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Dan Griffin Mon, Jan 13
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  • 08:59
    A 34-year-old Italian man is expected in court this morning, charged with the murder of a man in Castleknock, Dublin, yesterday morning.

    Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is to appeal to the European Parliament to support Ireland's campaign for debt relief over its banks.

    And Irish Water is expected to seek permission to reveal details of the €50 million it spent on consultancy fees.
  • 09:00
    Good morning. It's Monday, January 13th, I'm Dan Griffin and I'll be at the controls of the Irish Times live blog until this evening.
  • 09:03
    A man is due to appear in court this morning to be charged over the murder of Dubliner Tom O’Gorman, who was beaten and stabbed to death in a row over a game of chess.

    The suspect, a 34-year-old Italian national from Palermo in Sicily, was arrested at the scene under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act and taken to Blanchardstown Garda station.
  • 09:05
    Minister for Finance Michael Noonan is expected to enlist the support of the European Parliament for Ireland’s campaign for debt relief on its legacy banking debts, when he meets senior MEPs in Dublin this week.

    A delegation from the Parliament’s economic and monetary affairs committee (ECON) , which includes Irish MEP Gay Mitchell, arrive in Dublin on Thursday as part of their ongoing inquiry into the workings of the troika.
  • 09:07
    Irish Water is expected to seek the permission of some of the companies it paid €50 million in consultancy fees to, before giving a detailed breakdown to an Oireachtas committee hearing of how it spent the money.

    Sources said the new semi- State may have to ask the companies before revealing exact details of how it spent half its €100 million establishment costs in the first year of its operation on consultants.
  • 09:17
    If you didn't stay up until 1am last night to watch the Golden Globes, you can read our (Reuters) report on the ceremony here.  

    And a photo gallery form the show here, with all the actors and their lovely clothes.
  • 09:29
  • 09:36
    L'amour: secret fu président is how Closer magazine broke the news of French president Francois Hollande's affair.

    Currently it's one of our most read stories.
  • 09:48
    A colleague just mentioned that online traffic increases from about 10pm until midnight. This has been the case for about a year or so as more people buy tablet computers and bring them to bed. That's quite interesting.
  • 09:53
    Also in the news today, Israeli security preparations ahead of former prime minister Ariel Sharon's funeral.

    Israel beefed up security for former prime minister Ariel Sharon’s funeral near the Gaza border on Monday and warned the enclave’s Palestinian rulers not to allow rocket fire during the ceremony, which US vice president Joe Biden will attend.

    More on that here 
  • 10:05
    Fiona Reddan writes today about how LinkedIn (a sort of Bebo or, indeed, Facebook, for professionals, m'lud) has decided to keep its financial performace to itself.
  • 10:16
    Michael Kelly, editor of the Irish Catholic and a friend of Tom O'Gorman, the man who was murdered in Castleknock, Dublin, yesterday, has said the deceased was a "renaissance man" with a  wide variety of interests and a great number of friends.

    Speaking on RTÉ Radio in the past few minutes, Mr Kelly praised    O'Gorman's passion for life and expressed shock at the manner of his death.

    "Tom never did any harm to anyone... he was a very kind person... a great friend to many people," Mr Kelly said.

    An Italian man is due in Blanchardstown District Court within the next half hour, charged with the murder.
  • 10:23
    I quite like the Guardian daily quiz. Today, to mark the start of Girls season three in the US, the quiz is a girls-themed one. I scored five out of 10. "Quite a lot of work to do," I'm told.
  • 10:26
    Peter Murtagh has a good feature in today's paper about the ongoing pylon debate.
  • 10:44
    I wonder when the vicious Pope Francis backlash will begin. It doesn't seem to be on the cards just yet anyway.

    Pope Francis very clearly emphasised the non-European “imprint” of his pontificate yesterday with his first batch of new cardinals by appointing 10 out of 16 new “electors” from outside Europe, Paddy Agnew writes in today's paper.

    Francis also baptised 32 children at an annual event in the Sistine Chapel yesterday. He made headlines though by encouraging mothers to breastfeed their children inside the chapel.

    “If they are hungry, mothers, feed them, without thinking twice. Because they are the most important people here,” he said.
  • 10:53
  • 10:59
    Remeber if you've got something to say there's a comment button at the top of the page. I'll publish anything here as long as it doesn't end up in us getting sued.
  • 11:13
    Seems like the internet is laying waste to another communications method. The SMS text message could be going the way of the fax, according to a story in the Guardian today which shows the number of text messages sent in Britain fell for the first time last year.

    With smartphone users moving to internet-based messaging services like WhatsApp and Snapchat, the volume of old fashioned text messages sent in Britain last year fell by 7 billion to 145 billion.

    Deloitte reckons it's going to fall again this year.

    The trend is not being driven by young people and tech nerds alone, the report says. "The age of the silver smartphone is beginning, when a critical mass of over-55s venture into the world of mobile computing by acquiring their first touchscreen handsets."

    As the price of technology falls, manufacturers will stop making basic feature phones which means late adapters will have no choice but to trade in their ageing handsets. By the end of the year up to half of all over-55s in developed countries will be smartphone users.

    It's bad news for my mother, I can tell you that.
  • 11:14
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  • 11:27
    It's been suggested that I note the upcoming (July 15th) performance of Hall and Oates in the Olympia, Dublin.
  • 11:49
    "The banknotes and coins are a tangible symbol of our determination to support the European Union," said ECB executive board member Yves Mersch today ahead of the launch in September (ages away) of  the new €10 banknote.
  • 11:58
    In a similar vein to that SMS story a bit earlier, Facebook has also reported a decline in its number of teenage users. In a piece in the Irish Examiner today, Kieran O'Mahony says one of the main reasons youngsters are not using the social media site is its popularity with parents and grandparents.

    "It really doesn't look very cool to be on the same social network as your parents. It's akin to your parents liking the same music as you. A major no-no in teenage land," he writes.
  • 12:06
    No pants subway ride. Now 13 years on the go, so I guess that makes it a tradition, the no pants subway ride took place on underground communter rail systems across the world yesterday. Here are some pics from the New York Daily News. Of course we don't have a subway system in Ireland. No pants Luas ride, perhaps?

    "The way the young people are dressing these days, Joe, it seems to me like everyday is no pants day."
  • 12:13
    Genevieve Carbery has a report from Blanchardstown District Court this morning.
  • 12:27
    "Serious artist Justin bieber--amid the scurrilous rumours spread by a provincial gutter press, based on their narrow-minded adherence to photographs and words--recently announced his retirement from music, signaling his embarking on a new career in broader, even more obnoxious forms of art."

  • 12:37
    The Government is now approaching the anniversary of its third year in power and its default response to all criticism that everything was the fault of the last shower has become as diluted (and effective) as a homeopathy potion, writes Harry McGee.
  • 12:59
    Many of you will not have had the unique pleasure of ever attending a county council meeting. The monthly sessions of county and city councils can be lengthy affairs where the minutiae of local governance is parsed and deliberated, then deliberated again, and again, and then the meeting is extended to allow further deliberation, and so on.

    But no council can hold a meeting quite like Donegal County Council hold their annual budget meeting. This, from the Donegal Democrat newspaper last year:

    "After a budget meeting that lasted more than 30 hours in total and stretched over three different days, Donegal County Council... approved an amended revenue budget".  

    Well fast forward 12 months and it looks like the council are even deeper in it than they were before. Following three days of debate and 21 adjournments, Donegal councillors face dissolution if they cannot reach an agreement today.

    Dissolution would mean that an administrator from the Department of the Environment would step in to run the council with its executive staff.

    RTÉ has more.
  • 13:08
    Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said he wants to see a breakdown of the costs for Irish Water. He said today he doesn't "believe for a second" that €50 million was spent on consultants reports. Some of it would have gone on setting up expensive systems, such as IT systems, he said.
  • 13:09
    Just heard on the news there that the Donegal meeting has been adjourned again, until 2pm. So that's more than 21 adjournments.
  • 13:20
  • 13:32
    Manchester United fans are insufferable. They are patronising, overly self-assured and dismissive. Do you agree with Una Mullally?
  • 13:37
  • 13:48
    More from political correspondent Harry McGee:

    Democracy Matters, the campaign gorup established to oppose the abolition of the Seanad, has criticised the Government for delays in implementing what it described as real and meaningful reform of the Upper House.

    Read more 
  • 14:01
    Going to get lunch now. Normal service will resume later on.
  • 15:00
    This story by western correspondent Lorna Siggins is doing well online. She outlines how the recent storms exposed Neolithic archaeology on Connemara's Omey island.

    Two sets of medieval burial sites, traces of sunken dwellings and parts of a Neolithic bog, which had been covered over millenniums by shifting sands, have been revealed.
  • 15:15
    Passenger numbers at Dublin airport increased by 6 per cent to 20.2 million last year, with a particular jump in transatlantic traffic.

    Read more here

    That's not entirely surprising I suppose given recent figures which showed significant tourism growth in 2013.
  • 15:31
  • 15:50
    An interesting FOI story here from the Evening Standard in London:

    MPs have splurged around £250,000 of taxpayers’ money having portraits painted of fellow parliamentarians.

    The spree included a £10,000 portrait of work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith, £4,000 for foreign secretary William Hague, and similar amounts for a number of other MPs.

    Apparently spending increased substantially following the Labour election landslide in 1997.  

    Critics have dubbed the protraits an "expensive vanity project", a difficult accusation to deny when you consider Speaker John Bercow's spend of £22,000 on a portrait of himself plus another £15,000 on a frame and coat of arms.
  • 16:06
    If you watched Sherlock last night then this might appeal.

    The spectacular villain’s mansion in the series finale of Sherlock is owned in real life by one of the country’s most successful engineers - but millionaire Sir David McMurtry does not live there because his wife thinks it is too flashy.

    From the Telegraph
  • 16:15
    A mother-of-one who cleaned up the scene of a murder carried out by a “recidivist criminal” has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
  • 16:34
  • 16:39
    "A fearless warrior and a bold leader."


    Ariel Sharon.

    Or so said the speakers at the former Israeli prime minister's memorial service today.
  • 16:55
    You'll thank us for this some day...

    Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has backed Irish Water, commenting that “in time” people will see the benefits of the new authority, writes Tim O'Brien.

    I'd say those (i.e. virtually everyone) who finds themselves having to pay for water that was previously free might find it hard to agree.

    Still, nice photo with this one. Leo in the helicopter. Mantlepiece material possibly.
  • 16:58
    Okay folks, that's where we'll leave it today. The Daily Wire will be back again tomorrow morning. Until then, good evening.