Look what the terrorists did to my poster.

Time to ban markers?

You decide.

Thanks ESB

This afternoon.

After you.

No, after you, etc.


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This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Wheelchair-bound Colin Fanning seeking to contact  Minister for Social Protection Minister Humphreys outside Leinster House. Colin says he needs medical and social welfare supports, that he is illiterate and finding it impossible to get help from Government agencies. He will be outside Leinster House again tomorrow should a TD or anyone from the Department of Social Protection wish to speak with him.

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Via Independent.ie:

At Kilrush District Court sitting in Ennis, partner of Clare TD, Violet Ann Wynne, John Montaine appeared in connection with the alleged illegal possession of cannabis at the family home at Pella Rd, Kilrush on February 11th last year.

…Mr Montaine has epilepsy and speaking generally on her partner’s use of medicinal cannabis to deal with his epilepsy, Deputy Wynne said that come March “John will be six years seizure free and that comes from him taking medicinal cannabis”.

“Before we were having to go see the GP in between seeing the neurologist. There was always some kind of issue – say John having a number of fits within the one month or losing teeth or suffering with severe migraine, but since John has been using the medicinal cannabis, he has had a better quality of life.”

Deputy Wynne said that Mr Montaine “is only left with a handful of teeth at this stage” from his past seizures…

Ah here.

Partner of Sinn Féin TD appears in court on drugs possession charge (Indpendent.ie)


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Marty Pawlak from Luttrellstown Community College, and fellow 6th year pupils calling for the Government to scrap plans for a traditional Leaving Cert this year, and instead run hybrid examinations, a blend of in-person and online testing.

It’s not a rat race, silly.

It’s a points race.

Then a rat trap.

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Earlier: Drink It In

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This afternoon.

House of Commons, London, England, UK.

Via BBC:

Covid restrictions in England will be eased from next Thursday, UK prime Minister Boris Johnson announced

Working from home guidance will end and people will no longer be asked to wear masks anywhere.

The compulsory use of Covid passes at certain events will also end even though venues can still use them if they wish

From 20 January, face masks will no longer be required in any classrooms…

Well now.

That appears to be that.

So it does.

That was mad, wasn’t it?

Covid restrictions to be relaxed next week, PM says (BBC)

Earlier: Bar The Shouting

Above from left: Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform Michael McGrath Tánaiste Leo Varadkar, and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, at a media brief today following this morning’s Cabinet meeting

This afternoon.

Via RTÉ News:

Public healthcare workers who worked on the frontline during the Covid-19 pandemic are to receive a once off €1,000 tax free payment under a plan passed by Cabinet this morning.

An additional public holiday and national commemorative event, in remembrance of people who lost their lives due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will take place on 18 March this year.

The Cabinet grappled today with who to reward for their work on the frontline during the pandemic, as well as the general public.

All healthcare staff who worked in a clinical setting, including hospital porters, cleaners and ambulance workers will be entitled to the bonus.


The payment will not be made to healthcare employees who worked from home, and is instead being directed towards those who worked on site, in a clinical setting.



Covid frontline healthcare workers to receive €1,000 bonus (RTE)

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And So I Watch You From Afar – III Lung

And breathe.

Belfast post-rock nebulizers And So I Watch You From Afar (top) return with a new album Jettison on February 18 on Velocity/Equal Vision Records.

III Lung offers a tantalising glimpse of what to expect.

The band write:

“Nothing in our repertoire comes close to the ambition of this latest project—the multimedia piece Jettison. The album is a memorable experience that transports the listener away from the tumultuous times and into a blissful musical utopia.”

Nick says: The North’s awake.

And So I Watch You From Afar

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This afternoon.

Carlosfandango writes:

Following on from the earlier ‘hot’ topic, I felt it was my duty, nay right – to further report the issues that matter.

So, here is a dog (alias Mr Hugh) laughing his bags off at all that is wrong in this world..

“Go and ask me bollix” are the words he whispered in my ear, echoing my own thoughts.

Happy Wednesday kids, damn it’s good to be alive.

Reporting LIVE from the beach.

Sandymount. Dublin. Midday.

(No cyclists, van drivers or citizen journalists were harmed – or their feelings hurt – in the production of this image)

Earlier: Me No Lycra

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