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Last night.

Government Buildings.

A press conference announcing Minister of Finance Paschal Donohoe’s election as President of the Eurogroup of Finance Ministers with Mr Donohoe flanked by Taoiseach Micheál Martin (right) and  Tanaiste Leo Varadkar (left).


Bilderberg 2019, Montreux, Switzerland, May/June, 2019 (via @deyook)

Frank Armstrong writes:

It’s remarkable where a bit of social networking can get you…


Last night: President Paschal

Previously: Bilderberg-Bound


Last night.

The Tonight Show on VMT.

GP, broadcaster and columnist, Dr Nina Byrnes calls for a mass vaccination drive to prevent the flu and Covid-19  ‘peaking together” in a deadly embrace.

Peaking together is lot of fun for the microbes, of course, but leaves us vulnerable to two lurgies at once.

Thanks, Doc.

*rolls up sleeve*

This morning.

Two days after a Meath Fianna Fáil activist accused his local TD Thomas Byrne (top) of disclosing fellow cabinet member Barry Cowen’s 2016 drink driving conviction to the press…

Alan R writes:

You have to hand it to Fianna Fáil. Thomas Byrne has been trending on Twitter for the past 36 hours and there is a complete mainstream lockdown on the story here. Quite an achievement in media control and bodes well for the party containing more serious cover ups to come….


Yesterday: Well Now

Wednesday: Who Spilled?


This evening.

The Department of Finance announces:

The Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD, has today (Thursday) been elected as President of Eurogroup of Finance Ministers, succeeding Portugal’s Mario Centeno. His term will commence on 13 July, and he will serve for 2.5 years in the role.

Minister Donohoe was elected by his fellow Euro Area Finance Ministers at a meeting of the Eurogroup held by video conference. The other candidates were Minister Nadia Calviño of Spain, and Minister Pierre Gramegna of Luxembourg.

The Eurogroup is the body through which Finance Ministers of the 19 Euro area Member States take decisions on policy issues relating to management of the Euro area economy. Finance Ministers of the eight Member States who are not part of the Euro area frequently attend meetings given the importance of the issues under discussion.

The Eurogroup President has a vital role in shaping the agenda and policy response to major economic issues, including the economic impact of the present COVID-19 pandemic. Minister Donohoe is one of the longest-serving EU Finance Ministers and members of the Eurogroup.



Hanseatic League?


Paschal Donohoe has been elected president of the Eurogroup (The Irish Times)

Yesterday: Intensive canvassing before Paschal Donohoe’s Eurogroup bid


Derek Kelly, Dublin City Council; Daire Enright, Failte Ireland; Barry Rodgers, Waterways Ireland; Catherine McGovern, Clayton Hotel Cardiff Lane; Aileesh Carew, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum; Edel Currie, Dublin Port; Mary O’Sullivan, iHubbs; Luke Smith, EPIC The Irish Emigration Museum


Outside EPIC: The Irish Emigration Museum.

Dublin City Council and business owners launched a marketing campaign to inform residents and visitors that Dublin Docklands has open for business.

Where’s yer masks?


Dublin City Council writes:

Dublin City Council has begun rolling out an uplifting new lamp post banner campaign called ‘Words for our Time’ to welcome people back to the city.

From today, a series of colourful banners will be displayed across the city featuring quotes from some of the great writers of the past whose words still have resonance in 2020.

Some of the writers quoted include W.B. Yeats, Lady Gregory, Bram Stoker, and Jonathan Swift.

As restrictions ease, the feel-good banners are designed to make people smile, and encourage the continuation of the great community spirit seen all over the city during the Covid-19 crisis.

The new campaign will feature on lamp post banners, bus shelters, and digipanels.




Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews


From top: Thomas Byrne on The Tonight Show; Tweet from Meath Fianna Fáil member Ken McFadden following the show

Last night.

On The Tonight Show on VMT.

Asked if there’s a witchunt in Fianna Fáil to find the person who revealed Barry Cowen’s drink driving conviction, Thomas Byrne told host Matt Cooper:

I doubt very much that anyone in Fianna Fáil had the information that is described in the newspapers in relation to that.”

Asked if it would have happened at a local level, he said:

“I’m not familiar with what’s going on in Offaly but certainly that is not a concern of mine.”

Watch back here.



Taoiseach Micheál Martin (right) with Minister of State for European Affairs Thomas Byrne in government buildings last week

This morning.

Last night: Who Spilled?


The Taoiseach’s office has been forced to apologise to Northern Ireland’s First Minister after just 10 days in office.

The apology came after a government source had “over zealously” briefed a media outlet that the first meeting between Micheál Martin as Taoiseach, First Minister Arlene Foster and deputy First Minister Michelle O’Neill was to take place today, despite no meeting being organised

Micheál Martin’s office has to apologise to Arlene Foster for ‘cock-up’ (Irish Examiner)


All in all, a sure-footed start from Fianna Fáil.


One day, we’ll plant that flag on that moon and watch it flutter.


David Creedon