Tag Archives: Ask A Broadsheet Reader

Sabina Higgins greets Britain’s Prince Charles in Glencree, County Wicklow yesterday

Steady on.

Peter L writes:

It’s wonderful that we have good relations with the British Royal family and all but is there a larger purpose to these visits and their frequency and the level of deferential intimacy on display? We are a Republic after all carrying a complicated history with these people….[we are] not hoteliers to the British elite…


Yesterday: They Are Among Us


Elon Musk’s proposed Starlink laser-linked high-speed internet satellite project showing the shortest path in the network between New York and London.

Ross writes:

How is it costing 3bn to get broadband throughout Ireland when Elon Musk can give the entire planet high speed internet for an estimated 10bn?


Elon Musk just revealed new details about Starlink. Here’s how it might work (BusinessInsider)

Demolition of Tom Kelly flats, Charlemont Street, Dublin 2 in 1994

Tom Kelly writes:

I understand that once upon a time, there was a Mural, (Subject: Tom Kelly) that was located in the Tom Kelly Flats near Kelly’s Corner in Dublin.

Would you or any of your readers have any suggestions as to where I could see a picture of this?

I understand that the Flats have now been demolished. Thank you very much for your assistance.


Dublin Rental Investigator tweetz:

Are DAFT facilitating landlords hiding the location of properties? New regulations governing the advertising of rental property must include a provision for the inclusion of the Eircode. What’s to gain from hiding “Newly Refurbished/BER Exempt’ property locations? #RaiseTheRoof


Seanad Eireann

Anon writes:

There are growing calls for all NUI graduates who have not registered for the Seanad elections to do so. Here’s the thing. I am a graduate of NUI – they awarded me a diploma (in absentia) and sent a very impressive conferring parchment by post.

The Constitution provides for Seanad seats to be elected by the graduates of NUI in a dedicated constituency.

It is silent as to whether the franchise is restricted to graduates awarded primary degrees, nor does it appear to mention recipients of postgrad awards. The NUI registration process however, requires the applicant to specify the details of the primary degree awarded.

This appears to be custom & practice within NUI rather than a stipulation mandated in the underlying legislation. Are there any constitutional lawyers in the house?



Anon adds:

Answering my own question: 7.—(1) Every person who is a citizen of Ireland and has received a degree (other than an honorary degree) in the National University of Ireland and has attained the age of twenty-one years shall be entitled to be registered as an elector in the register of electors for the National University constituency. [Seanad Electoral (University Members) Act, 1937] Oh, well.