Friday 15 December 2017

Stars join Picnic

Roddy Doyle, actor Aidan Gillen and 'Love/ Hate' star Peter Coonan will all be taking to the stage at the Electric Picnic Literary Tent this weekend.

Gillen will read from James Joyce's classic short story 'The Dead', while Coonan will discuss Brendan Behan's contribution to the Irish literary canon.

Doyle will read extracts from 'The Commitments' and will be joined on stage by punk outfit 'The Radiators from Space'. Comedian Colm O'Regan and US novelist Amy Bloom will also give readings and partake in Question and Answers sessions.

O'Dea to sleep rough

LIMERICK TD Willie O'Dea will sleep rough for charity in just over a month's time, in an attempt to raise much needed funds for the homeless people in the city.

Mr O'Dea will join Councillor Maurice Quinlivan and the Mayor of Limerick City Michael Sheahan in spending a night on the local Gaelic Grounds on October 3.

The 'Sleep Out' challenge was set up the Mid-West Simon Community to try and raise €100,000 for the charity, which is struggling to keep services going. The organisation said that they have seen a 25pc increase in demand for their services. Over 80 people have already agreed to raise €250 and have signed up to take part in the challenge.

Permit for buskers

Dublin buskers could soon be made t o seek permits to perform if plans by the city council get the green light.

Proposals to have street performers apply for permits are to be put before councillors and the measures could be in place as early as January next. The council is also considering a ban on amplifiers in certain parts of the city.

Busking has been a hot topic in Dublin in recent years, with some seeing them as a welcome addition to the city while others view them as a noisy annoyance.

McKevitt hearing

A LEGAL challenge against the alleged failure of the Minister for Justice to release convicted IRA leader Michael McKevitt under a scheme of enhanced remission of sentence has been adjourned for a week.

McKevitt (59), from Beech Park, Blackrock, Co Louth, had sought an Article 40 inquiry claiming his continued detention at Portlaoise Prison is unlawful.

His barrister Remy Farrell SC told the High Court that things had "moved on" since Friday when the Supreme Court overturned an earlier remission release decision of the High Court.

Irish Independent

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