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The main stories on irishtimes.com this Tuesday, September 17th, are:
Costa Concordia upright after 19-hour operation
US gunman identified as ex-navy reservist
And a man has been jailed for 18 years for killing Irish backpacker in Melbourne
09:06Taoiseach Enda Kenny was just speaking to Radio 1, from the FG "think-in" in Co Laois.
The budget will be "tough". It will be very difficult for people to consider FG rebels reentering the parliamentary party. And there will be a cabinet reshuffle before the next general election.
Asked for a specific time frame for the reshuffle, Kenny grabbed for a trusty football metaphor: when the man on the sideline holds up a board to show a change needs to be made.
09:16"The man who runs the Department of Finance cast himself yesterday as the grown-up version of a schoolboy who happens to be good at his sums." -- Arthur Beesley on Michael Noonan's budget position.
"Thanks to gossipy nuggets in Pat Leahy’s new book on the first two years of the Coalition, Labour has been providing early entertainment in the run-up to the new political season this week." -- Miriam Lord on simmering tensions in the Labour Party.
And plenty more from the political party think-ins here.
09:28"As the sirens sounded, it was as if the entire island was finally awaking from a nightmare, " writes Paddy Agnew on the salvaging of the Costa Concordia.
After more than a year-and-a-half lying on its side off the Tuscan island of Giglio, the stricken luxury liner finally regained an upright position.
"There was no doubting who was the hero of the hour," Agnew writes. "Zambian born salvage master, Capt. Nick Sloan. When he finally stepped onto the harbourside in the Porto del Giglio, he was given a rock star reception."
"He then made his way to “Bar Fausto” where, rather than consuming a regulation cappuccino, he opted instead for some well earned beer, chased down with the odd whiskey."
A brief look at the other front pages now:
The Irish Examiner reports a district court judge has said State services are now operating a "pass the parcel" when dealing with troubled teens. Judge Eugene O'Kelly voiced his concerns after learning that dangerous young criminals are routinely placed in Limerick University Hospital wards when the State has no secure unit for them.
The Irish Independent says a less severe Budget now being planned by the Government will ease the pressure for bigger class sizes and cuts in hospital services.
The Mail criticises the length of time patients are waiting to receive non-emergency medical treatment.
The Herald leads with calls on the Government to sort out the Priory Hall mess.
The Star, the Sun and the Mirror all go for different front page leads: A TV show at the weekend; a burglary; and the mass shooting at a naval base in Washington yesterday respectively.
"Showers are expected to die out tonight and Tuesday will start cool and dry". That was the last line on a weather story yesterday. The day didn't quite start out dry but at least the showers have made way for more sustained rainfall this morning. It's supposed to clear up though.
10:13The Today Show is analysing all the things Enda Kenny didn't say on Morning Ireland now. Elsewhere, someone just brought a case of Subway breakfast rolls into the office. They're not bad, the sausages are decent enough although the bread--as always--isn't great. I thought the breakfast roll thing was over though.
10:25This time-lapse of the righting of the Costa Concordia is amazing. No wonder the co-ordinator went for a few pints afterwards.
10:43Also on the radio this morning, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin refused to say whether he would support former senior party members running for elections. Martin was asked if he would support cadidates such as former minister John no-expense-spared O'Donoghue, who lost his seat in the 2011 general election, were he to run again.
Martin said: "I’m not going to get into the position of cherry-picking candidates in different constituencies.”
Of course, party HQ would never busy themselves with such matters.
Anyway, if I remeber correctly--and I my not--Fianna Fáil has already passed a motion whereby parliamentary party members who refused to run for re-election in the massacre of 2011 would not be allowed on the party ticket in 2016.
They ought to insist though that any former TD who didn't put themselves forward last time must instead run in the 2014 local elections, do their time as a councillor and then be brought back into the fold.
11:17Remeber the way Dublin used to have loads of little idiosyncratic family shops, and they all had unique decor and layout and products etc. And then remember the way they all became Spar and Centra franchises that looked identical and sold the same bruised fruit and miserable sandwiches?
Well, do you know the way Dublin has loads of interesting little pubs, with unique decor, atmosphere, etc. etc. Not to put too apocalyptic a spin on things, but this article gives me cause for concern.
"Three major pub chains are now scouring the Dublin market for acquisitions," it begins.
"Intermediaries acting on behalf of Greene King, the brewer behind Old Speckled Hen ale, have in recent weeks approached the owners of several large suburban Dublin pubs asking if they would be interested in selling up.
"Greene King is one of the largest brew-pub chains in the UK and is a major rival to JD Wetherspoon, which recently agreed to buy two Dublin pubs and announced a plan to open up to 30 premises here."
"It is also understood from a number of industry sources that a third unnamed major British chain is also in the market and has appointed advisers here to represent it."
So, readers, have you ever, on a trip to the UK, ventured inside one of these large chain pubs for a quick pint and a read of the paper? If so you'll know what to expect, if not, here's Will Self on Wetherspoons in the New Statesman earlier this year: "An invasion-of-the-body-snatchers style pub chain that operates some 833 outlets... brown dollops of establishments smeared incontinently across our cities."
Watch this space...
11:34Oh, what's that noise on Radio 1? Could it be Tipperary South TD Mattie McGrath taking an opposing stance on a popular referendum (for a new Court of Appeal)? I think it could. And with that, let's draw your attention to a rather prescient tweet from RTÉ political correspondent David Davin Power last week.
The ineffable Mattie McG has 'serious concerns' about the Court referendum. Eyeing some of the 50 50 airtime I'd say— ddp (@theddp) September 11, 2013
11:59“I see that my old chum Jeremy Clarkson is thinking of standing against Ed Miliband in Doncaster.
“Right idea, Jezza – wrong seat. I hope fervently that the great man can be persuaded to stand against Cleggers in Sheffield, where his majority (unlike Ed’s) is very frail indeed."
That's mayor of London Boris Johnson in his £250,000 Telegraph column. (Chum, Jezza, Cleggers... you'd never tell he went to public school). Anyway, it looks like Clarkson has taken his advice.
He told the Sun: "I was a bit drunk when I suggested I would stand as an independent candidate in Doncaster. I meant Sheffield Hallam [Clegg's constituency]."
Twenty degree temperatures on the way, sources close to the weather have said. More to follow.
World champion Ronnie O'Sullivan has waded into the snooker match fixing controversy by saying the practice in more common than many people believe.
He was speaking after Stephen Lee was found guilty of match-fixing charges relating to seven matches in 2008 and 2009 yeaterday.
“I’ve heard there’s many more players who throw snooker matches .. I suppose Steve lee was just caught out,” O'Sullivan wrote on Twitter.
12:55Yes, here it is:
It may not be the heat we experienced over the summer, but the sun is set to return, at least for a few days. Over the weekend and into next week, temperatures across the country may reach the low 20s, writes Jason Kennedy.
13:01Check out Ireland's bright young haircuts, the Strypes, over at the NME.
Our lead story this lunch time is Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin likening Taoiseach Enda Kenny's style of leadership to that of Charles Haughey, describing it as dictatorial.
Speaking at the Fianna Fáil strategy meeting in Waterford, Martin also criticised Mr Kenny for again refusing to debate the Seanad referendum with him on air.
Read the full story here.
13:23Richard Haass arrives from the US to kickstart all-party talks on the North today. They are designed to resolve those most stubborn of issues – parades and protests, flags and emblems, and the past, writes Gerry Moriarty.
13:35Roy Greenslade's blog today: Controversy over firing of leading Irish investigative journalist.
13:45More now on the mass shooting in a Washington navy base from Simon Carswell.
"The Washington massacre gunman used a valid security pass to get inside the navy complex where he killed 12 people but the motive for the shootings was still a mystery, investigators said."
Read more here.
13:58The FG press team has been extra busy since the start of the Seanad referendum today. This just in:
Harris welcomes Martin's admission that he did nothing to reform the Seanad when he had the chance
And there are plenty more like it.
14:08It's coming hot and heavy from the party think-ins now, with the politicians sticking admirably to the 'Whatever you say, say nothing' approach to media.
Labour leader Eamon Gilmore says a Cabinet reshuffle will take place during the lifetime of the Government but is not "immediately on the horizon". Which is a deft way of combining the two seemingly contradictory concepts of immediacy and the horizon. His Lieutenant, Joan Burton, had this scintillating detail to add: “Matters in relation to the membership and composition of the Cabinet are uniquely an issue for the leaders of the two parties, for the Taoiseach and the Tánaiste."
14:39"The English clubs especially, and their French cohorts, never had any real interest in salvaging the Heineken Cup," writes Gerry Thornley in today's most read story.
Most news organisations (including ourselves) say the decision by the European Parliament to nominate secrecy busting fugitive Edward Snowden for a human rights prize is controversial.
Here's the story.
I wonder would it have been considered a controversial choice if a Chinese transparency campaigner, on the run from their government, had been nominated for the award.
15:28Grand Theft Auto V came out today, as everyone will be aware. The Guardian gave it a (lengthy) five-star review here. They also have an little video of the making of the first GTA on their site somewhere which, if like me, you think the franchise peaked with the first title back in the 1990s, you'll find fascinating.
Despite never quite recapturing the magic of GTA I, the rest of the series has been quite brilliant. And no doubt the latest title will continue this line in quality.
15:28"A man was hit with a brick and stabbed before being robbed of the much awaited Grand Theft Auto V video game in north London," BBC London reports.
15:58What could only be described as a verbal brawl has broken out between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil on the final day of the two parties' think-ins.
Earlier on Morning Ireland, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin criticised the leadership style of Enda Kenny, invoking the phrase ‘uno duce una voce’ which became associated with the autocratic approach of former Fianna Fáil taoiseach Charles Haughey.
Now Kenny has shot back. “Micheál Martin should know better," he told reporters. "In a party that ignored all the elements of politics, he himself sat down at the Cabinet table or was contacted incorporeally about the banking situation. He himself as a minister for health refused to accept any responsibility for situations where up to €1 billion were taken off elderly people in geriatric homes."
Expect this one to spill over onto the Six One news.
16:13The threat of strike action at EBS, a subsidiary of AIB, over the payment of a bonus for staff has been averted following talks at the Labour Relations Commission, Martin Wall writes.
16:28The Washington massacre gunman had serious mental problems and suffered fits of rage, but was still able to hold an official security clearance for the complex where he killed 12 people.
Aaron Alexis’ motive in yesterday’s rampage remained a mystery. But law enforcement officials told reporters he had paranoia and a sleep disorder and was hearing voices in his head.
16:48Like wasps? Like spiders? Then you'll love the wasp-spider, recently found on RSPB Lakenheath Fen nature reserve.
Warden Katherine Puttick, who made the find, said she could "appreciate its beauty... from a distance". She could, yeah.
17:01Okay we'll leave it there for today. The Oireachtas reconvenes tomorrow. Fine Gael TD Andrew Doyle is looking forward to the resumption of the Fisheries Sub-Committee. What are you looking forward to?
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