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Flag of St George outside an unnamed Dublin pub during the 2014 World Cup

Further to England’s World Cup advancement…

Ireland-based, England-born Malcolm D writes:

Having had a miniature St George flag ripped off my car during the last World Cup I am preparing to openly support England again and intend wearing my [Three Lions] replica shirt this weekend in Dublin. Is this a wise move or still too soon? Perhaps your readers could help?


Pic via Patrick Comerford

Today’s Irish Independent

Bazza writes:

The Department of Housing has been counting the numbers of houses based on connections to ESB networks.

I’m no electrician but I would expect a lot more than the 30,000 phantom houses that have been reported. This practice has been in place since 1970 so are any of our housing statistics correct?


A third of homes ‘built’ since 2011 don’t exist (irish Examiner)

Ed Wills, Managing Director of Go-Ahead Ireland, which was awarded a contract to run 24 of the existing Outer Dublin Metropolitan Area bus routes 

‘Ronan’ writes;

The new bus company in Dublin is called Go Ahead.

Before there was Dublin Bus, there was a practice on some CIE buses in the capital whereby, if you couldn’t or didn’t want to pay the correct fare, you handed over a few coins and said, “Go ahead”.

There’s always been some discussion as to whether the money collected as “go ahead” fares was passed on to CIE by the bus staff or was simply a benign social service in hard times.

Perhaps a Broadsheet reader would know?


Bus operator Go-Ahead Ireland recruiting 425 staff (RTÉ)

From top: St Patrick’s Guild adoption agency; Dr.Karl Mullen

“Unadoptable Girl’ writes:

In the coverage over the faked records and the selling of babies at St Patrick’s Guild adoption agency I’ve heard nothing of the late Dr. Karl Mullen [gynacologist and rugby legend]

It was my understanding that Dr Mullen was the agency’s medical director. He was certainly reported as being this in 1976 when he purchased the 320 acre McGrath ‘Sweepstake’ estate in County Wicklow, but I can find very little on his tenure.

Would any of your readers be able to shed any knowledge?


Most people want truth, not redress says campaigner; Tusla knew of illegal adoptions in 2016 (Conall Ó Fátharta and and Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner)

Yesterday: Tears Are Not Enough

Pic: RTE

This morning.

Mark Fearon writes:

Just voted in Killiney [County Dublin]. The lady who I got my ballot paper from had a Bible on the table. Surely that shouldn’t be allowed?



Paul Gorman writes:

Polling station bias: At St.Philip the apostle school voting station in Clonsilla they have New Testament bibles beside the voting boxes.



This morning.

Location unspecified.

Brian Mc writes:

And the other thing… so no canvassing within 50m of a polling station, but a giant statue of the Virgin Mary as you arrive is fine? Don’t ever change Ireland. No wait, do! CHANGE!


Ah here.


This morning.

Italian Quarter, Lower Ormond Quay, Dublin 1

Thanks Graeme Kelly


Pro choice campaigners block a graphic banner from the Irish Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (ICBR) outside the Rotunda Hospital,  Parnell Square, Dublin 1 last week

Robin Stewart writes:

I’ve been trying to work out who to report illegal referendum posters to? Reckon it’s probably local authority but which section? Environment? Literally dozens upon dozens of illegal posters all around Meath, I wanted to rip them all down myself but hoped maybe the perpetrators could be fined? Ye’re clued-in, any suggestions?