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Here’s How.

The current affairs podcast hosted by William Campbell (above right) presents a very heated debate…..

William writes:

If Farage, Rees-Mogg and Johnson are opportunists, who or what gave them their opportunity?

This week’s show involves a tense conversation about the quality of democracy in the EU with leading pro-European academic Brigid Laffan (above right)…

Includes: Pee Flynn!

Listen here

Here’s How

Co-leaders of the Social Democrats Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy

This afternoon.

Politicians are returning to the Dáil after the summer break with Leaders’ Questions set to begin at 2pm.

Meanwhile, on the plinth…


Watch Dáil proceedings live from 2pm here

Pic: Gavan Reilly

View of Rathgar, Dublin 6, from a drone; The Rubberbandits avatar

As research for a podcast, Blindboy, of The Rubberbandits, tweeted a few questions to his followers.

He asked:

“…how many of ye are moving out of Dublin? Not because ye can’t find work. But because it’s too expensive. And where are ye moving?”

They’re answering in their droves…




Earlier: ‘The Apartment Is Shared With Seven Friendly People’


Priory Hall apartments in October 2017

The New Priory re-development at former site of Priory Hall apartments

Developer of the original Priory Hall apartments Thomas McFeely

This morning.

Almost eight years after more than 240 residents of the Priory Hall apartments were evacuated from the building, developed by Thomas McFeely, in October 2011…

Dublin Editor at The Irish Times Olivia Kelly reports that the redevelopment of the fire-trap apartments in Donaghmede, Dublin 13, is nearing completion at a cost of €52million – five times the estimated figure.

It’s reported the financial loss to the State will be approximately €40million.


Stephanie Meehan with her late partner Fiachra and their daughter Cerys at the High Court in May, 2013; Stephanie on the Late Late Show in 2013

Former resident of Priory Hall Stephanie Meehan’s partner of 17 years, Fiachra Daly, took his life in July 2013 at a house they had been living in since they were evacuated from Priory Hall.

Stephanie famously wrote to the then Taoiseach Enda Kenny in August 2013 about how the stress of their living situation took its toll on Fiachra.

In her letter, she wrote:

So I ask you, what will it take now for someone to listen and act on something that should’ve been dealt with two years ago and saved a lot of taxpayers’ money and, most of all, saved a life?

Tom McFeely walks around scot-free, he’ll never suffer how we are suffering, he’ll never lose what I’ve lost. He’ll start again, I am left with a lifetime of heartache and my children will inherit that too.

New Priory draws line under shoddy McFeely development (Olivia Kelly, The Irish Times)

New Priory (brochure)

Previously: “I Just Need A Little More Time” 

Dear Enda


From top: Graphic showing number of empty homes in rural Ireland; figures from Peter McVerry Trust report on rural homelessness

Homeless charity Peter McVerry Trust has launched a new report on rural homelessness.

From the report:

As of April 2019, there were 40,234 mortgages across Ireland in long-term mortgage arrears (two years or more).

According to information published each year by the Central Bank, rural counties have the highest percentage of mortgages in arrears as a percentage of all mortgages.

This has the potential to impact heavily on rural homelessness given the rates of mortgage distress and repossession

In 2018 financial institutions across Ireland repossessed 1,284 homes.

Peter McVerry Trust tweetz:

Homelessness is impacting small towns across Ireland – not just larger urban areas.

Peter McVerry Trust publishes new report on rural homelessness (Peter McVery Trust)

From top:  Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty; Then Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar at the launch of a new campaign urging the public to ‘blow the whistle in wellfare fraud’ on April 17, 2017

Seems to be going well.

New clampdown launched on social welfare fraud (RTÉ)

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

Public Services Card; Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection Regina Doherty; Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon

This morning.

The Irish Times is reporting that the the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection will publish the report by the State’s data protection watchdog – the Data Protection Commission – into the public services card.

Jack Horgan-Jones reports:

Relations between the department and the data watchdog have soured arising from the report, with secretary general John McKeon last week writing to Ms [Data Protection Commissioner Helen] Dixon to outline a series of alleged inconsistencies, as well as criticising the manner in which the investigation and its report were completed and publicised.

The letter, which has been seen by The Irish Times, was delivered by hand to Ms Dixon last week.

…The manner in which the commission handled the submission of the report also comes in for criticism. The watchdog has no powers to publish the report, but the department alleges that it “nevertheless published the core elements of the report” via a press release, media briefings and interviews.

“The department considers that these actions by the DPC are prejudicial to its interests and requests that the DPC now identify its vires [powers] for having so published its findings.”

It follows the Irish Examiner reporting yesterday that the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection said it would “not be in the public interest” to publish the report.

Solicitor Simon McGarr has tweeted his thoughts…


Associate Professor of Law at University College Dublin and chair of Digital Rights Ireland TJ McIntyre has also shared his thoughts…


Ciannan Brennan, of The Irish Examiner, has also tweeted his thoughts…

Watchdog accused of procedures breach on Public Services Card (Jack Horgan-Jones, The Irish Times)

Public services card: watchdog’s full report to be published today (Jack Horgan-Jones, The Irish Times)

Previously: “Not In The Public Interest”

House of Card