This afternoon

A fuming Joe Duffy (centre) challenges unruffled Rio Police commissioner [second-in-command of a police division] Aloysio Falcão (top) about the filming of the arrest of “frail-71-year-old” Pat Hickey among other gripes on RTÉ Radio One’s Liveline.

Fair and balanced?

Or police brutality?

Only you can decide.

Transcript to follow.


Earlier: Dan Boyle on Thursday

Previously: RTÉ Is Ireland’s Biggest Problem

AJ Noonan. Pic: Feargal Ward 22/01/15

PodcastCover Tunein

From top: AJ Noonan, William Campbell

Small Firms’ Association spokesperson AJ Noonan talks to William Campbell of the Here’s How podcast about their pre-budget submission.

William writes:

Land needs to be freed up for house building. Will giving tax breaks to landowners achieve that? The discussion is, ah, lively….

Listen here

Pic: Fergal Ward


This afternoon.

Gary Byrne writes:

Mount Street Bridge [Dublin 2] today lunchtime. Filter used of course…



This morning.

Gola Island, Donegal.

Thanks Collywobble



Kipkenko writes:

Taken on August 18 up from Lacken, County Wicklow – close to Blessington Lake.The purple hue is natural (no filters) from the proliferation of heather.



Last Summer YOU helped journalist Barry Hartigan find an office mate to share his swanky central Dublin HQ.


He’s been back on.

Barry writes:

I know you don’t normally do this but our summer tenants are moving out at the end of the month so I will have a room to let in my office on Dame Street [Dublin 2] and I hoped to spread the word here again.

Plenty of space in the main room (above) and currently there are two of us using the others. It has its own bathroom & mini kitchen and the building is located just a few yards from the Olympia Theater with access 7 days a week.

The rent is low, with bills even lower, and it would it all sorts of uses. If you, or anybody you know is interested, mail me on barryhartigan@gmail.com and please spread the word. Cheers!



This morning.

Kildare Street, Dublin 2.

Michelle Moran and Roughan Mac Namara of homeless charity Focus Ireland launch the charity’s new campaign which is calling for “Government legislation to fully protect Irish homes from the threat posed by vulture funds”.

More at VultureShock

Previously: A Rising Shame

Sasko Lazarov/Rollingnews

Naoise Roo

Naoise RooPlaying Galway and Hard Working Class Heroes fest

What you may need to know…

01. Dubliner Naoise Roo’s star has been on the ascendant, with a heavyweight voice to bear heavy subject matter.

02. Debut long-player Lilith released last year on bespoke tape label Little L Records, and quickly established herself and her band, going on to share bills with the likes of Elastic Sleep, and circumnavigating the Irish festival scene.

03. Streaming above is the bare-bones, single-shot video for For You, taken from Lilith.

04. On September 24th, Naoise and outfit take on Galway’s Roisin Dubh as the first date of her upcoming #WHORETOUR in support of upcoming single Whore. Support from Irish DIY-music cornerstone (and featured photographer) Laura Sheeran. She also plays Hard Working Class Heroes fest, October 6th-8th across Dublin.

VERDICT: From a diminutive frame emerges a preternaturally sultry vocal and prodigious presence, given a gently menacing alt-rock undercurrent by an equally accomplished group of collaborators.

Naoise Roo