Thank Fred it’s Friday.

That means it’s time for another music competition. This week the question is: What in your opinion is the greatest moment in heavy metal?

A song we can dedicate to all the moshpit-missing, devil-horn handed headbangers caged in by Lockdown.

Reply below to be in with a chance of bagging a hair-tangled €25 Golden Discs voucher.

Here’s mine.

Please include video links if possible.

The winner will be chosen by my tattooist.

Lines close at 5.45pm EXTENDED until 11pm.

Nick says: Good luck!

Golden Discs

Minister for Children Roderic O’Gorman addressing the Seanad, sitting in the Dáil this afternoon

This evening.

The Irish Examiner reports:

The Government has contravened European and Irish law with regard to the accessibility of personal data by voting to seal the records of mother and baby homes for thirty years.

The Data Protection Commission was consulted by the Department of Children ahead of the drafting of the new mother and baby homes bill regarding the Data Protection Impact Assessment it had commissioned concerning the legislation.

In passing the legislation on Thursday evening, Children’s Minister Roderic O’Gorman said that his advice from the Attorney General was that access to the records had been explicitly restricted by the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004.

However the Irish Examiner can reveal that this is entirely contrary to the observations provided to the Department by the DPC.



More as we get it.

Government breaking the law by sealing mother and baby homes records, says DPC (Cianan Brennan, Elaine Loughlin, Ciarán Sunderland, The Irish Examiner)

Earlier: “I Didn’t Want To Ask Survivors To Wait More”

Yesterday: Simon McGarr: Sealing The Archive Would Be Impermissible In EU Law

Behold: the Alfa Romeo Berlina Aerodinamica Tecnica (BAT) concept cars (BAT5 in black, BAT7 in blue and BAT9 in silver) built from 1953 to 1954, when auto makers were less fettered by the restraints of cost and production.

The result of Alfa Romeo giving Franco Scaglione at Bertone free rein to explore imaginative visions of aerodynamic road cars. These three, bought from their respective owners in the early 90s having toured the world individually, are being offered as one lot at auction later this month.

Yours for €12 to €17 million the three.


Dr Billy Ralph

Via CassandraVoices:

Billy Ralph GP writes:

I am a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a doctor, an athlete, a traveller, a student and a citizen. Although just one person, I nonetheless occupy many nodes in the complex networks that make up society. These extend into the past, traverse the present and reach towards the future.

Over the past few months I have been deprived or diminished in many of these roles. Had I been asked if I wanted to relinquish the responsibilities inherent to these roles I would have declined, but I may have wanted to increase my responsibilities in some areas.

I am just one person in a vast network of people whose lives have contracted in the past six months. This makes me consider the extent of the wastage across society.

Why? Policies were adopted by an unelected government on the erroneous advice of experts listening to other experts, who predicted an enormous death toll from Covid-19 that has not come about anywhere on the globe. These same experts are now doubling down on initial errors and inflicting incalculable harm on the delicate fabric of society.

I don’t think these experts took into account people like a patient of mine, eighty-five-year-old Joe, who was married to Mary for sixty-years. They were forced to separate, partly because of her dementia when she had to go into a care home, but then because of public health restrictions. Mary resides in a nursing home and Joe visits every day, but the last time he held her hand was on their sixtieth wedding anniversary in March.

Previously Joe would cry when recounting his visits to Mary. Then he realised that if he spoke to her about their early days he could bring her back to life; at least for an hour or two. This stanched his tears. He was happy to have a small piece of the woman he married return to him.

His last such conversation was in March. Until recently he was still visiting her and looking and waving at a woman who didn’t recognise him. If the day was bright and sunny all he’d see was his reflection in the window. Joe managed to see Mary this week; to hold her hand and speak to her, but unfortunately she was unconscious. She stayed that way until she died a few days later.

The experts never asked Joe how he and Mary would like to live out their last days, nor sought the opinion of the thousands of elderly people whose children live abroad and who had planned perhaps their last trips to a wedding, a graduation or a funeral. Instead a paternalistic decision was taken, after a shameless use of the national media for propaganda purposes, inculcating a fear of imminent death in the elderly if they did not comply with the rules. [more at link below].

The Bonds that Hold Society Together (Billy Ralph GP, CassandraVoices)

And we wish Billy the very best in his next career outside medicine probably abroad.

That’ll learn him.

Previously: It’s A Small Club

This afternoon.

The Dáil.

Further to the recall of ViraPro hand sanitiser (above), which was approved for use in many schools in Ireland…

…via RTÉ:

Sinn Féin’s Agriculture Spokesperson Matt Carthy said Minister for Agriculture Charlie McConalogue needs to explain why it took until late last night to make public a recall which had been put in place since Tuesday.

Mr Carthy said the minister needed to tell the house when the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister for Health were informed about what he said was “this latest debacle coming down the track“.

Several schools all over the country closed as a result of the call.

The Department of Education said last night schools could close if they could not secure an alternative source of hand sanitiser.

The Department said funds would be made available to schools that needed to buy additional products as a result of the recall.

TDs demand Dáil response to hand sanitiser recall (RTÉ)