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Last night.

Outside European Union House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Members of the Irish Anti War Movement (IAWM), highlight the plight of refugees around the world and what they called the “shameful” response of the EU to the migrant crisis.

Meanwhile…

According to Channel 4 News, [German Chancellor Angela] Merkel said EU countries should distribute the refugees among them according to the countries’ wealth and she singled out Ireland, Denmark and Britain for not participating in such a programme. The three countries have an opt-out from a quota scheme for housing migrants.

Merkel Says ireland Not Doing Enough In Migrant Crisis (Irish Examiner)


(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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Independent TD Mick Wallace

Readers may recall a Bloomberg report from earlier this week about how a shortlist of three bidders for the largest loan portfolio every put up for sale by Nama – called Project Arrow – includes Cerberus Capital Management LP.

Last year Cerberus bought Nama’s Northern Ireland loan portfolio – called Project Eagle. In the Dáil last month Independent TD Mick Wallace claimed the Project Eagle sale involved over 850 properties with a par value of €4.5billion for less than €1.5billion.

The Project Eagle sale was the subject of a Public Accounts Committee meeting last month and is the subject of a criminal inquiry by the PSNI, following further claims made by Mr Wallace in the Dáil.

Mr Wallace claimed £7 million sterling ended up in an Isle of Man bank account which was reportedly earmarked for a Northern Ireland politician or political party.

 

Further to this, Sarah Bardon, in the Irish Times, reports:

“An independent investigation into the sale of a multibillion-euro National Asset Management Agency portfolio, named Project Arrow, has been called for by Independent Wexford TD Mick Wallace… Mr Wallace also said he had received a number of new allegations about the workings of Nama and intends to make some of those public when the Dáil resumes in September.”

“A Nama spokesman said any allegation of wrongdoing should be sent to gardaí to be investigated. “Nama can make no comment on the allegations Mr Wallace plans to make using Dáil privilege as it has no information on what they are until he chooses to make them,” said the spokesman.”

Previously: Dough And Arrow

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From top: today’s Irish Daily Mail, Det Supt Jim McGowan

Via today’s Irish Daily Mail:

A Garda team led by the Commissioner’s husband has been secretly ‘spying’ on water protesters, the Irish Daily Mail can reveal.

The special investigation unit – that operates under the codename Operation Mizen – has spent six months monitoring the protesters, compiling profiles and gathering intelligence on their whereabouts, according to sources.

By coincidence, the officer leading Operation Mizen is the same man pursuing criminal investigations against various members of the gardaí for allegedly leaking information to journalists.

Detective Superintendent Jim McGowan, the husband of Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan, heads the team of half a dozen officers tasked with closely monitoring the water protesters and gathering intelligence on their whereabouts.

The Mail understands that the investigating officers also closely monitor social media and track the organising of the water protests and its leaders.
Dossiers on many of the ‘ringleaders’ of the protests have been compiled….

Operation Mizen is currently just Dublin-focused but it is expected to be upgraded to a national operation.

Good times.

Revealed: Garda Spy On Water Activists (The Irish Daily Mail, unavailable online)

 

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A giant mushroom found this week on the Great Western Greenway in Mulranny, Co. Mayo

Ciara Galvin, of Mayo News, writes:

The mushroom measuring 20cm by 23cm in diameter and weighing 189 grams was found by local doctor Jerry Cowley behind St Brendan’s Unit in Mulranny. Speaking to The Mayo News after his find on Monday, Dr Cowley said on first inspection he thought the funghi was a ‘large flat rock’…

Dr [Matthew] Jebb [of the Botanical Gardens in Dublin] said he could not find any evidence of a ‘record’ mushroom size for Ireland and told Dr Cowley that he could ‘unofficially claim that mantle’. The mushroom is currently in a large fridge at the doctor’s practice.

Dr Cowley is currently the chairman of the Great Western Greenway Landowner’s Committee, which has called on the Government to include the popular Greenway route where the mammoth mushroom was found, on the National Walks Scheme.
The inclusion would mean that landowners on the route would receive an annual renumeration for maintaining the walks for the public to use. The chairman sees the latest find on the popular route as ‘a sign that the Lord God Himself wants Michael Ring to meet with the committee and progress the case’.

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‘That is one hell of a big mushroom’ (Mayo News)