This morning.

Central Criminal Courts, Dublin.

Former Anglo Irish Bank Chief Executive David Drumm on his way into the Criminal Courts of justice for his sentencing today after he was found guilty on two counts of fraud.

Previously: He Fiddled The Moolah

Sam Boal/RollingNews


Drumm Sentenced To Six Years For Fraud (RTÉ)

More as we get it.

Hannah Deacon?

Callie Blackwell?

Earlier: It’s Oil Right, Innit?



Chris Telford and the ‘very best burger in the country at his Hungry Moose Cafe, Kilkenny

This afternoon.

Kepak, sponsors of National Burger Day, has announced that gourmet burger restaurant, The Hungry Moose in Kilkenny is now officially home to the best burger in Ireland.

The Huingry Moose , located on Upper John Street on the north side of the River Nore, opened in 2017 following an online crowdfunding appeal by Chris Telford, former chef to The Rolling Stones.

In the past month, over 15,000 “Irish burger enthusiasts” cast their votes with over 500 burger outlets to choose from

The Hungry Moose was awarded the title for a burger containing a combo of “smoked bacon, dill pickles, dressed with beer battered onion ring, aged Canadian moose cheddar and organic maple BBQ sauce”. Eddie Rockets took national prize of the Best Burger in a Fast Food Chain

The announcement comes ahead of Ireland’s first ever National Burger Day tomorrow, June 21. with an exclusive ‘Buy One Get One Free’ offer at participating burger outlets nOMNOMM

National Burger Day

Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland

There ya go now.


Tusla CEO Fred McBride

This afternoon.

At a meeting of the Oireachtas committee on Children and Youth Affairs.

Tusla’s Chief Executive Officer Fred McBride is answering questions in respect of a report published by HIQA yesterday.

HIQA’s report looked at the management of allegations of child sexual abuse against adults by Tusla – after it emerged that Tusla had sent a notification containing a wholly false allegation of rape against Garda whistleblower Sgt Maurice McCabe to An Garda Síochána in May 2014.

This false rape allegation was brought to the attention of the then Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan in the same month.

Sgt McCabe wasn’t made aware of this false allegation until January 2016 when Tusla wrote to him and told he was being investigated for this.

Between May 2015 and December 2015, Sgt McCabe was involved in the O’Higgins Commission of Investigation which examined his complaints about poor policing in Cavan/Monaghan and throughout this time, he never knew this false allegation had been documented by Tusla and sent to the gardaí.

It wasn’t until June 2016 that Tusla wrote to Sgt McCabe and told him a mistake had been made.

These matters are currently being examined by Supreme Court judge Peter Charleton at the Disclosures Tribunal.

The HIQA report identified 65 cases where the group failed to protect children at “potential risk” of abuse.

The meeting can be watched here.

The report can be read in full here

Related: Tusla identifies failures in 65 cases of kids at risk of abuse (Irish Examiner)

From the Ombudsman’s annual report for 2017

From April of last year.

The Ombudsman and the Ombudsman for Children started to accept complaints from people living in Direct Provision centres across Ireland.

The system of direct provision was set up in 1999 as an emergency measure.

Today, the annual report of the Ombudsman for 2017 shows that Peter Tyndall’s office received 115 complaints from asylum seekers and refugees living in State-provided accommodation centres.

Of the 115 complaints received, nine were upheld and 25 were not upheld.

Read the full report here


This afternoon.

Central Plaza, Dame Street, Dublin 2.

Garry McNulty writes:

The woman is  shouting: ‘All non-nationals out, it’s our own that should be working’


Ah here.

Thanks James Chimney


An original and rather excellent 2017 short by Lucas Leyva and Jillian Mayer that uses the traditional Japanese puppeteer theatre of bunraku to tell the story of two of the anonymous folk seen fleeing the gargantuan onslaught of Godzilla and friends in Japanese disaster movies.

To wit:

The first Mothra film to make it to Sundance. A day in the life of a Husband and a Wife, living in a world of giant monsters.