The above letter of condolence was sent from Ceann Comhairle Seán Ó Fearghaíl TD to the Right Honourable Mr Trevor Mallard MP, Speaker of the House of Representatives in New Zealand.
Earlier: In Christchurch
Via Oireachtas News
The attacks in the city of Christchurch, New Zealand were carried out when the mosques were crowded during Friday prayers
“We grieve, we are shocked, we’re appalled, we are outraged”
Australian PM Scott Morrison condemns New Zealand mosque shootings. 49 people died in attacks at two mosques in Christchurch
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) March 15, 2019
Political leaders from across the world have expressed their condemnation at the deadly shooting at two mosques in New Zealand
Forty people were killed and at least 20 suffered serious injuries in “terrorist” shootings targeting the mosques during Friday prayers in the city of Christchurch, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said.
Police say three men and a woman are in custody in connection with the attacks.
One of New Zealand’s largest news websites is busy publishing clickbait articles describing the Irish as ‘rugby’s new whingers’. Don’t read the comment sections if you are thin skinned (or indeed, a whinger) and Irish…
*Maori for ‘Fight!’
For the weekend that’s in it.
November 17, 2001.
The era of the baggy jersey was drawing to a close and Irish voters kicked the Nice Treaty into touch.
Gerry Thornely wrote:
A hard one to swallow for this Irish team to have given themselves and a throbbing Lansdowne Road a real sight of a famous victory.
The men in black foraged in twos or even clusters, and usually offloaded even before going to ground. You have to wonder if Irish fatigue was a factor in just not getting support ruckers to the breakdown. But Gatland like the players was not having any of it. “I don’t want to repeat myself here, but that’s again down to the intensity they play at week, week out.”
A helluva game, it really was.
Final Score: Ireland 29 New Zealand 40
Previously: On The Blindside, This Could Be Drama
Congratulations to Joe Schmidt and the Ireland team for achieving an historic win over the All Blacks.
An equal non-congratulations to the IRFU, EirSport and whoever else was involved in not showing the match live on television to the vast majority of sporting fans.
The selfish manipulation of live television coverage is in stark contrast to the honesty and heroism of the players on the field.
Spotted in Rotorua, New Zealand.
Thanks Andrew Doyle
New Zealand Labour MP Iain Lees-Galloway
New Zealand has passed legislation banning zero-hour contracts, in what is thought to be one of the first laws in the developed world to end the use of deals criticised as exploitative.
Opposition Labor MP Iain Lees-Galloway was joined by his political opponents in supporting the Employment Standards Legislation Bill to end the use of the deals under which employees are required to be available for work but have no guaranteed minimum hours.
“To the best of my knowledge it’s the first of its type [in the developed world], certainly in terms of the US and UK,” Mr Lees-Galloway said.
“It’s possible Denmark doesn’t have them because these type of contracts are all about exploiting loopholes and I don’t think Denmark had the loopholes in the first place.”
There you go now.
Previously: Zero Hour Contracts And You
An emotional Stephen McBride asks:
So, apparently Ireland is one of only 2 countries (the other being Germany) that has an agreement whereby New Zealand will permanently seize the original driving license if a person applies for a NZ driving license. Would love to know why this agreement is in place, not that I miss the amateurish looking fragile piece of pink paper that got a laugh from most bouncers here when produced as ID.
Above: All that’s left (sob)
Some of the 40 contenders – whittled down from 10,292 suggestions – for New Zealand’s new flag.
The list will be whittled down further to just four in September and then New Zealanders will vote for their favourite in a November referendum.
See the full list of flags here