceedings.

Technical difficulties forced us to park them until this morning.

Social mediocrity” will be a regular feature of future shows.

You can watch last night’s show in its entirety here.

Suggestions, grumbles, etc. below

Last night: Broadsheet on the Telly: Episode 3


From top: Last Monday and Tuesday’s Irish Independent

Of the Independent’s subtle Fine Gael leadership campaign coverage…

Noel Whelan, writing in today’s Irish Times

Independent newspapers in particular seem determined to make relationship status an issue in this race. I have followed media coverage of Simon Coveney as closely as many political commentators over the past 16 years but I don’t think I have ever seen a picture of him with his wife or members of his family before the Independent decided to run one on its front or second page each day last Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.

These photos of Coveney were always juxtaposed beside one of Leo Varadkar on his own.

Independent newspapers have also run tittle-tattle stories about Varadkar’s own relationship and a series of columns devoted, at least in part, to suggesting that it matters who our taoiseach’s spouse would be.

It echoes the suggestion touted by Bertie Ahern’s opponents in the early 1990s that the “people needed to know where their taoiseach sleeps at night”. It was insidious then. One would have thought that 25 years later we would have moved on from such nonsense.

It is particularly strange that a newspaper would be doing this, whether for reasons of adding clickbait or colour to coverage of the leadership contest or due to other motives. We should judge our next taoiseach on his or her own ability to do the job and to exercise real authority and deliver stability to our politics. The sooner the changeover happens the better.

Noel Whelan: We are about to have another caretaker government (irish Times)



Leo Varadkar outside Him barbers, Ballygall, Dublin 9 today/strong>

“I’m not going to make my personal life and my family life an issue in any campaign and I hope and trust others won’t do either.:

Leo Varadkar announcing his Fine Gael leadership bid this afternoon.

Varadkar hopes personal life will not feature in leadership contest (RTÉ)


NO REPRO FEE 23/2/2017 Model Sarah Morrissey pictured at the official launch of the Dine in Dublin Taste Tour, Brought to you by Dublin Town. Dine in Dublin’s vintage bus will travel to various locations across the city centre from Thursday 23rd to Wednesday 1st March, offering the public the chance to experience exciting cooking demonstrations and to sample from some of the festival’s participating restaurants. For more information, visit www.dineindublin. ie #DineinDublin. Photo: Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland.

This afternoon.

Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Model Sarah Morrissey at the official launch of the Dine in Dublin Taste Tour from the people at Dublin Town.

Dine in Dublin’s vintage bus will travel to various locations across the city centre from today until Wednesday March 1 (details at link below] offering the public “the chance to experience exciting cooking demonstrations and to sample from some of the Dine in Dublin festival’s participating restaurants”.

Name that double decker anyone?

Also: was it for this?

Dine In Dublin

Leon Farrell/Rollingnews

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23/02/2017. Policing Authority . Pictured (LtoR) Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey and Garda Commissioner Norin O Sullivan speaking at the Policing Authority in the Griffith Conference Centre in Dublin this afternoon. Photo: Sam Boal/

Above: Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan and Assistant Garda Commissioner John Twomey at the Policing Authority

This afternoon.

The Griffith Conference Centre, Dublin.

Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan faces The Policing Authority.

“We welcome the fact we will be able to deal with these issues in a public forum,” she said.

Asked if she was concerned that public confidence in the Garda had been damaged she said the “overture of negative sentiment” undermined many institutions of the State.

“That is something that as police professionals we have to live with every day,” she said. “Am I concerned about it? Of course I am.

Nóirín O’Sullivan ‘welcomes tribunal’ into McCabe controversy (Conor Lally, Irish Times)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

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