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Hugh Linehan Mon, Jun 17
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  • 08:51
    Good morning, I’m Hugh Linehan and I’ll be liveblogging the stories of the day here on today.

    Our top stories coming up to 9am are G8, G8 and more G8. Arthur Beesley, Mark Hennessy and Judith Crosbie set the scene as some of the world’s mots powerful countries (plus Britain, France and Italy) gather amidst the lakes of Fermanagh to discuss the war in Syria, taxation controversies and the global economy.
  • 09:07
    Barry Roche reports that Gardaí in Co Kerry have begun an investigation following the discovery of the bodies of a mother and her daughter in a house in Kilorglin last night.
    The bodies of the 27-year-old Lithuanian woman and her eight-year-old daughter were found in a house in Langford Downs on the outskirts of the town around 7pm.
  • 09:07

  • 09:15
    In other Fermanagh-related news, the county will be playing Westmeath in the All Ireland Senior Football Championship qualifiers announced this morning. Here's the full draw:

    All-Ireland SFC First Round Qualifiers:
    Offaly v Tyrone
    Galway v Tipperary
    Derry v Sligo
    Westmeath v Fermanagh
    Carlow v Laois
    Armagh v Wicklow
    Louth v Antrim
    Longford v Limerick

    Matches will be played on 29 and 30 June.
  • 09:18

  • 09:25
    You, the readers, are not surprisingly more interested in the Nigella Lawson story than in anything else this morning. British police are looking into pictures which appear to show the celebrity cook being physically restrained by her husband Charles Saatchi.
    Photographs of the episode show the art collector with his hand around Ms Lawson’s neck as the pair sit on the terrace of a restaurant.
    The chef appears to be grimacing in the pictures taken outside Scott’s in Mayfair, central London.
  • 09:33

  • 09:34
    The US presidential motorcade about to arrive at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast.
  • 09:41
    A tut from our man in Belfast.

  • 09:43
    Wait! The man from the Financial Times has news...

  • 09:45

  • 09:49
    Obama must have stopped off for an Ulster fry. Nobody seems to know where he is.
  • 09:56
    And we're live at the Waterfront. You can watch president Obama's addres here.
  • 09:59
    That's address, rather. Michelle Obama takes the stage to cheers and applause.
  • 10:04
    Gracious words by Michelle Obama on what teenage audience can do with their future.
  • 10:05

  • 10:06

  • 10:09
    Ulster Scots heritage of the US acknowledged by Obama. "Our histories are bound by blood, belief, by culture and commerce."
  • 10:12
    "There was a time people couldn't have imagined Northern Ireland hosting a conference of world leaders."
  • 10:15

  • 10:16
    Pays tribute to work of North's political leaders, "but there's still much work to do."
  • 10:18

  • 10:27
    Here's the full Obama schedule for the remainder of their Irish visit:

    11.25am: Ms Obama scheduled to arrive at Dublin Airport.
    12.25pm: Ms Obama to visit Trinity College Dublin and explore archives documenting the Obamas’ Irish ancestry.
    4:30pm: Ms Obama to meet staff and their families at the US embassy in Dublin.
    5pm: Ms Obama to join Irish youth for a special performance by the Riverdance company at the Gaiety Theatre. Sabina Higgins, wife of President Michael D Higgins, and Fionnuala Kenny, wife of the Taoiseach, will also attend. The first lady scheduled to deliver brief remarks before the performance.
    Tomorrow, mid-morning: Ms Obama to visit the Wicklow Mountains National Park.
    Evening: President Obama and first lady due to arrive at Tegel Airport in Berlin at 7.55pm.
  • 10:34

  • 10:40

  • 10:43
    Generally positive online reaction to Barack Obama's speech, praising his informed references to specific issues in contemporary NI. Some suggesting the parallel drawn between racial segregation and denominational education may be a bit controversial for some.
  • 10:46
    Now, over to our man in Enniskillen.

  • 10:47
    Everything you need to know about the G8 in 60 seconds here.
  • 10:50

  • 10:54
    Here's Dan Keenan's snap report on Barack Obama's Waterfront speech
  • 10:58
    In case you miised it, yesterday was Bloomsday. Here's a three-minute catchup.

  • 11:08
    For anyone on an iOS device who couldn't see that Ulysses in 3 minutes video, here it is

    And while we're at it, here's Donald Clarke's takedown of the 'James Joyce is fun' crowd.
  • 11:24

  • 11:25
    A Lovely Picture.

  • 11:34
    BREAKING: Arthur Beesley, our man at Lough Erne says that because of the clouds, many of the leaders have had to change travel plans and will no longer travel by helicopter but by road from Belfast .  However this is not expected to delay events which kick off at 3.45pm.
  • 11:53
    An interesting piece on the Telegraph site by Anna Maxted, about the Nigella Lawson/ Charles Saatchi story. 'What we struggle to get into our heads is that anyone can be a victim, regardless of race, religion, age, lifestyle, or how many times they’ve appeared, looking beautiful and accomplished, on television.'
  • 11:54
    And Michelle arrives in Dublin....

  • 11:57
    This looks a bit miserable. I suppose Michelle and the girls will have to wear those see-through macs that seem to be issued to all US tourists.

  • 12:19
    You can read the full text of Barack Obama's speech here.
  • 12:20
    I hear you, Amy...

  • 12:25
    This just in from the Telegraph's Woman in Dublin:

  • 12:32
    The Evening Standard has this from Charles Saatchi, describing a 'playful tiff' with his wife, Nigella Lawson:

    Today Mr Saatchi, the former advertising mogul, multi-millionaire art collector and columnist for this newspaper said: “About a week ago, we were sitting outside a restaurant having an intense debate about the children, and I held Nigella’s neck repeatedly while attempting to emphasise my point.

    “There was no grip, it was a playful tiff. The pictures are horrific but give a far more drastic and violent impression of what took place. Nigella’s tears were because we both hate arguing, not because she had been hurt.

    “We had made up by the time we were home. The paparazzi were congregated outside our house after the story broke yesterday morning, so I told Nigella to take the kids off till the dust settled.”

    Ms Lawson has no immediate plans to return home. Her agent declined to comment this morning
  • 12:49

  • 13:01
    Here's your lunchtime wrap.

    Barack Obama has addressed an audience of teenagers and local worthies at Belfast's Waterfront Hall, where he told them that "the clenched fist has given way to the open hand".

    Michelle Obama introduced her husband onstage at the Waterfront before flying to Dublin with her daughters and heading to Trinity's Long Library to see the Book of Kells.

    Gardai have confirmed a mother and daughter found dead in Killorglin, Co Kerry died violent deaths.

    A man fell from the 15th floor of a building in New Zealand and survived.
  • 13:07
    Neil Young's gig at the RDS in Dublin on Saturday was the subject of many online complaints from punters who objected to hearing 20-minute-long feedback workouts rather than a greatest hits collection. Jim Carroll's n the Record blog continues the debate here.
  • 13:33
    William Murphey Who cares Obama is here. Is he gonna try and tell us what's best for us now that he screwed America?
  • 13:39
    he Impartial Reporter's man on the ground:

  • 13:46
    The BBC reports that BBC broadcaster Stuart Hall has been sentenced to 15 months in jail for sexually abusing under age girls.

    Hall, 83, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, admitted 14 offences that occurred between 1967 and 1985.

    One of the girls was nine-years-old when Hall assaulted her,
  • 13:47
    The Obamajam has definitely hit Dublin now. Here's a traffic update.

  • 14:04
    What began on May 24 1844 with "What hath God wrought" comes to an end on July 14 2013 when the world's last telegram is sent.  Here's the story by the Christian Science Monitor.

    'The world's last telegram message will be sent somewhere in India on July 14.

    That missive will come 144 years after Samuel Morsesent the first telegram in Washington, and seven years after Western Union shuttered its services in the United States. In India, telegraph services were introduced by William O'Shaughnessy,  a British doctor and inventor who used a different code for the first time in 1850 to send a message.

    The BSNL board, after dilly-dallying for two years, decided to shut down the service as it was no longer commercially viable.

    "We were incurring losses of over $23 million a year because SMS and smartphones have rendered this service redundant," Shamim Akhtar, general manager of BSNL's telegraph services, told the Monitor.
  • 14:22
    Snowden speaks - live at 4pm.

  • 14:33
    If you are or ever have been or even arepossibly  contemplating becoming a cyclist, check out this week's series in The Irish Times covering all aspects of life on two weels in Ireland.
  • 14:40

  • 14:47
    Apres moi, le soleil

  • 15:05

  • 15:18

  • 15:24
    Earth-shattering event? imperialist carve-up? No, according to Will Hutton, the G8 summit is a useless waste of everyone's time.

    'There are photo-ops. The leader in question looks good, has achieved something and his or her poll ratings climb. Cynical journalists say the whole affair is a waste of time, but then consecrate acres of newsprint or video to whatever it is that has been agreed. After all, what the leaders of the eight most powerful democracies on earth say is not irrelevant. Then everyone goes home, and as the dust settles it becomes obvious that once again nothing much has happened.'
  • 15:28
    You can follow the G8 livestream here:

  • 15:33

  • 15:34

  • 15:48
    Smart. Casual.

  • 15:56
  • 16:29
    Here's a photo gallery of the Obama visit so far.
  • 16:30

  • 17:06
    Anything unusual happen at school today, dear?

  • 17:09
    NSA leaker Edward Snowden's live Q and A over on the Guardian is fascinating. Follow it here.
  • 17:31
    That's a wrap from me. The liveblog will be back with the morning headlines tomorrow. Have a lovely evening.