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Gerry Adams arrest, bank inquiry and more in today's liveblog

Steven Carroll Thu, May 1
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  • 09:22
    Good morning and welcome to the Daily Wire. Steven Carroll here today to guide you through the day's news like a dim torch on a dark night.
  • 09:24
    One story is dominating today's news, and that's the arrest of Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams in connection with the 1972 murder and disappearance of Jean McConville.

  • 09:25
    Adams spent the night in custody in Antrim and it is understood that questioning is resuming this morning.
  • 09:25
    Here's Northern Editor Gerry Moriarty's take on that story.
  • 09:26
    Adams  last night released a statement denying any involvement in the murder of Ms McConville, one of the Disappeared, whose body was finally recovered from Shelling Hill Beach in Co Louth  in 2003.
  • 09:28

    Sinn Féin's deputy leader Mary Lou MacDonald last night questioned the timing of the arrest, just weeks ahead of the local and European elections, in which Sinn Féin looks poised to make considerable gains.  

    “I believe the timing of this latest decision by the PSNI is politically motivated and designed to damage Gerry Adams and Sinn Féin,” she said.  

  • 09:33

    Michael McConville, son of Ms McConville, said last night he was glad the PSNI was dealing seriously with the investigation. “I am glad they are doing their job properly,” he said.

    “At the end of the day all the McConville family want is justice for our mother."  

  • 09:34
  • 09:39
    The arrest of Mr Adams is making international headlines too: The New York Times; Wall Street Journal; The Guardian  and Sydney Morning Hearld  are all carrying the story.  
  • 09:40
    Needless to say the story makes all of the front pages here too...
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  • 09:51
    In other news then...
  • 09:51
    Arthur Beesley reports today that former taoiseach Brian Cowen and former financial regulator Pat Neary will be called before the Oireachtas inquiry into the banking crash after the Government gave the go-ahead for the investigation.
  • 09:53

    The coalition seems to be moving quickly to get the inquiry up and running following the end of the Anglo Irish Bank trial.  

    You can read more on that story here

  • 09:54
    The inquest into the death of Peaches Geldof will be opened and adjourned by North West Kent Coroner Roger Hatch at Gravesend Old Town Hall later today.  
  • 09:55
    A  statement from a senior police officer will be heard and the coroner will release the cause of death, according to this report.
  • 09:56
    It is being reported elsewhere that Geldof died of a heroin overdose, similar to her mother Paula Yates who died in 2000 aged 41
  • 09:58

    Elsewhere,  Toronto mayor Rob Ford continues to make the news. Ford, who gained global notoriety after admitting to smoking crack cocaine, will take a break to deal with substance abuse issues, his lawyer said last night. The news came as a Canadian newspaper reported a new video showed him using what appeared to be drugs.

    More on him here

  • 10:02

    There has been little spending on infrastructure in recent years, so it's a shame to see a €36 million library in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown being described as a "monstrosity" before it has even opened.  

    Here's a report from Rachel Flaherty at from a Dun Laoghaire Ratepayers Association meeting

  • 10:03
    Here's more from Mary Lou McDonald on the arrest of Gerry Adams:
  • 10:05
    It will be interesting to see if any of Sinn Féin's rivals have anything to say on the arrest later today, as well as claims of political motivation.  
  • 10:06
    Surely Sinn Féin has to accept that things like this can happen when you have somebody with a history like that of Adams at the helm of your organisation.  
  • 10:08

    Our brand new education correspondent Joe Humphreys has some good news for the higher education sector, and Dublin Institute of Technology in particular - here

    DIT has been named as one of the world’s top 100 higher education institutions under the age of 50.

  • 10:09
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  • 10:15
    Def Leppard's Rick Savage is selling his Wicklow home for €1.875m after failing to settle in the area.
    Def Leppard's Rick Savage is selling his Wicklow home for €1.875m after failing to settle in the area.
  • 10:16
    Joan Burton will be on Pat Kenny's show on Newstalk shortly. I wonder if she'll be asked about Gerry Adams?
  • 10:19

    I found myself slagging off a friend last night for complaining he was cold despite abandoing trousers for shorts on sight of slightest bit of sun.  

    Frank McDonald has some good news here  should we have a warm summer this year, with the EPA giving the vast vast vast majority of Irish beaches a clean bill of health.    

  • 10:22
    Pearse Doherty coming up on Newstalk now.  
  • 10:23
    Still on the subject of the past, Brendan Smith, former minister and now  Fianna Fáil spokesperson on foreign affairs, has called on the Taoiseach to demand an independent inquiry into the Ballymurphy Massacre. This comes after after NI Secretary of State Teresa Villiers rejected the need for an inquiry on Tuesday.  

  • 10:24
  • 10:25
    Pearse Doherty says he believes Adams had nothing to do with abduction and murder of Jean McConville
  • 10:26
    PD: Adams initiated this himself and offered his services to PSNI. Understanding was that he was to be cautioned as it's a serious case.  
  • 10:27
    PD: We have no issue with the fact Gerry Adams is being interviewed, we take issue with the timing. PSNI waited until election campaign going north and south and SF riding high
  • 10:28
    Some leaders of political unionism in NI have been calling for arrest to inflict damage on our party, says Doherty
  • 10:30

    PD: Tsunami of malicious accusations made against Gerry Adams after arrest of Ivor Bell.  

    Complaining that PSNI didn't speak to Adams when he offered his services weeks ago

  • 10:31

    PD: "Strongly believe" political considerations of this in terms of timing of Gerry Adams.

    Calls death and what unfolded afterwards in McConville case a tragedy.

  • 10:32
    People will continue to make unfounded malicious allegations about Adams, says Doherty. Adams has confronted issue and he wouldn't expect anything less.  
  • 10:36

    Has always been a crescendo of allegations against SF and Gerry Adams in run up to election, says Pearse Doherty.  

  • 10:37
    Some people in PSNI aligned to "old guard", he concludes
  • 10:37
  • 10:39
    PAC has agreed to seek powers of compellability to drag former Rehab bosses Angela Kerins and Frank Flannery before it
  • 10:48
    PAC chair John McGuinness says a letter he received from Frank Flannery will go in his "nonsense file"
  • 10:50
    Sean Fleming of FF tells PAC that compellability powers must include all organisations the committee may investigate.
  • 10:53
  • 10:54
    McGuinness says PAC can't conclude its report as board members of Rehab didn't have the answers
  • 10:56
    Surprised we've come this far without mentioning what has been a tremondous week for Spanish/Madrid football with Real and Atletico dumping the last two winners out of the Champions League
  • 10:56
    Here's a report on the Atletico win at Stamford Bridge last night
  • 10:59

    “In one minute two actions decided the game,” Mourinho said afterwards.
    “Atletico’s goalkeeper (on loan from Chelsea) makes an impossible save from John Terry’s header and instead of 2-1 to Chelsea, a few seconds later a penalty.
    “The save is amazing and the penalty is a penalty.
    “After that, there was only one team on the pitch. We had immediately the feeling the game was lost.
    “They had the feeling the game was in their hands, and, after that they were very solid, very mature, a real team.”  

  • 11:01

    Somewhat surprisingly, Mourinho didn't try to attribute blame for the defeat to injuries, refereeing or other.

    “I’m not going in that direction now,” Mourinho said.
    “I said yesterday in the press conference every one of my players was ready.
    “Every one of my players tried the maximum. Eto’o was here today almost without one training session, Oscar on the bench and he was injured.
    “We had so many problems, but the players gave everything. I’m happy with them.
    “They can go home sad, obviously, but with clean faces. They did their work well.
    “They lost, but they lost against a very good team. And that’s football.”  

  • 11:02
    The PAC's application for powers of compellability will go to Committee on Procedures & Privileges in coming days.  
  • 11:03
  • 11:13

    New road safety regulations come into effect today which mean anyone caught texting or “accessing information” on their phones will face a mandatory court appearance and a fine of up to €1,000 for a first offence.

    Fiach Kelly's report is here

  • 11:16
  • 11:23

    Our man in Washington Simon Carswell reports today on  another botched execution, the second in four months involving a new cocktail of killer drugs.

    The development has death penalty opponents pressing for at least a temporary hold on any further use of lethal injections and strengthened their campaign for an end to capital punishment.

    More here

  • 11:26

    Gerry Adams seemingly tweeting from inside Antrim police station. His account has just put up this link to an Irish Central piece claiming his arrest is a farce.  

    "It seems the only alleged crimes being heavily pursued are those on the nationalist side, with little or no attention to atrocities on the other side," writes Niall O'Dowd.

  • 11:27
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  • 11:38

    Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan has said in the Dáil that  about one million householders are at risk because of “not up to scratch” water quality.

    He said about 80 waste water plants are in need of urgent remediation because they are subject to potential European Commission infringement proceedings.

    Marie O'Halloran reports

  • 11:47
    Willie O’Dea is the king of the canvass: so says Dave Robbins from DCU, who has written this piece on what he learned on the canvass.
  • 11:49

    Eden Hazard  has become the latest critic of Jose Mourinho’s tactical methods after Chelsea exited the Champions League last night.  

    He said: “After scoring, we had the game in our hands. Maybe they wanted it more than we did. It was an intense game, beautiful to watch with opportunities.

    “I’m sad but logic has been respected because they deserved to qualify. Chelsea is not made to play football. We’re good on the counter, a little bit like Real against Bayern.

    “We did it well tonight since we scored. But their goal hurt us before the break. We failed to make the difference in the second half. Often, I’m asked to do it all by myself and it’s not easy. It was a complicated game. It will be a lesson for us regarding next year.”

    More here

  • 11:51

    "Interesting" views from British Labour MP Stella Creasy who says women need to “grab some pompoms and start cheering” for their “sisters” if they want to do more to create an equal society.

    More on that here  

  • 11:53
    The Molly Malone statue is hoisted from its plinth on Grafton Street last night
    The Molly Malone statue is hoisted from its plinth on Grafton Street last night
  • 11:53
    More on Molly Malone here
  • 11:58

    Interesting sytory: It was high times at a high society hotel when a new cannabis-focused private equity fund took its fundraising pitch to a big agricultural conference at New York’s Waldorf Astoria.

    More here

  • 11:59
  • 12:00
    Minister for Finance Michael Noonan says tax receipts for April of this year were 9 per cent higher than in the same month in 2013.
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  • 12:02
    More on the aforementioned PAC sitting re Rehab coming up
  • 12:02
  • 12:04
    Back to Newstalk, where Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton, Phil Prendergast's choice for party leader, has said the killing of Jean McConville was a "war crime"
  • 12:05
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  • 12:09
    Press release from Department of Finance:  

    The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, today announced his intention to provide a capital gains tax (CGT) exemption in this year’s Finance Bill to certain farmers who dispose of their single farm payment entitlements on foot of changes being introduced under the new EU Common Agriculture Policy (CAP).

  • 12:09
  • 12:12
    Taoiseach says he hopes FG wins 350 seats in local elections. Rough calculation is that party won 339 last time but councils growing with revised electoral areas etc to take note of larger population.  
  • 12:19
  • 12:22

    Interesting one from London, where a  crown court judge has formally halted a complex fraud trial because defence barristers are refusing to accept work that involves 30% cuts in  legal aid  fees.

    Guardian report

  • 12:25
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  • 12:39

    BBC pundit (and wannabe adonis) Robbie Savage says individual errors cost Chelsea a place in the Champions League final but, for once, Jose Mourinho's tactics were also at fault.

    Story here

  • 12:40
    Video here of The Simpsons getting a Lego makeover
  • 12:55

    The 15-year-old boy accused of murdering a teacher in Leeds on Monday appeared at Leeds Youth Court today.

    Read more here

  • 13:00
    Electric air-travel? Airbus has tested a two-seater electric plane and hopes to start testing its potential for larger models before long. More here on the E-Fan
  • 13:02

    The Daily Telegraph has a story here on David Cameron, via a spokesman, denying the arrest of Gerry Adams was politically motivated.  

    Asked if the arrest was “politically motivated”, the Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “This is entirely and rightly so an independent police matter.

    “There has been an ongoing investigation into this for a period of time now as is a well known matter of public record.”

  • 13:08

    Buzzkill: Students in Oxford have been prevented from taking part in an annual bridge jump event to mark May Day.

    Story here

  • 13:14
  • 13:15

    About 30 Greenpeace activists have been arrested after a protest aimed at blocking a ship carrying oil from the Arctic at  the port of Rotterdam.

    The environmental group said today’s action was against a Gazprom tanker carrying the first oil from Arctic waters.

  • 13:17
    The Dáil has agreed to the holding of byelections in Dublin West and Longford-Westmeath on May 23rd, the same day as the local and European elections.  
  • 13:21

    Australia has said it has the know-how to protect the Great Barrier Reef after the UN's cultural agency criticised a plan to dump 3 million cubic metres of sand dredged to expand a port within 25km of the reef.

    Resuters reports UNESCO's World Heritage Committee as saying that member states should not consider until 2015 whether to put the reef on its “in danger” list.  

  • 13:26

    Ayrton Senna died 20 years ago today. Here's a BBC article looking back on some of his most memorable races from tracks such as Donington, Suzuka, Interlagos.

  • 13:30
    Also worth remembering Austrian driver Roland Ratzenberger who died a day before Senna during qualifying in San Marino, the footage of which is horrible to look back on. "His car failed to turn into the Villeneuve Corner and struck the outside wall at 314.9 km/h".  
  • 13:38
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  • 13:41

    Can't imagine this getting much sympathy here:  Lawyers for the former solicitor Michael Lynn, who is in jail in Brazil pending a decision on his extradition, claim that he may have tuberculosis and have requested that he be transferred to hospital.

    Sarah O'Sullivan reports

  • 13:46
    From today's business pages. Karlin Lillington argues that the US and Europe are caught in a spiral of hypocrisy when it comes to Edward Snowden.
  • 13:51

    Diego Simeone has praised his players’ mothers for producing sons with “balls” after Atletico Madrid booked their place in the Champions League final with an emphatic 3-1 win over Chelsea.

    More on that utterance here

  • 13:55

    It's heating up in Britain too, the property market that is. Mortgage lender Nationwide says  house prices rose much faster than expected last month to record their biggest annual rise since the start of the financial crisis in 2007.  

    The average price of a house in Britain now stands at £183,577, 10.9 per cent higher than a year ago and the biggest annual rise since June 2007.

  • 13:56

    The son of Jean McConville has said he would be putting his life and the lives of his family members at risk if he revealed the identity of his mother’s abductors.

    More on that here

  • 14:00

    The seasonally adjusted Live Register total fell by 3,400 in April to 392,700.  The number of people signing on in April was 7 per cent lower than in the same month last year. The standardised unemployment rate fell 0.1 points to 11.7 per cent.

  • 14:23

    Fine Gael will allow residents to change the name of their street or estate if a “simple majority” of registered voters on the street agree to do so.

    The party’s local election manifesto says the “naming of estates and roads has become an issue for many homeowners in recent years” and has proposals about how changes can be made.

    Fiach Kelly reports

  • 14:33
  • 14:34

    From PA:

    Recent use of heroin was likely to have played a role in the death of  Peaches Geldof, an inquest has heard.

    The body of the 25-year-old mother-of-two was found at the home she shared with her young family in Wrotham, Kent, on April 7th.

    At the opening of her inquest in Gravesend, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Fotheringham, of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said a post-mortem examination was inconclusive, prompting further tests. But he told the hearing: “Recent use of heroin and the levels identified were likely to have played a role in her death.”

    It marks a parallel to the death of her mother, TV presenter and writer Paula Yates, who died from an accidental heroin overdose at her London home aged 41 in 2000.

  • 14:39
    Fine Gael TD Charlie Flanagan has accused Sinn Féin of displaying grossly hypocritical behaviour. This, he says, follows the party’s efforts to divert the attention from the arrest of Gerry Adams by alleging political interference by members of the PSNI and political parties in the matter.  

    “When it suits them poitically, Sinn Féin likes to bask in the reflected glory of the reformed PSNI. During recent controversy over Garda whistleblowers, Sinn Féin tried to make political capital by comparing the probity, accountability and independence of the PSNI favourably with An Garda."
  • 14:42
  • 14:45

    Turkish police fired tear gas, water cannon and rubber pellets today to try to stop thousands of people, some armed with fire bombs and fireworks, from defying a ban on May Day rallies and reaching Istanbul’s central Taksim square.

    More here

  • 14:56
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  • 14:58
    Quick update:  Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams  remains in custody this afternoon after being arrested last night in connection with the 1972 abduction, murder and disappearance of Jean McConville.
  • 15:05
  • 15:07

    Conclusions of report into death of Gary Douch in mountjoy prison in 2006 are highly critical and point to systemic management failures on the part of prison management and the psychiatric services.    

  • 15:08
    For backround, Douch was 20 when he was kicked and stamped to death by another prisoner in a holding cell in Mountjoy in the early hours of August 1st, 2006. The man who killed him, Stephen Egan, now 30, from Belcamp Crescent, Coolock, north Dublin, smeared excrement on the dead man. Egan had been transferred from the Central Mental Hospital to Mountjoy just days before the murder. Despite having a schizo-affective disorder, he did not have his medication in the cell, where he had been placed because there was no room in the prison proper for him.
  • 15:17
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  • 15:27
    Brave list from Jonathan Jones of the Guardian on the Top 10 Artworks of the 20th century.
  • 15:32

    Jeremy Clarkson denies dropping an n-bomb in an unseen Top Gear clip, reported by the Daily Mirror today.

    Guardian: The allegations come weeks after Top Gear executives expressed regret over a remark made by Clarkson  on the show's Burma special, broadcast in March.

    During the programme, Clarkson and co-hosts Richard Hammond and James May built a bridge over the river Kwai in Thailand. As an Asian man was seen walking along the bridge, Clarkson said: "That is a proud moment, but there's a slope on it."

  • 15:35

    Statement from Irish Prison Service on Gary Douch report:

    "The Irish Prison Service notes and accepts the findings and recommendations of the  Report of the Commission of Investigation into the Death of Gary Douch which was  completed by Ms Gráinne McMorrow SC.  

    "On behalf of the Irish Prison Service the Director General would like to extend his sympathies to the Douch family on the tragic death of Gary Douch and also to  sincerely apologise for the failings which have been identified in the Report."

  • 15:42
    Here's a report on something I mentioned earlier: Noonan pledges to reduce burden on hard pressed workers.
  • 15:51
  • 15:59
    Ok folks. We're going to leave it at that for today. Keep an eye on for the latest on Gerry Adams, the local and European elections and other breaking news. David Cochrane will be manning the good ship liveblog tomorrow. Thanks for reading.