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At Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork.

Members and supporters of Sinn Féin attend a rally for the party, hosted by Sinn Féin president Mary Lou McDonald and Sinn Féin TDs Pearse Doherty, Eoin Ó Bróin and David Cullinane.

Earlier: Rallying Cry

Top pic: Fiach Kelly

This afternoon.

Met Éireann issued a Status Yellow snow/ice warning for Ireland which will be valid from 6am tomorrow until 9am on Wednesday.

It also issued a Status Yellow wind warning for Clare and Kerry which will be valid from 2pm tomorrow until 11pm tomorrow.



Harvey Weinstein

This afternoon.

The jury of seven men and five women at the New York supreme court took five days to reach their verdict.

The conviction marks the final comeuppance for a towering figure who wielded his power in the movie industry – as well as his commanding physical presence – over vulnerable young women seeking his help.

Harvey Weinstein found guilty (CNN)

Harvey Weinstein found guilty at rape trial (The Guardian)


This afternoon.

Sinn Féin councillor for Artane-Whitehall in Dublin City Council Larry O’Toole (above) tweetz:

“The breakthrough. My successful challenge to State Censorship (Section 31) in the early nineties. Took a case because RTÉ wouldn’t broadcast my interviews during the Gateaux strike. I’m afraid that censorship mentality still exists in RTÉ.”



Any excuse.

Section 31

Larry O’Toole?

Related: A trade unionist who took RTE to court (Irish Times, Catherine Cleary, May 18, 1998)

Earlier: Rallying Cry

Love Irish films?

Like d’telly?

Read on.

Laura Gaynor writes:

Virgin Media are running a special series of Irish films during the Dublin International Film Festival, and we’re delighted to be a part of it.

Our short dark comedy Pernicio is screening on d’telly (Virgin Three) tonight at 23.25 – right after The Commitments!

If you get a chance to watch, tweet us and let us know what you think!

Pernicio tonight at 11.25pm on Virgin Media One.

Synopsis: In this futuristic dark comedy, a young man explores his attitude towards life and death when his suicide plans are interrupted.
Starring: Eoin O’Sullivan, Danielle Galligan, Mark Lawrence & Aidan J Collins.
Fun fact: Since starring in Pernicio, Danielle has since acted in a number of TV shows & films, including Game of Thrones!
Team: Producer: Laura Gaynor Writer/Director: Dave Fox DOP: Alfie Hollingsworth Editor: Conor Donoghue

Laura Gaynor

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly speaking at the Institute of International and European Affairs today

Earlier today.

European Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly addressed the Institute of International and European Affairs in Dublin, outlining what she believes are the challenges facing the European Union.

During her speech, she said:

“…from my Ombudsman perch, I can often sense what plays well with citizens and what does not, I can hear the mood music change from light and happy to dark and unhappy as actions or inactions give rise at times to a loss of faith.

“Legitimacy is eroded when influential EU personnel move through the revolving door dragging their institutional network and insider knowledge with them with just superficial restraint imposed.

“Legitimacy is eroded when a citizen cannot find out what position their own Government is taking on an issue that is important to that citizen.

“Legitimacy is eroded when expert groups that advise the Commission on lawmaking fail fully to comprise all legitimate interests.

“Legitimacy is eroded when conflicts of interests are not fully disclosed or fully dealt with.

“Legitimacy is ultimately eroded when an institution prioritises its own interest over those it is there to serve.

“Needless to remark, my work is not always welcomed with open arms by the institutions but I do appreciate the high levels of co-operation we received and I also acknowledge and applaud the committed work of those who work in the EU administration. The standards of the administration are high in accordance with the major role it plays within the Union and often higher than those in some of the member states.

“But I approach my work, not as a cynic, or even a sceptic, but as someone who is deeply committed to the Union and never more so than now when its values – no matter how fragile they can seem at times – are needed in a world where so many of those values are in danger of degradation.

“We live, it is said, in an age of anxiety, from anxiety about the planet, about pandemics, about the reach and power of artificial intelligence, the future of work, the might of China, the direction of travel of the Trump administration. The small EU administration cannot be expected on its own to solve or resolve those global issues but it can do its own work ethically and in compliance with the values under threat in other parts of the world and even within the EU itself.

“Its leaders have an even higher ethical obligation. Every individual deviation from the values of the EU are seized upon by those hostile to the Union and used as weapons to discredit and attack.

“Some complaints might seem trivial or nitpicking but I have seen so-called trivial complaints – if not resolved by the institutions – weaponised by Eurosceptics and inflict significant reputational damage on the Union.

“As the new legislative cycle gets underway, the EU is faced with great challenges, some traditional, some brand new. Some people wonder if the Union has the strength of will and the institutional means to deliver the outcomes it has committed to.

“My belief is that the Union can be as powerful as its leaders wish it to be and as courageous as those same leaders dare themselves to be.

“If populists with agendas that lack compassion for outsiders, that attempt to subvert the rule of law – can gain support among a multitude of followers – it simply cannot be that a Union that genuinely upholds the deeply humanitarian values set out in the Treaties and the Charter cannot garner the depth and breadth of support that will enable it not just to survive but to flourish.”

Ms O’Reilly’s speech can be read in full here

Pics: IIEA

Kate Middleton and Prince William

This morning.

Kensington Palace released the following statement about Kate Middleton and Prince William’s trip to Ireland next week…

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will undertake an official visit to Ireland between Tuesday 3rd March and Thursday 5th March, at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The visit, which will see Their Royal Highnesses spend time in Dublin, County Meath, County Kildare and Galway, will highlight the many strong links between the UK and Ireland.

From its thriving cities to rural communities, the programme will take in Ireland’s rich culture, its impactful community initiatives and spectacular scenery. Following Her Majesty The Queen’s historic visit in 2011, the visit will also focus on the relationship between the two countries, and build on the theme of remembrance and reconciliation.

During the three-day tour, The Duke and Duchess will learn about local organisations working to support and empower young people and projects which provide opportunities to help them develop important life skills. Their Royal Highnesses will also hear more about Ireland’s conservation initiatives and efforts to protect its environment, with a particular focus on sustainable farming and marine conservation.

2020 will see Galway host the European Capital of Culture on behalf of Ireland – a showcase of events highlighting the richness and diversity of Irish culture, art and sport. During their time in Galway, The Duke and Duchess will have the opportunity to experience a taste of modern and traditional Irish culture for themselves.

Throughout the visit, Their Royal Highness will meet a broad range of people, including the President, the Taoiseach and senior political leaders, children and young people, and those working in the creative arts, business and charity sectors.

The UK’s links with Ireland are extensive, and The Duke and Duchess are looking forward to building a lasting friendship with the Irish people.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will visit Ireland

Pic: RTÉ

This afternoon.

John L Gillen tweetz:

I made planters for my tomatoes from some of [Social Democrat] Gary Gannon posters from the European election.

In fairness.