Billionaire John Magnier (top) and his Amedeo Modigliani nude (above) valued at $150m

John Magnier, who’s known to be shrewd
Once purchased a well painted nude
Now it’s back up on sale
And he’ll have a whale
Of a time with the cash he’s accrued

John Moynes

Pics: Getty/RTÉ

Just a few light ales, officer.

Classic images of Thurles, County Tipperary during the 1991 Féile by street photographer Wally Cassidy.

Some of these people are now in their 50s

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How do you counter this (above)?

Worried in Dublin West writes:

My area is awash with no posters and it’s really getting to me. I’ve decided enough is enough.

I don’t have big money to be buying posters so I’ve resolved to design and have printed some YES stickers and put them on lampposts, consenting lapels etc. around my area.

The problem is, I’ve been racking my brain for the last 48hrs and I find it difficult to sum up such a complicated issue as abortion into a slogan. It works fine for the ‘no’ side [viz: fear, scary, look at this foetus, Jesus can see you in the ballot box].

However, apart from ‘my body my choice’ and possibly ‘if you don’t like abortions, don’t have one’ is there a catchy, short slogan I can fit onto a sticker in support of YES?

I’m trying to find something that will be non-exclusionary, constructive, and (crucially) appealing to swing voters currently being targeted by the no-side who wish to sow the seeds of doubt and make moderate yes voters feel confused and decide to stay at home on polling day.

I still passionately believe that Ireland has a majority of voters that are compassionate and respect women enough to make choices about their own bodies.

Any suggestions welcome.




This afternoon.

Wellington Quay, Dublin 2

Mark Malone tweetz:

The video (above) is less 1 min after the crash. The BMW was being chased [by gardai] according to folks who saw it happen.

Car spun a few times after hitting lorry. Ended up facing back down the south quays.

(Top 2 pics by Jumbo, pic 3 by Graeme McQueen)

Oh, wait now.

Hyperrealistic ‘water-filled plastic bags’ formed from glass by artist Dylan Martinez. to wit:

To begin, Martinez sculpts the solid glass or “water” that appears within each bag. Next, he adds a blown bubble to the top which is then smoothed out before he begins to hand sculpt each fold and wrinkle. Once complete, the sculpture is placed in an annealing oven at 510° C and allowed to cool for 120 hours.


This afternoon.

In the Dáil.

Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger raised the taking down of artist Maser’s Repeal the 8th mural from the Project Arts Centre yesterday.

It was removed after the Charities Regulator informed the centre the artwork is “political activity” and that, as a consequence, the centre is in breach of the Charities Act 2009.

Ms Coppinger, and fellow TD Paul Murphy, held up copies of the mural, as she said:

“I would just like to know what the Taoiseach and others think is so offensive about this – that it should be banned by a State body. And would you agree with me, that we should challenge that… and we should say ‘no, there’s nothing wrong with a heart that calls for repeal’ and there’s nothing… we should not allow political censorship.”

Before Taoiseach Leo Varadkar could respond, Tánaiste Simon Coveney could be heard saying across the chamber:

“Stupid stunts like that do nothing to inform…”


Watch the Dáil proceedings live here

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