Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan arrives for a meeting with the new Policing Authority to discuss the findings of the O’Higgins commission as a debate continues in the Dáil concerning its contents and yesterday’s statement from Ms O’Sullivan.
Yesterday, with the prize of a meal for FOUR at outlets of Gourmet Burger Kitchen and a mind-alteringly delicious GBK Mikado Shake for dessert to giveaway to a Broadsheet reader, we asked:.
When dunking, what biscuit and beverage do you use?
You answered in your dozens.
Kolmo: “Biscuit-wise my most pleasurable dunking experience involves a Arrowroot Biscuit into a cup of tea made from collected rainwater that dripped through the roof of our atrociously built new apartment block, it was 2009, times were bad, so pleasure had to be drawn from such everyday simplicity. It was a simpler time, a happier time, a more innocent time.”
Mou: “1. A ginger nut into milky tea – the ginger nut turns in a gooey caramel like sludge. Effortlessly slips down the hatch. 2. The purple snack into milky tea – technically not a biscuit but also technically a biscuit. One side/end has a thicker layer of chocolate than the other. Fun.”
Rebecca McGrane: “Biscuit-wise my most pleasurable dunking experience involves a big dirty custard cream into a cup of a single plum, in perfume, floating in a man’s hat. If no one gets this Simpsons reference I’ll just show myself out. But in all honesty can’t beat any biscuit dunked into a cup of tae and then you horse the whole thing down. Except those shite cafe noir biscuits, down with that sort of thing.”
Ethereal: “Biscuit-wise my most pleasurable dunking experience is a biscotti into a glass of Vin Santo.”
Darren: “Biscuit-wise my most pleasurable dunking experience involves a Penguin into a cup of strong tea. Top tip: nibble one corner from each end of the Penguin and use the biscuit as a straw for the tea…… then bite into the biscuit. Thank me later.”
A Sinn Féin TD [Martin Kenny] has made a series of fresh allegations in the Dáil about malpractice by An Garda Síochána in Leitrim.
…Mr Kenny said “gardaí were engaging informants who were active criminals in contravention of the CHIS [Covert Handling of Intelligence Sources] programme.”
He also alleged that “gardaí were running their own informants outside of the CHIS programme.
“A third allegation is that some rogue gardaí have used informants or criminals they have control over to set up or entrap people for crimes and then prosecute these people.”
“The fourth allegation is that there are high-ranking gardaí who have protected these rogue gardaí and covered for them with secrecy and denial.”
Mr Kenny then proceeded to give examples of malpractice, including robberies allegedly carried out by informants under the direction of gardaí and claims senior gardaí did not inform other members of the force of plans by a criminal gang to carry out attacks at the homes of gardaí.
The Sligo-Leitrim TD said two members of the force brought their concerns regarding the handling of intelligence sources to then commissioner Martin Callinan in 2009, but they “were fobbed off“.
He added that the allegations were also brought to then minister for justice Alan Shatter in 2012 and 2014.
A meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness today
The committee will be fully aware that there are in excess of 6,000 people in homelessness across Ireland, of whom 2,000 are children. In addition to the family homeless emergency there over 3,000 adults with no dependents in homeless services nationally.
Individuals, and indeed couples, face enormous challenges in accessing housing. The people that Peter McVerry Trust supports can often be excluded by mainstream social housing providers. Inadequate housing provision and housing supports mean that it is single individuals who face the longest wait for housing and the greatest risk of damage and institutionalisation by the system.
Despite the deepening emergency across Ireland there are only 5 counties where there are more than 100 people in homelessness.
However, the situation is shifting dramatically. For example, in Kildare the numbers in homelessness has doubled since January 1st. In Tipperary the figure has gone from 4 individuals to 54 individuals in just 3 months. In Dublin there are, on average, 8 new adult presentations per day.
From the Peter McVerry Trust’s opening statement to the Oireachtas Committee on Housing and Homelessness this morning.
Grangegorman Military Cememetery, Blackhorse Avenue, Dublin 7
A protestor apprehended by have-a-go Canadian Ambassador to Ireland Kevin Vickers, a former Mountie, at the State Ceremonial event to remember the British soldiers who died during the Easter Rising, 1916.
Grangegorman Military Cemetery is where many of the soldiers are buried.