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From top: Linda Doyle, Provost of Trinity College Dublin; Chief Medical Officer Dr Tony Holohan, and Robert Watt, Secretary General at the Department of Health

This morning/afternoon.

Via Independent.ie:

“Under the proposed agreement, the Department of Health commits to provide for the secondment of Dr Tony Holohan who will continue to receive a salary at his existing level (i.e. salary, terms and conditions equivalent to the position of Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health) on the date of signing of the agreement including any improvements, awards or regrading that may apply to the position of Chief Medical Officer over the duration of the secondment.

“It would make an annual ring-fenced allocation of €2m for the duration of the secondment, to be administered through the Health Research Board, a body under the aegis of the Department of Health, to support the development and activities of an interinstitutional collaboration led by Dr Holohan from his position in Trinity College Dublin.”

A letter from Secretary General Robert Watt to Trinity College Provost Linda Doyle two weeks before Tony Holohan’s TCD role was announced.


The Health Research Board, meanwhile, said it had no knowledge of such arrangement to pay Dr Holohan.


Robert Watt’s ‘strictly confidential’ letter to Trinity agreed Department of Health would give €2m a year for Holohan secondment (Independent.ie)


It’s your choice.

Yesterday evening.

Pearse Street, Dublin 2

Taoiseach Micheál Martin and Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris  greeted by Professor Linda Doyle, Provost of Trinity College Dublin, as they arrive in the Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute to announce the successful cross-border partnership projects awarded funding under the North South Research Programme.

Leah Farrell/RollingNews


And you’re not on it.

Last night.

The list for candidates in the Dublin University By-Election – caused by the Dail election of Ivana Bacik last year – has been sent to voters.

Only those  who have received a degree from Trinity College Dublin are eligible to vote.

ESB writes:

The rotten borough brigade is at it again. Democracy for all college grads in Ireland, please.


Dublin University By-Election

Good times.

Yesterday: Submissive Dom

Brendan Keneally?

Evolutionary biologist and outspoken atheist Richard Dawkins

Last night.

Trinity College’s Historical Society (the Hist) cancelled an invitation to Richard Dawkins to address the society next year over his views on Christianity Islam and sexual assault.

Via University Times:

Auditor of the Hist Bríd] O’Donnell said in an Instagram post:

“The invitation to Richard Dawkins to speak at the society was made by my predecessor and I followed up the invitation with limited knowledge of Mr. Dawkins. I had read his Wikipedia page and researched him briefly. Regretfully I didn’t look further into him before moving forward with the invitation.”

I want to thank everyone who pointed out this valuable information to me. I truthfully hope we didn’t cause too much discomfort and if so, I apologise and will rectify it.”

In an email statement to The University Times, O’Donnell said:

The comfort of our membership is paramount, and we will not be proceeding with Professor Dawkins address. I apologise for any distress caused by this announcement, and the Hist will continue to listen and adapt to the needs and comfort of students.”

The Hist Will ‘Not Be Moving Ahead’ With Richard Dawkins Address (Cormac Watson and Mairead Maguire, University Times)



From top: Newgrange; County Meath Poulnabrone portal tomb, County Clare

This afternoon.

Further to research by Trinity College Dublin revealed yesterday attempting to settle the question of the origins of Ireland’s prehistoric society…

…Historian Alison Sheridan, in Nature, writes:

The authors’ findings address key issues, such as the insularity of Ireland’s Mesolithic population, the immigration of Neolithic farming groups and the farmers’ relationship with the indigenous Irish Mesolithic fisher-hunter-foragers.

…The genetic data obtained from human remains dating to around 4700 bc (from Killuragh Cave, County Limerick, in southwest Ireland) and to around 4100 bc (from Sramore Cave, County Leitrim, in the northwest and Stoneyisland, County Galway, in the west) are the first DNA results for Ireland’s hunter-fisher-forager groups.

These Mesolithic Irish people were genetically distinct from their Mesolithic neighbours across the Irish Sea in Britain, suggesting a prolonged period of genetic isolation after these people sailed across to Ireland around 8000 bc.

..analysis of remains from Poulnabrone portal tomb (a single-chamber monument with a huge capstone and tall entrance stones) in County Clare, western Ireland, reveals the appearance of new genomic signatures.

This indicates the arrival in Ireland of people from elsewhere, from at least as early as 3800 bc, and is consistent with the idea that farming was brought to Ireland by immigrants.

[the] report has many other fascinating insights, including data on the probable skin, hair and eye colour of the ancient individuals, and the world’s earliest definitive evidence (dated to 3629–3371 bc) for a case of Down’s syndrome — in an infant boy, buried at Poulnabrone portal tomb.


…there are also contentious issues, not least the use of social-evolutionary terminology. For example, it is questionable to characterize the society of those responsible for building the major Brú na Bóinne passage tombs as possessing attributes found in early state societies and their precursors, with all that that implies in terms of bureaucracy, centralized power structures and so on.

Moreover, in emphasizing the genetic affinities between Irish and British Neolithic farmers and those in Iberia (Spain and Portugal), the authors seem to fall into the trap of assuming that Ireland’s farmers had sailed up from Iberia — an argument for which there is no archaeological evidence….


Last night: Hillbillies

Incest uncovered at the elite prehistoric Newgrange monument in Ireland (Alison Sheridan, Nature)

Pics: wikimedia


Last night.

Trinity College Dublin.

Must be cricket bats.


Suit yourselves.

Thanks wickedfairysad

[Click images to enlarge]

Front Square revisited.

Newly-unearthed images by American photojournalist Harrison Forman Include this small trove of Trinity College Dublin campus photos from the late 1960s. Restrictions on its members becoming students were finally lifted by the Catholic Church. in 1970.


Name those jammers (at front, left to right), anyone?

Pics via University of Wisconsin

Previously: Gone For A Burton

Grand Jurys

Vintage Green Day