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This morning.

Via Ken Foxe (!) in the irish Examiner:

Leinster House was urged to keep the windows of its offices closed at night because of a rogue fox that had urinated in the neighbouring Department of the Taoiseach.

Exterminator reports said that foxes were coming to feed on food debris from skips in an area called the Fisheries Yard of the Oireachtas buildings. A “strong smell” of fox urine was noted at the site with advice given for the skips to be tightly closed off and for the area to be thoroughly washed down.

The inspection report said it was especially important that all windows would be kept shut in the evening as this “presented easy access for unwanted pests”. “A fox was noted in a neighbouring property [Government Buildings] only recently and urinated all over an office,” it said.

Urinating fox in Taoiseach’s department forces Leinster House to shut windows at night (Irish Examiner)

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Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin 2 in 1890 (left) and as it is today

“The forecourt outside Leinster House was removed in favour of car parking in 1948, at a time when it was believed that the private car was the future of urban transportation. For reasons of both public health and climate action, we now accept that there is an urgent need to move towards greater use of sustainable modes of transport.

“This will require significant behaviour changes for many in our society and is a major challenge. We commend the legislative work of the Climate Bill but it is not enough for you to pass bills to encourage these changes. We need you, as our representatives, to also embody them. We need you to lead by example.

“The grounds of Leinster House are small; a drop in the ocean in tackling climate change or our public health problems, but they are symbolically large. In the coming years many of you will stand on the plinth to expound the need for action and for change. How much more effective will those messages be, if they are delivered in front of a symbol of your commitment to a sustainable future? How effective will those messages be, if they continue to be delivered in front of your own private city-centre car park?

“Our public spaces matter, and few matter more than Leinster House. We urge you to take up this change; push for a restoration of the Leinster House garden on Kildare Street, and show that talk of a healthier, more sustainable post-pandemic future is backed by deeds as well as words.”

Extract of a letter sent today to the Oireachtas Health and Environment and Climate Action Committee from Advocacy groups, architects and academics.

This afternoon.

Signatories include Irish Doctors for the Environment, Irish Pedestrian Network, Dublin Cycling Campaign, Friends of the Earth, Irish Architects Declare, Irish Georgian Society, ‘as well as dozens of individual signatories from various fields in academia, health, architecture, journalism and environmentalism’.


Leinster House Garden Letter

This afternoon.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Debenhams workers outside the Dáil calling on Taoiseach Micheál Martin to intervene in their redundancy payment dispute and convene talks involving the government, Debenhams shop stewards, Mandate and the store’s liquidator KPMG. They also called on the public to boycott Debenhams online store.

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There you go.

More as he gets it.

Related: It’s going to cost taxpayer €50k-a-day to have Dail sit in Convention Centre (Herald.ie)


This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2

From top: Green Party Leader Eamon Ryan; Fianna Fail TD Mary Butler; Soc Dem co-leader; Roisin Shorthall; Fianna Fáil TDs Thomas Byrne and Jim O’Callaghan; Sinn Féin’s Louise O’Reilly; Independent Mattie McGrath; Sinn Féin TD Dessie Ellis and John Halligan.


Earlier: Question Time

This afternoon.

Leinster House, Dublin 2.

Scenes from the first socially distant day back at the Dáil with From top: Social Democrats Anne Marie McNally (left) and Catherine Murphy; People Before Profit’s Richard Boyd Barrett; Fianna Fáil’s Stephen Donnelly; Independent Michael Lowry and Fianna Fáil Leader Micheál Martin.

Earlier: He Technically Isn’t Accountable To It


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