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Shipwrecks, storms and Luis Suarez

Ronan McGreevy Wed, Jul 24
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  • 09:33

    Hi, my name is Ronan McGreevy and I'm live blogging today. So, who watched the royal baby leaving hospital yesterday evening? You know you did and here's a piece by Ann Marie Hourihane to reassure you that you are not alone in your guilty pleasure. Read it here  

    Two observations: 1)  How do you not come up with a name after nine months of pregnancy? 2) Where did Prince William get that car seat? Car seats are designed to torture new fathers with belts and buckles, but the little prince was clunk-clicked into  his seat in a few seconds flat. Very  impressive.  

  • 09:42

    The usually excellent Second Captains has quite an incendiary interview this week with Paul Kimmage who is sceptical about Chris Froome's victory in the Tour de France. Referencing his old friend David Walsh's contention that there was a "mob" around casting aspersions at Froome's success, Kimmage responded:  "I found it insulting in some ways ... We've had several fraught conversations about it this year". Listen to it here.

  • 10:10
    A  Flock of Seagulls, remember them? You would probably  have to be a child of the eighties. They haven't gone away, you know, but their equipment has, according to this story on CNN. Read it here.  
  • 10:16
    Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders has just sent us  this video from one of their makeshift hospitals in northern Syria. Not every child has a fortunate start in life. Watch it here.

  • 10:39

    How late is too late to capture Nazi war criminals? The renowned Nazi hunters, the Simon Weisenthal Centre, believe there are still 60 alive who should be made to account for their wartime activities. However, an Auschwitz camp guard who was 21 in 1945 would now be almost 90. How much responsibility should somebody in their early 20s, who may be of low ranking, bear for wartime atrocities? Our Berlin correspondent Derek Scally has the story.


  • 11:03
    The Government is coming under serious pressure from American businesses not to introduce plain packaging for cigarettes. The Taoiseach has received a letter warning of the consequences.
  • 11:20
    Is The Gathering working? Rosita Boland reports generally reviews on the ground from the tourism industry. Read it here. The latest figures from the Central Statistics Office show a 5.4 per cent rise in visitor numbers in the first half of this year, helped, in particular, by a very impressive rise of 15.4 per cent rise in visitors from North America and 7.9 per cent in mainland Europe.  However, the biggest market, the UK, remains static.  In total there were 3.145 million visitors between January and the end of June this year.
  • 11:45
    Our legal affairs correspondent Ruadhán Mac Cormaic is tweeting live from the launch of the Dublin Rape Crisis Centre annual report where the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has once again reiterated his view that Ireland's present abortion laws are a British solution to an Irish problem.
  • 11:50
    Ok Magazine has featured an interview with Kate Middleton's personal trainer on its front cover talking about how she is going to lose the "baby weight". Once again a publication's tiresome obsession with women's bodies has provoked ire. Here is one particularly well-argued response.
  • 12:39

    Who won the ratings war for the royal baby? Figures from the UK suggest that ITV was the somewhat unlikely  but undisputed winner. Its decision to extend its  early evening news bulletin averaged 5.4 million viewers, peaking at 7.5 million as viewers waited for the royal couple and new arrival to make  their first public appearance on the steps of St Mary's Hospital in Paddington.The BBC was far behind with  an average of 3.3 million viewers. Sky News's wall-to-wall coverage  attracted an  average of 854,000 viewers at around 7pm yesterday evening.

  • 13:01
    Here's Liverpool owner John Henry's succinct response to Arsenal's £40 million bid for striker Luis Suarez.

  • 13:12
    Reports are coming in of a major rescue operation off the Cork coast involving the magnificent Dutch tall ship Astrid which ran aground near Oysterhaven.  All 30 people on board  are being  rescued by the Courtmacsherry  and  Kinsale lifeboats. Five ambulances have been dispatched to Kinsale where the passengers are being brought ashore.  Astrid is expected to sink in choppy seas.

  • 13:17
    Some rare good economic news from the Euro zone. It would appear that things are slowly improving after the traumas of recent years. The purchasing managers index (PMI), which measures demand, reached 50.4  last month,  50 suggesting growth.  It was much higher than was anticipated and the best result for 18 months.        
  • 14:16

    Love/Hate makes its debut on British television tonight on Channel 5. Praise for it comes in this article  from respected broadcaster and critic Mark Lawson in today's Guardian.  "It surprises me that  it has taken  so long to reach the UK and it  arrives on a network not celebrated for high quality fiction,"  quote  he.    

  • 14:23
    My colleague Kathy Sheridan has alerted us to this article that a career in banking is not all it's cracked up to be. Sympathy abounds. Read it here.
  • 14:36
    Here's a nice story for a change about Israelis and Palestinians co-existing together. Israeli and Palestinian metal bands Orphaned Land and Khalas are to tour Europe together including a date at Dublin's The Pint on November 15th. "We are  metal brothers before everything," said Khalas's lead guitarist Abed Hathut.  "There is no bigger message for peace than through this tour". "Amen," say all the metalheads. Read it here.
  • 14:42

    The most read story on our site all day has been columnist  Jennifer O'Connell's recent trip to Temple Bar where she was shocked, shocked to find excessive drinking going on. Read it here.

  • 15:39
    Will he or won't he leave Moscow Airport? Earlier reports suggested that fugitive intelligence officer Edward Snowden has been given  permission by the airport authorities to leave the airport's transit area where he's been holed up for more than a month, but his lawyer insists he is not leaving.
  • 16:29
    The latest news from the Luis Suarez saga would suggest that the Liverpool striker is free to talk to Arsenal so long as the club matches their £50 million valuation. Why would any club want to spend £50 million on one of soccer's most incorrigible renegades? Here's a great column from Ken Early a few months back about Suarez. Read it here
  • 16:48
    Quelle disaster!!! Hailstones as big as the tip of your thumb have lashed France's exclusive Burgundy wine region destroying 90 per cent of some vintages. Here's the story.
  • 17:25
    Forbes journalist David Monagan sends contrite text regarding his President Higgins article.
  • 17:33
    Was the BBC's coverage of the royal baby excessive?  Amidst many complaints that it was, the corporation has defended its coverage stating that BBC News Online had the busiest day globally to date with 19.4 million unique browsers on Monday, the day that the new prince was born. The interest was certainly there. Here's our story.
  • 17:38
    Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has appealed to Luis Suarez's conscience, such as it is, as he plots to keep the striker at the club.
    “ I think the support he’s received from the supporters and the people of the city of Liverpool has been unrivalled,” said Rodgers after Liverpool's 2-0 win in Melbourne. Will it make any difference when the striker is determined to leave?
  • 17:49

    We have fairly dramatic coverage of the Astrid hitting the rocks off the coast of County Cork. You can see it here.

  • 17:51
    And with that I'm signing off for the day. Thanks for your attention.