The intricate layered paper dioramas of Japanese artist Ayumi Shibata – some small enough to fit in the palm of the hand, others encased in jars or big enough to step inside. Sez she:

White paper expresses the yang, light, (and) the process to cut expresses the yin, shadow. When the sun shines upon an object, a shadow is born. Front and back, yin and yang, two side(s) of the same coin.

Now for yeh.

More of her work here.


Freedom of Information documents obtained by Ken Foxe relating to the documentary The Story of Water, produced by Irish Water

Ken Foxe writes:

The brand of Irish Water had been “badly damaged” and continually “politicised” and the level of public trust & confidence in the company was low, according to creative brief for €800,000 TV documentary ‘The Story of Water‘ that they planned to produce.

Budget for the project had originally allowed for a spend of up to €2million.

This included €942,000 for the documentary itself, which proved cheaper to make (see below).

Also included is a fee for either RTÉ or Virgin to broadcast it … this ended up costing just €1.

This was not “about politics”, “charges or meters”, the brief stated, but instead about ‘educating the Irish public about the size & scale of problems facing Ireland’s water network’.

The documentary was to follow Irish Water’s ‘Tone of Voice’: this being ‘honest and respectful, clear and straight talking, approachable and reliable, experienced and professional’.

The target audience was broken up into four key demographics: advocates, supporters, dissenters and detractors.

Public trust and confidence in Irish Water was tracking at 44%. There was a very low awareness of size and scale of issues faced. And there was a low openness to hearing about future plans & work

The board of Irish Water were told it was time to “shape the conversation” and “move it away from bills and meters”.

The Documentary would help “bust” the ‘fairy story that surrounds Ireland’s water supply and the idea that it is endless’.

The documentary ended up costing just over €800,000, about €137k below the production budget “due to efficiencies”.

Seven in ten people who watched it felt “more confident that Irish Water have projects and plans … underway to address the issues raised”

Good times.

The Story Of Water (Irish Water)

Right To Know

Ken Foxe

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

Behold: John Wick’s Ford Mustang Mach 1 Coupe – or rather, one of an upcoming series of officially approved facsimiles of same. Also known as ‘The Hitman’, the car will be produced by Oklahoma based Classic Restorations. Customers can select an original 1969/70 Mach 1 body (or a newer reproduction, if desired) containing a 1000bhp 5-litre Coyote V8 with Boss 302 intake.

Available to preorder for €156,000 plus whatever it costs to get it from Oklahoma.



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’.