According to the former Prime Minister Leo Varadkar, now the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment (although he seems to be firmly opposed to all three) this is vital to stop ‘unfair’ competition. The police – to show they are determined to get tough on anyone taking advantage of the crisis by, say, selling children’s toys or books – were reported to be out in force this weekend to ensure compliance.
But hold on. This is completely crazy. For the moment, let us leave aside the issue of whether it is a slight overreaction to a virus which, while infections are rising, killed
between zero and thirteen people a day over the last month in Ireland. Let’s leave aside as well how complex it will make the border with Northern Ireland – given that presumably anyone from the Republic will be able to drive across the border to buy garden equipment or a new T-shirt (I hope someone has broken the news to Michel Barnier so he can work out what the heck that means for the backstop). The important point is this: it has turned into a terrifying abuse of government power.
Ireland’s lockdown war on the economy (Matthew Lyn, The Spectator)
Clanbrassil Street, Dublin 8.
Decent trainers (above left) tbf.
Thanks Vanessa Foran
Connemara Galway Hotel
Pat McGrath, of RTÉ News, reports:
A tender to provide a direct provision centre at a hotel in Oughterard, Co Galway, has been withdrawn by the applicant.
Speculation that the former Connemara Gateway Hotel was to be repurposed as a centre to house asylum seekers has led to a round-the-clock protest by locals in recent weeks.
Following discussions with protesters, construction workers are entering the site this morning and removing tools from the hotel.
Tender over Oughterard direct provision centre withdrawn (RTÉ)
Previously: In Galway
Kinsale Road Direct Provision Centre in Cork
Roos Demol has said that after five years of bringing clothes to people who live in the Kinsale Road Direct Provision Centre in Cork, she’s been told to stop.
Roos, who is originally from Belgium and has been living in Ireland since 1998, is an intercultural facilitator and blogs on immigrantinirelad.com.
Previously: Boy From Burundi
“What Has This Guy Been Saying to Other People?”
Balseskin Direct Provision Centre on St Margaret’s Road in Dublin 11
Movement Of Asylum Seekers in Ireland tweetz:
There is a mom with newborn in desperate need of a buggie, a baby cot and clothes for an 8 week old baby boy in Balseskin Direct Provision Centre. Please send us a message if you can help and we’ll connect you with the mom.
Movement of Asylum Seekers in Ireland
You’ve probably already familiar with the anthropomorphic, clobbered pooch oeuvre of photographer William Wegman.
Here, he elaborates to Great Big Story on a career that started with pictures of his Weimariner pup Man Ray in the 1970s and led to countless adorable photoshoots, beloved Sesame Street vignettes and a props room most theatres would be proud of.
The Sacrificial Chair – a custom built, flat-packing chair frame with maximum hanging space for your dragged off ‘n’ dropped duds.
Or, for rather less than €140, you can just kick the seat out of your existing bedside chairdrobe.