This morning.

Aungier Street, Dublin 2

Archaeologists investigating Medieval remains down implements to carry out a day-long strike over ‘historic’ pay claims.

Unite members working for the Irish Archaeological Consultancy (IAC) voted for strike action after a ‘refusal from the company to engage’ over pay , either directly or through the Workplace Relations Commission.

The Aungier Street works have already unearthed the remains of a medieval church, a 12th-century town ditch, and three houses in the “Dutch Billy” style dating back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

The site, bounded by Stephen Street Upper and Great Longford Street, has been earmarked for development into student ‘digs’.

Unite the Trade Union

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This morning.

Derrynane House, County Kerry.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar addresses Fine Gael ministers ahead of a cabinet meeting held for some reason at the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell.


Pic: merrionstreet

From top: Tánaiste and former Minister for Housing Simon Coveney announcing funding as part of Rebuilding Ireland last year; Minister for Housing Eoghan Murphy at another announcement about the initiative earlier this year

Sarah Bardon, in The Irish Times, writes:

The [Rebuilding Ireland] plan, which was launched by former minister for housing Simon Coveney, aimed to eliminate homelessness and to rapidly increase the supply of housing, most particularly social housing, by 2021.

At that point, in July 2016, some 6,525 people were homeless. The average price of purchasing a home across the country was €215,000; in Dublin it was €314,311. The average rent had tipped €1,000 and there were fewer than 3,100 properties available to let nationwide.

Currently, there are 9,846 people homeless, according to the latest statistics. The average house price nationwide is €254,000; in Dublin it is €374,885.

The most recent figures show the average rent is €1,261 and there are 3,086 rental properties on the market.

Has the Government’s plan to end homelessness achieved anything? (The Irish Times)


Thanks Ronan


This morning.

Government Buildings. Merrion Street, Dublin 2

Sinn Féin TDs Eoin O Broin (centre left) and David Cullinane (right) and party members ‘celebrate’ the second anniversary of ‘Rebuilding Ireland’.


This Hostel Life.

Is a book of short stories written by Melatu Uche Okorie, above, who was born in Nigeria and came to Ireland, with her infant daughter, in 2006 seeking asylum.

They spent eight-and-a-half years in direct provision.

Donal O’Keeffe, in The Avondhu, writes:

“This Hostel Life is a slim volume made up of three short stories, bookended by an introduction by the author, and by a closing essay by Liam Thornton of the UCD School of Law. The introductory essay features a 2013 diary excerpt written when the author was based in “****** direct provision hostel” and makes for difficult and upsetting reading.

‘Apart from the arbitrary changes to our daily routine, the security men also try to intimidate residents like myself who they know will complain about the food options. I would usually find two of them standing directly behind me whenever I’m in the queue for food. It became obvious to me that it was a way of breaking my spirit more than anything. There are tons of cameras in ******, but I would find those security men trailing after me, sometimes, as I walk to my room.’

“The three stories in the collection are each very different, with the title story written from the perspective of a Congolese woman living in a direct provision centre. Written in a pidgin Nigerian English, it portrays people reduced to gossiping and pettiness, their lives stunted by purposelessness, arcane rules and condescending officiousness.”


Tomorrow, as part of the West Cork Literary Festival, Melatu will read from This Hostel Life and chat to Donal in the Bantry Bookshop at 11.30am.

A powerful new voice on the abusive relationship that is Direct Provision (Donal O’Keeffe, The Avondhu)

This Hostel Life (Skein Press)

Today’s Irish Independent

Lorraine writes:

OK. Nothing to see here. Just a two-page advertorial paid for us in the Irish Independent extolling the virtues of…walking.

Who knew the health benefits of putting one foot in front of the other? Let’s hope it catches on. Thank you, government of Ireland.


The Mötherhood t-shirt


It’s a tough gig,

Eavann McCarthy writes:

I was producing rock and metal themed t-shirts for kids with my partner (the big Irishman behind, when I hit upon an idea to do one for mothers which would celebrate how much they rock one of the toughest jobs there is.

Our particular heartbreak came in the form of our son’s cancer diagnosis almost two years ago. Blood Bike Dublin is run and staffed on a 100% voluntary basis and very single Monday morning, regardless of weather conditions,Michael our blood biker arrives at our door and brings our son’s blood samples to Crumlin for testing. Because of this our son gets to go to school like every other 5 year old,

In an effort to give something back to our friends at Blood Bike Dublin and help them to continue doing what they do, we will be donating all of the profits from the sale of this special t-shirt to them.

Screen printed in Irishtown on 100% cotton and are available to buy for €20.

Blood Bike Dublin

Wee Rock Dublin

Irish-made stuff to marked ‘Irish-Made Stuff’. No fee.


From top: Donald Trump protests in London during the US president’s UK visit last week; Dan Boyle

Identify issue.

Create a narrative based on fear.

The more irrational the fear the better.

The more distant your target group is from the effects and/or the realities of the issue, the more appreciative your audience can be.

Be vague in your language.

Devise trigger words and phrases, meaningless in themselves, designed to confirm your narrative.

Virtue Signalling – that’s a good one.

Place emphasis on words to give them evil intent – Left, Liberal, Do Gooder.

Accept no responsibility.

Others are always to blame.

Truth is expendable. Rarely rely on it.

Re-invent history to suit your narrative.

Demonise the future.

Always deflect never reflect.

Deny deny deny.

Refute refute refute.

If your truth isn’t working make up another truth.

Counter the telling with whataboutery.

When in danger of exposure resort to name calling your opponents.

Make up insults suggesting diminished intellectual capacity against those who oppose you.

Libtard – that’s another good one.

Compare what shouldn’t be compared.

Equate what can’t be equated.

Quote liberally but always out of context.

Use only information that confirms your bias.

Never seek to verify.

Discover bogeymen

If you discover an individual so much the better.

Invest in their persona every foible you can imagine.

Remember opinions are facts, your opinions in particular.

Anecdotes represent scientific observation.

You are not alone although there need not be many of you.

If you lack charisma find your own God. Invest in them human qualities. Have them speak plainly however ignorantly.

Your God will always be right and well intentioned.

Your Bogeymen will always be mendacious, and be forever evil in their actions.

When in doubt claim you misspoke.

No one will believe you, but they will admire your shamelessness.

Or Lost in Translation. That’s another good one.

Choose your friends and companions wisely.

They need not be friendly or approachable. They should be encouraged not to be.

Neither should they be wise or knowledgeable.

Only convinced they are right.

Science or scientists are not your friends, and can never be.

Say we have had enough of experts and everyone will laugh.

You can never go wrong with a good conspiracy. They never are true. They never need to be.

Shut down all criticism.

Question the motivation of those who criticise.

Seize on any error, no matter how minuscule or how petty.

Exaggerate accomplishment.

Ignore failure.

Misrepresent actions

Lie. A lot.

Denigrate any, and every, accountability mechanism.

Make what you don’t like fake or deep.

Repeat ad nauseam.

Dan Boyle is a former Green Party TD and Senator. His column appears here every Thursday. Follow Dan on Twitter: @sendboyle

Pic: getty


Yesterday evening.

fweed tweetz:

CBD shop in St Stephen’s Green…. one day we’ll have real dispensaries


Ah here.