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Friday: Politicians accepting hospitality at horse-racing festival ‘deeply concerning’


Last night.



Staffing boosted to tackle ‘dramatic increase’ in passport applications (BreakingNews)

Last night.

Good times.

Previously: But Enough About Me

Thanks ESB

Look what the terrorists did to my poster.

Time to ban markers?

You decide.

Thanks ESB

And a cardboard cut-out of Michael Collins.


This morning.

Dublin City University.

Fine Gael Senator Barry Ward (left) at a Young Fine Gael table for DCU’s open day, manned by two Michael Collins-masked YFG members, Cormac Docherty (centre) and Thomas Scallon.

Cult of personality.

Give or take a consonant.

Pic via Barry Ward

This afternoon.

Leinster House.

Fine Gael Deputy Emer Higgins and Senator John Cummins hold a media conference on the plinth about restoring vacant homes and buildings for residential use through new and existing policy measures ahead of a Joint Oireachtas Committee on Housing.


Social Democrats Housing Spokesperson Cian O’Callaghan said:

“The Government is failing to tackle the issue of vacancy. We have thousands of people who are homeless and thousands of houses that are empty. In some areas over 11pc of properties are vacant – that is after you exclude houses that are vacant for a known reason. This has to change. We have to turn these houses into homes.”

“A report commissioned from GeoDirectory shows that vacancy rates are as high as 11.5pc in some of our towns. In total, 19 Local Electoral Areas were examined in detail and vacancy rates ranged from 0.2pc in Clontarf to more than 11pc in Kanturk and Bantry. Another survey by local authorities showed that vacancy rates are 5.2pc in Mayo, 4.4pc in Waterford and 4.2pc in Limerick. These levels are far too high.

“There are clear solutions to addressing vacancy. The Government should immediately introduce a tax on vacant houses and stop stalling with vague promises of action at some future stage.”

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews




This afternoon.

Trim county Meath.

Tanaiste and Fine Gael leader Leo Varadkar on the roof of Trim Castle Hotel with Trim Castle in the background, speaking to the media on the first day of the party’s think-in, alongside Minister of State for Civil and Criminal Law Hildegarde Naughton (in yellow) and Minister of State for Business, Employment and Retail, Damien English (above left).

All the big hitters.


Think-in will unite Fine Gael party – Varadkar (RTÉ)

Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews


This afternoon.

Late to the roof were: Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney and Minister for Higher Education Simon Harris and Frances Fitzgerald MEP.