In the Dáil.

Ireland’s first Youth Assembly on climate change is taking place involving 157 delegates, ranging in age from 10 to 17, from across Ireland.

Watch live here

Youth Assembly on climate change takes place in Dáil (RTÉ)


Meanwhile, on Today with Seán O’Rourke, presented by Miriam O’Callaghan…

A boy called Paddy, aged 10, who’s taking part in the assembly and who will be talking about the use of single-use plastic bottles, told Miriam:

“Well, it’s kind of, it’s like, you see this on TV. I’ve watched some of the Oireachtas TV before. And you think, like, you’re in there and it’s like a basin of politics squashed up and made into a stew.

“The chairs are all really, like, comfy and, really old, parliament-ish.

“I feel extremely excited. One because it’s the Dáil and two, because this is a chance to make a change in our civilisation.

“And we have to do it, unless you want to move to another planet. I quite like this planet.”

Thank Broadsheet it’s Friday.

To celebrate the bright new dawn that is the weekend, I’m giving away a highly coveted Golden Discs voucher worth a lip-smacking €25.

To enter, simply tell me below what is your favourite song featuring the saxophone?

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my pet gerbil.

Lines MUST close at 3.15pm.

Nick says: Good luck!


At the NewsBrands Ireland Journalism Awards…

Mark Tighe, of The Sunday Times, won News Reporter of the Year award, Scoop of the Year award, and Investigative Journalism of the Year award – the latter with Colin Coyle and Paul Rowan – for the newspaper’s work on John Delaney and governance at the Football Association of Ireland.

The Sunday Times also won the Campaigning Journalism Award for the same stories.

In the video above, Mr Tighe, and others, discuss the development of the story.

See full list of winners here

Yesterday: Back Of The Net

This morning.

Farmleigh House, Phoenix Park, Dublin.

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar with British Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Julian Smith MP (top) and  First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon (above), as he hosts Administration Heads from Scotland, Wales, and the British Government at the 33rd British Irish Council (BIC) Summit.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the inaugural meeting of the British-Irish Council. The Summit will focus on the implications of Brexit for relations between Ireland and the UK’s Regional Administrations.


Behold: NGC 3717 – a bit the worse for wear, by the looks of it. To wit:

Most bright stars in spiral galaxies swirl around the centre in a disk, and seen from the side, this disk can appear quite thin. Some spiral galaxies appear even thinner than NGC 3717, which is actually seen tilted just a bit. Spiral galaxies form disks because the original gas collided with itself and cooled as it fell inward. Planets may orbit in disks for similar reasons. The featured image by the Hubble Space Telescope shows a light-coloured central bulge composed of older stars beyond filaments of orbiting dark brown dust. NGC 3717 spans about 100,000 light years and lies about 60 million light years away toward the constellation of the Water Snake (Hydra).

(Image: ESA/Hubble & NASA, Processing: D. Rosario)


Cyber psychologist Dr Mary Aiken

Further to 37-year-old Brendan Doolin, of Leighlin Road, Crumlin, Dublin,  being jailed in the Dublin Circuit Criminal yesterday for three years…

After he pleaded guilty to sending hundreds of abusive messages to six female writers and journalists – Sarah Griffin, Kate McEvoy, Sinead O’Carroll, Christine Bohan, Roe McDermott and Aoife Barry – over six years, between May 2012 and February 2018…

And whom the court heard had only left his home twice in the 17 years preceding the Garda investigation into him…

Cyber psychologist Dr Mary Aiken told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland:

“I think it’s [the case] is a major breakthrough, I think it’s a step forward in the real world and a giant step forward in cyber space.

“I think for the first time it’s an example of consequences for these types of behaviour online, these types of behaviour in cyber space.

“The point is that deterrent is a central principle in terms of any criminal justice system and that works on the premise that the threat of punishment will deter people from committing crime and reduce the probability and level of offending in society.

“This case is now showing that there are consequences for the offender’s behaviour and, hopefully, going forward, deterrent as a principle will work.”

Meanwhile, the six women whom Mr Doolan targeted have released a joint statement saying:

“Brendan Doolin’s campaign of harassment against us went on for years.

“We hope this case shows other men and women in this situation that what they say will be taken seriously if they come forward, and that online harassment is harassment and will be treated as such.

“We hope Brendan Doolin receives the help and rehabilitation he needs.

“We’d like to thank Detective Garda Colm Gallagher and his colleagues at the Cyber Crime Unit for their painstaking work on, and sensitive approach to, this case.”

Listen back in full here

Previously: Troll’s Three-Year Toll

Pic: RTÉ/YouTube

Staying in anocht?

Via TG4:

TG4 will air ‘A Jar with Brendan Behan’ tonight at 20:30 in memory of actor and comedian Niall Tóibín who passed away this week.

‘A Jar with Breandan Behan’ is a one man show from 1970 starring Niall Tóibín as Behan.

The film was only aired once before on Irish television, on TG4 earlier this year. Directed by Bergette Pierre who at the time was a researcher in RTÉ, and produced and shot by Godfrey Graham.

Tóibín was known for his portrayal of Behan, starring in ‘Borstal Boy’ many times in the Abbey Theatre and Broadway and winning a Tony Award for it.

This is a rare chance to see this one man show from 1970 where Niall Tóibín plays Brendan Behan, as only he can.

A Jar with Brendan Behan’at 20.30 on TG4.

Previously: Tóibín There

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Lyric videos are all the rage – but here’s one that offers an innovative new twist.

Director Ryan O’Connor projects the deeply felt words of Orla Gartland’s new single onto the back of her head.

It’s a simple but clever way of illustrating the message in the song: in case it’s not clear, now you can literally read my mind.

The London-based YouTube star (top) returns to her hometown to play a not-to-be-missed headlining show in Whelan’s of Wexford St, Dublin 2, tonight at 9pm.

Nick says: Breaking up is hard to view.

Orla Gartland

This morning.

On RTÉ’s Morning Ireland.

Fianna Fáil Senator Lorraine Clifford-Lee spoke to Carole Colman about her controversial tweets from 2011.

Ms Clifford-Lee is running for a TD seat in the Fingal by-election on November 29.

During the interview, Ms Clifford-Lee said:

“What happened back then was totally inappropriate and wrong and I’m very sorry for offending people. It was many years before I was engaged in electoral politics and in no way reflects my opinion on minority issues.

“My true attitude is reflected in what I’ve done and what I have said since I’ve been in a position to influence things. For example, I robustly offended in the media the families at Cabra Bridge last year, in their dispute with Tipperary County Council.

“I supported the Traveller education bill, the granting of ethnic status to Travellers, the family reunification bill which offered extra rights to undocumented migrant families in Ireland.

“And I also supported marriage equality so I’m truly sorry for the offence that I caused. I think sometimes we say things when we don’t understand the impact of the words that we use.

“I’m meeting Martin Collins [of Pavee Point]. I’ve spoken to him on the phone, I am going to reissue that apology to him in person and I truly hope that my apology is accepted.

“It’s from the bottom of my heart and it’s very heartfelt. And I hope to engage in constructive dialogue with Martin and his colleagues.”

Asked how she felt how the matter “unfolded during the middle of her campaign, she said:

“It obviously was unexpected but, you know, as soon as it emerged, I apologised and I’ve kept apologising and I will continue to apologise because that’s all I can do. I am genuinely very, very sorry.

“It doesn’t reflect who I am. It doesn’t reflect the work that I have engaged in and I know that I have caused offence and I am truly sorry for that offence.”

Asked if she accepts that people, particularly in public life, have to be very careful about how they label other people and other groups, she said:

“Absolutely and it’s something that happened far before I was involved in electoral politics. Nevertheless I understand the impact that the words I used has had on people and I understand the offence that I have caused and I am truly, truly sorry for that offence.”

Asked how she disassociates herself from something that was her own words, she said:

“It was a long time ago and I suppose we all evolve as people and I’m, now I’m a mother, I suppose I have educated myself a lot in relation to minority issues in recent years and yu know people make mistakes and it’s the recognition of those mistakes and it’s how you act.

“And since I have been a public person, that was in a private capacity. Since I have been a public person, I have worked very, very hard in relation to minority issues.”

Asked if there any other tweets or anything on other platforms that may yet emerge, she said:

“I don’t know is a straight answer because you know obviously this was a long time ago, before I was engaged in electoral politics and I’m very, very, very sorry for things I might have said back then.”

Asked for her thoughts, in general, on the value and challenges of diversity, she said:

“Ireland is a more diverse country than we have been in the past and particularly this constituency, it’s very, very diverse. And this constituency is a very young constituency and it’s  a rapidly growing constituency and there’s people coming from all over Dublin, all over Ireland and beyond to live in this constituency.

“I think it’s very important that we put the structures there in place in all our communities that we can all integrate, get to know each other and grow as communities.”

Listen back in full here

Previously: Set In Motion

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