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Why couldn’t you do that during the Famine?

Never mind.



This must be the plaice.



This morning.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was canvassing in Galway city when he was asked about comments made by Senator Catherine Noone in which she described him as “autistic”.

During a media scrum Mr Varadkar said:

“…but you know, it’s not about me. I just think that we all need to be very aware and very respectful of people who have autism and people who are on the autism spectrum and we need to understand that those terms should never be used in a pejorative way at all.

“And this is a Government that has prioritised autism, you know, we have more ASD units than ever before, more special needs assistants than ever before, more special classes than ever before and also we provided €2million this year for an autism awareness campaign, to educate the public better about understanding what autism and autism spectrum is.

“And we know that isn’t enough…but it is, it’s a good start and we’re going to build on it.”

Asked if Ms Noone should be sanctioned by Fine Gael, he said:

“No, like I say, she’s withdrawn her remarks in full and she’s apologised to those people she’s offended and that’s good for me.”

When it was put to him that Sinn Féin councillor Paddy Holohan had been suspended, over comments he made, and that “surely a suspension is warranted”, Mr Varadkar repeated that Ms Noone had apologised, withdrawn her remarks and that that was “good enough for me”.

He was asked by one journalist how he felt personally about the comments, while another asked if he is still encouraging people to vote for Senator Noone who is running for a seat in Dublin Bay North.

He said: “I encourage people to vote for all of our Fine Gael candidates. Richard Bruton and Catherine Noone are candidates in that constituency.”

Asked by another journalist if he’ll canvass with Ms Noone, Mr Varadkar shrugged and said: “It’s not on the schedule yet but I’m sure I will at some point.”


Rain Man.

Earlier: Not Literally [Updated}


At Knock Airport…

And in Galway…


National forecast (Met Éireann



Founder of Claddagh Watch Arthur Carr, centre, with Claddagh Watch volunteers

This morning.

On RTÉ’s Today with Seán O’Rourke.

Arthur Carr, founder of Claddagh Watch, spoke to Mr O’Rourke.

Claddagh Watch is a group of volunteers who carry out night-time patrols on the bridges and waterways of Galway city with the intention of preventing accidents and deaths.

During their discussion, Mr Carr said that he and his colleagues found a suicidal young man by the River Corrib twice in one hour last Friday night.

The man had been tended to by gardai after the first incident.

Mr Carr explained that he and his colleagues went out to patrol the river at around 10.30pm on Friday night.

He said one of the members of Claddagh Watch had been approached by a relative of the man and told that the man had intended to take his life by entering the River Corrib, and that he had left a suicide note.

Not long after being told this information, Mr Carr said they found the man sitting on a 12-foot wall by the river and that he was in a “distressed and bad state”.

Mr Carr said the man attempted to jump into the river but the Claddagh Watch volunteers “manhandled him back to safety” and called 999.

Members of An Garda Síochána then took the man to be assessed, Mr Carr said.

However, Mr Carr couldn’t say who assessed him.

Within an hour, Mr Carr and his colleagues were tending to the man again by the River Corrib.

He explained:

It is like a revolving door, really and truly. But her arrived back on the bridge, to our volunteers and again we had to engage with this person and we had to try and calm him down and we got him to a safe place.

“We got him actually into a hotel which is adjacent to the bridge, Jury’s Hotel there in Claddagh, and he still was not in any state to engage with a family member at the time and it took a bit of talking an persuasion for him to realise that what we were trying to get him to dosas far more beneficial than what he was trying to achieve for himself, which was to take his own life.

“And, eventually, we did make headway and he did engage with a family member and as far as we are aware, she brought him down to the psychiatric unit where he said he would be prepared to go in and get some help for himself.

“He then realised that he does need psychiatric help.

“Now, after that, we don’t know because for our own safety, we don’t get involved with people once we hand them over, we walk away. And we don’t engage with the person anymore unless they want to engage with us.”

Mr Carr added:

“When they’re brought away, they’re being assessed but they’re being put back out onto the street, more or less immediately after, because there is nowhere for them.”

Asked if it’s happened before where Claddagh Watch would encounter the same person twice in one night, Mr Carr said:

It is fairly regular I have to say.”

“….when you have someone that has been taken down [from a bridge], if they have alcohol on them, the psychiatric services don’t want to know, if they have drugs on them, they psychiatric services don’t want to know.

“But, when you look at it, there’s probably 80 per cent of the people that present to us on the bridges, or on the waterways, have either drugs or alcohol or even both. And they are wiping their hands of them. They don’t want to know. 

“There is no care for them and it’s people, like us, that are directing them from entering the water and when we do that, the frustration is that it’s a high percentage that they’re going to be back and we’re going to have to deal with it again.

“And the whole cycle starts again. There is nowhere for them.”

“…like if somebody wants to jump 15 feet into a water that is running that quickly [17.5kph], they are not in a good place and the least they deserve is a chance to get back on their own two feet and they’re not going to do that by being put back out onto the street in their own care within an hour.”


Tonight, the NUIG Psychological Society is hosting a table quiz in aid of Claddagh Watch from 7.30pm at Massimo bar in Galway.

Claddagh Watch

Samaritans: 116 123

Pieta House: 01 6010 000

Aware: 1890 303 302

Previously: Watching Out

An Avoidable Death


Micheál Ó’Ciaraidh, of TG4, writez:

“Tá súil agam go bhfuil sibh go maith. We have just today put a video live featuring a night spent with the absolutely amazing CladdaghWatch volunteers.

“We thought you [and your readers] might be interested in seeing it and feel free to share on your own social media if you wish. Bíodh Nollaig iontach agaibh ar fád.”


Samaritans: 116 123

Pieta House: 01 6010 000

Aware: 1890 303 302

This morning.

Storm Elsa-sodden cars dry out in Salthill, Galway.

Meanwhile, last night…

Motorists rescued from cars in Galway as Storm Elsa batters the west coast (Breakingnews)

This morning.

Ryanair tweetz:

Mara the turtle was blown by Storm Lorenzo all the way from the Canary Islands to Galway, Ireland earlier this month.

Dingle Oceanworld Aquarium has been nursing Mara back to health and asked if we could help.

We’re delighted to say she’ll be returning home on board with us very soon.

Mara will be a very special passenger on our Cork to Gran Canaria flight on November 4th along with two members of the Oceanworld team – ensuring she’s returned to the warm waters she needs to survive.

In fairness.

Efforts under way to return turtle to warmer waters (RTÉ, October 2)

Galway City Council tweetz:

The Defence Forces have turned 130 tonnes of sand into 10,000 sandbags which are being deployed as part of a total of almost 20,000 sandbags from three locations in the city.

-Claddagh Hall

-The entrance to Mutton Island Treatment Centre

– By the Aquariam in Salthill


Storm Lorenzo beginning to bear down on south coast (RTE)