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This afternoon.

Thanks, Paul

It was nothing.

Over 30% of adults have received first vaccine dose – HSE (RTÉ)

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This afternoon.

Aldi have teamed up with their Ambassador Trisha Lewis, head chef at the renowned Jacobs on the Mall in Cork City to launch Raising the Barbecue, a new campaign to help turn the nation from ‘pit-iful grillers to gourmet barbeque masters’ this Summer.

Aldi surveyed 200 Irish people about their Summer BBQ habits and the results showed that we plan to host/attend an average of 30 BBQs this summer, whether at home or with friends.

Aislinn O’Toole writes:

60% of Irish people want to up their grilling game this year in order to impress friends and family! We’re a nation who loves to cook Chicken (26%) even more than Steak (23%), while fish, which can BBQ beautifully, is popular with just 1.5% of us!

For sauce it’s BBQ sauce (27%) winning closely over Ketchup (25.5%) with a surprisingly low score of 1.5% for Hummus, but we are fond of our Mustard, Mayonnaise, Garlic Mayo and Coleslaw! We’ll usually always serve a salad (92%) but maybe because we feel we should?

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Keeley – The Glitter And The Glue

“The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.”

This quote from Cicero is found at the start of the video for the recent single by Keeley Moss (top)

The Dublin-based psychedelic dreampop artist is set to release a concept album about Inga Maria Hauser on the UK indie label Dimple Discs, with whom she has just signed a deal.

Inga was a German teenager who was murdered on holiday in Northern Ireland in 1988 and whose killers have never been brought to justice.

Keeley is also the author of a popular blog whose mission statement is to keep the memory of Inga alive. She deserves great credit for her Trojan work in shining a light on this heartbreaking human tragedy.

Keeley’s band includes Marty Canavan, Martin Fagan and Pete Duff. The Glitter And The Glue is the follow-up to last year’s single Last Words.

Nick says: Magic and loss.

Keeley

Gulp.

CNN host Michael Smerconish asked his viewers if Americans should shun other Americans who haven’t been vaccinated.

7,241 of them responded.

73% of them said yes.

Shun RUN!

Earlier: On Your Marks, Get Set, Inject

This afternoon.

Nass, county Kildare.

Gardai at a checkpoint using smartphones running a new app to detect whether cars are out of insurance or tax.  The Active Mobility App has access to Pulse system, PSNI information, driver and vehicle records .

What could possibly go wrong?

The app uses technology pioneered by the Department of Post and Telegraph in the 1970s.

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Ireland’s Olympic HQ,  Howth, county Dublin

This afternoon.

The athletes and support teams, which number in the low hundreds, will receive the Pfizer jab thanks to an agreement between the pharmaceutical company and the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The development has been welcomed by the Irish Olympic and Paralympic federations who believe the measure will relieve “very high levels of anxiety that a lack of vaccination was causing among the team”.

Meanwhile…

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Fingal County Council Sport Office writes:

We are facilitating another FREE, online 4-week Homefit Live programme starting Monday May 17, due to the incredible uptake of 2,500 participants registered for the HomeFit programmes to date.

These free, online classes are open to all levels of ability and will be 30–40-minute fitness sessions delivered by qualified coaches.

There will be three classes a week delivered live online at 1pm and include a Body Mind Movement, Core and Chair Exercise class.

Register here

Social Democrats TD Jennifer Whitmore

This morning/afternoon.

Further to Tanaiste Leo Varadkar’s defence of Ceta, the free trade agreement between the European Union and Canada…

…where he hailed a report by Copenhagen Economics, commissioned by the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, into the costs and benefits for Ireland arising from four recently concluded EU Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) – Canada, Korea, Mexico and Japan.

Jennifer Whitmore, Social Democrats TD and the party’s spokesperson on the environment, climate and communications, writes (full article at link below):

…There is no question but that the Ceta deal will boost trade, but the benefits are lopsided. While Irish exports to Canada are expected to be 31 per cent higher by 2030, imports from Canada will increase by 84 per cent.

The newly published study by Copenhagen Economics for the department, which cost €28,000 to produce, is being used by Varadkar as a rationale for the ratification of the free trade deal with Canada, despite the vast majority of the report comprising an analysis of three other FTAs.

To put this in context, the consolidated Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (Ceta) text is nearly 1,600 pages long. The Copenhagen Economics’ report is just 79 pages – and fails to even mention the most controversial aspect of the deal, the investor court system (ICS), which gives multinationals the right to sue governments who curtail their freedom of action as investors.

Perhaps the Government didn’t have time to commission a thorough report. It had attempted to rush through ratification of this hugely complex deal after just a 55-minute Dáil debate in December. That effort only failed because a sustained public outcry about such a truncated debate forced the Government to defer it.

Now, this fig-leaf report is being brandished as evidence of the Government having done its due diligence when, in reality, it is a cursory analysis of four separate trade deals, which concludes that almost all of the cumulative economic benefits to the State flow from just one agreement, the trade deal with Japan.

It is also noteworthy, that the trade element of Ceta – which has seen the reciprocal removal of nearly 99 per cent of tariffs between the EU and Canada – has applied since September 2017. Therefore the State is already reaping the economic benefits of the deal. The element which has yet to come into force, and which is dependent on EU member state ratification, is the portion of the deal concerned with investment protection, which includes the highly contentious ICS.

In Dáil debates, when concerns regarding the ratification of Ceta are posed to Varadkar, he invariably issues a boilerplate response which includes a vague reference to a sustainability impact assessment undertaken on behalf of the EU into the entirety of the deal.

One wonders if he has ever read this impact assessment, because it unambiguously recommended that the investor state dispute settlement (ISDS) regime, of which ICS is a variant, should be excluded from Ceta and replaced with a state-to-state enforcement mechanism.

Given that the EU’s own impact assessment recommended dropping ISDS from the final deal, it is bizarre it has been retained – albeit, in a slightly improved format – as ICS. Despite these changes, the core elements of the dispute mechanism remain the same. ICS allows large corporations to leapfrog domestic and EU courts and take cases against governments to specially-created tribunals when policy decisions impact their bottom line.

Meanwhile, Ceta’s supposed ability to insulate public policy decisions from attack by investors contains an express exception. If the impact of a decision in important public policy areas is deemed excessive, investors can pursue a case against a member state, even if the policy decision was implemented in the public interest. [More at link below]

Canada trade deal comes with strings attached, Mr Varadkar (Jennifer Whitmore, Irish Times)

Leo Varadkar: Ireland needs a trade deal with Canada (irish Times, April 28)

Meanwhile…

This morning.

Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Sinn Féin spokesperson on Tourism, Imelda Munster TD (above left) and spokesperson on Enterprise, Trade, Employment and Workers’ Rights Louise O’Reilly TD (above right), launch the party’s COVID stimulus voucher scheme, which would allocate a voucher of €200 to every adult and €100 for every child to be spent in local economies across the state when sectors reopen.

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