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Shane Hegarty Tue, Apr 9
 
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  • 08:41
    Good morning and welcome to the inaugural Irish Times live blog. This is Shane Hegarty here, covering the news and events of the day, and the reaction to them, as they happen. You can send your comments, links, tips, complaints to us at @IrishTimesLive.
  • 08:59
    The morning's lead Irish story is the inquest into the death of Savita Halappanaver. Muiris Houston today looks at the many questions surrounding the medical issues, and how they might be clarified in coming days.
  • 09:25
    The Irish author Kevin Barry is among the nominees for for the International Impac Dublin Literary Award. His novel, City of Bohane, is the only Irish book on the list (whittled down from a longlist longer than most novels), although Dalkey Archive Press has a book - Kjersti A Skomsvold's The Faster I Walk, The Smaller I Am - among the ten books. How many have you read? Stop fibbing.
  • 09:28
    This <a href='http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/thatcher-didn-t-just-change-england-she-changed-the-english-1.1353199' target='_blank'>1989 piece</a> by Maeve Binchy on Thatcher was also an excuse to run this subtly symbolic image.
    This 1989 piece by Maeve Binchy on Thatcher was also an excuse to run this subtly symbolic image.
  • 09:58
    Tim Leech Great idea ... looking forward to seeing the blog develop.
  • 10:10

    In sport, the rumour that Ian Madigan might be a bolter for the Lions is intriguing. 

  • 10:11
    Mark Beggs Good luck with the new blog. Keep it brief and current and you will keep me reading it
  • 10:27
    The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland launches its Code of Fairness, Objectivity and Impartiality at midday. Its chairman Bob Collins explains the background here. (Spot the line that gives away his other position as head of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.)
  • 10:30
    darraghdoyle Liking this idea. It would be great to see today's pictures from your photodesk pop up here as well as on main site.
  • 10:33
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  • 11:00
    A policeman at the scene of the mass shooting in Serbia. Thirteen are dead, including his two-year-old son.
    A policeman at the scene of the mass shooting in Serbia. Thirteen are dead, including his two-year-old son.
  • 11:09
    Next time your knees are wedged up against your chin in a dayglo yellow airplane, distract yourself by thinking of the €22,000 spent by the Department of the Taoiseach in the second half of last year to give politicians a VIP service at Dublin Airport. Yes, Bertie Ahern is among the beneficiaries. (Cue Ryanair trumpet.)
  • 11:10
  • 11:29
    Latest from the Savita Halappanavar inquest: Medical staff at Galway University Hospital refused to carry out a termination because “it's a Catholic thing”, a friend of the dead woman has told the inquest this morning.
  • 11:38
    Breaking: MATTHEW ELDERFIELD RESIGNS - The Central Bank has just released a statement announcing that "Matthew Elderfield will step down from the position of Deputy Governor in six months’ time. He plans to return to the United Kingdom to pursue other interests.
    'Central Bank Governor, Patrick Honohan said: “Matthew accepted the role of financial regulator at a key moment in the history of the State. With energy, commitment and integrity he has managed the necessary transformation in our approach to the stabilisation, regulation and supervision of financial institutions. He has contributed enormously to the organisational effectiveness of the Central Bank. Although it was always evident to me that we were very likely to have Matthew with us for only a few years, it is sad that this period is now drawing to a close. We will miss him greatly, though the institutional structures he has built and the work practices he has inculcated will endure as his lasting legacy.'
    Mr Elderfield said: 'It has been a great privilege to be a public servant in Ireland in such challenging times. But after some six years away, it is time to return home to London. With the help of a fantastic team at the Central Bank, I feel we have built a strong regulator and set Ireland on a path to financial stability. I am very grateful for all the support I have had during my time here and will remain a friend of Ireland for years to come.'
    Mr Elderfield has advised the Commission of the Central Bank that he has waived his €100,000 bonus entitlement at the end of his contract of employment. Mr Elderfield will step away with immediate effect from involvement in supervisory and other issues if and where a conflict could be perceived."
    Our Finance team will be bringing you more...
  • 12:07

    Michael Harding is excellent as always today, with his column featuring movie making, a urinating sheep, and the destressing properties of orang-utans. 

  • 12:09
    Fintan O'Toole's column: "What, exactly, makes us think that we can get sustainable growth of three times that level, with 'staggering' (the IMF’s word) levels of mass unemployment and vast private debts? Rather than answer that question, we keep raising the stakes at the bookies."
  • 12:15
    According to An Taisce, poor air quality contributes to 3,400 premature deaths in Ireland a year. It's based on population percentages of EU figures, so they are imprecise, but the rest of the details are here.
  • 12:20

    For those interested in the inner workings of the Irish Times, the main daily conference is going on at the moment - where the plan for the day is formulated, main stories discussed, and editors run through their content. Then everyone breaks for a nap. (That last bit may not necessarily be true).

  • 12:31
    That flash is an aircraft being hit by a laser weapon fired by the destroyer USS Dewey. Sharks with laserbeams are only weeks away from deployment. (Pic: PA).
    That flash is an aircraft being hit by a laser weapon fired by the destroyer USS Dewey. Sharks with laserbeams are only weeks away from deployment. (Pic: PA).
  • 12:36
    The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland's new Code of Fairness, Objectivity and Impartiality has been launched, and includes new rules on presenters' views and on social media. The full report can be read here.
  • 12:46
    Niamh Bhreathnach Please don't fill all the pages with Mrs Thatcher
  • 12:59
    Look away now Niamh Breathnach, because here's a little more Margaret Thatcher - specifically the attempts to get Ding Dong the Witch is Dead to number one in the charts. It's currently at number 54. Maybe it'll stop at Number 10. (That's the best we've got right now, sorry.)
  • 13:10
    The main stories today so far are the continuing Savita inquest  and that Matthew Elderfield is to step down as Deputy Governer of the Central Bank.
  • 13:18
    A reminder that this is Shane Hegarty liveblogging the day's news, events, pictures, curiosities and occasional snack breaks. You send us comments on any subject via Twitter at @IrishTimesLive.
  • 13:40
    Some images have dropped in of Doctor Who being filmed in Trafalgar Square today. We're presuming the police are their to arrest him for crimes against narrative logic in Saturday's episode. (Credit: PA)
    Some images have dropped in of Doctor Who being filmed in Trafalgar Square today. We're presuming the police are their to arrest him for crimes against narrative logic in Saturday's episode. (Credit: PA)
  • 13:52
    A press release drops: the Tayto Cheese & Onion Chocolate bar - perhaps the most peculiarly Irish invention since red lemonade - will be available in shops from the end of April. It's already available in Tayto Park - perhaps the most peculiarly Irish theme park since that one in Father Ted. Have you tasted it? Does it taste of burps? Or is it as surprisingly tasty as some say?
  • 14:04
    By amazing coincidence, the Tayto Chocolate landed in the office just as that post went out. Newsroom descended on the box like locusts. Here's Conors pope and Lally with their booty. The reaction to the product? As mixed as the ingredients.
    By amazing coincidence, the Tayto Chocolate landed in the office just as that post went out. Newsroom descended on the box like locusts. Here's Conors pope and Lally with their booty. The reaction to the product? As mixed as the ingredients.
  • 14:10
  • 14:21
    The New York Times has a good post, by its associate managing editor for standards, on words and phrases they use too much. Channeling is a big one. Tasked with appears a lot too. It references the Washington Post's list of banned words. Yes, iconic is in there. Legendary, surprisingly, is not.
  • 14:38
    You know all those string quartets you see on Grafton St? At each others throats...
  • 14:46
    "Speculation around the make-up of this year’s Picnic can, of course, continue unabated. There is increased talk about some class of announcement next week." Jim Carroll on the line-ups and rows about line-ups at the music festivals.
  • 15:13
    Holy Faith Clontarf co-captains Eleanor Mathews, left, and Sarah McCaffrey celebrate victory over Cork's Christ King. U19A Girls - All-Ireland Schools League Finals 2013, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin. [Credit: Brendan Moran/Sports
    Holy Faith Clontarf co-captains Eleanor Mathews, left, and Sarah McCaffrey celebrate victory over Cork's Christ King. U19A Girls - All-Ireland Schools League Finals 2013, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght, Dublin. [Credit: Brendan Moran/Sports
  • 15:39
    Who are actors' favourite actors? <a href='http://flavorwire.com/383198/your-favorite-actors-favorite-actors' target='_blank'>Flavorwire asks 20</a>
    Who are actors' favourite actors? Flavorwire asks 20
  • 15:47
    Excellent Thatcher-related <a href='http://www.politics.co.uk/comment-analysis/2013/04/09/inforgraphic-margaret-thatcher-the-social-media-reaction' target='_blank'>infographic</a> from politics.co.uk
    Excellent Thatcher-related infographic from politics.co.uk
  • 16:00
    It has probably not been the calmest day in Irish cricketer John Mooney's life. Just one tweet ("I hope it was slow and painful), but quite a lot of explaining needed, and possible disciplinary action to come.
  • 16:25
    Rory McIroy's been talking about the Masters this weekend and why second place is for losers.
  • 16:28
  • 16:36
    Here's a picture of Paul O'Connell training in Limerick today. Just because. [Credit: Lorraine O'Sullivan]
    Here's a picture of Paul O'Connell training in Limerick today. Just because. [Credit: Lorraine O'Sullivan]
  • 16:55
    That's all folks. Thanks for tuning in to our first liveblogging of the day. We'll be back tomorrow tomorrow.