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This morning.

Emergency services at the scene where a two car collision at the junction of Hollybank Road at around 6.30am took the lives of a woman in her 30s and a man in his 60s.

Two people killed in Dublin road crash (RTÉ)

Sam Boal/RollingNews

They came over here.

A video featuring people who have made Ireland their home to showcase a new exhibition at the Little Museum of Ireland reflecting on ‘the relationship between victims of the Great Famine and people from all over the world who seek shelter in Ireland today’.

Leave to Remain:Refugees in Ireland 1847-2017 (until April 29) includes photographs by Serbian artist Vukasin Nedeljkovic, recording his experience of direct provision for three years.

Leave To Remain (The Little Museum of Ireland)

This afternoon.

They’re in so much trouble.

Facebook staff had access to millions of people’s passwords (CNN)


We love them.

Ultan Mashup writes:

Happy International Poetry Day to BS Readers. Above is the awesome John Cooper Clarke – (playing Ireland again in April). Image is my own (Seamus Heaney’s last words – off Richmond Street South, Dublin 2 – by Maser)….

Golden-throated, blue-eyed Dublin soul singer Paddy Groenland (Paj) releases a  video/music comedy mashup every week (above is his latest).


Paj’s excellent first single proper ‘Friends Confused’ (above) has just ‘dropped’.

And is available here on all formats.

In fairness.


Pope Francis leads the opening session of the meeting on the protection of minors in the church at the Vatican on February 21

Notes from the Vatican summit on clerical child abuse…

Priest and canon lawyer Tom Doyle writes:

The so-called “summit” on the clergy sex abuse crisis was not a total failure. The process and the outcome of the Feb. 21-24 meeting of bishops at the Vatican were clearly a serious disappointment to the victim-survivors, their families and countless others who hoped for something concrete to happen.

The accomplishments can only be understood in the context of the totality of the event: the speeches, especially those of the three women, the bishops’ deliberations, the media reaction, and the presence and participation of the victims-survivors from at least 20 countries.

I have been directly involved in this nightmare since 1984, when the reality of sexual violation of the innocent by clerics, and the systemic lying and cover-up by the hierarchy (from the papacy on down) emerged from layers of ecclesiastical secrecy into the open.

By 1985, Pope John Paul II and several high-ranking Vatican clerics possessed detailed information about what was quickly turning into the church’s worst crisis since the Dark Ages.

From that time onward, bishops on various levels of church bureaucracy have been engaged in almost nonstop rhetoric about the issue that has been a mixture of denial, blame-shifting, minimization, explanations (the most bizarre, that it’s the work of the devil), apologies, expressions of regret, promises of change.

The rhetoric has been accompanied by procedures, policies, protocols and a few changes in canon law. The gathering in February was no exception.

There were no revelations, statements, speeches or promises from anyone involved in the meetings that were new…Everything that was said has already been proclaimed publicly by someone from within the church’s system, from among the victims and survivors or from their supporters.

The other element that fits right in with the bishops’ pattern of response over the past 35 years is that they made promises but did nothing.

People have been begging the bishops for years to stop talking about it. Stop the endless flow of empty platitudes and empty promises and do something.

Unfortunately, the hierarchy’s long-held belief that their words are sufficient to change reality has been completely useless…(more at link below)

Abuse summit achieved something, but not what Pope or bishops expected (National Catholic Reporter)

Pic: CNS/Vatican Media

Actor Colin Farrell

Tomorrow night.

On the Late Late Show.

Sarah Whitecare, of RTÉ, writes:

Ahead of the release of re-imagined Disney favourite Dumbo, host Ryan Tubridy chats with Colin Farrell about what fans can expect from the live action remake, and as an ambassador for Special Olympics Ireland, Colin will be joined by some of the medal holders to celebrate their achievements at the World Games in Abu Dhabi…

…we’ll be joined by trainer Ted Walsh, double winning jockey Rachael Blackmore and Gold Cup champion Paul Townend to take a look back at the stand-out moments of this year’s [Cheltenham] festival.

As we enter in to the last week of Dancing with the Stars, Ryan will be joined on the sofa by finalists Johnny Ward, Cliona Hagan and Mairead Ronan

Jessica Bowes was left with long term physical and psychological damage after a vicious assault by the father of her children left every bone in her face broken. Jessica joins Ryan to discuss the events that led to the attack…

Music will be from Aslan and Screaming Orphans.

The Late Late Show is on RTÉ One tomorrow night at 9.35pm.


CEO of the FAI John Delaney

The CEO of the FAI John Delaney and other senior members of the FAI are to appear before the Oireachtas sport committee on April 10.

Mr Delaney is expected to be asked about his €100,000 “bridging loan” to the FAI in 2017.

Last night the State’s sports funding body Sport Ireland said it was seeking urgent clarification from Mr Delaney about the loan and the FAI announced it had responded in full to Sport Ireland.

In addition, journalist Barry Lenihan – speaking to Katie Hannon on RTÉ Radio One’s Drivetime yesterday evening – reported:

“Just this morning, members of the Oireachtas sport committee received a gentle reminder from the FAI for an event coming up on Thursday, the 4th of April, just six days before TDs and Senators are due to grill Mr [John] Delaney and co.

“Committee members are invited by the FAI to the UEFA U17 Championship 2019 draw in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.

The invite tells TDs and the Senators how, before the draw, they can enjoy ‘a pre-drinks reception’, whilst afterwards the FAI invites members to the official draw dinner.

“This, less than a week before the same TDs and Senators are due to question the same FAI about that controversial loan.

I spoke to the majority of the committee today who questioned the appropriateness and the timing of this gentle reminder – all said they wouldn’t attend the event.”

In addition, Fine Gael TD Noel Rock told Mr Lenihan that invitations from the FAI, such as the one referenced above, are not “common practice”.

Mr Rock also said the committee’s members were not invited to a similar draw in Dublin’s Convention Centre last December for the qualifying of Euro 2020.

The members of the committee are Solidarity/People Before Profit TD Ruth Coppinger; Sinn Fein TD Imelda Munster; Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy; Fine Gael TD Fergus O’Dowd; Fianna Fail TD Kevin O’Keeffe; Fine Gael TD Noel Rock; Fianna Fail TD Robert Troy; Fianna Fail Senator Mark Daly; Fine Gael Senator Frank Feighan; Fine Gael Senator John O’Mahony and Independent Senator Pádraig Ó Céidigh.

Listen back to Drivetime in full here

Yesterday: Sweet FAI


Dublin Pub Personality of the Year John Gallagher with his ‘Theresa Maytini’ cocktail ahead of Searson’s Brexit Party (above)

Free Friday, March 29?

Searson’s, Baggot Street, Dublin 4 will host the ‘ultimate send-off’ for the UK as they wave goodbye to the EU.

Sinéad writes:

With the proviso that if the UK is granted an extension, guests will enjoy a bar extension and with free admission, and a live gig by The Backstop Boys*, this is a night not be to be missed.

Searson’s, with bar manager John Gallagher – winner of Dublin Bar Personality of the Year in the 2018 Irish Pub Awards – will be decked out with EU balloons and bunting.

Special cocktails, created for the night, include The ‘Theresa Maytini’ – a Martini with a sour twist – an ‘Old Fashioned Tory’ and ‘D.U.Pina Colada’ & more…



* The Backstop Boys are a one-off EU supergroup, formed specially for the night, featuring Joe Leech, Mark Maguire and Damian Butler from the Last Waltz and the Bootleg Beach Boys.

Pic: Michael Dunne