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Elephants and rhinos at Dublin Zoo ahead of the zoo’s ‘Spooktacular Boo at The Zoo’ on Monday.

Cormac Coughlan, of Dublin Zoo, writes:

Dublin Zoo has announced a line-up of activities taking place next Monday, 31st October. From 12–4pm, visitors are invited to take part in an unmissable afternoon which will include a creepy animal trail, festive keeper talks as well as Halloween-themed arts and crafts!

Face painters will also be on hand to transform trick or treaters into friendly or scary Halloween characters for the annual monster-themed disco on the Great Lawn. What’s more, children who come to the Zoo dressed in costume get in for half price.

Spooktacular Boo At The Zoo (Dublin Zoo)

This morning.

At the Ashling Hotel in Dublin.

Spoken word artist Raneem Salah performs at a conference entitled Muslims in the Media: Challenging misconceptions organised by the Immigrant Council of Ireland.




John Collison, deputy head of asset recovery at Nama at time of Project Eagle sale


Nama officials are appearing before the Public Accounts Committee to discuss the sale of Project Eagle in light of the Comptroller and Auditor General’s report into the sale.

Those appearing include John Collison, deputy head of asset recovery at Nama at the time of the sale; Michael Moriarty, now the current head of asset recover at Nama; Alan Stewart, senior divisional solicitor; and Donal Rooney, former chief financial officer at Nama.



Today’s proceedings can be watched live here


Nama’s Project Eagle Anomaly

‘You Give Limited Information To Get The Answer That You Want’


A new Van Morrison single?

Oh go on then.

Pete Murphy writes

‘Every Time I See A River’, written by Van Morrison with lyrics by Don Black, also features Van on electric guitar, is the second single taken from Van Morrison’s 36th studio album, ‘Keep Me Singing’, which reached the number 4 spot in the UK official album charts and was met with widespread critical acclaim upon its release….


Further to yesterday’s publication of the Report on the Concentration of Media Ownership in Ireland – commissioned by Sinn Fein MEP Lynn Boylan – and advance copies being given to the Sunday newspapers at the weekend…

Fintan O’Toole, in The Irish Times, writes:

Yesterday’s Irish Independent carried no word of the media ownership report. The Sunday Independent did deal with it, but by way of comment rather than reportage. Liam Collins opened his Zozimus column on page 12 with a reference to “Yet another tiresome blog on the ‘worrying lack of plurality’ in the Irish media from that paragon of British liberalism, Roy Greenslade.”

Greenslade, who is professor of journalism at City University London, had posted a piece on his Guardian blog drawing attention to the report.

It is, of course, entirely legitimate for Collins to find Greenslade’s writing on the subject tiresome – that’s a matter of opinion.

What’s striking, though, is that the only account of the report that readers of the Independent titles received on Sunday and Monday was through an attack on another reporter whose views were discounted in advance because he is, of all despicable things, a paragon of British liberalism.

Those readers would have no idea what the report actually says. The substance of Collins’s take on it, indeed, is that no one should bother reading it.

… The essential point, however, is that the sum total of the information presented on this event in the Independent papers on Sunday and Monday was to the effect that Shinners, Brits, liberals and socialists (a range of targets for contempt to suit every taste) have produced a tiresome document that you, the reader, don’t need to know about.

Fintan O’Toole: Why some papers are ignoring a report on Irish media (The Irish Times)

Previously: High Concentration


Free today?

Will Secor writes:

Whether you’re craving a quick banger or simply looking to spice up your lunch life, Big Mickey’s Pop-Up has the sausage you need. Come taste our delicious Mickey’s between 11am and 4pm, today only, in Temple Bar’s Market Square, Dublin 2

All proceeds from the day will go to Movember Ireland, a charity devoted to men’s health. The Movember Foundation focuses on the biggest issues affecting men’s health, including prostate and testicular cancer and mental health.