That’s a shame – #vinb is suffering from respiratory health problem & won’t be around much during general election campaign. Get Well Soon!
— NAMAwinelake (@namawinelake) February 1, 2016
Get well soon, Vincent.
Donie O’Sullivan, of Storyful, writes:
“Today, Storyful, in partnership with the Open State Foundation, is delighted to announce Politwoops for the Irish elections. Politwoops records, stores, and publishes tweets deleted by candidates. The tool has been used effectively in the United States and countries across the world to increase transparency and accountability. We hope it will serve the same purpose in Ireland.”
Check out Politwoops here.
Enda Kenny Wikipedia article edited anonymously by Irish Gov https://t.co/Upoyn3tbUl
— IrishGovEdits (@IrishGovEdits) February 1, 2016
Just answer the question.
The Ray D’Arcy Show on RTÉ One at 10.05pm
Rayna Connery writes:
Journalist and broadcaster Vincent Browne (above) will join Ray in studio for an in-depth interview about his life and career to date. SModel and television personality Caprice will tell Ray all about her extraordinary story of motherhood and surrogacy.tar of The Republic of Telly and The Fear, comedian Fred Cooke, will share his experiences about learning to drive at the ripe old age of 35, as part of his new documentary Operation Transportation. Oscar-nominated Irish director Jim Sheridan will spill the beans on his upcoming projects and his role with the Dublin Arabic Film Festival. Music will be provided by London-based Wexford native Maverick Sabre….
Blogger Jamie Bryson at Northern Ireland Finance Committee last week
I will be live tonight on @TonightWithVinB on TV3 in ROI. Appreciate the invitation and looking forward to the show.
— Jamie Bryson (@JamieBrysonCPNI) September 29, 2015
Loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson, who has claimed Northern Ireland First Minister Peter Robinson [and four businessmen] were set to receive a ‘success’ fee following the sale of Nama’s NI portfolio on the telly tonight.
Previously: The Eagle Has Landed
— Daithi (@tvcritics) September 21, 2015
— Daithi (@tvcritics) September 21, 2015
From last night’s Vincent Browne People’s Debate at the Woodford Dolmen Hotel in Carlow on TV3.
Aviva Lansdowne Road Nua
The launch of TV3’s new season schedule featuring Vincent Browne with above from top: Glenda Gilson a presenter of Xposé and Anna Daly co host of Saturday Am.
More TV3 on screen personage.
From top: Seven O’Clock Show presenters Mark King and Lucy Kennedy; Soccer pundit Kevin Kilbane with Pippa O Connor, a contestant on The Restaurant; Laura Woods, co host of Sunday Am; Midday presenter Elaine Crowley and Lucy Kennedy; Sport hosts Matt Cooper, Sinead Kissane and Tommy Martin ; Anna Daly, Laura Wood, Simon Delaney and Tommy Martin.
From top: Former residents of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, Peter Mulryan, and PJ Haverty
Last night TV3’s The People’s Debate With Vincent Browne took place in the Galway East constituency.
During the show, historian Catherine Corless introduced two former residents of the Tuam Mother and Baby Home, Peter Mulryan and PJ Haverty.
Ms Corless said Peter has a sister buried at the home but explained that he doesn’t know where she’s specifically buried.
Both men then spoke.
Peter Mulryan said:
“In the mid-Forties I was born in Tuam, in the home there and my mother was separated from me, just after a year of being there. I was taken out of there after four and a half years in that area which was absolutely shocking. Every child there went through that system, came out with pot bellies and why?
If you starve an animal or a dog, what way do they look? That’s the way we looked. It’s frightening to think we went through the same system and I inquired why this happened. I looked for information from Galway County Council, I looked for information from the church, I’m now asking the State to get heavily involved in this, as Catherine is after saying there, I also have a sister laid somewhere around, I don’t know where. I’m making inquiries, nobody can tell me where that angel lies tonight, nobody. And I will find out, no matter how long it’s going to take, what was done to my sister, laid somewhere and no record.
We have a birth record and we have a death certificate but no one will tell me where she is laying tonight. And this is one of the questions I’m asking of the church and the council and the State: to get me answers because I must find, I must find out where. Because I don’t want her lying in what I was told where she may be but we will find out sooner or later…”
“I was four and a half years there, I was adopted out in not nice conditions whatsoever. [My earliest memories were] isolated. I’m not worried about work but the way I was treated, every day I got up: beaten. I dreaded summers for the simple reason here, I never spoke about this before.
Many would get beaten with a rod or a stick, I was treated with nettles. Nettles put inside my trousers. I hated seeing summers coming because I knew this was going to happen again. I was put into a bag one day, I was told I was going to be put into the bog hole. That was my life story. I could go on for another hour.”
“The [foster] mother was an absolute angel and she would often say, when I was being hammered, ‘you might want him yet, some day’ and it did happen. I did [meet my birth mother] with a struggle. But I did meet her, she was in the home for 35 years. I wanted to take her out. I used to take her out once a month and I was told I was coming too often.
But I wanted to take her to our own home but was denied the chance and she died of a broken heart in that place, where she worked for 35 years in slavery, in a laundry where she worked in a cold yard, frosty mornings and the old-fashioned way of washing clothes and they couldn’t talk to their friends beside them. Nobody knew what was going on within the system.
They couldn’t talk about their life or complain. They were never let out to do shopping, anything. They were just what I call, like myself, nobody. She died there and I didn’t know it in time to visit her either. She died aged 84 and she’d been there 35 years.”
PJ Haverty said:
“I was born in the home in Tuam as well and I spent six and a half years there and I was told that I went to the national school for two years, which I did and we had to go in ten minutes late in the morning and leave ten minutes early in the evening, so as we wouldn’t mix with the kids from outside, in case we’d tell them anything about what went on in the home.
And in the playground we were cornered off in a section so we wouldn’t be allowed to play with the other kids. So, lucky for me, I finished up in a fantastic foster home and I was looked after very well and then my foster mother was very good to me and we decided to go looking for my birth mother because she felt sorry for my birth mother. So after great work, a social worker accidentally left a file opened and my mother’s name and the address was on it, so I worked from there and she was in Brixton in England. And she had married with no family.
So, when I got to meet her then, she told me what had happened in the home. That she was rejected by her own parents because of the Catholic church, being pregnant outside of marriage, and had to be taken to Tuam. And they didn’t have the hundred pounds to pay.If she did, she’d have the baby and be released again straight away.
But she had to stay there for 12 months, to work there as a slave, looking after the babies, cleaning and tidying the place. So when the 12 months was up she was shown the door and told to get out and I was going to be fostered out.
So she went down to the hospital in Tuam and got a job there as a cleaner. So every so often she would make that 10 minutes, 15 minutes walk to the home and knock on the door and ask could I be seen, could she talk to me, ‘could I take him away from there altogether, I want to look after him’ and they said, ‘no’, they closed the door on her face. And she spent about six years doing that. Til eventually I was fostered out then and she decided then, there’s no hope staying here, so she went to England.
And she went to Brixton then and she married there. But had no family. And she told me this story and I thought about Our Lord being crucified but my god these mothers, you know in the homes throughout Ireland, were crucified. And I blame the church, I blame the State and I hope that you don’t delay and get to the bottom of all this and not to drag it out like we’ve all these tribunals going on 20, 15 years.”
Thanks Luke O’Riordan
SIPTU general secretary Jack O’Connor walked off the set of the Tonight with Vincent Browne show on TV3 last night, during a live discussion about the striking Dunnes Stores workers.
His move came after Mr Browne told Mr O’Connor TV3 doesn’t recognise collective bargaining.
He had encouraged fellow guests Socialist TD Ruth Coppinger Left) and journalist and author Eamon Delaney (centre), and even Vincent, to join him.
Anna Geary, Cork Camogie Captain on Vincent Browne’s People’s Debate in Charleville last night
Before ‘Family Guy‘ got a hold of the microphone on last night’s People’s Debate in Charleville, Cork Camogie Captain Anna Geary raised the matter of equality between men and women within the GAA.
Vincent Browne: “You’re critical of the lack of coverage in the media of women’s sports generally, is that right?”
Anna Geary: “Well, I think you look at male and female athletes in this country, they’re very equal in terms of their dedication and their commitment and their passion for the games they play. However, we have to be realistic, the coverage and the support, both financially and even attendance at games, is not equal. And I suppose really, it’s time for change. And I think people keep talking about change. And some of the words that are used here, are ‘support’ and ‘services’ and ‘sustainable future’. So the WGPA was launched last Tuesday and the WPGA was launched for a specific…”
Browne: “Tell people what WGPA is..”
Geary: “The WGPA is the women’s GPA. Those of you that know the GPA, the gaelic players’ association, and we decided to set up our own. I think a lot of people will testify that women’s sport has gained significant momentum in the past few years. And as I said, now is the time for change. So we have to take that upon ourselves.
We have a responsibility, we have, as players, drive players to improve and I suppose get publicity because power comes from publicity. So, for the WGPA, our goals for year one are very simple: to improve and better the experience of players at an inter-county level, to develop them and help them in their professional lives off the pitch, to increase the recognition for our games, both in camogie and ladies’ football, and to use our players as role models because I think it’s so important for young people.
Sport plays such an important part in the development of everybody, both young and old, and we need to use these people as role models to show people the power and strength of women and that’s what we hope to do by incorporating scholarship programmes and leadership programmes and just giving women an collective and formal voice in sport because that’s what’s needed to move it on to the next level.”
Watch back in full here
Academic and corruption expert Elaine Byrne appeared on Tonight with Vincent Browne last night to discuss the recent overturning of certain findings of the Flood Tribunal.
There’s nothing like hard-hitting current affairs.
And this is nothing like hard-hitting current affairs.
Vincent Browne: “This is just amazing, that the tribunal, that has cost so much, spent years and years in operation, now is forced, Elaine, forced to withdraw findings of corruption against several people and maybe against many, many more, including, probably, Ray Burke.”
Elaine Byrne: “Well, you’ve done a good job there, Vincent of tarring all the tribunals and 15, 20 years of investigations in [one] foul sweep.”
Browne: “How did I do that, go on.”
Byrne: “Well I think it’s important..”
Browne: “How did I do that?”
Byrne: “First of all..”
Browne: “How did I do that, Elaine?”
Byrne: “First of all, I think it’s important to say that in relation to what happened in the Flood/Mahon Tribunal is not necessarily something that is relevant or pertinent to other tribunals of inquiry.”
Browne: “I didn’t say it was and nor did I infer it was.”
Byrne: “I didn’t say you did either.”
Browne: “Yes you did. You said that I tarred all tribunals.”
Byrne: “Well you used..”
Browne: “Go on, it’s a silly point, go on, you’ve made a silly point but go on.”
Byrne: “No you did, you…”
Browne: “Go on, go on, go on, go on, go on, go on..”
Byrne: “I will go on if you stop saying, ‘go on’.”
Browne: “Go on.”
Byrne: “You made the very lazy, intellectual argument that a lot of people do when it comes to tribunals, that’s exactly what you did.”
Browne: “And what was that lazy intellectual argument?”
Byrne: “You said, you used the words, that they were, that they cost a lot and and, you know, what worth of the tribunal process.”
Browne: “I did not say anything about the tribunal process, I said nothing..I made a reference to the cost of the Flood Tribunal which wasn’t a lazy intellectual comment nor did I make any comment regarding what was the worth of the tribunals.”
Byrne: “Can I…”
Browne: “Go on, just go on and stop your point scoring. Go on.”
Browne: “If you don’t want to go on, we’ll go to Stephen. But go on, yeah.”
Byrne: “The cost of the tribunals to date, at the very maximum level is about half a billion. And that costs, we haven’t, we have yet to see the final costs of the tribunals, we also have to remember that the cost basis for legal fees now are a very different cost basis than what they were. So when the final costs of what the tribunals have incurred come in, I think they’ll be significantly less under the €500million estimate. So if you’re going to do a cost-benefit analysis of the tribunals, it should also be important to look at what the tribunals have brought into the…”
Browne: “I’m talking about the Flood Tribunal..”
Byrne: “I know you are..”
Browne: “..with being forced to withdraw findings of corruption in many individuals.”
Byrne: “Let me finish, let me finish my argument, if I may go on.”
Browne: “Well, yeah, get to the point, go on.”
Byrne: “The tribunals to date have cost half a billion, however the tribunals have brought into the Exchequer, as a result of yields to the tax and revenue, about €1billion, that’s a direct consequence of the tribunals to the Exchequer and indirect costs of the tribunal..”
Browne: “Maybe get to the point that we’re making about the Flood Tribunal, that the Flood Tribunal has been found, being forced to withdraw findings of corruption against a number of people already, including George Redmond…”
Byrne: “I’m making two points. You won’t let me finish.”
Talk over each other
Browne: “It seems likely it’ll be forced to withdraw findings against Ray Burke.”
Byrne: “I’m making two points in relation to the tribunals, one is that the costs of the tribunals should also be looked…”
Byrne: “..at, in terms of the benefit to the Exchequer…”
Byrne: “..which is what the tribunals have brought in..”
Browne: “We’re talking about the Flood Tribunal and in the context of withdrawing findings.”
Byrne: “…and indirectly the tribunals have brought to the Exchequer, as a consequence of Revenue investigations that wouldn’t have occurred, if it wasn’t for the tribunals, €2billion. The second point..”
Browne: “Ok, right. We know that, we know that.”
Browne: “Now just go on and deal with the point we’re talking about.”
Byrne: “The second argument..”
Browne: “…which is arising from the Flood Tribunal being forced to with draw findings of corruption..”
Byrne: “The second argument about the tribunal’s, I would like to make, Vincent, is that what happened in relation to the Flood Tribunal is not necessarily something that is relevant to what happened in the Moriarty Tribunal.”
Browne: “Nobody said it was.”
Byrne: “Well I know you haven’t but I think it is important to say that, when things are being said about tribunals that procedures…”
Browne: “Why don’t you just deal with the point that we’re trying to address.”
Byrne: “Well do you want to go to someone else because you’re not listening to me.”
Browne: “Yes ok, we’ll move on.”
Byrne: “It’s a waste of time.”