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David Cochrane Mon, Nov 18
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  • 09:34
    The front page of this morning (Monday's) Irish Times
    The front page of this morning (Monday's) Irish Times
  • 09:37
    Carl O'Brien reports this morning that the draft heads of a new Children and Family Relationships Bill will be published next month. The Bill will propose that same-sex couples (in a civil union) be allowed to adopt.

    > New laws to allow adoption by same-sex couples
  • 09:37
    Good morning, I'm David Cochrane here until later this afternoon with today's live news blog.
  • 09:53
    Absolutely no coincidence at all here, Ruadhán Mac Cormaic reports this morning that the first civil parternship has been dissolved in Ireland.

    >  Same-sex couple make legal history with first civil partnership dissolution

    The couple entered into the parternship in the UK in 2006 and moved to Ireland subsequently. Ruadhán also notes in the piece that 1,000 same-sex couples have entered into civil unions since tha Civil Partnership Act became law.
  • 10:21
    Loyaltybuild, the company at the centre of a major data breach affecting hundreds of thousands of people, has taken a half-page ad in this morning's Irish Times, presented as an open letter from the company's general manager.

     In the letter, the manager, Peter Steenstrup, says that all Loyaltybuild clients have been given full details of which customers have been impacted and how they've been affected.

    Steenstrup says they are working around the clock with clients, Data Protection Commissioner and the Gardaí to "learn from this".
  • 10:21
    A half-page ad in today's Irish Times by Loyaltybuild.
    A half-page ad in today's Irish Times by Loyaltybuild.
  • 10:41
    Here's a story that'll have the people of South Dublin reaching for the smelling-salts this morning...

    Fiona Gartland reports that a proposal to build Traveller accommodation on a site in Mount Merrion (with views of Dublin Bay) is about to go out to public consultation by Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council. 

    The Mount Anville site is one of 11 listed to provide 48 units of accomodation. 

    Those other 10 sites are listed within the article....

    >  Mount Merrion earmarked for Traveller accommodation
  • 10:54
    Exclusives don't remain exclusives for long, especially in this internet era. Many journalists find stories they've worked on lifted and used elsewhere without credit or citation. In some cases journalists are credited, or at least the earlier publication is referred to. But it's rare that stories are literally copy-and-pasted though.

    That said, Roy Greenslade over on the Guardian's website has written about what appears to be a rather blatant piece of plagarism by a leading UK newspaper website.

    > Mail Online rips off freelancer's Emma Thompson exclusive
  • 10:59
    As widely expected, Independent News & Media has announced a capital rights issue this morning, to raise €40m. As part of the rights issue Denis O'Brien's stake in the media company will remain at 29.9% but Dermot Desmond's will increase from 6.4% to 15%.

    The full statement to the Irish Stock Exchange by INM is here.
  • 11:19
  • 11:49
    Twitter Alerts are recent system introduced by the social media network that allow emergency services and government organisations to broadcast critical updates to their followers.

    It was originally introduced in the US, but has today been rolled out in the UK & Ireland. 

    The only Irish organisation (so far) to opt-in to it is the Gardaí.

    Irish Times technology correspondent Ciara O'Brien has more on this here.
  • 12:08
    There are reports coming out of Paris of gunfire at the offices of the Liberation newspaper. A man is reported to have entered the offices and shot a photographer, who's now fighting for his life.
  • 12:11
    France24 reports that the assailant walked into the offices, fired two shots and then fled the scene.
  • 12:12
  • 12:22
    Here's the latest from the Agency wires...
    •  An assailant opened fire at the central Paris office of left-wing daily newspaper Libération today, seriously injuring one person before fleeing, a police official said.

    • The injured person, a 27-year-old photographer’s assistant according to the newspaper’s web site, was hit in the thorax. She is in a serious condition at the Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital.
    • The motive of the attack was unclear.
    • “He walked in, fired twice and left,” said editorial manager Fabrice Rousselot.
    • The mid-morning incident came days after an intruder entered the offices of the BFM TV channel, threatening journalists before disappearing.
    • Mr Rousselot said it was not clear whether the two incidents were linked.
    • Libération’s offices near the Place de la Republique in central Paris were cordoned off as forensics experts investigated.
    • Separately, a spokeswoman for Societé Generale said a gunman opened fire outside the bank’s headquarters in western Paris today. There are no reports of any injuries.

    Assailant opens fire at Paris newspaper HQ

  • 12:32
    BREAKING: Former Solicitor Thomas Byrne has been found guilty of all counts
    • The jury in the €52 million theft and fraud trial of former solicitor Thomas Byrne have found him guilty on 50 counts of theft and forgery at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court today
  • 12:45
  • 13:27
    Irish Times Food Month continues throughout November with features in print and online each day.

  • 13:36
  • 14:14
    Stephen Collins reported this morning that the Government would be considering a North-South bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.

    • An information memo from Minister for Sport Leo Varadkar on the world cup bid is on the agenda for discussion at the weekly Cabinet meeting.
    • Government sources said on Sunday an independent study conducted by Deloitte had shown that around €800 million would be injected into the Irish economy by an extra 377,000 visitors in 2023 if the bid is successful.

    Minister Varadkar has taken to the twitter machine this afternoon to confirm the report.



  • 15:30
  • 16:02
    A screenshot from Facebook has been doing the rounds on social media since early Saturday. It appears to be taken by a person who's a 'Friend' of Fianna Fáil Finance Spokesman Michael McGrath TD.

    The screenshot is a Facebook post which says promotes what appears to be a page that the Cork TD likes on the social network.

    I spoke with Michael McGrath this afternoon who told me that the post in question was brought to his attention early on Saturday and he immediately deactivated his page on Facebook. McGrath told The Irish Times that he was not aware of the origin of the screenshot, or whether he was a victim of a hacking of his Facebook account.

    McGrath said he would not be reactivating his Facebook account until he established what exactly happened.
  • 16:44
    1,500 jury summonses are to be sent out with the expectation that 500 people will be considered for inclusion on the jury in the case of three former Anglo executives Sean Fitzpatrick, Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan.

    > Some 1,500 jury summonses to be sent ahead of Anglo trial

  • 17:16
    The most popular article on right now is a weather one. 

    Met Eireann are predicting that temperatures will drop below zero in many parts of the country tonight.
    • Met Éireann said while today would remain cold and bright, air temperatures would dip below zero tonight with sharp frost and icy patches forecast in many parts.

      Occasional showers of sleet and snow are also expected overnight and early tomorrow in Ulster, parts of Connacht and Kerry, with possible accumulations of 1-3cm in areas below 250 metres.

      It will again be cold and bright tomorrow with some wintry shows, and high temperatures of 4-8 degrees. 

    > Cold, windy weather expected in shock move during winter

    (And yes, our headline writer was, perhaps, pushing his tongue firmly into his cheek with that one)

  • 17:35
    And that's it from the Live Blog for Monday. I'll leave you as I've left you before, with a typo...