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Friday evening.


Previously: It Tolls For Thee


Taoiseach Micheál Martin announcing the easing of Covid restrictions last night

Fluffybiscuits writes:

Inter county travel is to be lifted from May 10. When Northern Ireland returns to normal along with rest of UK, does the fact we have no border not mean the government’s hands here are forced to match those measures? Monitoring compliance for people traversing the border would be impossible



From top: Digital Hub Development Agency in Dublin 8. The Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications announced yesterday that the Digital Hub is to be dissolved; then Chief Executive of Digital Hub Philip Flynn with Fianna Fáil Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources Dermot Ahern on the roof of the Digital Hub Building, February 26, 2003

Yesterday, the government announced the 10-builidng Digital Hub [formerly Media Lab] in the Liberties, Dublin 8 is to be shut down and redeveloped for ‘social and affordable housing’ by the Land Development Agency (LDA).

John C writes:

Can they just do that? Obviously they can and housing is vital, but why remove an established, admired and, I would have thought, very valuable resource for Dublin’s future?

Grant Thornton Review of the Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA) 2020 (Gov.ie)




Beech Park nursing home Dunmurry, county Kildare


Covid-19 outbreak at Kildare nursing home claims nine lives (Irish Times, February 4)

Pic: Beechfield Nursing Homes

The new  St Teresa’s Gardens complex in Dublin 8

Stephen Coyne writes:

Railings as far as the eye can see.

The Liberties newest street is a ‘road’ – Margaret Kennedy Road, fronting onto what will be a regenerated St Teresa’s Gardens. 54 new social housing units.

But why not a ‘street’? Why not city centre character?


Previously: How Much?

Public Expenditure and Reform, Secretary General Robert Watt

This morning.

Irish Tax Payer writes:

The Department of Public Expenditure and Reform has set a new pay rate of €292,000 for the position of secretary general of the Department of Health.

The current Civil Service salary regulations set the the highest grade at €211,000 so this new rate represents a 40% pay increase.

The current head of the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform who set and approved this salary increase is… Robert Watt.

It is widely reported that the top job at the Department of Health will go to…wait for it….Robert Watt.

Conflict of interest?


Robert Watt to become new secretary general of Department of Health (irish Times)