Tag Archives: Peadar Tóibín

From top: Radie Peat of Lankum; Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín; Lankum video for The Granite Gaze

This morning.

On RTÉ Radio One’s Today with Seán O’Rourke.

Singer Radie Peat, of Lankum, sang The Granite Gaze just after Mr O’Rourke finished an interview with Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín.

Following her performance, Mr O’Rourke and Ms Peat had the following exchange after he asked her about folk songs and their use as protest songs.

Radie Peat: “I am thrilled to play that song after Peadar Tóibín there because it’s basically, yeah, it’s a protest against some of his views. So I’m pretty, pretty glad I got to play it.”

Seán O’Rourke: “Ok, well, we’re not going to engage in electoral …”

Peat: “Oh no…”


O’Rourke: “Your name Peat, as in Radie Peat, it’s associated with a very long-running, sadly no longer there, Peat’s on Parnell Street.”

Peat: “Yeah.”

O’Rourke: “But it gives you, I suppose, an identification with this great capital city of Dublin. Because it was an institution there for how many generations in your family?”

Peat: “So it was three generations. It would have been my great-granddad WB Peat founded that. Yeah, so it was very sad, very sad to see it go, you know.”

O’Rourke: “And I read somewhere that every time you come back from, say you’re foreign touring, you just notice something different, not all of it that you appreciate or would approve of, in just the streetscape and the shape of the capital?”

Peat: “Yeah, I’m finding it really shocking. It’s not one building, it’s entire blocks just seem to be missing. I spotted another two just yesterday, just gone. You know, so, I find that worrying, really. And I wonder what’s going up in its place and if it’s like a hotel or student accommodation. That’s not what we need.”

O’Rourke: “Just on that thing, yeah, I read that you’re not mad keen on the amount of student accommodation that’s being built but I mean every year, every autumn we, on this programme and others, we’re reading about students just struggling to find somewhere to live.”

Peat: “Yeah but that’s part of a bigger problem that there’s like a housing crisis and a rent crisis and the rents are too high. You’re not going to fix that by building student accommodation that no one has the possibility to buy.”

O’Rourke: “Yeah, yeah.”

Peat: “That’s not going to work. You need to build social housing, you need to sort out, like there’s bigger problems there than students not being able to afford, families are homeless, that’s a bigger problem.”

O’Rourke: “Yeah, ehm, just back to the music…”

Ms Peat is taking part in Imagining Ireland: Speaking Up, Singing Louder at the National Concert Hall on Sunday, February 9.

She’ll also be a special guest when Beak play at the Button Factory on Thursday, February 6.

Listen back in full here

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This morning.

Pro Life TD Peadar Tóibín who left Sinn Féin earlier this month, has told RTÉ Radio One’s ‘Today with Sean O’Rourke’ show he is setting up a new political party.

More as we get it.


Ah here.


This afternoon.

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín, from Meath, has resigned from the party.

He has tweeted:

It is with a heavy heart that I resign from Sinn Féin today. I have been a member of the party for 21 years. In that time I poured all my efforts into achieving Irish Unity & Economic Justice. This clearly is no longer enough. I will now help to build a new 32 County movement.

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Labour TD Alex White, top, and Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín during Leaders’ Questions this morning

Labour TD and Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White took Leaders’ Questions this morning.

During it, Sinn Féin’s Peadar Tóibín raised the issue of Siteserv.

Peadar Tóibín: “Are members of the Cabinet aware of any individual who was a shareholder of Siteserv who would have had access to IBRC information, around the sale of Siteserv, and who would have information around Irish Water’s Siteserv tender [for water meter installation].”

Minister Alex White  “It’s a classic tactic of Sinn Féin to level, to level allegations, which have no grounds, which he presents no grounds for, masquerading as a question, masquerading as a question, that is a classic tactic of the party. There is absolutely no basis. Now the answer, the answer to the question, the answer to the question.
I’m a member of the Cabinet, I certainly am not aware and I can only answer for myself but I just, I, I, I believe that the manner in which the deputy poses questions, a little like the way his party’s colleagues, including [Sinn Féin] Deputy [Mary Lou] McDonald operate in this house, make allegations without any foundation, leave them on the record and make no effort whatsoever to ensure that there’s any kind of a reasonable basis for what’s being said. And that means a leas ceann comhairle, that means a leas ceann comhairle, that the deputy’s [inaudible] cannot be taken seriously in relation to anything they say, anything they say whatsoever.”


Yesterday: Playing Dukes And Drakes


Independent TD Stephen Donnelly writes:

Every day, TDs submit something called ‘Topical Issues’. Four are picked for discussion in the Chamber. This week, due to the Government’s Party Political Broadcast, aka the Spring Economic Statement, topical issues were tabled for today only.

So Catherine Murphy TD and I tabled one on the potential conflict of interest involved in having KPMG investigate a sales process (SiteServ) which KPMG was involved in running, in a dead bank that KPMG was the auditor of. Oh yes.It wasn’t selected. But here are two of the four that were:

1. The status of the integration of the former Newbridge Credit Union into Permanent TSB.
2. Proposals to route construction traffic through Donabate town centre for the construction of the National Forensic Mental Hospital.

Both important issues for those involved, to be sure…but really I forget sometimes just how low the bar is set in Ireland….

Stephen Donnelly TD (Facebook)

Thanks Nevan Riley

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Yesterday, Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger made reference to high-profile members of Sinn Féin bullying Maíria Cahill on social media.

One particular twitter account (@capnblack) belongs to Alan Donnelly (aka Alan Ó Donnaille), brother of Sinn Féin councillor Paul Donnelly, who ran in the Dublin West by-election earlier this year.


On last night’s ‘Tonight with Vincent Browne’, Sinn Féin TD for Meath West Peadar Tóibín denied Sinn Féin members were involved in online bullying of Maíria Cahill.

Watch in full here.


Sinn Féin Deputy Peadar Tóibín threatened to hold up the Workplace Relations Bill 2014 in respect of the dispute at Kishogue, Lucan. The Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Committee are meeting this afternoon to make amendments to the existing legislation.

Bricklayers in Kishogue were reportedly being paid less than €5 per hour.

There are numerous amendments proposed in the Bill and if the deputy so wishes he can call a vote on each amendment which will take up to eight minutes per vote.

Hero or zero?

YOU decide.

Previously: Crane Of Defiance