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Wish you were here?

The Irish Design Shop writes:

Each year Irish Design Shop produce a calendar with a talented Irish designer, we are delighted to see Dublin-based illustrator, Fuchsia MacAree’s 2017 Calendar,  Months in the making, The end result is an exquisite calendar containing 13 keepsake prints exclusive for Irish Design Shop…

Fuschia adds:

“Inspired by postcards of Ireland, this calendar gives a flavour of the country in the 21st century…. Maybe buy it for an emigrant to show them what they’re missing back home, or for someone who seems just a little bit too cheery, considering.”

Harrumph.

Exclusively available from The Irish Design Shop with a limited edition of 200 copies.

A matching Ryanair-coloured tote bag designed by Fuchsia is also available to purchase here.

The Irish Design Shop

Irish-made stocking fillers to [email protected] marked ‘Irish-Made Stocking Fillers’. No fee.

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Doughmore beach, Co Clare

It’s a classic Mexican stand down.

Bloomberg reports:

US President-elect Donald Trump withdrew an application to build a sea wall aimed at protecting his golf resort in Ireland, the latest twist in a project that had stoked tensions in a tiny village on the Atlantic coast.

Clare County Council, the Irish municipality, said on its website that Trump’s company shelved plans to construct defenses about 1.7 miles (2.8 kilometers) long at his golf resort close to the village of Doonbeg. The plan was submitted on behalf of Trump in May, and spokesman for the authority confirmed it had been withdrawn.

The planned sea barrier may now be replaced with a scaled-down version, Friends of the Irish Environment, which opposed the wall, said in an e-mailed statement on Tuesday.

Trump Scraps Plan for One of His Walls After Golf Row in Ireland (Bloomberg)

Pic: Save Doughmore/Doonbeg Beach (Facebook)

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This afternoon.

Molesworth Street, , Dublin 2

Tributes at the doorway near the Dáil where Jonathan Corrie was found dead on December 1, 2014 sparking a national outcry. Jonathan had been homeless for 30 years.

The average number of people sleeping rough in Dublin is now greater by at least 51 people since Jonathan’s body was discovered.

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WAITER!

There’s a woman near and around my sprouts.

This morning.

Henry Street, Dublin 1

A nearly naked Peta volunteer calls on people to extend the “spirit of holiday kindness” and “try to relate to what’s on your plate”.

PETA Director Elisa Allen. said:

“Thanks to the array of mock meats available, it’s easier than ever to enjoy a festive meal packed with all the flavour but none of the cruelty of meat.”

It certainly makes you tNOMNOMNOM

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Staying in tonight?

Laura Fitzgerald writes:

RTÉ’s Prime Time is to broadcast a report tonight featuring never before seen footage of insurance fraudsters staging road crashes in order to make bogus insurance claims for damages.

The footage filmed by gardai features two collisions. One involving a car and a van happens in the dead of night. After the collision, a car carrying two men arrives on the scene and the men get into the crashed car before emergency services are called to the scene.

The footage also shows the driver of the van that was rear ended by a car, instruct the man who crashed into him, to “move back and do it one more time”, the car then rams the van a second time….

Swerve.

Prime Time tonight at 9.35pm on RTÉ One .

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Further to yesterday’s vote by the board of Independent News and Media to give shareholders a dividend while closing off the company’s pension scheme – and the protest by former and current employers over the same…

This afternoon.

During Order of Business in the Dáil.

Fianna Fáil TD Willie O’Dea asked Taoiseach Enda Kenny if he found it acceptable that “a solvent, profitable company in this country, can change and close down a defined benefit pension scheme, on a whim – to the detriment of their pensioners and deferred pensioners”?

Readers will note that Mr O’Dea didn’t specifically name Independent News and Media (INM) and neither did Mr Kenny in his reply to Mr O’Dea….

Willie O’Dea: “There’s an implied recognition in the Programme for Government that the pension problem in this country needs to be dealt with. Now, can I ask you: do you find it acceptable that a solvent, profitable company in this country, can change and close down a defined benefit pension scheme, on a whim – to the detriment of their pensioners and deferred pensioners and there is no provision in Irish law to deal with it. Can you tell me when such a provision will be put in place?”

Enda Kenny: “There is no law, no legislation governing this, in respect of Ireland. As you know, there are two defined benefit pensions in respect of the case that you’re probably referring to. In Britain, they have a defined benefit which is based upon levies and only becomes of, only becomes, is only used when the company involved becomes insolvent. The measure, company, we refer to now, is not insolvent. This is a matter in respect of defined benefit contributions that has caused quite a difficultly, a number of difficulties, over the period. Obviously, the last actual certificates filled by defined benefit schemes with the Pensions Authority show that over 60 per cent meet the standard and the remaining schemes had recovery plans. And there is concern that the certificates due in the coming months will, however, show significant deterioration.”

“The operation of a pension scheme is, in the first instance, a matter for the trustees of the particular scheme. The minister met recently with the chairperson of the Pensions Authority. He’s asked the authority to report back to him with an assessment of the current overall position in relation to defined benefit schemes. So he will report to the House when that comes back.”

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Later.

Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy also raised the matter but did specifically mention INM.

Catherine Murphy: “…Taoiseach, do you now accept that there is a gap in the law that is leaving a group of people, we’re seeing with one company, INM, the Independent newspapers, we’re seeing them – whom have the benefit, mind you, of €130m-plus being written off by AIB and the Bank of Ireland – leaving people who’ve worked in that industry, they’ve deferred their pensions in a lot of cases, leaving them very exposed because of this  gap in the law.”

“There’s an urgency about this and other companies doing exactly the same thing. Taoiseach, do you not see that there is a need for urgent legislation in respect of this gap in the law?”

Kenny: “Well, the point is that, in the UK, there is a pension protection fund which is paid for by levies, but it only comes into use when the company is insolvent and the company you mentioned is not insolvent. Clearly, the…

Murphy: [Inaudible]

Ceann Comhairle: “The Taoiseach, without interruption.”

Kenny: “The minister has met with the chairman of the Pensions Authority. He’s asked him to report back on the issue of defined benefit pensions. The situation that will arise over the coming months and coming years, obviously, we’ll deliberate on that when he, when he has that report back…”

Earlier: ‘You Can’t Take It With You’

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Tralee, County Kerry

Jerry O’Sullivan writes:

St Joseph was beheaded in a dastardly attack on the crib in the Square Tralee at the weekend. Quickly restored by the council and back in place today but bearing the scars on his neck.

Often the supporting player to the bigger stars of the nativity (I’m looking at you, three kings…) what he did to deserve the vandals’ attention is anyone’s guess.

Related: Vandals smash head of St Joseph in Tralee Nativity (Radio Kerry)