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Anon writes:

We are a community group gravely concerned about the UN stating in 2019 that children in Ireland are silenced when they allege sexual abuse.

90% of 3,000 allegations came to nothing in 2018.

Tusla, the family courts and the Gardai are failing to protect our children. Please share this infographic.

Previously: Tusla on Broadsheet

This morning.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2

Top from left: Michael Healy Rae (with Cian O Sullivan on his knee), Johnny Healy Rae and Elaine Healy Rae (tin whistle) with Maura Healy Rae and Danny Healy Rae arrive in their traditional manner for the 33rd Dáil.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


This morning.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

New Independent Limerick TD Richard O Donoghue arrives at Leinster House for the first day of the 33rd Dáil in a chauffeur driven 1959 Plymouth Fury Belvedere used during JFK’s 1963 visit.


Unsuccessful General Election 2020 Independent candidate Sean O Leary enters by trolley.

More as we get it.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


This morning.

Sinn Féin President Mary Lou McDonald with Dessie Ellis at Buswells Hotel before heading across to Leinster House.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


This morning.

New Social Democrat TDs Holly Cairns and Gary Gannon on the plinth about to be interviewed by unidentified journalist in pink wearing a stetson.

Pic via Social Democrats


Dublin Zoo writes:

Dublin Zoo is delighted to announce the birth of a southern white rhinoceros calf.

Experienced mum, Ashanti gave birth to the healthy male calf at 4.30am on February 10th after a 16-month gestation period. The calf is estimated to weigh approx. 50kg.

The youngster is Ashanti’s seventh calf and becomes the newest member of the seven-strong herd (also known as a crash) in the African Plains, including father Chaka.

Dublin Zoo

Hen’s Teeth Market, Blackpitts, Dublin 8

Free this weekend?

Hen’s Teeth has launched a new monthly market at its gallery, store and diner in Blackpitts, Dublin 8.

Lily Finlay writes:

Every month 10 different, independent traders, artists and craftspeople will take over the Hen’s Teeth studio space over a Saturday and Sunday.

The markets will be running from 10am- 6pm.

Focusing on contemporary design and culture through art, homewear, lifestyle, clothing and music. The first installment of the market features  Soft Boy Recordswith a limited edition range of merch; photography from Donal Talbot, a fashion collection from  Kyle Cheldon Barnett , a record fair with Optic Music, prints by Kate O’Laughlin, and lots more to be announced.

Hen’s Teeth

Irish-made stuff to marked ‘Irish-Made Stuff’.

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Scenes from today’s talks on the formation of a new coalition.

TD Paul Murphy said the two sides discussed how to form a left-leaning government. Solidarity-PBP want Sinn Féin to lead one-but without Fianna Fáil or Fine Gael.

They want the two big parties to abstain for a Dáil vote on Taoiseach and “get out of the way”.

TD Richard Boyd Barrett said the minority left wing government, involving them, would then implement change, including reversing the pension age to 65 and freezing rents and increasing the minimum wage.

The TDs said they and the left-wing administration involving Sinn Féin would then “defy” either of the two big parties to bring that coalition down and trigger a fresh general election.

From top: Social Democrats co-leaders Roisin Shortall and Catherine Murphy; Solidarity/People Before Profit/Rise’s Paul Murphy, Richard Boyd Barrett and Mick Barry; Sinn Féin’s Eoin O Broin, Pearse Doherty and Louise O’Reilly.

Healy-Raes Ask How Sinn Fein’s Promises Will Be Funded (irish Examiner)

Earlier: Room For Small Ones


Architect Dermot Bannon and gardener Diarmuid Gavin On RTÉ’s Room To Improve last month

This afternoon.

Madeleine Lyons, in The Irish Times, reports:

Celebrity architect Dermot Bannon has come a cropper with Dublin City Council over his own high-profile extension, which was the subject of a recent RTÉ series.

The target of the council’s ire is the rear garden structure under which Bannon famously shared an outdoor bath with celebrity gardener Diarmuid Gavin.

While a bumper Sunday night viewing audience watched the two chat in the (unfilled) bath under a moonlit sky, eagle-eyed council staff were drawn instead to the structure that Bannon fashioned at the end of his Drumcondra garden…

Planners probe Dermot Bannon’s garden bath den (Madeleine Lyons, The Irish Times)

Previously: Stop That

Independent TD Denis Naughten

This morning.

Independent TD for Roscommon/Galway Denis Naughten, who resigned from his position of Minister for Communications in October 2018 after it emerged that he had a series of private meetings with the last remaining bidder for the National Broadband Plan project, announced that he would like to become the next Ceann Comhairle, writing:

Dear Colleague,

I am writing to inform you that I have submitted my nomination to seek the role of Ceann Comhairle of the 33rd Dáil.

The reason I am putting my name forward for the role of Ceann Comhairle is because one of the consistent messages I received on the doorsteps during the recent General Election was the public frustration with accountability.

In an open, questioning culture, we need an effective and questioning parliament.

Getting straight answers to straight questions is becoming more difficult in Dáil Éireann. This is reflected by that public frustration.

While the office of Ceann Comhairle is very restrictive in terms of the reform of Dáil Éireann and the role of TDs, one of the primary functions of this office is to protect the existing rights of members.

In the past I have been involved in Dáil Reform and have participated on an informal committee supporting the rights of members of Dáil Éireann. This is something I would like to expand upon in cooperation with colleagues.

I have been more than happy over the years to provide advice and assistance to new members, regardless of political beliefs, because I firmly believe there is a responsibility on every member to support less experienced colleagues in doing the best job they can as a member of Dáil Éireann.

If I had the honour to be elected to the post of Ceann Comhairle I would only serve one term because my purpose for taking on this role is to re-establish the authority of individual parliamentarians in the interests of our democracy.

I intend to outline how I believe this can be achieved on the floor of the House and I would ask you to keep an open mind on which candidate you will be supporting until you have had the opportunity to hear my contribution.

Ceann Comhairle of the 33rd Dáil (Denis Naughten)

Previously: “I Didn’t Wilfully Or Any Other Way Mislead The Dáil”

More Dinners

Breaking His Own Rules

“The Rules Were Not Broken”

“He’s To Come Back To Me With A Few More Answers”

This afternoon.

Cork-based political scientist Theresa Reidy tweetz:

“Well today is the first time I’ve seen tornado show up as current weather conditions outside.”



Yesterday: Met, Wet, West