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Ronan McGreevy Thu, Apr 10
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  • 09:34
    Hi, my name is Ronan McGreevy and I'm driving The Live Blog bus today.
  • 09:38
    The heat is continuing to be turned on former Rehab chief executives Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins again this morning. Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness was on Morning Ireland this morning and sounded very sceptical about their motives. Mr Flannery claims the PAC is exceeeding its remit. Mr McGuinness thinks otherwise.
  • 09:45
  • 09:57

    The CHQ in Dublin's Docklands will recreate the famous banquet for soldiers returning from the Crimean War tonight. More than 3,200 Irish veterans of the war were the subject of a public banquet in October 1856 after the victory in the Crimean War. Here's my Irishman's Diary this morning and a video made by myself and Irish Times video journalist Daniel O'Connor to go with it.  



  • 10:06

    The Irish Times has a big supplement on Brian Boru and included it with it is this video made by Patrick Freyne and Brian Boru expert Seán Duffy who recounts in great detail the bloody story of the Battle of Clontarf.  


  • 10:31
    "Such was the ferocity, the  Cogadhtells us, that within the length of time it takes to milk a cow nobody on either side could recognise even his own son or brother, except by voice, so covered were they in blood," Séan Duffy's memorable account of the Battle of Clontarf. Read it here.
  • 10:46
    If you like Aerosmith and you like Slash and you like them even better together, you'll like this. Both are going on tour together. Hopefully there will be an Irish date in there somewhere.  
  • 10:48
  • 11:00

    The chairman of the public spending watchdog has described a solicitor’s letter sent by former Fine Gael  adviser and former Rehab  chief executive Frank Flannery  as “a step too far”.

    Public Accounts Committee chairman John McGuinness said that it will apply to compel Mr Flannery to appear before the committee if he maintains his position that he will not attend a hearing of it.

    Mr McGuinness was speaking ahead of this morning’s meeting of the committee which is discussing, among other things, executive pay and remuneration policy at Rehab, the charity for people with disability that is in receipt of substantial State funding.

  • 11:33

    President Michael D Higgins  will begin the third day of his state visit to Britain by going to see a farm in Oxford.

    The President and his wife Sabina left Windsor Castle for the Food Animal Initative farm where they will be met by a party which includes Bord Bia chief executive Aidan Cotter.    

    The outdoor theme will continue later today when the President and Mrs Higgins visit the Park Stables at Newbury where they will meet trainers, jockeys and other staff.

  • 11:49
    The top story on our site this morning concerns the French and their penchant for ensuring that nothing as nasty as work can encroach on their leisure time. You can read it here.  
  • 11:55

    Former  Rehab  director Frank Flannery  was paid more than €400,000 in professional fees for consultancy services by the group, the Dail Public Accounts Committee  has been told.

    The money was paid over a 7- year period.

    Rehab finance director Keith Poole said that Mr Flannery was paid professional fees for consultancy services including lobbying for the group after he stepped down as chief executive.

  • 11:56
  • 12:36

     The first ever Service of Remembrance for 40 children killed in the 1916 Rising was held at City Quay Church in Dublin today.  

    The ecumencal service was led by Canon Barbara Fryday and Fr Michael Scott SDB, both of whom are relatives of   children who died during Easter Week 1916 (Neville Fryday (16) & Walter Scott-(8)) and Parish Priest, Fr Pearse Walshe.

    Broadcaster Joe Duffy is researching the details of the children killed in the 1916 Rising and the wider stories of their families.   Of the estimated 500 or more people killed in the Rising, more than half were civilians.   His ongoing   research   has so far   revealed that 40 children,   aged 16,   died violently   during the Rising. Most of them were   killed accidentally in crossfire, shooting or explosions.  

    Speaking at the service, Joe Duffy said that he is sure that there is still valuable information in the heads and sideboards of families with 1916 connections, all over the country.

     “Now is the time to talk to your relations and neighbours.   If there’s any information about any of the children concerned, or their families, this is time to check it out and let us know about it.  

    "We need to finalise our research and we really want to shine a light on these children and their personal stories, so many of which have been overlooked for so long,” he said.

  • 12:38

    Public Transport Minister, Alan Kelly, has announced the development of a major new and world-class greenway as part of a national €11 million funding for cycling infrastructure.

     The centre-piece of the funding will go towards construction of one of the world’s most dramatically scenic greenways – running along an old railway line, over viaducts through mountainous tunnels overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Ring of Kerry.


  • 12:41
  • 13:18
    "The board of Rehab have been gagged," says Mary Lou McDonald on RTÉ Radio 1 News at One show.  
  • 13:23

    Here's a summary of the revelations at this morning's PAC.  

    1) Frank Flannery was paid €409,000 in fees since stepping down as the chief executive of the Rehab group in 2006.  Mr Flannery received €40,000 in professional fees in 2007, €68,750 in 2008, €44,044 in 2009, €60,000 in 2010, €51,000 in 2011, €66,000 in 2012 and €79,950 in 2013.

    2) Frank Flannery and Angela Kerins will not allow the Rehab board to give out any more information about their salary or pension entitlements.  

    3) Other members of the Rehab senior management team have agreed to provide details of their salaries.These figures show the director of training, employment and education receives €174,000.

  • 13:29
  • 13:41

    The Canadian ambassador Loyola Hearn was in my lovely hometown of Carrick-on-Shannon this morning launching a new tourism initiative.

    Leitrim Tourism has teamed up with Peterborough, a city in Canada, to promote their respective tourism offerings to both Irish and Canadian tourists.

    The aim of the initiative, which marks the 20th anniversary of the re-opening of the Shannon-Erne Waterway, is to promote the waterways that they both offer and to boost visitors from Canada to Leitrim during 2014.   The initiative includes trade shows, advertising and closer links with tourism agencies in Canada.

    Extra flights to Canada have made it a target destination for Irish tourism. The role of Chris Hadfield, arguably the most famous Canadian in the world, in promoting Ireland will surely help matters.  

    Welcoming the initiative, Canadian Ambassador to Ireland, Loyola Hearn, who visited the Waterways office in Carrick on Shannon today, said “Ireland and Canada have worked closely together over recent years to build on its strong relationship. In recent months, airlines have announced new routes offering affordable flights from Canada to Ireland in under four hours. I have no doubt that such announcements will increase visitor numbers to both countries. In my view Leitrim and Peterborough’s similarities are a real attraction and offer exceptional facilities to water enthusiasts."


  • 14:26

    Oscar Pistorius has been accused of egotistical behaviour at his trial.  “Your life is just about you,” prosecutor Gerrie Nel said on a second day of cross-examination of Mr Pistorius, who shot dead Ms Steenkamp through a closed toilet cubicle of his home in the early hours of February 14th, 2013.

    He also described Mr Pistorius’ courtroom apology to his girlfriend’s family as an insincere “spectacle” that ignored the feelings of her relatives.


  • 14:32

    The programme for the Dublin Writers Festival next week has justbeen launched. It takes place between May 17th and 25th.

    It will feature over 90 different events from over 130 established and emerging authors and artists over 9 days.

     The programme will feature events with established Irish greats Joseph O’Connor, Sebastian Barry, Anne Enright and Hugo Hamilton, as well as exciting emerging talent such as Audrey Magee (recently shortlisted for the prestigious Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction),

    One of the highlights for Kings fans will be the public interview with Ray Davies who has just published his autobiography.  


  • 14:50
  • 15:39

    Calvary opens at the weekend having just won best picture at the IFTAs. It stars Brendan Gleeson as that rare thing in Irish film and television - a good priest. Gleeson says the criticism heaped on the clergy nowadays is "ludicrous". Read it here.  


  • 15:39
  • 15:49

    The top rated story on our site today is this rather clever juxtaposition between Brian O'Driscoll's final game for Ireland and a recent TV series True Detective starring starring Woody Harrelson. Read and watch it here.  


  • 16:24



    The trailer for Jimmy's Hall has just been released. The last film ever made by Ken Loach is about the only Irishman ever deported from his own country. Leitrim man Jimmy Gralton was deported to the United States in 1933 for being a communist. The film is out on May 30th. You can see the trailer here.  

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  • 17:38
    And that's all for today folks. Thanks for dropping by.