Readers, we’ve made it past Blue Monday relatively unscathed.

Now it’s giveaway Friday!

For fans of ye olde vinyl singles, I’m offering a €25 Golden Discs voucher to one lucky reader who tells me below: what is your favourite B-side and why?

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my AI robot.

Lines MUST close at at MIDNIGHT!

Please include video link where possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

Golden Discs

Seamus Mallon in 1998

This afternoon.

Seamus Mallon, former SDLP deputy leader and one of the architects of the Good Friday Agreement, has died.


Seamus Mallon, former deputy leader of the SDLP, dies (BBC)

Eamonn Farrell/Rollingnews

“Seamus Mallon was a force of nature.

In the darkest days of conflict, when hope was in short supply, Seamus represented the fierce thirst for justice that ran through the SDLP and through communities that had lost so much to political violence.

His passion for peace underpinned by truth, justice and reconciliation came from a lifetime as a proud son of Markethill where he was born, grew up and raised his own family.

It didn’t matter who you were, where you worshiped or what your politics were, there was always help to be found at Seamus’ hearth.”

SDLP leader Colum Eastwood

SDLP Leader pays tribute to the life and legacy of Seamus Mallon (SDLP)

Stop that.

It’s not a pacifier.

Or is it?

This afternoon,

Labour Party HQ, Dublin.

The Labour Party published proposals for new public childcare options.

To wit:

The party has pledged to roll out a pilot scheme which will at first benefit 6,000 children and will be targeted initially at parents who cannot afford to work and pay for childcare costs.

The applications process will involve a parent declaring their income and showing two quotes from commercial providers.

Initially if the childcare cost is more than 30 per cent of the parent’s net income, they will be eligible for inclusion in the scheme.

A spouse’s income is not included which means the calculations will be based only on one parent’s income, the party said.

From top: )l-r) Deputy Chair of Labour Women Hannah Deasy with baby Oliver (8 months), Labour election candidate Andrew Montague with his son Phillip (1.5 years), and Lorraine Mulligan with Harry Power (6 months); Aodhán Ó Ríordáin with Oliver Deasy Celin and Andrew Montague with son Phillip; Senator  Ó Ríordáin and baby Harry Power (6 months).

Any excuse.

Labour vows to slash the cost of childcare by up to two thirds (Irish Times)

Leah Farrell/RollingNews

Behold: the 1971 Datsun 240Z Series 1 Coupe. Inspired by the E-Type Jaguar and powered by a 2.4 litre inline six engine, this car marked the start (and for many the highpoint) of a new era for Japanese sports cars.

Presented in ‘time capsule’ condition, fully restored with copious documentation and a trifling 33,000km on the clock, this pristine survivor will sell in fie days time and is currently accepting bids upward of €71,000.


This afternoon.

Fine Gael Election HQ, Dublin

Scenes from the launch of Fine Gael’s General Election 2020 manifesto in which party leader Leo Varadkar promises to:

Increase current health funding by €5bn over next five years.

Recruit 5,000 nurses and 3,840 primary care workers and to provide free GP care for under 18s.

Increase the point at which a single person pays the higher rate of tax to €50,000 euro and €100,000 for a couple.

Expand the Help-to-Buy scheme to help more people to buy their first home.

Increase the State pension by €25 a week, over five years.

Pledges on health, USC and help-to-buy in Fine Gael manifesto (RTÉ)


A short by Edinburgh based animator Dan Castro about not opening up, the pressures we self-impose and the importance of being kind to ourselves. To wit:

After a lifetime of feeling fat, a young man realises that maybe his issues with his body aren’t actually about his body at all.


We welcome our Celtic cousin James Yorkston as he embarks on an Irish tour beginning tonight in Cleere’s Bar, Kilkenny.

The irrepressible Edinburgh folkster will doubtless be playing songs from his recent solo album The Route To The Harmonium (see video) as well as his new three-way collaboration with Jon Thorne and Suhail Yusuf Khan titled Navarasa which is out today on Domino Records.

The tour continues tomorrow night in Phil Grimes Bar, Waterford; Coughlans, Cork, on Sunday; and The Workmans, Dublin, on Sunday.

Nick says: A great Scot.

James Yorkston