More to follow.
LEO “LORD OF THE RINGS” VARADKAR pic.twitter.com/dPahltaAZ1
— Jim Ireland (@JimIreland12) June 5, 2020
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.”
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.
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.
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…
CBS affiliate WUSA SkyCam captured video of the Washington Monument being struck by lightning Friday morning in Washington, D.C. pic.twitter.com/ETlcsDOSO5
— Local 12/WKRC-TV (@Local12) June 5, 2020
No, it’s an obelisk.
The Washington Monument, Washington DC, USA.
Ejaculatory, in fairness.
Top from left: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar , Minister for Health Simon Harris and Dr Tony Holohan, chief medical officer, Department of Healtht his 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.
Earlier: Within Your County
ℹ️🍴 Pubs with restaurant licences can reopen from June 29 but with table service only
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) June 5, 2020
Waiter! There’s a fly in my pint.
Varadkar on hairdressers and beauticians: As of now that remains in Phase 4 (July 20), and that's for a very good reason; it involves almost face-to-face contact, and that makes it a high-risk engagement
[Friends: you can stop WhatsApping me about it now]
— Gavan Reilly (@gavreilly) June 5, 2020
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.
Minister for finance Paschal Donohoe (top right) and Minister for Employment Affairs & Social Protection, Regina Doherty, brief the media at Government Buildings this afternoon.
Minister Regina Doherty says “we’re not cutting anybody’s wages” as the Govt announces changes to the Pandemic Unemployment Payment that come into effect at the end of this month | Read more: https://t.co/RMlS53L2uU pic.twitter.com/3LiRcz7tB0
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) June 5, 2020
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.