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  • 08:53
    Good morning, it's David Cochrane here manning today's Irish Times Awesome Live Blog Of News (thanks to Conor and Genevieve for coming up with that temporary name).
  • 08:55
    We begin this morning with confirmation this morning that Oxegen is to go ahead this year. A statement from MCD sent minutes ago says it'll take place at Punchestown on the August Bank Holiday weekend.

    Full statement from MCD to follow...
  • 09:00


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  • 09:06
    It was our very own Jim Carroll who revealed earlier this week that the festival was indeed going ahead, he got his hands on the planning application for the festival itself.

    >  Oxegen 2013: it’s on

    What Jim noted at the time (and has been confirmed in the MCD statement this morning, the capacity is significiantly reduced for the event, from a hyped 80,000 down to a maximum 50,000.

    I'm sure Jim will followup on this announcement by MCD later today.
  • 09:07
    The front page of this morning's Irish Times.
    The front page of this morning's Irish Times.
  • 09:19

    The Irish Times reported this morning that the FBI had released photos of people suspected of having been involved in the Boston bombings earlier this week.

    There's been a stand-off overnight involving at least two young men armed with guns and explosives following the shooting dead of a Boston police officer at MIT

  • 09:24
    Irish Times Washington Correspondent Simon Carswell, who's in Boston at the moment, has shared this piece of video from YouTube of the shootout.

  • 09:36
  • 09:40
    Simon and the rest of the Irish Times team will keep you up to date on what's happening in Boston throughout the day on
  • 09:55

    Irish Times journalists run an informal monthly competition between for the journalist or sub who can come up with the best headline. The one for the story below will be in with a good chance this month.

    Whilst Justin Bieber is now the most-followed person on the twitter machine researchers say he's not the most influential. French matematicians have undertaken a study of Barack Obamas 29 million follows and Biebers 37 million, and established that BO's followers retweet him more often.

    I think in twitter lingo that means Barack Obama has a higher reach because of his amplification. 

    The headline is worthy of the read above all else....

    >  Bieber's ‘beliebers’ not the best retweeters

  • 10:12

    Thorolfur Matthiasson and Peadar Kirby write in today's Irish Times on how Iceland has dealt with the issue of non-performing loans and why Ireland should follow suit. They argue that there is only pain and no gain in postponing necessary write downs of household and small business debt.

    "A firm that continues after having its debt written down creates benefits for others - its workers continue receiving salaries and paying taxes, while the  government is spared paying unemployment benefits."

    > Iceland’s debt write downs cleared a path to recovery

    The article is open to comment and if you have a view please do share it. 

  • 10:30
    The Boston Globe's ongoing coverage of events in Boston is outstanding both on twitter but also on their website. They're suspended their paywall in order to allow everyone to keep up to date with what's happening.

    "Police this morning are searching a 20-block area here for one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects after a violent night during which an MIT Police officer lost his life and a Transit Police officer was seriously wounded in a firefight. The other Boston Marathon bombing suspect, who was wearing a black hat in photos released Thursday evening, is dead after firing bullets and launching explosives at police." 
  • 10:50
    A piece of breaking news from the Business Post - NAMA has taken over the Grand Canal Theatre and Point Village.

    Nama takes control of Grand Canal Theatre, Point Village (

  • 11:01
    RTÉ reporting that Ivor Callely has been arrested (again).

    The Sunday Times' John Mooney says the arrest was by the Fraud Squad

  • 11:17
    If you haven't heard the name Andrew Kitzenberg yet, you will do (now, obviously) but I suspect you'll be hearing it a lot throughout the day and over the weekend.

    Kitzenberg, a Watertown resident has been tweeting updates as well photographs from where part of the shoot out has been happening: right outside his house. He started tweeting four hours ago.

  • 11:22
    Boston Police say that the local transport service (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) has been shut down during the manhunt.

  • 11:34

    Here is a map of the Boston area where you can see visually where the incidences have been taking place

    View Shootings 4/19 MIT && Carjacking related to boston bombers in a larger map
    (source: Gawker)  

  • 11:43
    Here's what we know in Boston so far...

    "Police in Boston have shot dead a suspect wanted in the investigation into the bombing of the Boston Marathon earlier this week.

    A second suspect is still being hunted after a standoff this morning which followed the shooting dead of an MIT campus police officer.

    "One suspect dead. One at large. Armed and dangerous. White hat suspect at large," Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis tweeted."

  • 11:44
    One of the more annoying issues with Instagram pictures being no longer available directly in tweets is that we're unable to directly show you this image.

    It apparently shows two Boston police swat-team members on the roof of a shed outside the tweeter's home.

  • 11:54
    Swat-teams in Boston continue their door-to-door search in Watertown, instructing all residents to stay indoors.

  • 12:00
    We're currently scanning tweets within a 2km radius of the Watertown area in Boston, some of the tweets from the past 2/3 hours are incredibly fascinating.

  • 12:05
    Unconfirmed reports via twitter that a pipe-bomb has just been detonated on Commonwealth Avenue in Watertown, Boston.

  • 12:07
  • 12:11
    Associated Press are reporting that the suspect is from Russia, near Chechnya who's been living in the United States for at least a year. AP identifying him as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev.

  • 12:19
    Confirmation (below) by the Boston Police Commissioner of more controlled explosions in the area.

  • 12:22
    RE our 11:44 update: someone by the name of Shawna England has been tweeting a similar photo. When asked on twitter why the photo is almost the same, she's confirmed that she's the Instagrammer's sister.

  • 12:29
    "It's not a movie"

  • 12:37
    Quite a few twitter accounts are reporting activity is now focussed around the John Joseph Moakley Courthouse.
  • 12:40
    Matthew Keys of Reuters has tracked down some photos of the suspect.

  • 12:51
    As the Boston police continue their manhunt, the Boston-based media have begun to segment their coverage and attention between finding the suspect and finding out who the suspect is. Media and members of the public have begun to converge on where the suspect is belived to live.

  • 13:05
    We're going to continue to monitor the situation in Boston for as long as necessary. Kilian Doyle will be joining me on the liveblog from here on. Updates from himself will begin KD and from myself DC
  • 13:05
  • 13:13
    KD: In non-Boston news, Nama has moved against Harry Crosbie, he of The Point – now the O2 - fame, seizing seizing control of his Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and Point Village developments.
    Both high-profile dockland sites are owned by companies controlled by Mr Crosbie, who is in debt to the agency to the tune of up to €500 million. Mr Crosbie has yet to comment. We’ll keep you posted when/if he does. More here:

  • 13:17
    Harry Crosbie with his granddaughter Martha Crosbie after he was presented with an honorary OBE last year
    Harry Crosbie with his granddaughter Martha Crosbie after he was presented with an honorary OBE last year
  • 13:19
    KD: Also in Dublin, former junior minister and Fianna Fáil TD Ivor Callely has appeared in court charged with submitting false invoices for mobile phones to Leinster House. He has been remanded on bail to appear in court next week when he will be served with the Book of Evidence. More here:
  • 13:21
    Ivor Callely leaving court today. Photograph: Collins
    Ivor Callely leaving court today. Photograph: Collins
  • 13:22

    DC: The latest from our man in Boston...



  • 13:25
    DC: The profile of Boston manhunt suspect Djohar Tsarnaev has been doing the rounds on social media. It can be viewed here. appears to be a predominantly Russian equivalent of Facebook, with c. 200 million members.
  • 13:32
  • 13:35
    KD: Our man @ConorPope has the story on Macnas pulling out of the Galway Arts Festival. The parade - which is normally the centre-piece of the annual event - will not take place. What do you think? Is a Galway Arts Festival a Galway Arts Festival without a Macnas parade? Have your say here:
  • 13:38
    DC: The LA Times say an FBI source told them that the suspect on the run may be wounded.

  • 13:46
  • 13:50
    KD: The jury in the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanavar in Galway is expected to deliver its verdict this afternoon.

    Ms Halappanavar died at Galway University Hospital on October 28th, 2012, having presented at the maternity unit a week earlier with severe back pain. She was 17 weeks pregnant and was found to be miscarrying.

    Click here for  a timeline of her final  days.

    Earlier this week,  the former master of the National Maternity Hospital Dr Peter Boylan told the inquest that if Ms Halappanavar had been given a termination on the Monday or Tuesday, one or two days after she was admitted to the hospital last October, she would “on the balance of probabilities”, still be alive.

    Ms Halappanavar’s husband Praveen told the inquest last week he and his wife requested a termination three times over these two days. At the time, she was miscarrying  but the foetal heartbeat was still present.

    For indepth coverage of the inquest, which began last week, go to our subsite here
  • 13:52
    Praveen Halappanavar outside the inquest into his wife Savita's death in Galway
    Praveen Halappanavar outside the inquest into his wife Savita's death in Galway
  • 14:19
    KD:  Reports from Galway tell us that the jury in the Savita inquest returned after lunch and were sent away to continue their deliberations until 5pm, or earlier if they reach a verdict.
  • 14:49
  • 14:55
    DC: What do we know about Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev?

    Tamerlan (26) is the older brother who was killed during a shoot-out overnight was, it's understood, an amateur boxer who trained at a martial arts centre in Allston four miles south east of Watertown, where the two brothers lived. In a photographic interview  he said he and his family fled Chechyna because of conflict and lived in Kazakhstan before moving to the United States as a refugee. He told Johannes Hirn during the interview that he had no American friends and that his favourite movie was Borat. Tamerlan's Youtube profile 'muazseyfullah' has a playlist called 'Terrorists' containing two videos which have since been deleted. His most recent subscription was to the YouTube channel "Allah is the One".

    Dzhokhar (19) who's believed to be the suspect on the run  was a Law student in Boston according to his Twitter profile. It's understood he was a recipient of a $2,500 scholarship from the City of Cambridge in 2011. As already mentioned this morning, he has a profle  which lists his faith as Islam.
  • 14:57
    KD:  The likelihood of a head-on collision between the Government and public sector unions in the wake of the collapse of Croke Park II appears to be growing by the day.  

    Speaking in Cork today, Minister for Health James Reilly indicated that pay cuts will be necessary to allow the Department of Health remain within budget for 2013.  

    Dr Reilly told reporters the EU-IMF troika were very clear that certain savings had to be made by the Government in relation to public pay. “I have to produce those savings for the troika. It’s as simple as that. I’ve given that commitment. I know that those savings must come from the cost of the service,” he said. “I’m not prepared to cut the service anymore. People need their service and I believe that they have a right to expect a certain level of service - so the cost of the service is what has to be addressed.”

    He confirmed the Government is prepared to legislate on pay cuts in the absence of a deal. “If legislation is what is necessary, it has to be done, because every month that goes by is another month lost and means that the cuts to the pay will have to be more severe in order to realise the same amount of money.”  

    Public service unions have already warned of potential industrial action if the Government cuts their wages.

    A long summer of discontent beckons.

  • 15:01
  • 15:13

    KD: BREAKING: The jury in the Savita Halappanavar inquest in Galway has returned a unanimous verdict of medical misadventure

    The nine recommendations from the coroner at the #savita inquest

    More to follow

  • 15:18

    KD: The jury said, after thorough consideration during nearly three hours of deliberations, that it strongly endorses the coroner Ciaran MacLoughlin's nine recommendations.

  • 15:26
    KD: Here are the nine recommendations delivered to the jury in the Savita Halappanavar inquest in Galway by the coroner Dr Ciaran MacLoughlin
  • 15:37
    KD:  Dr McLoughlin said the verdict did not mean that deficiencies or systems failures in University Hospital Galway contributed to Ms Halappanavar’s death; these were just findings in relation to the management of her care.
    In summary, his recommendations are:
    - the Medical Council should lay out exactly when a doctor can intervene to save the life of the mother in similar circumstances, which would remove
    doubt and fear from the doctor and also reassure the public. An Bord Altranais should have similar directives for midwives so that the two professions
    always complement one another.
    - blood samples should be properly followed up and proper procedures put in place to ensure errors don't occur. That would be a national recommendation.
    - protocols should be followed in the management of sepsis and there should be proper training and guidelines for all medical and nursing personnel. And that would be a national recommendation.
    - proper and effective communication to occur between staff on-call and a team coming on duty and a dedicated handover time to be set aside for such communications. That should be applied nationally.
    - protocol for sepsis written by the department of microbiology for each hospital and each hospital directorate. And that should be applied nationally.
    - a modified early warning score chart should be adopted by all hospitals in the state as soon as practicable.
    - there should be early and effective communications with patients
    and/or their relatives to ensure that a treatment plan is readily explained and understood. And this should be applied nationally.
    - the medical notes and nursing notes should be separate documents and kept separate. And that should be applied nationally.
    - no additions should be made to the medical records of a deceased whose death is the subject of a coroner's inquiry. Additions may inhibit the inquiry and prohibit the making of recommendations which may prevent further fatalities. And that should be applied nationally.
  • 15:39
     Savita Halappanavar: the jury at her inquest has returned a unanimous verdict of death by medical misadventure.
    Savita Halappanavar: the jury at her inquest has returned a unanimous verdict of death by medical misadventure.
  • 15:41
  • 15:46
    DC: The Boston Police Department, which earlier put out an APB looking for a car with the licence plate  316-ES9, saying it could belong to the suspect being pursued, has just confirmed that it has found the vehicle.

  • 15:48
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  • 15:57
    KD: Praveen Halappanavar, speaking to the media outside his wife's inquest, said she was 'left to die', while his solicitor Gerard O'Donnell says she was deprived of her constitutional right to life
  • 15:59
    KD: "Someone needs to take responsibility for her death," said Praveen of his wife Savita. "I will get to the bottom of the truth."
  • 16:03
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  • 16:21

    Below (desktop only I'm afraid) is footage from AP of door-to-door searches which are taking place in Boston at the moment.

  • 16:22
  • 16:26
    KD: A former president of the Irish Hospital Consultants’ Association has been found guilty on five counts of “poor professional performance” by a committee of the Medical Council at a fitness to practice inquiry.
    Dr Colm Quigley is a clinical director at Wexford General Hospital and a former president of the Medical Council. The charges are distinct from the more serious accusation of “professional misconduct”.
    The findings will now be forwarded to the board of the Medical Council who will deliberate and decide on what sanctions – if any – to impose on Dr Quigley. 
    The charges relate to the case of a patient – known only as Patient X – who was referred by his GP to Dr Quigley’s private clinic at the Ely Hospital at Ferrybank, Co Wexford on August 27th, 2009.  Patient X, who died of lung cancer in 2011, was said to have been suffering from a number of complaints, including low sodium in the blood.
    Dr Quigley , who accepted a "mistake occurred' in the treatment of the patient, was acquitted of four other charges. 
  • 16:31
    The Chechen leader has issued a statement (which has been posted to Instagram)

    It's been translated into English via Google Translate.

    "The tragic events took place in Boston. The blast killed people. We have previously expressed their condolences to the people of the city and the people of America. Today, as reported by the media, while trying to arrest a Tsarnaea was killed. It would be logical if he was detained and investigated, found all the circumstances and the degree of his guilt. Apparently, the special services needed by all means to calm the result of society. Any attempt to make the connection between Chechnya and Tsarnaevymi if they are guilty, in vain. They grew up in the United States, their attitudes and beliefs were formed there. It is necessary to seek the roots of evil in America. From terrorism to fight the whole world. We know better than anyone else. We wish recovery to all the victims and share the feelings of sorrow Americans."
  • 16:35
  • 16:41
    Praveen Halappanavar speaks to the media outside his wife Savita's inquest in Galway this afternoon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times
    Praveen Halappanavar speaks to the media outside his wife Savita's inquest in Galway this afternoon. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times
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  • 17:11
    KD: In sports news, Chelsea’s John Terry today snubbed Football Association chairman David Bernstein’s attempt to shake hands at today’s Champions League trophy handover. Bernstein had stripped Terry of the England captaincy after his racism charge.

    No  hard feelings, so. 
  • 17:37
    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (left) and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (right) have begun to give a statment to the press on what's happening. Patrick has asked people to stay in doors and only answer the doors to uniformed officials with ID.
    Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick (left) and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino (right) have begun to give a statment to the press on what's happening. Patrick has asked people to stay in doors and only answer the doors to uniformed officials with ID.
  • 17:43

  • 17:47
    DC: NBC News say that records show that Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older brother who died during the shoot-out last night, left the United States for six months in 2012.
  • 17:58
    It would appear that the dead suspect also had a twitter account, and unlike the on-the-run suspect, his account was active until two days ago. One particularly harrowing tweet has Tamerlan Tsarnaev replying to someone tweeting about the marthon bombing

  • 18:01
    He also favourited this particular tweet...

  • 18:37
    While we await further updates from Boston, here's a preview of what's in The Irish Times this weekend.
    While we await further updates from Boston, here's a preview of what's in The Irish Times this weekend.
  • 19:03
    Boston police are now looking for a second car...

  • 19:36