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Genevieve Carbery Tue, Apr 16
 
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  • 08:42
    Good morning, Genevieve Carbery here on the live blog the aftermath of the bombings at the Boston marathon in which three died continues; the Dail resumes from its ‘Easter ’ holidays and we await the outcome of the EU horse meat tests.You can contact the blog today through twitter @irishtimeslive  
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  • 08:47
    It's 3.45am in Boston and quite a sombre morning as the latest news from our Washington Correspondent Simon Carswell is that an eight-year-old boy is among the dead from yesterday’s blasts. Eight children under 15 have been injured. The incident is being treated as a potential terrorist investigation as the FBI take charge.
  • 08:59
    Even though those chocolate eggs may seems like a long time ago the Dail is back today from its Easter holidays! It’s the first day for new Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee who becomes the youngest TD in the Dail. The novice politician is arriving i
    Even though those chocolate eggs may seems like a long time ago the Dail is back today from its Easter holidays! It’s the first day for new Fine Gael TD Helen McEntee who becomes the youngest TD in the Dail. The novice politician is arriving i
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  • 09:09
    Home to many Irish emigrants, over 100 people from Ireland were registered for yesterday’s marathon but no reports of injuries among them. http://www.baa.org/ 
    For many of us familiar with the city – the blasts took place around the corner from well known Newbury Street – busy brownstone street with lots of expensive boutiques. Here's a map:
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  • 09:26
    For those of you wondering about this morning's pretty aeronautical image on Google.ie it's by Donegal student Annie Coyle (15) from St. Bernadette’s Special School in Letterkenny  who won the Doodle 4 Google competition winning €5000.
    For those of you wondering about this morning's pretty aeronautical image on Google.ie it's by Donegal student Annie Coyle (15) from St. Bernadette’s Special School in Letterkenny who won the Doodle 4 Google competition winning €5000.
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    Unlike other attacks, the Boston bombings were captured by many cameras which were there for the marathon. YouTube has compiled them here . They clearly show the panic in the aftermath.
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    Below is a video bombing as taken by a marathon participant. Latest news on the wires  is AP reporting that the Pakistani taliban denied any involvement in the bombings citing spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan.
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    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has described the Boston bombings as an "act of insanity" in a city "that is so Irish"
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    As we wait for the full results of the EU horsemeat tests today – PA is reporting that a quarter of adults in the UK are considering rearing their own chickens following scandals in the meat production industry
    As we wait for the full results of the EU horsemeat tests today – PA is reporting that a quarter of adults in the UK are considering rearing their own chickens following scandals in the meat production industry
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  • 11:02
    The sadness of the Boston bombings hasn't stopped the spammers taking advantage of the outpouring of grief and sympathy on social media, as  the #prayforboston hashtag is trending many places worldwide including Ireland. Some scams include false charity accounts set up (and shut down) on  twitter with fake photos of ‘child runners’  and claims of a $1 donation for retweets. Huffington Post has more on this.
  • 11:23
    Many Irish people are due to take part in the London Marathon and its chief executive Nick Bitel said has this morning said he fully expects it to go ahead and mayor Boris Johnson has held talks with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner on security. 
    In  the aftermath of Boston it’s hard to know whether potential participants should be concerned without knowing who was behind the bombings and their motivation – whether international terrorists or the work of domestic extremists  as leading counter terrorism expert Richard Barrett has said.  More on Barrett here  and on the London Marathon here
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  • 11:43
    I don’t know if this is depressing or uplifting weather news, but Met Eireann has just confirmed to me that yesterday recorded the warmest temperature in six months! Mace Head station in Galway recording a 16.6 degrees . The last time that temperature was reached was October 21st 2012 – let’s hope it stays! It reached 16 degrees at Dublin airport and 15.4 degrees in Mullingar yesterday. Although it may not have felt like it with those gale force winds. But don't don the shorts just yet today’s top temperature so far is 12 degrees at Phoenix Park. More temperatures for today here.
  • 11:52
    The tension must be mounting in Government Buildings as a plethora of  Croke Park votes are expected to come pouring in this afternoon. Several unions  are due to announce results later, including are Impact, Siptu, Imo. This morning there was a no from Unite and a yes from the civil servant union the PSEU. The latest from Martin Wall is here 
  • 11:54
  • 12:06
    Reports of a magnitude 8 earthquake in Iran while across the Middle East gulf and in Delhi tremors were felt according to Reuters.  Other reports that the earthquake was 7.6. This magnitude is very serious on Richter scale. Will update with  more as it develops.
  • 12:18
    It’s 7.15 am in Boston and as residents wake up this morning they will find a very different atmosphere in the city with random bag searches for commuters on the T, heavily armed police and a cancelling of mass public gatherings. More from the Boston Globe here . Photos coming in show swat teams and police unit assembling.
  • 12:31
    Swat team members and special police units assemble in the Boston Common today. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images
    Swat team members and special police units assemble in the Boston Common today. Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty Images
  • 12:46
    A press release has arrived in from Abbey Theatre  today officially launching its campaign to have the new Luas bridge over the Liffey called Abbey Theatre Bridge. … as reported by Frank McDonald in Monday’s paper.  But with Beckett, Joyce, Butt, Father Mathew Bridge, O’Donovan Rossa Bridge  on the Liffey all named after men – is it time one of the many great Irish woman should get recognition?
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  • 13:32
    Latest from Boston is reports that police searched an apartment in Revere, a city about 10 km northeast of Boston. White House officials and investigators said it was too early to say whether the Boston attacks were carried out by a foreign or homegrown group or to identify a motive. All 108 Irish participants in the race are accounted for.
  • 13:45
    This Judge/State row is getting fairly heated and seems that it is being played out through the media. Retired Supreme Court Judge Catherine McGuinness has urged judges and the Minister for Justice to sit down and try and resolve the matter. She has spoken about the intervention by the Master of the High Court telling RTE it has made things worse and his interpretation regarding judges was “completely exaggerated”. Meanwhile while Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has backed Alan Shatter’s position and says judges are hurting over cuts.
  • 14:01
    There are conflicting reports on the death toll from the Iranian earthquake. One government official said today he expected hundreds of deaths while an Iran Crisis Centre official said no deaths have been reported yet . Three women and two children confirmed dead in Pakistan from the quake.
  • 14:16
    For any political anoraks who have desperately missed the echoes of a half empty Dail chamber, it restarted at 2pm after its Easter break with Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald. An Taoiseach is due to take questions at 3.30pm. Watch here
  • 14:47
    Politico.com points to a restraint or self correction shown by social media regarding the Boston marathon blasts. It notes this is a change since the amount of misinformation spread after the massacre in Connecticut when tweets on the wrong perpetrator were widely retweeted. So is this really a sign of people showing restraint for facts on social media or is it more to do with the number of journalists/photographers at the scene and perhaps the ability of city media in handling a big story? More here http://www.politico.com/blogs/media/2013/04/globe-editors-salute-social-media-restraint-161770.html
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  • 15:48
    Ok we're back after a few technical hitches. What a difference an hour makes - Croke Park II is in serious trouble as Siptu has voted to reject it while Impact has accepted it
  • 15:49
    The latest from Boston where the police commissioner says 176 casualties have been treated after the bombing, 17 of them critical. He says no one is in custody in connection with the bombing.  Meanwhile the Boston Globe has  a report from outside the Dorchester home of the boy killed in the bombing. Neighbours wrestle with the idea that a child they know has died “It’s still unreal, I have no words” one says. For more see 
  • 15:52
    Ever feel guilty for not using those bargain strawberries/turnips etc you bought on a 3 for 2 offer in time and throwing them out? The IIEA has been tweeting today about the problem of food waste. It notes that the world produces enough food to provide every person on earth with a diet of 2700kcal per day but a third of food is thrown out. Interesting chart here   It has also tweeted a good but scary infographic on the conundrum of feeding the world by 2050.  Am getting flashes of Malthus from Leaving Cert Geography. 
  • 15:54
    We've been hearing that the economic crisis' solid investment, gold, has hit a two year low.  But one upside to this commodities crisis could be the decline of the generally unsavoury looking shops which have sprung up in every small town offering to buy gold. More here
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    Sad photos outside the home of Martin Richard (8)  in  Dorchester. News reports say he died in Boston blasts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters
    Sad photos outside the home of Martin Richard (8) in Dorchester. News reports say he died in Boston blasts. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters
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  • 16:30
    President Obama about to give statement on Boston. Being streamed on Youtube (below)
  • 16:37
    More questions than answers after US President Obama’s latest briefing. If you missed it he said the FBI are “investigating as act of terrorism” but they do not yet know who carried it out and why, “was it a terrorist organisation, foreign or domestic or a malevolent individual”. “We will find whoever harmed our citizens and bring them to justice” he said. He described it as a heinous and cowardly act.
  • 16:42
    Can we all go back to eating beef burgers once again now? The horsemeat issue may have been discovered here but there's good news for Ireland as the EU's results are released.  Ireland is one of only five countries where no beef products tested positive for horse DNA . Statement from the European Commission in Ireland is here
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  • 17:39

    Fergal Keane reports on @drivetimeRTE just made me smile describing  the moment the Taoiseach  probably found out about the Siptu 'no' vote. He describes how Brendan Howlin came into the Dail chamber looking “very serious indeed” “had a word in his ear” and “threw his hands up in the air”. 

    But it’s serious words coming from both sides on this issue this evening.  Siptu president Jack O’Connor warns of “mutually destructive confrontation” if the Government brings in legislation to cut public pay while Taoiseach Enda Kenny tells the Dail that Government still needs €300m of savings by the end of the year and options are “limited”. 

  • 17:46
    Leaving you with this image of Siptu ballots on Croke Park II being counted at Liberty Hall. It was rejected. Photo by Irish Times photographer Cyril Byrne.
    Leaving you with this image of Siptu ballots on Croke Park II being counted at Liberty Hall. It was rejected. Photo by Irish Times photographer Cyril Byrne.
  • 17:46
    Signing off for today. Thanks following on a sad day for Boston which saw the creation of a Croke Park sized headache for Government. Tomorrow @conor_pope will be on the live blog no doubt covering the Thatcher funeral and whatever else comes his way.