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Ploughing, Peru and pints of plain: rolling updates from Hugh Linehan

Hugh Linehan Wed, Sep 25
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  • 09:10
    Good morning, and welcome to today's Daily Wire. It's a grey humid day here in Dublin and across most of the country. Here's the forecast for the day:

  • 09:15
    Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid have pleaded guilty before a judge in the port town of Callao, near the Peruvian capital Lima.
    The pair took full responsibility for drug trafficking after initially claiming they were forced to board a flight from Lima to Spain
    with 24lbs of cocaine in food packets hidden inside their luggage last month.
    A spokesman for the court in Callao said: “They will automatically have a sixth off from the minimum jail sentence of eight years
    and will be sentenced to six years and eight months in prison.
    “Sentencing will take place on October 1st at a new hearing.”
  • 09:16
    Gardaí are appealing for help in tracing the whereabouts of 65-year-old Margaret (Peggy) Mangan who is missing since yesterday morning.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact Terenure garda station 01-6666400 or the Garda Confidential Line 1800 666 111.
  • 09:32
    Simon Carswell reports that Bono has defended Ireland’s tax system and the use of Irish companies by multinational companies to reduce their global tax bills, saying that the country was “very pleased to compete on that front”.
    Speaking at the annual meeting of the Bill Clinton’s family philanthropic organisation in New York, the rock singer interrupted the Sudanese telecoms billionaire Mo Ibrahim who, during a discussion on Africa, referred to Ireland as an example of how the global taxation system was broken.
    Bono’s comment  came just days after he defended U2’s use of offshore companies to reduce their taxes in an interview, saying that the band’s tax policy was in line with Ireland’s competitive tax philosophy which had taken the country out of poverty.

    More importantly, from the point of view of most of the world's media, he did this impression of Bill Clinton.

  • 09:49
    Wonderful piece today from Anne Enright on Newfoundland, "the most Irish island in the world". A snippet:

    Five hours from St John’s, a ferry leaves Farewell for the island of Fogo (which is not really Newfoundland, I am told) and a road leads through the villages of Seldom, Little Seldom and Joe Batts Arm, all the way to Tilting. And, of course, Tilting is not the same as any of these other villages, because Tilting is not a patchwork community of Irish and West Country English – Tilting is straight Irish. Tilting is Irish on the rocks.
  • 10:23
    BREAKING: Twitter have announced they will be employing another 100 people at their European headquarters.

    Twitter’s Managing Director in Ireland, Stephen McIntyre (@stephenpmc) said:
    “In less than two years we have gone from one employee to more than 100 people in our Dublin office, with staff working across more than ten business functions..”
  • 10:33
  • 10:38
    A strong contender here for Headline of the Day:

  • 10:46
    Need to know what's happening today in the Dail and seanad? Here's everything you need to know - and more. 

  • 10:53

    BREAKING: from an oversized bale of hay, by the look of it.


  • 11:02
    The Arthur's Day kerfuffle appears to have died down a little today, although the Guardian does pick up the story for a UK audience, and there are a few letters (pro and anti) in today's newspaper. But forget your Christy Moores and your Waterboys - here's the Irish Times Protest Song Department (you didn't know we had one?) with its take on the whole thing:

  • 11:08
    A word from the minister...
  • 11:40
    Warning. Unparliamentary language coming up.

  • 11:46
    This is heartwarming stuff. Ciaran McNally tells Des Cahill what it meant to his daughter Amy, when Dublin star Paul Flynn gave her his jersey at the end of Sunday's All-Ireland Football final against Mayo.

    And here's the video.

  • 11:50
  • 11:57
    The Irish Times's People column (it's on page 2 of ye olde print edition, but not on the website) wishes happy birthday to:

    'Catherine Zeta Jones (44), actor, reportedly divorcing Michael Douglas" and "Michael Douglas (69), actor, soon to be Catherine Zeta Jones's former husband."
  • 12:43
    Happy 64th birthday, Pedro Almodovar. Here's your A - Z.

  • 13:30
    Oh look! Everybody's invited...

  • 13:37
  • 13:45
    This just in from Alison Healy, our Food and Farming Correspondent, in Ratheniska.

    It’s day two of the National Ploughing Championships and Government politicians have descended en masse on the site at
    Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois to push for a yes vote in the upcoming referendum on abolishing the Seanad.
    The second day of the three-day event is usually the busiest but yesterday surpassed first-day records with a bumper crowd of
    81,000 – almost 30,000 more than last year.
    The National Ploughing Association expects the event to attract some 200,000 people before championships end tomorrow
    Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney predicted that this would be the busiest and best ever championships, when he visited
    the site early this morning.
    He is canvassing for a Yes vote in the Seanad referendum with Richard Bruton, Fine Gael’s director of elections in the
  • 14:05
  • 14:07
    Haven't we suffered enough? RTE reports Boyzone have signed a new record deal with Warner Music.
  • 14:56
    This just in from Co Laois.

  • 15:00
    BREAKING: The Mater Hospital has stated that it will comply with the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act. A board member had previously said it couldn't do so.
  • 15:18
    The world's oldest newpaper will cease printing by the end of the year.

    Lloyd's List, which lays claim to be the world's oldest continuously published newspaper, is to become a totally digital entity, reports Roy Greenslade in the Guardian.
    The paper, founded in 1734, is regarded as the leading news, analysis and data source for the global shipping industry.
    When Lloyd's List first appeared in 1734, it was as a notice pinned to the wall of a coffee shop in London.
  • 15:42
    Michael O'Regan reports that Ceann Comhairle Sean Barrett has claimed that media leaks about his involvement in the appointment of a new Dáil Clerk represent an attempt to blacken his name.

    The post has been vacant since the retirement in August of Kieran Coughlan.
    Mr Barrett told the Dáil today that he resented very much being dragged into the controversy. See full report and video here.
  • 15:48
    The 34th America’s Cup, which until a few weeks ago had looked like an economic and sporting fiasco, is set to end later today with a high-speed, half hour, winner-take-all sailboat race between Oracle Team USA and Emirates Team New Zealand.
    The unlikely climax comes after the Kiwi team opened up a seemingly insurmountable 8-1 lead in the final best-of-17 match-race series, then crumbled as Oracle won seven in a row to stand on the brink of one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

  • 16:14

    A bullet-proof robot donkey, you say? Why don't they have one of these at the Ploughing Championships? Boston Dynamics, the engineering company behind the record-breaking Cheetah robot and the jumping sand flea robot, has unveiled the LS3, or Legged Squad Support System,  a futuristic donkey, designed as a pack-mule for soldiers and marines on the march. The large, four-legged unmanned robot can carry as much as 400 pounds, follow soldiers and marines through rough terrain, supply power to charge radios and handheld devices, and interact with squad members like a real, trained animal would. A new diesel iteration of the LS3 turned quite a few heads (it says here, rather oddly it must be admitted) at the Modern Day Marine industry trade show in Quantico, Virginia. 

     The next generation of the LS3 will apparently have "increased reliability and usability, enhanced survivability against small arms fire, and a quiet power supply to support stealthy tactical operations," according to

    But what about rides on the beach?


  • 16:41
    BREAKING: The new constituencies for next year's European Parliament elections have been announced. they are:

    DUBLIN (3 Seats) - self-explanatory

    SOUTH (4 seats) - all of Munster plus Wexford, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Carlow.

    MIDLANDS-NORTH-WEST (4 Seats) - everybody else.
  • 16:54
    Steven Carroll has the map of the new constituencies:

  • 17:33
    That's it from me for the day. Thanks for dropping by and enjoy the rest of the evening. And if you're going out tomorrow, remember this:

    When things go wrong and will not come right,
    Though you do the best you can, 
    When life looks black as the hour of night -
    When money's tight and hard to get 
    And your horse has also ran, 
    When all you have is a heap of debt - 
    When health is bad and your heart feels strange, 
    And your face is pale and wan, 
    When doctors say you need a change, 
    When food is scarce and your larder bare 
    And no rashers grease your pan, 
    When hunger grows as your meals are rare -
    In time of trouble and lousey strife, 
    You have still got a darlint plan 
    You still can turn to a brighter life -