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Genevieve Carbery Wed, Mar 26
 
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  • 08:47
    I'll give you one guess as to which story is dominating the news today. Alan Shatter is due to address the Dail on the Garda recordings at 10.45am. We'll bring you that as it happens. Good morning it's Genevieve Carbery on the Daily Wire.
  • 08:54
    “And we wondered who was being cynical here as the media raced after the shiny phone-taping bauble and temporarily forgot about the whistleblowers. But not for long as people began to feel stitched up. Enda’s generous handing up of a scandal on a plate was a separate course. The whistleblower affair and other Garda issues were still live.” Miriam Lord is on form today. Read here.
  • 09:06

    The Queen must be delighted with herself, she’s got Louis Walsh’s approval:


    “The queen was magnificent when she came to Ireland. She has the X-Factor, she’s got it, no doubt about that,” he said at Buckingham Palace yesterday among a host Irish guests met by the Queen including Van Morrison, Eddie Jordan, Orla Kiely, Barry McGuigan and Niall Horan.

    Watch a video and read the story here:


  • 09:18

    In case you are feeling an outpouring of sympathy for the former Garda Commissioner , Callinan will receive a a lump sum “one-off gratuity”of €255,000 upon his retirement and an receive an annual pension of €85,000.  

     

    Also in case you didn’t realise he did retire not resign.
    Miriam Lord elaborates here:

     “The retire versus resign distinction was an important one, because it gives the Government a convenient excuse not to hold a debate on Martin Callinan’s departure. How could the House address the resignation of the highest law officer in the land when he’d only gone and retired? That was the Taoiseach’s story and he clumsily spun it with only the slightest hint of desperation.”

  • 09:28

    Very excited about this year’s Dublin One city One Book, as a fan of the much side-lined literary form, poetry. Ever You Go: A Map of Dublin in Poetry and Song as a virtual tour of the city and arranged street-by-street. Read more here.


    It’s named after the Patrick Kavanagh lyric. The beautiful version by Ronnie Drew always makes me well up. You can listen here.

  • 09:28
  • 09:49

    Some breaking news on the missing Malaysia flight  - a further 122 objects potentially from the jet were identified by a French satellite, according to the latest Malaysian government press conference.  

    Separately Reuters reports that  A US  law firm said it expects to represent families of more than half of the passengers  in a lawsuit against the carriers and Boeing alleging the plane had crashed due to mechanical failure.

  • 09:56
    This is either very strange timing or a cynical publicity stunt. A disaster movie about a plane that mysteriously crashes into the ocean has been put on hold because of its similarities to the missing Malaysian airliner, Reuters reports today. Arclight Films, the production company behind Deep Water, said pre-production had been halted for the time being out of respect.
  • 10:04

    Do you deserve an extra day off this year? Go on you will. That's the joyous message for Central Bank staff today. Most of its 1,400 workers will get at least one extra day of holidays after the bank gave itself a top grade of over 85 per cent for the third year in a row. which will cost the bank €800,000. Read here.

    What would you do with an extra day off? I'd be torn between spring cleaning my storage cupboard and flying to Paris for a long weekend. I wonder which would win out :)

  • 10:17
    Here are some of the French satellite images showing a potential 122 object debris field  flight MH370 in the Indian ocean. IT has been called the most credible lead so far. This is a tweet by a Malaysian navy admiral.  
  • 10:27

    New phrase of the day - to "consciously uncouple". Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow are way above splitting up, separating or breaking up like the rest of us mere mortals.  


    According to an explanation to go with the couple's statement (yes really). "A conscious uncoupling is the ability to understand that every irritation and argument was a signal to look inside ourselves and identify a negative internal object that needed healing".



    Ok does this not just mean in Dublin speak - that they were wrecking each others' heads?  You can read more of this wisdom on Paltrow's page here.  


     

  • 10:42
    How do you like Enda Kenny's haircut? What if you were forced to get the same one as him? That's what's happening in that eternal source of the most bizarre news, North Korea.  Men there are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, BBC reports.  

    Hopefully the law doesn't last until he goes bald or gets a combover.  

  • 10:48
    Alan Shatter is on his feet in the Dail
  • 10:50

    On Garda station recordings: the circumstances surrounding establishment of system, number of Garda stations ,extent recordings retained still unclear.

    “I am greatly constrained in what I say.” Alan Shatter says.

  • 10:51

    Unfortunately letter  (from Garda commissioner of March 10th ) was not furnished me by officials until 12.40pm yesterday, Shatter says.

  • 10:54
    Letter from Commissioner states original 1980s recorders replaced with dictaphone in 1990s and further replaced by NICE recorders in 2008. Total recordings 2,485.
  • 10:57

    Shatter says flew Mexico and did not return until 25th March and not briefed on the matter until 4pm on 26th March and not given letter until yesterday. “It simply is not the case” he knew of recordings.

    He said GSOC made reference to it in a  report – but it was not a report to him or his department and there was no suggestion of widespread use of recordings.

  • 10:58
    GSOC did not furnish report to me or bring to attention of department officials. GSOC had no obligation to furnish it to me.  It seems no deputy regarded it of sufficient importance to table a Dail question on the matter, Shatter says.
  • 10:59
    “In case I am misunderstood I am making no criticism of any nature of GSOC,”  Shatter tells Dail.
  • 11:01
    Shatter also said he could not comment on which legal proceedings were impacted by this.  
  • 11:01
    Appointment of new Garda commissioner will be by open competition, Shatter says  
  • 11:04
    Niall Collins of FF is now addressing Shatter and speaking of a series of  “actions, inactions and incompetence” which makes him “completely unfit to hold office at this time”.
  • 11:09
    You can read the full text of Alan Shatter's statement here.
  • 11:14
    "Who haven't you fought with?" Niall Collins of FF asks Alan Shatter. "Are you ever going to take responsiblity for the oversight of justice in the Department of Justice?" He asks if the Attorney General is going to become Alan Shatter's next fall guy. "It's always somebody else," he says.  
  • 11:16
    TDs tweeting their reactions from the chamber:
  • 11:24
    A succession of bad decisions taken by Alan Shatter  has done untold damage, says  Padraig Mac Lochlainn of Sinn Fein addressing the Dail in the past  few minutes.  Are you seriously suggesting nobody in the army of staff available to you has monitored the concerns of GSOC? It is remarkable. Is it credible you didn’t know, you were not told of the Ombudmans’s concerns?, he said.
  • 11:27

    Perhaps you should take the right decision like Martin Callinan and resign, Padraig Mac Lochlainn tells Shatter.

  • 11:31
    “Now minister it’s time for you to walk the plank...to reinstate public confidence” Mac Lochlainn says.
  • 11:32
    Mick Wallace the first of the technical group on his feet. Says this is a case of “see no evil speak no evil hear no evil”. “It has been too much too long , you are no longer fit for office”, Wallace says.
  • 11:36

    To mishandle one incident is unfortunate, to mishandle two might be seen as careless, to mishandle five, six or seven means it’s time to go, Clare Daly says. The issues is your brazenness, barefaced denial, it is not credible that you didn't know, she says. Your position here is not credible...it is undermining the confidence of the decent gardai, the citizens.  

  • 11:39

    This is not GUBU but GUB - Government’s Unbelievable Bull, Joe Higgins says. We are witnessing an “incredible government charade”, he says.

    The captain of LE Justice insists there is no problem but everyone else sees his ship is holed above and below the waterline, he has assassinated his second in command and thrown the rest of the crew with the sharks, he says.

  • 11:46

    "Either you are not telling the truth or it indicates a level of incompetence that is absolutely staggering" Richard Boyd Barrett says of the delay in reading the letter from the commissioner..  Your contempt for the public intelligence is absolutely disgraceful, he says  


    Suddenly to the rescue comes this bombshell. It is no coincidence.... But then someone leaked a letter, Shane Ross tells the Dail.

  • 11:58

    I’m sure it didn’t sit in an unopened envelope and it wasn’t furnished to me until yesterday,Shatter says of the commissioner’s letter.

    It was in the ether yesterday that this was some sort of issue to be strategically organised – what benefit could there be to anybody? - he says.

    “Apparently you’re damned for what you do and you’re damned for what you don’t do” Shatter says in response to the Opposition.  

  • 12:03

    Now that part of the Dail session’s over here’s more power-play drama. In this television vortex in between the last season of House of Cards and the next season of Game of Thrones (to premiere on April 6th) some wonderful person has done a parody of House of Thrones. It’s great, you can watch it here.



    Some journalists have already seen previews of the Game of Thrones new series first episode. “IF series four can maintain the pitch they reached we are in for a bloody treat” writes Ed Cumming of the Telegraph today.

  • 12:04
  • 12:13

    Taoiseach has confirmed to the Dail that a senior civil servant went to Martin Callinan on Monday night to make him aware of "gravity of situation". The Attorney General told Mr Kenny that she wasn't willing to discuss the Garda recordings case on the phone.  

  • 12:16
    Micheal Martin says that Mr Kenny did not tell him yesterday about a senior civil servant going to Callinan and had essentially "sacked" the Garda Commissioner. Taoiseach responds "That's the first time you've accused me of being a liar in here..I deplore what you are suggesting".  
  • 12:26
    Great news for non-homeowners (but won't be universally welcomed I'm sure) .
  • 12:31
    Incompetence is not a qualification for being minister for justice, Gerry Adams tells the Taoiseach during leaders’ questions.
  • 12:38
    The information about widespread taping of phone calls to and from Garda stations emerged as a result of the Sophie Toscan du Plantier case, Stephen Collins writes today.
  • 12:49
    Is the opening of the prestigious St Andrew Golf club in Scotland to women to be welcomed as “progress” and a victory for the sisterhood? Really it feels more like a shameful embarrassment that they are making this change only now. I don't think I would support such a club by joining (eh aside from the minor matter of my total inability to hit a golf ball and the likely mammoth fees).  
  • 12:51
    Enda Kenny has confirmed that the Secretary General of the Department of Justice went to see the Garda commissioner on Monday night.  
  • 13:03
    Details of President Higgins’ State visit to the UK from April 8th have been released today. They will include meeting Prince Charles and Camilla, a horse-drawn carriage ride to Windsor Castle with the Queen and Prince Philip, a meeting with David Cameron at 10 Downing street. To top it all off they’ll  visit  a hospital and a farm and enjoy a bit of Shakespeare. Sure what more could you want.  
  • 13:53

    Paltrow and Martin “are setting a good by trying to demonstrate that this is not a bad breakup, it’s a good breakup and they are doing it consciously, carefully and with help over the past year" one psychologist has told Kate Holmquist of the pair's conscious uncoupling. Read more here.  

  • 14:00
  • 14:05
    The lovely people at Copenhagan Zoo are at it again, showing us that no animal is safe! They've  euthanised four healthy lions, a 16-year old male lion, a lioness of around the same age and two younger females after a new male lion arrived on Sunday. "Now two young females born in 2012 have become mature and are healthy, they can take over from the old female and form a strong triangle with the new male," the zoo said in a statement. It said the two young lions were not old enough to fend for themselves and would have been killed by the new male as soon as he got the chance....seriously? There was no other way around it?
  • 14:10
    Probably the most dramatic piece of YouTube footage you'll see this hour! A construction worker rescued from a buring apt building in Houston seconds before collapse. Watch to the very end (and if you're in work turn down the sound - too many OMGs for your boss to believe this is clean). Watch here.  
  • 14:11
  • 14:19

    It looks like we have the first case  affected by the Garda phone taping revelations.  Lawyers for two men charged with IRA membership have sought confirmation as to whether telephone calls made by their clients from Garda stations were recorded. Read here.  

  • 14:36
    Did Obama almost ditch politics for Paris? As Obama visits Europe today a new postcard has emerged from 1988 aged 27 in which he wrote:  "I wander around Paris, the most beautiful, alluring, maddening city I've ever seen; one is tempted to chuck the whole organizing/political business and be a painter" on the banks of the Seine. It's from the NYTimes here.  
  • 14:39
  • 14:45

    RTE DG Noel Curran was discussing Pantigate before an Oireachtas committee today.  He has called for a relaxation of Ireland’s “restrictive” defamation law and said there should be greater clarity on the “honest opinion” defence to libel accusations. “

     

    And there were free #TeamPanti t-shirts for everyone in the audience.
  • 14:58

    So the Max Clifford trial for indecent assault has heard detailed discussion about the size of his manhood and conflicting claims. One claims it was "micro" at  2.5 inches, another woman said it was "enormous" while a doctor measured it at 5.25 inches. Is there really no such thing as bad publicity Max?  

  • 15:05

    There's been a conscious uncoupling of Germany's Bling Bishop from his position today  because he spent €31 million of church funds on an extravagant residence.

    The Vatican said Bishop of Limburg Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst could no longer carry out a "fruitful exercise" of his ministry there.  

  • 15:06
    Still under construction new residence of bling bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, in Limburg, Germany. EPA/FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN
    Still under construction new residence of bling bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst, in Limburg, Germany. EPA/FREDRIK VON ERICHSEN
  • 15:13

    Leo Varadkar and Alan Shatter are now BFFs it seems. “I have absolute confidence in Alan Shatter," the tourism minister said at a Restaurant Association of Ireland conference today, according to our Food and Farming Correspondent Alison Healy.  

    "He’s been a very effective Minister for Justice, Equality and Defence. He’s brought in personal insolvency legislation for example, which has been a huge reform. He’s doing a lot in terms of the social policy agenda and done a really great thing, I think, in terms of citizenship for the new Irish,” he said.

  • 15:21
    Malaysia “ struggled” to cope with the information on the search for MH370, according to Inmarsat interview with a Chinese news agency. Inmarsat is the British company whose satellite analysis said there was no doubt the Boeing 777 came down. Watch here.
  • 15:22
  • 15:27
    Trouble ahead for secondary schools (or possibly gleeful time off for students). Breaking: ASTI members have voted for industrial action over changes to the Junior cert by 88% to 12%.
  • 15:41
    So what happens when builders turn into feminists and shout loud empowering statements? I love this advert just out in Australia (ignoring the use of feminism by certain chocolate brand formerly known as Marathon to sell).  Watch here.  
  • 15:41
  • 16:09
    It may have felt like winter the past few days but the forecast is practically Mediterranean for Sunday (well maybe Mediterranean winter). It will be dry many places with temperatrures of 15-16 degrees in western areas. Break out the SPF and BBQs.  
  • 16:12
    Straight from the editing suite and you'll never guess what the politics podcast has been discussing...
  • 16:16
    Alan Shatter on his feet in Dail about whistleblowers
  • 16:19
    Shatter apologises and withdraws whistleblower statement in Dail: I wish to correct the record of this house that the whistleblowers “ did not cooperate”.  I apologise to both and withdraw this statement. Never my intention to cause upset.  
  • 16:23
    Shatter says more should have been done during the O’Mahoney investigation to obtain the views of the whistleblowers.
  • 16:28

    Shatter: The report we are discussing today (Garda inspectorate report on the fixed charge processing system) deals all aspects of fixed charge system not just of discretion by gardai. Important we keep in context use of discretion – in 2012 - 4.8% (21k cancelled), 2013 – 4.4% (17k cancelled)
    Clearly problems to be dealt with on discretion but this particular issue is only part of the problem.

  • 16:30
    Shatter: My only interest at all times has been the public interest (re penalty points controversy). I am firmly of the view it is unacceptable for any member of Garda to use discretion for cancellation of penalty points other than in fair and impartial manner.  
  • 16:32
    Shatter says of allegations made about Garda officers on penalty points:  I would be failing in my duty as Minister for Justice, and in danger of misleading this House, if I did not point out that there has, as yet, been no finding to show that these allegations are correct.
  • 16:35
    Shatter speaking about other work of gardai aside from penalty points and reduction in crime shown in CSO stats.  
  • 16:37
    Bamboozle with statistics tactic is that what they call this strategy? #Shatter  
  • 16:40
    Shatter now talking about road death statistics. More bamboozling with numbers.
  • 16:42
    Shatter says a review of the Garda Siochana's  efficiency, effectiveness, structure, organisation, staffing and deployment, will be carried out by the Garda Inspectorate and arrangements are being finalised to begin this and will be completed before September.  
  • 16:43
    Unsurprisingly Shatter wants to move on from the present controversy in the "public interest"! "I hope the House can agree that it would be in the public interest to do what we can to move on from the present controversy in relation to penalty points and get on with the work which is under way which will achieve a fair, transparent and effective system"
  • 16:52
    People will be wondering why it took six months to do this (apologise to whistleblowers) kicking and screaming, Niall Collins  of FF reacts in Dail to Shatter’s apology.  What has changed you came in here to do this?Hard to shake the suspicion that you know the game is up and this is a last ditch effort to save face an save your own skin. A little late and too little, Collins says
  • 16:59
    Minister Varadkar deserves a bit of credit here today, Dara Calleary  of FF says. Read Shatter's full statement and apology to whistleblowers here.  
  • 17:02

    Dara Calleary insists that Commissioner Callinan was sacked. ”When the secretary general calls to your house on a Monday evening it is not with a retirement card,” he says.  

  • 17:07
    PAC chairman John McGuinness is on his feet in the Dail addressing Shatter: You would not be here today were it not  for the fact that you set out to protect the culture that led us to this destination. ..... What we are questioning is the culture that condemned those two men (whistleblowers) the minute they opened their mouths.  
  • 17:11
    Will you apologise to the travelling community who went to get passport forms signed and the whole family were profiled on the pulse system, including a 16 day old baby? John McGuinness asks.  
  • 17:23
    This is about saving your political hide..it's impossible not to come in here and make that apology or you're gone. Even though you've finally given the apology to those to men, you should be gone, SF TD Padraig MacLochlainn tells the Dail.  
  • 17:39
    You claim it was never your intention to lead the house. I challenge that assertion as this house was misled .. Mary Lou McDonald says. She describes Shatter’s apology as “lukewarm”.
  • 17:45
    Thanks for reading on a dramatic day. You can continue to keep up with the whistleblower ongoing debate here.