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Broadsheet on the Telly begins its Summer season tonight streaming LIVE above and on our YouTube channel at the earlier, stretchier time of 10.45pm.

As darkness slowly creeps in, pull up a chair, spark up a fattie and join our panel as they shed daylight on the stories and themes of the week.

Tonight’s panel will include the return of controversial, Dundalk-based German Marcel Krueger who will explain his recent blitzkrieg on the Taste of Dublin festival.

Fight! All welcome.

Yesterday: Broadsheet Summer Time

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‘sup?

DSPCA writes:

We are appealing for a special home for Stevie, our adorable, blind hedgehog. He would love to live in a safe, walled garden. His adopter would need to provide food, water and a suitable nesting area.

If you are interested in adopting this lovely boy please pop into the shelter ( Mt Venus Rd, Newtown, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin). We are open seven days a week from 11 to 4.30.

Anyone?

DSPCA (Facebook)


Top: Taoiseach Leo Vardkar with Donald Tusk, President of the ERuropean Council in Brussels today

“That is ultimately a decision for them, however, and that may change. Countries can take positions, often very strong positions, they are often negotiating positions, and yet the final outcome might be more favourable.

While Britain says they intend to leave the customs union and the single market, they also say they want a Free Trade Agreement, and while many of the elements of a free trade agreement, while not being the same as the customs union, may not be that far from that.”

Taoiseach Leo Vardkar today following a meeting with Donald Tusk, President of the European Council.

FIGHT!

Varadkar says Ireland does not want UK to leave EU (RTÉ)

Pics via Donald Tusk

New Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy with Focus Ireland founder Sister Stanislaus and CEO Ashley Balbirnie at Harold’s Cross this morning

Remember former Minister for Housing Simon Coveney’s claim that he would ensure  all homeless families would be out of hotel accommodation by July 1?

RTE reports:

Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy has said the Government is going to miss its deadline of 1 July for moving homeless families from temporary hotel accommodation.

He said the 650 families involved will be moved straight into family hubs or other accommodation or they will be notified in writing of where they are going in the coming weeks.

Mr Murphy was speaking at the opening of 28 housing units in the grounds of Harold’s Cross Hospice in Dublin. The units are owned and operated by Focus Ireland and built on a site donated by the Sisters of Charity.

Mr Murphy said that the review of Rebuilding Ireland is continuing and it is a good time to look at what new measures or powers might be needed. He said the Taoiseach has told him to think big and no idea is too radical.

Murphy says Govt will miss homeless deadline (RTE)

Pic: Rebuilding Ireland

UPDATE:

Yesterday.

In the Dáil…

Irish Independents 4 Change Tommy Broughan said:

“The issue of Lynam’s Hotel on O’Connell Street which is currently being modified to become a family hub to house homeless families. A constituent contacted my office yesterday, very distressed, that she, along with her two young boys, were placed in Lynam’s Hotel late on Monday night. They arrived to find the place without running water or electricity in the room and she felt very unsafe.”

“I understand that Lynam’s is being offered as a late-night solution when no other family accommodation can be found, instead of sending families to Garda stations as has happened recently. Yet, Lynam’s is still a building site.

“Anthony Flynn, of Inner City Helping Homelessness charity, went to the property yesterday with Dublin Fire Brigade and I understand that a full inspection is being carried out today. And there’s a photo on social media of a fire escape chained shut and I understand members of the fire brigade did declare the building a fire hazard last night.

“But, in the light of this, and I also understand young students and family, including four children, minister, were today evacuated from 24, Mountjoy Square over safety issues and that a fire safety notice was issued for this property in August 2016, so minister can you now outline what other occupied properties around Dublin have fire safety notices indicating the address and date of issue for the fire safety for each property. How can tenants be left in a property which has had a fire safety notice for almost a year? I’ve asked your senior minister, Deputy Murphy, to act urgently on this.”

Previously: Meanwhile At Lynam’s

Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan at the Public Accounts Committee on Tuesday

At the Public Accounts Committee in respect of financial irregularities at the Garda College on Tuesday, some TDs spoke of how convenient it was that Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan had referred a report on the alleged placement of EU funds into an AIB bank account in Cabra, controlled by a retired senior officer, to GSOC, on Monday.

The move largely precluded Ms O’Sullivan from discussing the matter in detail.

Ms O’Sullivan specifically told the committee:

I am conscious that the matter has been referred to GSOC and now forms part of its consideration and examination. I will be precluded from discussing a lot of a detail but I am happy if I can assist the Deputy with his questions.”

Further to this.

Broadsheet understands GSOC generally does not investigate retired members of An Garda Siochana.

This is because GSOC operates under the Garda Siochana Act 2005, and it’s basically a disciplinary procedure for serving Garda members.

In addition, if GSOC did uphold a complaint against a retired member, it can take little or no action against retired members in terms of reduced rank or pay.

Earlier: ‘It Might Be Useful To Ask The Central Bank To Have A Look At This’

Previously: A Templemore Timeline

Paddy Cosgrave

This morning.

Shelbourne Hotel, Dublin 2

Paddy Cosgrave, of the Web Summit, held a press conference to outline his company’s plans to return to the RDS next year (with a conference on money)…and tackle white tee collar CORRUPTION in Ireland.

Mr Cosgrave said his decision to take a stand on corruption was based in part on having witnessed it “on a massive scale” for himself. He also said that becoming a parent made him want to ensure his child grew up in a meritocracy.

“I feel I’m freerer to say things and I am also in a position where I can pick up the phone to many of the CEOs of the biggest tech companies in the world – who have very large operations in Ireland – and chat openly with them about the fact that Ireland remains alone in terms of being in breach of anti-corruption legislation,” he said

Part of the plans unveiled by Web Summit in its battle against corruption involve funding for the training of investigative journalists…

Web Summit founder calls for action against corruption in Ireland (Irish Times)

Pic via Will Goodbody