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This morning

Dublin city centre.

The blood-soaked ‘Tayto Park Terrors’ took over the capital’s landmarks and freaked its citizens out to herald the Halloween Experience at Tayto Park

…which involves two brand new attractions to lure the unsuspecting to Ashbourne, County Meath.

Ian Collins writes:

By day, children can immerse themselves in Scary Tales, a step inside a world you thought you knew and discover what happens when an ancient curse is broken.

By night, visitors to Tayto Park Terrors will go on a horrifying journey taking in two new scare zones including Project Zero and The Tomb of Shadows.

Guests can then catch a night ride on The Cú Chulainn Coaster and several other of the attractions around Tayto Park….

Crisps also available.

Scary Tales Day Events (TaytoPark)

Podge & Rodge and Doireann Garrihy

On The Ray D’Arcy Show

Fergus McCormack writes:

The return of the mischievous Podge & Rodge to Irish TV after an eight year hiatus is highly anticipated and the irreverent duo join Ray to introduce their new co-host, Doireann Garrihy.

World solo sailor Gregor McGuckin arrived home to a hero’s welcome this week, joins us to tell us about his journey, which ended when he lost both of his masts during a violent southern ocean storm.

Nine-year-old Lucy Harrington is one of Ireland’s youngest award-winning sheep farmers and she joins Ray with her All-Ireland champion lambs and prize-winning hoggets.

Political stalwarts and former ministers Mary O’Rourke, Gemma Hussey and Niamh Bhreathnach join Ray to talk about claims of sexism in the Dáil

And 91-year-old Holocaust survivor Dr. Edith Eger joins Ray to talk about how she learnt how to ‘find joy within’ after the horror of Auschwit

There’ll be music from Maria Byrne, with her stirring take of the Genesis classic, Follow You, Follow Me…

The Ray D’Arcy Show at 9.55pm on RTÉ One.

Pic: RTÉ

Yikes.

People are showing their support for Michael D. Higgins through nail art (Galen English, Evoke.ie)

Pics: Tropical Popical

Dublin Rental Investigator tweetz:

Bedshare for €280pm in Kimmage. That’s €280pm for half a double bed with a stranger. There is also another person in the room. Another has a room for themselves. You also have to pay €20 for bedlinen whether you need it or not.

193 Kimmage, Kimmage, Dublin 6w (Daft.ie)


A statement (above) released by DUP East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson (top) this morning.

It follows Taoiseach Leo Varadkar producing a 1972 copy of the Irish Times which included a picture of an IRA bomb attack on the Newry Customs Office, at a dinner with EU leaders in Brussels on Wednesday.

Nine people died and six people were injured in the attack on August 22.

Sammy Wilson hits out at ‘vile Varadkar’ over ‘despicable, low and rotten’ border violence claim (Belfast Telegraph)

Pics: News Letter and Sam McBride

Previously: Eagle Droppings

 

Presidential candidate Peter Casey

Previously: That Seemed To Go Well

From top: Denis Naughten (left) and David McCourt; Michael Noonan

Denis Naughten had at least two additional meetings with David McCourt during the procurement process for the National Broadband Plan (NBP), it has emerged.

The former communications minister’s diary shows that he and the Irish-American businessman met in October 2016, when three potential bidders remained in the running for the lucrative rural broadband contract. There are no minutes of the October meeting, which was also attended by officials.

Denis Naughten held further talks with businessman (The Times Ireland Edition)

Meanwhile…

Former Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan met with representatives of Enet, including former government Press Secretary and PR advisor Eoin O’Neachtain, in December 2016 – three months before Denis Naughten made the decision to extend the Municipal Area Networks (MANs) contracts to Enet ” suddenly and without tender”.

Social Democrats co-leader Catherine Murphy said:

“In a series of parliamentary replies to me, including a schedule showing all meetings between either David McCourt, representatives of Enet, and the Department of Communications, it is clear that there was almost an open door policy in Government buildings for Enet and/or David McCourt.

I have said previously that we need to understand the rationale for the former Minister’s decision to extend the MANs contract – which is essentially the precursor to the NBP process – when he did because soon after that contract extension the State bought into Enet at a cost of approximately €200 million and it is important to understand if that extension materially affected the price paid by the State for its 78% purchase of Enet in 2017.

To learn now that the former Minister for Finance met with Enet officials about the MANs just 3 months before the MANs contract was extended in the way it was raises more questions and this is why I have asked the Taoiseach to extend any review of the NBP process to date to include a review of the process leading up to the NBP; namely the MANs contract.”

Previously: Courting David