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Campaigners have condemned a council in Ireland for offering free car parking “to mark European Mobility Week a week which is associated with ‘car-free day’ and promoting a reduction of car use.

According to the EU website for European Mobility Week, the aim of the week includes to “find innovative solutions to reduce car-use.”

European car-free day is on Friday, but Galway County Council is promising free car parking on that day.

Council Offer Of Free Parking On Car Free Day Criticised (

Free Parking In County For European Mobility Week (Galway Bay FM)

Thanks Ruadhán MacEoin

Aine Philip writes:

The Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment announce the creation of a series of beautiful, hand-painted, stitched and embroidered banners, which will be carried in procession at the upcoming March for Choice on September 30th in Dublin.

The banners are inspired by the Suffragette, Labour, Sodality and Guild groups and all those who have sought social change through cultural means.

…The Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the 8th Amendment was founded in 2015 by Cecily Brennan, Eithne Jordan, Alice Maher and Paula Meehan. To date, 3,000 of Ireland’s artists, musicians, actors, dancers, writer and poets, have signed up to the campaign.

Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the 8th 

March for Choice (September 30, 2017)



Via the Arbortiion Rights Campaign (ARC):

It’s Time to Act. We have waited too long. We have been patient for too long. We are tired of waiting. We need to act. Our government needs to act.

And YOU need to act! Join us at 6th Annual March for Choice (September 30) to make your pro-choice voice heard, this is your last chance before a referendum is called.



This afternoon.

National Ploughing Championship, Screggan, Tullamore, County Offaly

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar  and European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan join National Ploughing director Annie May McHugh (in red) on the third day of the championship.

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Nothing is that funny.

Or is it?

We may never know.

Garda Keith Harrison and Marissa Simms

The Disclosures Tribunal resumed on Monday in Dublin Castle.

This section of the tribunal does not pertain to Sgt Maurice McCabe but, instead, to Garda Keith Harrison.

Readers will recall how Garda Harrison, who was previously stationed in Athlone, claims he first raised his suspicions that a garda was involved in the distribution of drugs in Athlone in November 2008 but that nothing happened on foot of making his suspicions known.

Garda Harrison later arrested this same garda for drink-driving in June 2009 and claims his working life has been made difficult ever since.

This section of the tribunal is expected to run until around October 3.

Specifically, Supreme Court judge Peter Charleton, who is overseeing the proceedings, is currently tasked with investigating the tribunal’s term of reference ’n’ – which is “to investigate contacts between members of An Garda Siochana and TUSLA in relation to Garda Keith Harrison”.

This arises out of a visit made by social worker Donna McTeague to Garda Harrison and his partner’s home in Donegal in which Ms McTeague spoke with the children in the home in early 2014.

According to the tribunal’s opening statement, Garda Harrision and his partner claim that this visit had “profound effects” on them both.

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This morning.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2

European Parliament Brexit Co-ordinator, Guy Verhofstadt meets Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister of State for Mental Health European Affairs, Helen McEntee…

Ahead of a joint sitting of the Oireachtas Committees on European Affairs, Foreign Affairs, and the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement, where  Mr Verhofstadt said he wanted to deliver a “message of solidarity” with the Irish people.

“What we will never allow is that Ireland will suffer from the British decision to leave the EU,” he said.

“That is a commitment that has been made by the European parliament and by the EU as a whole.”

He also said the EU must also ensure that there is no return to the past, and to hard borders on our continent “and certainly not to a hard  border between Northern Ireland and the Irish Republic,” he added.

Verhofstadt tells Dáil EU will not allow Ireland suffer due to Brexit (RTÉ)

Leah Farrell/Rollingnews

Gav writes:

I know you don’t normally do this, but I was wondering could you share our event as some of your readers might be interested?

We’re running a FREE event @MVP [29 Upper Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8] tonight at 7pm (CreateSound Social) to support local producers and hopefully help boost some more home-grown electronic music.

For this one we’re delight to have Bell X1’s Glenn Keating giving some demo/tips along with other performances and DJ’ing local Irish electronic.

All welcome, from bedroom producers, to people just interested in having a gander. Chat, collaborate, have a mooch…

Anyone looking to play or get feedback on their own tracks can bring them along on a USB key and we’ll shtick them on…

Social (Producer Lounge)

This morning.

Ryanair AGM, Dublin

Asked about the pilots’ rejection of the company’s bonus scheme to encourage them to give up annual leave to address staff shortages, he said the Ryanair may have to take back one week of the pilots’ four week block of leave.

He said Ryanair was entitled to do this under their contracts.

Mr O’Leary said that much of the discontent was fuelled by unions among Ryanair’s competitors, and he pledged that the current difficulties would not lead to unionisation at the carrier.

Meanwhile, 33 Ryanair bases have now rejected the airline’s bonus scheme with further details from other bases expected later.

RTÉ News has seen documents which raise the possibility of a work-to-rule by pilots, which would significantly worsen the current disruption to flights at the airline.

O’Leary plans pilots’ holiday switch to solve cancellations “mess” (RTÉ)

But he [O’Leary] appeared unwilling to give any ground in his stand-off with pilots, instead threatening to cancel their time off and questioning the extent of their talents.

He said any that were due to take a four-week break in the next few months could be forced under the terms of their contract to delay one of those weeks until January.

He added: “Once you are trained and skilled at doing it … I would challenge any pilot to explain how this is a difficult job or how it is they are overworked or how anybody who by law can’t fly more than 18 hours a week could possibly be suffering from fatigue.”

Ryanair boss says he may force pilots to change holiday plans (Henry McDonald, The Guardian)