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Dan Griffin Mon, Jun 16
 
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  • 08:59

    Good morning,


    It's June 16th and the promised sunny weather is yet to appear through the heavy cloud cover (in Dublin at least). While we're waiting for that, here are the main stories this Monday:


    The Coalition will not apply the whip to its member in the banking inquiry.


    Campaigners have called for an inquiry into mother and baby homes to be extended to mental hospitals.


    And a former prosecutor says Michael Dwyer was unarmed when he was shot in Bolivia

  • 09:12

    In a subject which always seems to carry a mild hint of sadomasochism, the Government has decided not to apply the whip to its members on the banking inquiry. In other words, honchos in the Coalition won't tell their TDs and Senators how to vote.

    The Government was forced into the move after Independent TD and Oireachtas finance oracle Stephen Donnelly resigned from the inquiry, saying the Taoiseach had "subverted the democratic process" by appointing two senators to the committee to ensure a Government majority.

    The story has moved on a bit this morning, with Donnelly now saying he would consider rejoining the committee if the new Senators are removed from the committee.

  • 09:24

    And the other stories:

    Campaigners say an inquiry into mother and baby homes should be widened to include mental hospitals following further controversy over high death rates, unmarked graves and allegations of patient mistreatment.

    Serious questions about the police operation in which Michael Dwyer was shot dead in Bolivia have been raised by the former public prosecutor who investigated the circumstances of the Irish man’s death.

  • 09:33
  • 09:58

    "Pray for Sean," says the headline on today's Mirror, referring to Sean Scully, the young boy who was seriously injured after he was hit in the neck by a stray bullet during a shooting incident in west Dublin on Friday.


    The Irish Daily Star also leads with that story: "Man quizzed as shot boy fights for life" is the headline there. The Herald also focuses on the arrest.


    But the Sun strikes a different tone altogether with what it terms an "exams exclusive". That being: "Stripper's Leaving Cert 'blow out' bash". Yes, with no small amount of thigh-rubbing, slobbering glee, the tabloid details how "sleazy stripper...sexpot" Chelsea Ferguson (24) will entertain teens at post-Leaving discos in Dublin and, somewhat more incongruously, Co Kerry.


    "Parents are furious," apparently. Their concerns are unlikely to be allayed by the Sun, however, which takes the opportunity to print a selection of Ferguson's "explicit snaps and sordid sexual messages" across not one but two inside pages...


    The Mail, also prone to whipping itself into a horny state of scandalised indignation, this morning instead goes for a more prosaic story, predicting the end of the heavy schoolbag. "Parents will soon be able to have a say on the weight of their child's schoolbag under a proposal from Ruairi Quinn," goes the top line there.


    The Indo, meanwhile, leads with "Bank inquiry won't hear evidence for up to a year". And the Examiner also sticks with that story with "Kenny urged to scrap baking inquiry".

  • 10:12

    The photo (from Reuters) above shows three Israeli soldiers standing guard during an operation to locate three Israeli teens in the West Bank city of Hebron.

    Israeli forces searching for three teenagers believed to have been kidnapped swept into a second West Bank city today, touching off street confrontations in which they killed a Palestinian, witnesses and hospital officials said.

    The bloodshed near the de facto Palestinian capital of Ramallah marked an escalation in a dragnet targeting Hamas, an Islamist group which earlier this month agreed to form a unity government with US-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

    Read more

  • 10:31

    A colourful band of Joyce enthusiasts/blowhards (delete as appropriate) will be making its way across the capital today. It's Bloomsday, of course, and under Monday's leaden sky they'll don their stripey blazers, straw hats and other bits of Edwardian miscellanea to buy lemon soap and eat kidneys.


    So for the day that's in it: An Irishman's Diary on reading Ulysses in the Indian Ocean

  • 10:41
  • 10:51
  • 10:52
    Bob Dylan will be crawing his way through a set at the Marquee in Cork tonight. Here he is performing 41 years ago.
  • 10:57
    Trade union Siptu is meeting in about two minutes to discuss the new Irish Rail pay cut plan so we should have a bit more on that later on.
  • 11:10
    Formula One ex-champion Michael Schumacher, who sustained severe head injuries in a ski accident last December, is no longer in a coma and has left the French hospital where he was being treated since the accident, his spokeswoman said today.
  • 11:21
    It looks strangely like cream. It looks like Caroline Wozniacki is flinging a load of cream up into the air. Photograph: Getty
    It looks strangely like cream. It looks like Caroline Wozniacki is flinging a load of cream up into the air. Photograph: Getty
  • 11:37

    Research from Trinity College claims cycling would be safer in Dublin City if bike related accidents were reported more. The researchers say cycling accidents are under-reported. The gist of it seems to be that if this issue was addressed, then authorities would be better able to tackle risks to cyclists.

    Some figures:

    A comparison of three years from 2005 to 2011 showed that the RSA recorded 2,133 cycling injuries (2,000 minor and 133 serious), yet hospitals logged 6,565 episodes of care for cyclists. As such, the hospital data shows roughly three times as many incidents involving cyclists as the RSA.

  • 11:57
  • 12:17

    Hordes of zombie pedestrians have descended into "smart phone oblivion" and are unwittingly trudging into the path of oncoming traffic at an alarming rate, according to the AA.

    The motoring organisation claims most people are in favour of imposing fines on jaywalkers.

    In an online poll of 5,800 people conducted by AA Motor Insurance, 42 per cent of respondents said they agree completely that fines should be imposed for jay walking, while a further 25 per cent agreed somewhat.

    “Looking back through our motor insurance claims records it’s not usual to see notes such as ‘man on phone stepped out in front of me’ or ‘had to swerve to avoid cyclist with headphones’” said company spokesman Conor Faughnan.

    Now, given that the poll was conducted among visitors to the AA's website, it's difficult to see how it could be representative of anything other than the opinion of drivers.

    It also fails to highlight how just how much of a pig of a city Dublin is to navigate on foot, especially around the College Green area, where wide streets and bizarre traffic policies have relegated pedestrians well below cars in the pecking order.

    Instead of suggesting sanctions for already persecuted pedestrians, perhaps the AA could recommend that drivers in the capital show a little more patience and less belligerence towards those making their way on foot.

  • 12:19

    We'll take a break now for lunch and what not.

  • 12:20
  • 13:21

    "It is always interesting to observe a politician like Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore who is, in his own words, working out his notice."

    Read Mary Minihan's analysis of the outgoing Labour Party leader's address at the Institute for British-Irish Studies at UCD today.

  • 13:35
  • 13:51
    Just over three hours to go now until Germany's World Cup opener and Emmet Malone says injuries leave the side with little room to manoeuvre.
  • 14:02

    Meanwhile, the fallout from Phil Neville's television commentating debut continues, with the BBC receiving 445 complaints over the former Manchester United player's apparently monotone performance during the England v Italy match.


    The Guardian reports the BBC as saying Neville is “an important, well-respected member of our team” and will “continue to play a key role throughout the tournament”.


    His next appearance will be as a studio guest for the highly-anticipated Iran v Nigeria tie.

  • 15:17
    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the banking inquiry will be completely independent of the Cabinet and asked Independent TD Stephen Donnelly to reconsider his decision to resign from the anticipated investigation, writes Fiach Kelly.
  • 16:09
    Some technical issues took us down for a period there. We're back now though! For at least another 20 minutes.
  • 16:10
    Then at 5pm we'll have the World Cup live blog, which this evening will feature a guest appearance from author Marian Keyes.