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This morning.

Covanta Waste Plant, Poolbeg, Dublin Port.

Neil Curran (him off the telly) writes:

Aren’t incinerator fires supposed to be on the inside?


Save Poolbeg.

Previously: A “Criminal” Investigation

What is that?

Philly writer:

We have found what we can only describe as ‘spooge’ in our back garden twice now in the last few days, wonder if your readers might know what it could be?

We live near a flight path to Dublin Airport so my wife thinks it might be from a plane maybe? She said it smelled funky but I didn’t get up close to find out :D Maybe its a fungus or eggs?



Today’s Irish Sun

Further to yesterday’s dramatic arrest.

Rumpole writes:

Why have most of today’s papers dispensed with any of the legal niceties usually necessary when reporting stories like this? The arrested man is a suspect in a number of crimes. As he has been charged isn’t it up to the courts to decide his guilt and wouldn’t this coverage prejudice a trial?  Perhaps your learned friend Legal Coffee Drinker can put me right?


Yesterday: Arrested In Citywest

Outside the the Route 91 Harvest country music festival in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 1

‘Tinfoil Terry’ writes:

Considering the extensive home coverage given to the Las Vegas shootings I am surprised that no Irish media outlet has raised concerns about the many anomalies in the official story. … Broadsheet with your conspiratorial bent should have gone to town on this….

….we heard from everyone when this happened, even Fintan O’Toole gave a sermon, but not a peep now that circumstances surrounding what happened are in some doubt…Why?


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Lidija writes:


I bought a pan on Debenhams.ie website for €35. It arrived with sticker £25 (which is roughly €27).

As I hate the feeling of being ripped off (only few euros, I know, but still) I am going to have to return this. Can I get priced honoured? Is there protection in cases like this?



This evening.

Maccers writes:

What looks like USB chargers on the back of some seats on a new [Dublin] bus, route 122 this evening. Sweet! But not plugging in until I know more.. (worried about power surges and just paid out for a brand new phone).



Sarah writes:

Important news for everyone in Ireland who objects to paying for water. Irish Water are paying thousands of pounds per day to EY “management consultants ” from London and also paying for their hotel accommodation in the Shelbourne and Intercontinental hotels in Dublin.



Supreme Court Judge Peter Charlton arriving at the Disclosures Tribunal in Dublin Castle in July

Further to the retirement of Nóirín O’Sullivan as Garda Commissioner.

Anon writes:

The whole dynamics of the Charleton Tribunal [investigating claims of an orchestrated smear campaign against Sgt Maurice McCabe] is now changed.

What authority has Nóirín O’Sullivan now with regard to her special investigations team [hand-picked to liaise with Charleton] and can the legal team in place to represent AGS now act for her as a civilian?



A citizenship ceremony in the Convention Centre, Dublin

What kind of immigrants are OK in Ireland?

Siobhan Harvey writes:

I have a friend. She’s an immigrant, although she never thought of herself that way until recently when she began to receive negative comments on social media about not being Irish.

She’s married to an Irishman, although 9 months into the marriage she found herself in the court before a judge getting a barring order to protect herself. The judge granted it readily, and extended it to include my friend’s sons as well.

My friend first came to live in Ireland over 20 years ago, but as fate would have it, never lived here the continuous 5 years required for citizenship. Ireland is her home, as it is her son’s, and she will be seeking citizenship within the next 18 to 24 months once she is eligible.

In the meantime, she is indeed legally resident here.

My friend is very outspoken. She was an advocate for political and social reform in her country of origin, as she is here in Ireland. She seeks fair services and timely health care for all, but especially for disabled children – which is her passion. You see, her eldest son is severely disabled.

She fights daily, not only for her son’s care, but for the hundreds of other children like her son across Ireland. She speaks out against homelessness. And while she asks for help, she certainly also gives help to others.

Yet, there are those who think she has no right to speak out against what is so obviously wrong with our healthcare system; no right to seek assistance for her son despite the fact she is a legal resident; and no right to receive any assistance from the government at all.

What I want to know is why our citizens feel this way – and when did we begin to feel this way?

If my friend was Syrian, would it change these people’s minds or would it only enhance their position that as an immigrant she should not speak out and not receive any help?

What if she was Polish? Mexican? Does it matter what country my friend is originally from, and if so, why does it matter?



He ran out on the rent.

But is he worth a public shaming?

Only YOU can decide.

‘Reluctant Landlord’ writes:

So being landlord was never really part of the plan but current circumstances warranted I should consider the option, and after 7 years of living on my own I thought it would be a welcome change.

With the help of a friend I published an advertisement on Daft.ie and before long I had a number of people over to view a room I had to rent. I settled on a person ill refer to as Martin – he was young, friendly and seemed easy going.

Everything was good a for a time. He had his parents and son over and I arranged spare beds for them – all seemed to be good.

Come the New Year things changed and bills/ rent were becoming late and he mentioned to me he was having financial difficulties but promised he would sort me out so trusting as I am I allow him some grace .

Two weeks passed and he told me the money was sent – again I trusted him at his word – a week later I check my account see the funds had not arrived so I contact him and he sends me
the transaction ID and confirmation of it being sent but I confirmed it had not arrived – he responded that he would look in to it.

I then did not see him for a few weeks and I came home mid-March and noticed his room was somewhat cleared out – he had left a note on the bed which indicated his financial troubles had taken a real turn and he had to move back to England .

The note stated he lost his job, his girlfriend and his life had pretty much fallen apart – he promised he would pay what he owed. I contacted the email address he left and advised him of my concern and was happy to discuss an installment plan for reimbursement.

As most of you reading this will not be surprised I heard nothing from him. I tried again to no avail. I was however during this time periodically checking his Facebook for updates to see where he was then out of the blue could not access his page so I assumed it was deleted.

However I randomly decided to search him while on a friend’s computer and the page was still live in which he recently posted a celebration post about being with his girlfriend for year and I also noticed he had updated his job to a company in North Dublin and was working there since March 1.

I’m now left with a dilemma while I was going to write off the amount (€1100) as a bad debt and put it down to the lessons of being a landlord.

However learning that he lied in almost every aspect of the note he left has me re-thinking things – while I accept I may not be able to get the money back – I am somewhat peeved knowing what happened and why I’m writing the article to as for you advise on what I should do.

Do I show up outside his workplace and ask for it on front of his employers? Do I ask his girlfriend? Do I message his father?

He had one months deposit which covered one months rent but he still owes me for two months and I’m short of cash as it stands. There is no way I can take him to the small claims court even and not even the RTB. What else can I do?


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