This morning.

Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2.

Ministers of State at the Department of Justice James Browne TD (top second right) and Hildegarde Naughton TD (centre) helping launch the ‘Lock it or Lose it’ campaign to tackle bike theft.

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This morning.

A total of 6,845 bicycles have been reported stolen since January 2020 and April 23, 2021.

The average value of the stolen bicycles is €500 while 10% of the bikes were worth €1,000 or more.

More than 70% of the bicycles were reported stolen in the Dublin Metropolitan Region for a total of 4,825 bikes [compared to in Cork]…

A total of 2,139 bicycles were recovered throughout that period but these were not necessarily stolen during the same timeframe.

Nearly 7,000 bikes stolen since January 2020 (RTÉ)

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Behold: the sacred island mountain of Uluru, aka Ayers Rock, pictured against an equally extraordinary backdrop. To wit:

Uluru is an extraordinary 350-meter high mountain in central Australia that rises sharply from nearly flat surroundings. Composed of sandstone, Uluru has slowly formed over the past 300 million years as softer rock eroded away. In the background of the featured image taken in mid-May, a raging thunderstorm is visible. Far behind both Uluru and the thunderstorm is a star-filled sky highlighted by the constellation of Orion. The Uluru region has been a home to humans for over 22,000 years. Local indigenous people have long noted that when the stars that compose the modern constellation of Orion first appear in the night sky, a hot season involving lightning storms will soon be arriving.

(Image: Park Liu)

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Here’s How.

The current affairs podcast presented by William Campbell (right) meet’s Social Democrat TD Holly Cairns (left), the party’s spokeswoman on agriculture, food and the marine, and further and higher education and disability.

William writes:

The Social Democrats are perhaps the wokest party we have in Ireland, but how sound is their reasoning? Prominent new TD Holly Cairns on this and the effects – and causes of the difference in earnings between men and women…

Listen here

Here’s How

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This morning.

The death at 81 of Derry-born poet, novelist, academic and critic Seamus Deane has been announced.

RIP

Seamus Deane, leading Irish writer and critic, has died aged 81 (Irish Times)

Pic via Penguin

Rushes – Wide Eyed

Cork alt.pop crooner Rushes (top) takes a stroll near his native Skibbereen, county Cork and goes for a swim in his suit (a swim-suit?) in the video for the new single from his Glowchild album.

Rushes writes:

“I think the video depicts the narrative of the track: you’ve cut a connection but now you’re on your own. It’s like wearing the suit and yet having nowhere to go. I’m wearing my dad’s old suit, I found in the attic, but it felt right”.

The promo was filmed by Eddie O’Flaherty and Stephanie Naughter and edited by Rushes.

Nick says: Green grow the Rushes.

Rushes

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