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Pro Choice protestors outside Leinster House, Kildare Street, Dublin last night calling for  the government to name a date for a referendum to repeal the Eight Amendment of the constitution

From second pic: Naomi and Keziah Keenan O Shea; Ciara Shorthall; Maria Mackay and Clare Foley.

(Sam Boal/Photocall Ireland)

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RTÉ reporter Brian O’Connell spoke to several drug addicts in Dublin’s inner city – within two minutes’ walk from O’Connell Street – about a new drug that’s being sold as crystal meth but is, in fact, a drug called MDPV. It was formerly sold as bath salts in headshops and is generally snorted.

Mr O’Connell said for the last few weeks MDPV has been sold from two locations in Dublin and that 50 or 60 people are calling to these locations every day for the drug.

One man, who has been on heroin for the last 8 years on and off, told Mr O’Connell:

“I smoked three bags of heroin in a row to come down off it, it was that bad, I ended up throwing it away. But I’ve seen people who are strung out on it now, injecting it, smoking it, it’s just completely different. The way they go on, they’re paranoid 24/7, they think people are after them, they’re looking for things that aren’t there, crazy…
People are only on it a week or two and you can see their appearance, they’re tearing themselves, they’re like scratching themselves, there’s big scabs all over them, it’s like it’s eating them from the inside out…There’s been a big explosion of this in the city centre itself, do you know what I mean? So the police are really going to have their hands full when it really gets a grip of people…I
t’s not fair on the public, do you know what I mean like? Because they have to witness it swell. Like I’m on [heroin] eight years and I never once used a needle. And you see dirty needles all over the place. We had to tell a mother and father to pick their child up off the Boardwalk the other day instead of letting them crawl.”

Listen back here

Pic via Today With Sean O’Rourke Show

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The launch yesterday of SuperValu’s ‘All Star’ line up for the National Ploughing Championships [in Stradbally, Co Laois September 23-25].

SuperValu is building an ENTIRE VILLAGE at the championships to showcase its “commitment to growing local communities and plans to celebrate the very best fresh food available from over 600 Irish, Signature Tastes and Food Academy producers over the three-day event”.

Participants will include telly’s Marty Morrissey and three mystery GAA stars ably impersonated above by, from left, Harley Smith, Noah Lynch and Rocco Kelly.

But can YOU NAME those stars?

Lines MUST close at 12.15

Thanks Emma Williams

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Three items among 800 for sale at ‘The Eclectic Collector’ auction at Whyte’s Auctioneers [Molesworth Street, Dublin] at 11am on Saturday.

With over 800 lots, the sale “will cater for collectors into campaign boxes and tribal art, tourist posters, movie posters, militaria, photographs, badges, medals, autographs, sporting memorabilia, coins and banknotes”.

And Nazi stuff.

From top: Waffen SS badge from World War II; a Nazi Commemorative Medal from the 1936 Berlin Olympics and a “very rare” Nazi War Order of The German Cross in gold from World War II.

Video of items on sale here.

(Mark Stedman/Photocall Ireland)

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Yes or No?

YOU Bogside.

Meanwhile, outside a polling station in Scotland..

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Via Dan Whitehead