Earlier this evening.

Further to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar quoting The Terminator when he announced further movement restrictions on March 27…

He ended his address to the nation with a quote from Lord of the Rings:

“In the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come and when the sun shines, it’ll shine out all the clearer.”

Ah here.

Previously: “There’s No Fate But What We Make For Ourselves”


What’s your favourite song featuring a female name in the title?

That’s your question this week for you to mull over. Simply post your answer below and you could win a sprightly €25 Golden Discs voucher.

Here’s mine.

The winner will be chosen by my good self.

Lines MUST close at 3.45pm EXTENDED until 10.15pm!

Please include video links if possible.

Nick says: Good luck!

Last week’s fast winner here.

Golden Discs

Chris Kabs – No Justice, No Peace

A topical cut from Kinshasha, Congo-born, Stockholm, Sweden-raised and Mullingar, County Westmeath–based musician and producer Chris Kabs who describes his music as ‘Afro Pop/Soul style with contemporary R&B sound’.

The video uses real soundbites and footage from Monday’s Black Lives Matter protest in Dublin.

Nick says: It takes a nation of millions

Chris Kabs

Top from left: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar , Minister for Health Simon Harris and Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Healtht his afternoon

This afternoon.

Government Buildings, Dublin 2.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Up to 25 people can attend funerals and Public libraries can open on Monday.

From Monday groups of up to six can meet indoors or outdoors once they keep 2 metres apart.

Groups of up to 15 people can meet for outdoor sporting activities.

From Monday over 70s and the vulnerable can welcome people to their homes.

Also from Monday people can travel anywhere in their own county or 20km from their homes, whichever is the greater (see here)

Phase 3, beginning on 29 June, will see all domestic travel restrictions lifted.

Cabinet agreed to implement all elements of Phase 2 and bring forward actions in remaining phases.

There will now only be 4 phases. Phase 3 on 29 June and Phase 4 from 20 July.

Taoiseach statement on easing of Covid-19 restrictions (RTÉ)

Earlier: Within Your County

Photocall Ireland


Waiter! There’s a fly in my pint.


Behold: the Zeltrini Z-Triton: part houseboat, part micro camper, part electric tricycle.

Capable of a nippy 40km/h on land (given its bulk), the wheels retract and an onboard motor propels the houseboat up to 16 knots (30km/h) on water. Once afloat, electric cells power onboard lights and temperature control, with a  3.6m x 1.2m interior sleeping two in relative comfort.

Price tba.


Minister for finance Paschal Donohoe (top right) and  Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Regina Doherty, brief the media at Government Buildings this afternoon.

The €350 Pandemic Unemployment Payment will become two-tiered from June 29, with people who were earning less than €200 per week before the outbreak of Covid-19 set to drop to €203 per week.

Social Protection Minister Regina Doherty today announced that the payment will continue until Phase 5 of the road map for reopening the economy on August 10, but it will be split from the beginning of Phase 3 in just over three weeks.

Pandemic unemployment payment to be cut for part-time workers from June 29 (irish Examiner)