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Last night.

Fair City on RTÉ One.

SOQ writes:

Accidentally watched Fair City last night- they are actually wearing muzzles on it. No doubt the justification is that they are setting a ‘good’ example but they just looked really silly. No sign of them on the English soaps of course.

Do we really need a reminder of how bleak and miserable things are on a soap which is supposed to be about escapism?

On the other hand it did appear to improve some of the acting – so maybe they should all wear them all of the time.

Watch back here


This morning.

Merrion Street, Dublin 2.

A beverage-carrying member of the public, possibly a UK visitor, photobombs Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform Michael McGrath, on his way into government buildings for a cabinet meeting.

Not sure where the geezer is off to.

We didn’t want to ask.


Last night/this afternoon.

BBC NI presenter Stephen Nolan defended his actions on Nolan Live last night which saw the irate host confront members of the public for not wearing face masks while inside a Belfast petrol station.

Via Belfast Telegraph:

The popular presenter was accused of attempting to “criminalise” people for not wearing masks, with loyalist blogger Jamie Bryson saying Mr Nolan was “punching down, trying to coerce the ‘little people’ on behalf of the powerful”.

Responding directly to the message, Mr Nolan denied criminalising people.

If people break the law, they are criminalising themselves,” he tweeted.

“And as for little people – there is none more little than a vulnerable person, helpless because they are surrounded by people who don’t give a damn about their safety.”

He added: “This is about the community protecting each other. Never will so many citizens have the power to protect life.”


The BBC backed Mr Nolan in his approach to the matter saying there was a “significant public interest” in the matter and his programme reflected differing views. It said those approached were given an opportunity to explain their actions.

Good times.

BBC’s Stephen Nolan defends confronting Belfast shoppers over face masks after Twitter backlash (Belfast Telegraph)

Mask off.


Mask on


Mask off.


(Repeat until plate is clean).

Via CBS:

The California governor’s office put out a tweet advising that restaurant-goers keep their masks on while dining. “Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend?” it. “Don’t forget to keep your mask on in between bites. Do your part to keep those around you healthy

California governor’s office tells diners to wear masks “in between bites” (CBS)

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar

This morning.

Tánaiste Leo Varadkar has said a system of fines may have to be considered for people who break restrictions imposed due to Covid-19.

Via RTÉ:

Leo Varadkar told a meeting of Fine Gael TDs, Senators and MEPs last night that the Government’s primary aim was to secure public buy-in rather than to introduce draconian measures.

However, Mr Varadkar said if fines were to be introduced, they would have to be both graduated and imposed on-the-spot fines rather than involving the courts.

He suggested an appropriate penalty could be in the order of €50 for not wearing a mask, and €200 for not abiding by travel restrictions.

Level 3 garda checkpoints in place across country (RTÉ)



Dr Marcus de Brun urges people of all politics to join next Saturday’s rally against rona restrictions organised by Yellow Vest Ireland and Health Freedom Ireland at Custom House Quay, Dublin 1 at 2pm.

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