Gardai policing exclusion zone, but Department of Transport says it has not issued an order

There’s some serious questions of the policing of the Shell protests in Mayo that are going unanswered. The Irish Times again mentions today:

The Department of Transport confirmed on Friday that no order had been issued for a 500 metre exclusion zone for the Solitaire, even though gardaí­ have said they are policing an exclusion zone “passed by the department”.

It is one of many questions which related to the Gardai in north west Mayo which remains unanswered. The protesters call the Gardai “Shell’s cops” and the force its self isn’t helping this image.

Conflict of interest?

What does Brian Cowen, Brian Lenihan, Anglo Irish Bank, Bank of Ireland, the National Treasury Management Agency, and the National Asset Management Agency (Nama) have in common? Law firm Arthur Cox. Interisting comment articles in The Irish Times yesterday, ‘Power of one’ and ‘Choice of Nama’s legal advisers poses difficult questions.’

From the latter, these are brilliant paragraphs:

Presumably, Cox will rely on the normal practice of seeking the consent of clients and setting up “Chinese walls” between the different parts of the firm dealing with the various clients.

You can’t helping thinking that by the time the Nama process is over, there will be so many “Chinese walls” at Cox’s head office that they will, like their namesake, be visible from space. And that is not to mention the “Chinese walls” that some of the Cox’s lawyers will have to erect in their own heads.

Rent at the Clubs & Socs Awards 2008, DCU

DCU Drama Socity’s version of Rent at the Olympia

Rent at the Clubs & Socs Awards 2008, DCU

DCU Drama Society’s version of Rent at the Olympia — which is due to close tonight (Saturday) — is getting rave reviews from the media and bloggers. Here’s links to reviews and other coverage: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Congrats to all involved.

I don’t know much about musicals, but I like what Damien Mulley says:

“Not bad for DCU students” is a bit patronising for what is one of the best musicals I’ve seen.

Too many people — both students and others — think that standards should be lower for students. Fine if one fails, but if one aspires or expects lower standards it’s not good start. Not thinking like this, I guess, is one of the reasons the people in DCU Drama Soc excelled with Rent.

Story telling with a difference

From over the weekend, some story telling with a diffrence:

David OReilly’s animation short ‘Please Say Something’ (via Graham Linehan). Described a “A troubled relationship between a Cat and Mouse set in the distant Future. Winner of the Golden Bear for best short film at the 2009 Berlinale”.

The other — and I’m not sure which is the strangest — was ‘My Milk Toof’ (via The story of two teeth-looking creatures told using photographs and text on a Blogspot blog.

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad uses Irish Rail train on his posters


Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (yeah, that’s a link to his blog) is using an image of an old Irish Rail train in his campaign to be re-elected. Could you make this stuff up? Story on the, via

As the Indo points out the train is as old as him self, and, as is said on, it would have been going quite slow too.

I heard about this more than a week ago, but was not sure if the person was only joking or not.