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Conor Pope Tue, Sep 24
 
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  • 08:40
    Budgets. They just get earlier every year, don't they?

    The Cabinet is meeting today and according to the lead story in The Irish Times there is likely to be a determined push to set a definitive target for cutbacks and tax increases for next month's budget.

    Behind closed doors Fine Gael has hinted that it may be willing in principle to reduce the €3.1 billion target set out in Ireland’s agreement with the EU/IMF troika to a just below €3 billion. but even if they do it will still be well above the €2.5 billion limit beyond which Labour says it will not go.

    The bridging of the gap will be talked about today.

  • 08:42
    Have you got more  money in your pocket than you did three months ago? 

    According to the Irish League of Credit Unionis more people do. 

    T
    hat's not to say the happy days are hear again mind you. Nearly 40 per cent of us struggle to pay all our bills on time each month. 

  • 08:48
    To hell or to Arthur... my tuppence worth.
  • 08:53
    "I suspected my early-teen son had started masturbating, so asked my husband to have a man-to-man chat with him, to encourage him to try resisting those urges. But my husband blew a fuse, saying there’s no way he’d try to get our son to stop doing what he himself has been doing every single day since puberty. I was shocked and horrified. Is the man I’ve been living with for 20 years some kind of sex addict?"

    Words fail me...  

    They don't fail Kate Holmquist mind you. 
  • 09:01
    Chocolote lovers be concerned... be very, very concerned. 

  • 09:08
    Kenyan security forces have taken control of the Nairobi shopping mall where Islamist fighters killed at least 62 people over the weekend .

    Overnight silence outside the mall was broken following a loud burst of gunfire heard coming from inside the Westgate mall.

    A lone military chopper circled above.A trickle of survivors escaped the building throughout the day yesterday, but the fate of people listed as missing was unclear.
    Kenya’s Citizen TV reported today that troops had killed “six of the remaining attackers” at the mall, but did not give further details and the report was unsourced.

     
    Americans and a British woman were among the attackers, Kenya’s foreign minister said today. Amina Mohamed said the attackers included “two or three Americans” and “one Brit”. She told the PBS NewsHour programme that the Americans were 18 to 19 years old, of Somali or Arab origin and lived “in Minnesota and one other place” in the US. The Briton was a woman who has “done this many times before”, she said.
  • 09:17
    I can't believe it's not yoghurt. 

    Oh, right, it isn't. 

    New York firms fined over fake reviews.... serves them right.
  • 09:32
  • 09:50
    There are peals of laughter coming from around our newsroom right now.... Everyone is reading the same article... 

    A prize if you can guess the article.
  • 09:51
    "Another sign of declining moral standards," suggests Michael O'Regan. "That column should be replaced by Rite and Reason."

    Yes, we're still talking about Kate Holmquist's piece.

  • 10:01
    A man in his 30s is to appear before Tallaght District Court later this morning charged in connection with a fatal stabbing in the Jobstown area on Sunday. The dead man has been named locally as James Humphries.
  • 10:01
    Apparently the web filters in the Dail are blocking Kate Holmquist's article. Who knew our dear leaders were so puritanical.
  • 10:12
    "As an indicator of the intensity of the two-day get-together with an extended Ireland squad in Carton House, the recently-installed Ireland head coach had almost lost his voice. As he hoarsely admitted, Joe Schmidt is a little out of practice at this coaching lark. We can take it therefore, for his first on-field sessions since signing off with Leinster, Schmidt was in full voice, and the players have been taken aback by Schmidt’s presence, precision and attention to detail." 

    Gerry Thornely on the new man at the top.  
  • 10:15
    A postmortem is due to be carried out today after the stabbing to death of a man at a house at Ormond Square in central Dublin yesterday. The man, named locally as John Maguire (51), is understood to have received several stab wounds.

    A neighbour noticed the solid wooden front door on the quiet square was slightly open and apparently tried to push the door further to check all was well, but was unable to fully open it.

    Inside, Mr Maguire lay against it, wounded in the neck and chest. Emergency service personnel attended him but he died shortly afterwards at the scene.
    Neighbours expressed their shock and sorrow. “He was a lovely man, a quiet man,” said one. “He kept to himself but got involved [with the community] a few years back over the square.” 
  • 10:23
    Is Pope Francis planning to name a woman cardinal?

    El Pais thinks he might be.

    How could such a thing be possible, you ask? Well according to the Spanish newspaper, canonical law says cardinals don’t have to be priests, they can be deacons.
    And up until 800 years ago, women were allowed to be deacons.

    It seems like a strech to me but what would I know? I'm no pope. 
  • 10:29

  • 10:39
    Since yesterday Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been on hunger strike.

    Here's why.

    "This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation. The penal colony administration refuses to hear me. But I, in turn, refuse to back down from my demands. I will not remain silent, resigned to watch as my fellow prisoners collapse under the strain of slavery-like conditions. I demand that the colony administration respect human rights; I demand that the Mordovia camp function in accordance with the law. I demand that we be treated like human beings, not slaves."

  • 10:46
    Somali Islamist militant group al Shabaab has dismissed comments by a Kenyan minister that Americans and a Briton were among the militants who attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi.

    It also said it had been in touch with the attackers.

    “We have communicated with our mujahideen (fighters) in Westgate (mall) and they told us fighting has just started,” al Shabaab’s media office told reporters.
    “Those who describe the attackers as Americans and British are people who do not know what is going on in Westgate building.”

    Kenya’s foreign minister Amina Mohamed said earlier the attackers included “two or three Americans” and “one Brit”.

  • 10:52
    A reader called Darren has strong feelings about Arthur's Day and he has let them be known.

    "Oh the fuddy duddys!  If you don't agree with Arthurs Day, sit at home on your computers and moan about it. You don't have to go. Actually, I'd prefer if you didn't. I don't care about your opinion.. and neither should Diageo.   The rest of us will choose to have a good time, raise a pint and catch a gig. (THE HORROR!)  You can continue to let life pass you by instead of just getting over it. It's our decision to drink, it's your decision to be boring."

    And there you have it.  
  • 10:57
    Post-boom Barcelona squatters occupy vanguard of Spain’s resistance to banks

    No better people.  

    No pasaran....  


  • 11:00
    The FAI  has appointed Noel King a temporary manager for October’s World Cup qualifiers against Germany and Kazakhstan while Who Put the Ball In The English Net Ray and the association’s High Performance Director Ruud Dokter conduct a “comprehensive assessment of the (managerial) market”.

    What chance now for Martin O’Neill?

    Emmet Malone knows best. 
  • 11:18
  • 11:23
    I just rang that number looking for my Mayo Medallion.  The disappointing news is that Mayo did not win the All-Ireland after all and there are no medals for sale. 

    The lovely lady who took my call said that I was only the fourth person to ring.

    Sad face.
  • 11:32
  • 11:49
    The funniest rally driving video you will see today.... (Not safe for work if your work does not approve of swearing). 

  • 12:11
    Bruce Springsteen.

    He's 63 you know.
  • 12:18
    We will fight them on the beaches....  Iain Dale has had quite the morning so he has. 



    He has also taken to his blog to explain what happened.  

    It's the dog I feel sorry for.
  • 13:07
  • 13:09
  • 13:11
    Big earthquake in Southern Pakistan... reports of injuries.  Live updates coming from here.
  • 13:20
    “We are here to suggest to the Democracy Matters group that a more appropriate name for their organisation is Hypocrisy Matters,” Mr Murphy said.

    Paul Murphy has a go at Martin and McDowell  
  • 13:22
    The Central Bank has said there is no new information in the Anglo Tapes that warrant further investigation.
  • 13:30
    All roads are leading to Stradbally today where President Michael D Higgins opened the 82nd National Ploughing Championships, writes Alison Healy. 
    "The National Ploughing Association says the three-day event is the largest show of its type in Europe and it expects to attract up to 200,000 people this year. Mr Higgins said attending the championships was one of the highlights of his year as it conjured up a world that reminded him of his formative years living on a small farm in Newmarket on Fergus, Co Clare.

    He said the act of ploughing evoked the rich symbolism of renewal and fruitfulness. “As we are facing into the next year with a renewed sense of optimism, I share the hope of everyone here that the sod we are turning over will deliver a bountiful harvest.”

    Earlier Mr Higgins visited the ploughing plots and spoke to ploughing competitors before declaring the championships open just after noon. The expected sunshine did not make an appearance this morning but the ground was dry underfoot and most visitors had opted for shoes, instead of wellingtons.
  • 14:01
    Thefts from the person (it's the official term, don't blame me!) grew by over a third in the year up to June 2013 according to the latest crime statistics released by the CSO this morning.

    Crime rates did fall in most crime categories in the year up to the end of June but increases were recorded in relation to thefts, robbery and aggravated burglary as well as dangerous driving leading to death.

    The largest increase in recorded crime was in relation to theft from the person, instances of which increased by 33.4 per cent to 5,729 up to the end of June.

    Theft from shops rose by 1 per cent to 20,178 in the same period.

    Robbery, categorised as cases of theft from the person which involve violence, rose by 2.6 per cent to 1,663.

    The CSO recorded crime statistics show that homicide offences, a category which includes murder and manslaughter offences and dangerous driving leading to death, rose by 1.5 per cent in the 12 months to the end of June as compared to previous 12- month period.

    However, three fewer murders and manslaughters were recorded in that period compared to the previous year while the number of cases of dangerous driving leading to death rose from 16 to 20 driving the overall increase in homicide offences.

    Recorded crime fell in all other categories.

  • 15:00
    I can think of no excuse for posting this but am just gonna go for it anyways
    I can think of no excuse for posting this but am just gonna go for it anyways
  • 15:01
  • 15:21
    Well this is a delightful two minutes so it is 

  • 15:26
    Ha! 

  • 16:30
  • 16:41

    You know the kids who jump into the Grand Canal Dock when the sun is shining? You do? Here's a lovely little back story. 

  • 17:10
    Dr Seuss died on this day in 1991... 

    Hugh Linehan wants me to link to his little known WWII propaganda cartoons.

    And I will.

    But I prefer this...

     
  • 17:11
    Okay unless something remarkable happens in the next hour or so that's a lid...