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Seven new customs cars allegedly being delivered in Dundalk, Co Louth yesterday

Aoife Moore, in The Irish News, reports:

A lorry with a car carrier trailer holding seven customs cars with hi-visibility livery travelled through Co Louth yesterday morning, and parked at a yard in Coes Road East, Dundalk, just miles from the border.

Damien McGennity, co-ordinator of the group Border Communities Against Brexit, says the community around the border have been left with no answers on how their lives will be affected after the UK leaves the EU.

“This is just the beginning, considering the news over the last day, and now this, the community is seriously concerned,” Mr McGennity said.

Meanwhile…

Border community outraged at arrival of customs cars (The Irish News)

Pic/video: Border Communities Against Brexit

This morning/afternoon.

Dundalk, County Louth.

Students and parents of Coláiste Lú staged a walkout over the school’s decision to no longer teach exclusively through Irish.

Parents say students are being “forced” to be educated through English (despite commitments made to providing Irish-medium education in the area) in an attempt to ‘de-Gael’ students’ education.

Ultach writes:

The education system in Ireland still trying to prevent Irish children who want to learn Irish from learning Irish….

Students in Louth school to walkout in protest over not being educated through Irish (Irish Examiner)

Pupils To Stage Walkout At Colaiste Lu (LMFM

This afternoon.

Dundalk, County Louth.

RTE reports:

A 24-year-old man has died and two others were wounded in a stabbing incident in Dundalk.

The incident happened on Avenue Road at around 9am. The victim, who is from Japan, was attacked on the street and fatally stabbed.

Two other Irish men were subsequently attacked with an iron bar.

Gardaí who were called to the scene confronted and disarmed the attacker, who was armed with a number of weapons.

He is believed to be 18 and from Egypt.

One dead, two wounded in Dundalk attack (RTE)

Pic: Stephanie Grogan

Meanwhile…

On The Liberal…

The Liberal

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An all-star assortment of Irish artists converge on the rehearsal spaces on Castletown Rd. in Dundalk to mark the 2017th birthday of an immaculately-conceived superdude that was his own dad *and* a spooky ghost.

Among them are Robocobra Quartet, Jinx Lennon, Trick Mist and Bleeding Heart Pigeons.

Because someone had to counteract fupping Fairytale of New York at some point.

Graham Patterson

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The trolley bay of the Longwalk Shopping Centre Dundalk where the body of Paul Gorman, who was homeless, was found last Friday

Yesterday.

In the Dáil.

Anti-Austerity Alliance TD Ruth Coppinger and Sinn Féin TD Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin raised the matter of homelessness with Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

During their exchanges, Ms Coppinger said Fr Peter McVerry believes the true homeless figure in Dublin may be double the official figure as several locations across the city, where homeless people sleep, are not taken into consideration when official figures are created.

In addition, Mr Ó Caoláin recalled the recent death of 49-year-old father-of-three Paul Gorman in Dundalk.

Mr Gorman’s body was found in the trolley bay of the Longwalk Shopping Centre Dundalk by a member of staff at Tescos at around noon last Friday.

He had been sleeping rough on Thursday night, when temperatures were below zero.

During his response, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said three more hostels – with 210 beds – will open in Dublin on December 9.

From yesterday’s exchanges in the Dáil.

Ruth Coppinger: Last week in the Dáil the Taoiseach referred to the tsunami of homeless as having had a “slight increase”. I challenge the Taoiseach on that because the increase is not slight. The latest figures on homelessness in Dublin were published last week. I will confine my comments to Dublin for the moment. I am aware that there is a homelessness problem in other parts of the country but the bulk of homelessness in the country is in Dublin, which is why I am focusing on it.”

“There were 2,110 children in 1,026 families in emergency accommodation in the last week of October. A total of 67 families with 133 children became newly homeless last month. I will repeat that for the Taoiseach – 67 families became homeless last month. The Taoiseach told the Dáil earlier today that his Government has the most comprehensive housing programme in the history of the State. Indeed, the former Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Deputy Alan Kelly, used to say the same thing. The Government’s housing programme is clearly not working and I would like the Taoiseach to admit that. I would like him to admit that we have an emergency and to say that there will be a change of course.”

“There has been an increase of 45 in the number of homeless children in Dublin since September 2016. There has been an increase of 639 in the number of homeless children since October 2015. These statistics were provided in response to parliamentary questions I submitted a week ago. There has been an increase of 349 in the number of homeless families since October 2015. In total, there are now 5,146 homeless families in emergency accommodation in Dublin. That does not include the 140 people who were counted sleeping rough on the streets last week – the Taoiseach referred earlier to a figure of 115. Nor does it include the 70 people sleeping on the floor in the Merchant’s Quay cafe or those sleeping in tents in the Phoenix Park. I do not know if the Taoiseach has seen them.

The total does not include people sleeping in derelict buildings or on park benches. Indeed, according to Fr. Peter McVerry, the true figure for rough sleeping would be twice as high if all of those people were included. Furthermore, the figure does not include the 16 women per day who are turned away from refuges and who face the choice of homelessness or returning to a violent abuser. The total does not include homeless non-nationals who are dealt with by the Department of Social Protection’s new communities unit. The true homelessness figure is much higher than the official one.

“What is causing this? The Taoiseach chairs the Cabinet committee at which several Ministers attend. I do not have time to go into the record of each Department but in terms of Social Protection, cutting the dole for young people will not help. The lack of refuge spaces, for which the Minister for Justice and Equality is responsible, will not help. The response of the Minister for Finance was to focus time and attention on the first-time buyer’s tax rebate of €20,000 which will go straight into the pockets of developers and push up the price of housing.”

“…I am sorry but it is rare to get a chance to ask the Taoiseach questions on such an important issue. Mr David McWilliams who is not a card carrying member of any left wing or socialist party has said that the deposit rules were relaxed by the Central Bank in order for prices to rise which will coax builders who are sitting around waiting for such price rises into beginning to dig foundations. This is State-sanctioned house price inflation.”

“One of the main reasons for people becoming homeless is the failure of the Fine Gael Party, in particular, to do anything to tackle landlords and their control over tenants. Mr David Erlich of the Ires Real Estate Investment Trust, REIT, told The Irish Times last week: “It’s a great market, we’ve never seen rental increases like this in any jurisdiction that we’re aware of”. I hope the Government’s private rental policy, to be announced next week, will introduce rent controls.

Later

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin:  “I would like the Taoiseach to note that the cold, lifeless body of 49-year-old Paul Gorman was found last Friday morning in the trolley bay at the Longwalk Shopping Centre in Dundalk. He was homeless and died on a particularly cold night when temperatures fell below zero. I want to take the opportunity today to extend my condolences to his family. His death clearly highlights the dangers for rough sleepers.”

The number of rough sleepers is up over 50% on last year, despite what the Taoiseach and the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government have pledged would be done in regard to emergency bed provision. According to the latest figures from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive, DRHE, about 140 individuals were found to be sleeping on the streets and in doorways. That figure has been challenged, as Deputy Coppinger pointed out, by the Peter McVerry Trust which argues that the actual figure is more likely to be twice that number. On the “Today with Sean O’Rourke” programme on RTE radio this morning a researcher spoke of discovering a cadre of homeless people in Cork who have set up a little camp. They are living in fear and in totally outrageous circumstances. We need to wake up to the real problems here because the true facts of the situation are not being established.”

“With no time left I can only ask the Taoiseach what the Cabinet committee on housing is doing to address this worsening problem and whether it will address the discrepancies in the recording of homeless figures that I have just highlighted.”

Homeless man died after sleeping rough on sub zero night (Dundalk Democrat)

Related: ‘Stackable’ modular apartments to be built for homeless families (Olivia Kelly, Irish Times)

Pic: Dundalk Democrat

Transcript: Oireachtas.ie

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Trick Mistback in Ireland, new single and upcoming launch gigs

What you may need to know…

01. Since the last time we stopped in with multi-instrumentalist Gavin Murray, a.k.a. Trick Mist, he’s been busy to say the least.

02. Before departing Manchester, he made an appearance at Chorlton Arts Festival, a ten-day marathon of the arts in the Mancunian suburbs.

03. Streaming above is a video from said appearance, performing Cracking Settlement live. Shot and edited by Claire Byrne.

04. New single Crumbs Abound is available now on iTunes, as well as on 7″ from Tower Records in Dubline, and Dundalk’s Classified Records. Catch him live for a hometown show at Classified on October 14th at 7pm.

Verdict: Sparse and stark electronics and guitar-play are coated with crooning, subverted by space and reverb.

Trick Mist

Dundalk FC writes:

The draw for the UEFA Europa League group stages was made on Thursday morning.

Dundalk were drawn in group D with Russian side and 2008 winners Zenit St. Petersburg, Eredivisie’s AZ Alkmaar and Israeli runners up Maccabi Tel Aviv.

The matches will take place on September 15th and 29th, October 20th, November 3rd and 24th with the final group stage match being played on December 8th.

The dates, times and venues for each game will be confirmed later this afternoon so keep an eye on uefa.com and dundalkfc.com for those.

Dundalk drawn in group D (Dundalk FC)

Pic: FC Zenit in English

Ted writes:

Legia Warsaw player Steeven Langil tickling the ivories at Chopin International Airport in Warsaw before his flight to Dublin today. Tomorrow Legia faces Dundalk in a crucial Champions League qualifier….

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Dr Alison Lennon tweetz:

“An aerial view of Roche Castle, Dundalk [Co. Louth]. The only medieval castle in Ireland constructed by a woman.”

Yay.

Via Wikipedia:

After her husband’s sudden death whist travelling in Poitou, France, Rohesia de Verdun moved her lands in Ireland. She immediately set about fortifying the land with a castle. However, her quick tempered reputation deterred all potential architects.
She then offered her hand in marriage (and thereby a share in her wealth) to the man who would build the castle to her liking. Local legend has it, after their wedding banquet in the newly completed castle, she invited her husband to the bridal suite and urged him to view their estate from the large bedroom window. Taking no chances with the castle’s secrets, she promptly pushed her new husband from the window, where he plummeted towards his death

Oh.

Castle Roche (Wikipedia)