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Tonight since 8pm.

In the Dáil.

A debate has been under way in relation to a Fianna Fáil Private Members Motion on the terms of reference of the scoping exercise into the death of Shane O’Farrell.

It follows the family of the late Shane O’Farrell highlighting the Department of Justice’s rejection of terms of reference drawn up by District Court Judge Gerard Haughton who was appointed by the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to chair the scoping exercise into the 23-year-old law student’s death.

Earlier: “We’re Hoping To Get Support From Other Parties” [Updated]

The saga continues.

A status update from long-standing, love-lorn Broadsheet commenter and proud bear, Fluffybiscuits, who writes:

‘Never in a million years was it going to be humanly possible that a Ted X Talk would give me a new way of thinking about things.

Singledom is a road paved with excruciating loneliness, the wedding invite that screams plus one but it is also a time of the self – self development, learning to be more independent and learning that truly you do not need anyone but you to be happy.

It also is a time to challenge our notions of what relationships are meant to be and how we see them through a prism of monogamy.

About three months ago a man walked into my life who was a breath of fresh air.

Chatting on the long summer evenings and then a cold September weekend together consuming tourist sights, curling up against the cold and mutually bonding over a shared love of Benidorm.

S, as we will call the chap, is a free spirit and a free spirit in the truest sense of the word.

He will never see this article but I am going to give the basics – he was conceived by accident he said by parents who despised him and a set of siblings who loathed him as much. What emerged from the chrysalis was a warm spirited but free loving man who likes to share the love in the emotional sense of the word.

Which brings me to the open relationships bit – in conversation he has admitted that he sleeps with friends and that he intends to but I can accept it if I like.

Lessons learnt from relationships have told me to never compromise on things and this is one thing he appears to not want to compromise on and nor should he, it forms a very personal cornerstone of his existence.

It’s a struggle for me to understand but the more I think of it thanks to the Ted X Talk (above) the more I am beginning to see it as a way of embracing the intimacy afforded by others.

The Talk advocates communicating with your other half but also knowing what you want from life. How many of us can genuinely answer that we truly know what we want from this short existence upon the Earth?

I truly cannot answer the question but maybe S is on to something that I am not and no harm in exploring. Cynics in the comments will say it’s about the sex, trust me it is not….

“Dancing in the Moonlight, Everybody is feeling warm and bright….”

Previously: Filling The Void

This afternoon.

Kilcock, County Kildare.


This afternoon.

The launch of the Irish Heart Foundation’s Childhood Obesity Manifesto.

Aoife, Ishita and John (at front), members of the IHF youth advisory panel, joined (from left) Chris Macey, Head of Advocacy, Irish Heart Foundation, Tim Collins, CEO of IHF and Professor Francis Finucane, Professor of Medicine NUI Galway and Consultant Endocrinologist, Galway University Hospital

Through the Manifesto, the Irish Heart Foundation is seeking action to c”ut childhood obesity by 50% in the next decade which could save tens of thousands of our children from lives dominated by chronic disease and long-term ill-health before premature death”.

Childhood Obesity Manifesto

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

This afternoon.


This afternoon.

Comments by Independent TD Noel Grealish have been branded as “racist” after he told the Dáil that €10 billion has been sent abroad over the last eight years.

The Galway West TD told the Dáil that the money has been sent to countries such as Poland, Nigeria, the UK and France.

He asked if Revenue or the Department of Finance had anyway of tracking where this money was coming from.

Amid palpable tension in the Dáil chamber, Solidarity-PBP TD Ruth Coppinger said the question was an example of disgraceful racism.

Grealish comments branded ‘racist’ in Dáil over cash transfer claim (RTÉ)

This afternoon.

County Louth.

Members of the Garda Armed Support Unit and Garda Negotiator team deal with a hostage situation outside the Newtown Fane pumping station during a training exercise today.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews


This afternoon.

Castleblayney County Monaghan.

Fire Service personnel in chemical suits join members of the emergency services from Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in a training exercise as they deal with a major incident involving a fuel truck which has crashed into a bus on a rural road.

Sam Boal/Rollingnews

This afternoon.

Falsk, Strokestown, County Roscommon

The scene of a forced, violent eviction last December of the McGann family – two elderly brothers and sister – and the repossession of a farmhouse by security guards working on behalf of US vulture Cabot, which purchased the loan from KBC Bank.

Via RTÉ:

More than a dozen people have gathered inside the gates of a house in Co Roscommon in support of a family at the centre of a repossession row.

The McGann family had been given until midday to vacate the house at Falsk near Strokestown.

The house has been at the centre of a long running legal battle between the family and KBC bank.


People gather in support of McGann family at Falsk in Co Roscommon (Shannonside)

Supporters inside Roscommon property at centre of repossession row (RTÉ)

Previously: Cause And Effect

Pic: ShannonsideFM


Anon writes:

This is THE day taxes are due if you file online and you currently cannot file online.

It’s been offline for a few hours…

25 minute wait on the ROS help phone lines….

Will Revenue extend the deadline? No information given on website?



All better.

This afternoon.

A statement released by the family of the late Shane O’Farrell.


Terms of reference submitted by Judge Gerard Haughton for a scoping exercise into the death of Shane O’Farrell; terms of reference set by the Department of Justice; Lucia and Jim O’Farrell with their daughters outside Garda HQ in Phoenix Park in January

This afternoon.

Further to the family of the late Shane O’Farrell highlighting the Department of Justice’s rejection of terms of reference drawn up by District Court Judge Gerard Haughton who was appointed by the Minister for Justice Charlie Flanagan to chair a scoping exercise into the death of 23-year-old Shane…

Daniel McConnell, in The Irish Examiner, reports:

Fianna Fáil is calling on the Government to reverse its decision and permit an inquiry into the death of Monaghan man Shane O’Farrell proceed.

…The party’s Justice spokesman Jim O’Callaghan has said the purpose of his private members’ bill is to pressure the Government to accept the original terms of reference for an inquiry as produced by Judge Haughton,

The purpose of the motion this evening is very simple. We want to get down there and to approve the terms of reference that were put forward by Judge Houghton in April of this year, we believe they are satisfactory that they will achieve the purpose and spirits of what’s all there and voted for in June of 2018.

“We’re hoping to get support from other parties, and we believe we will,” he said.

Fianna Fáil calls on Govt to permit inquiry into death of Monaghan man Shane O’Farrell (Daniel McConnell, The Irish Examiner)

Juno McEnroe, of The Irish Examiner, tweetz:

Oireachtas Commission meeting on TD fobbing & allowances agrees

-an independent examination of other parliaments

-no repercussions for any TDs

-report back in New Year

-formal statement released shortly

-ensure public confidence in system

TDs agree to independent examination of parliament attendance and expenses after controversies (Juno McEnroe, The Irish Examiner)

Related: Oireachtas Commission to discuss controversy over fobbing in (The Irish Times)