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Fresh protests in Egypt, Hawkeye under the spotlight and extra Seanad time

Dan Griffin Tue, Aug 20
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  • 09:11
    Good morning
  • 09:13
    The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood has been arrested in Cairo

    The Peru drug suspects hearing is now due to take place tomorrow

    And the Seanad will break its summer recess to debate EU rules on organ donations
  • 09:13
    It's Tuesday, August 20th, and I'm Dan Griffin. I'll be at the controls here until about 5pm this evening.
  • 09:23
    Egyptian authorities escalated their crackdown on deposed President Mohamed Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood by arresting the Islamist organisation’s top leader, state media has reported.

    Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid who were due to appear before court in Lima today charged with drug trafficking will have to wait at least one more day before their preliminary hearing begins, Martina Hanlon writes.

    Senators will have some extra time to prove their worth ahead of the October abolition referendum when the Seanad breaks its summer recess to debate EU organ donation rules. Harry McGee and Steven Carroll have more.

  • 09:36
    In other (ancient) Egypt news, a team of researchers from University College London has published findings that show ancient Egyptians used iron from outer space to make jewellery.

  • 09:54
    In the papers this morning the Examiner leads with a story about increased costs for anyone looking to build a new home or extend their current one. New safety regulations will increase the cost of building a new home or improving your existing property by at least €1,000, writes Stephen Rogers.

    The Indo's front page photo is of the Duke and duchess of Cambridge relaxing at the Middleton's family home with their son, George, and their salivating cocker spaniel, Lupo.

    The tabloids, meanwhile, have gleefully splashed the Slane story all over their front pages.
  • 10:00
    On that, social media companies Twitter and Facebook have moved to try and block access to images of a teenage girl engaged in a sex act at the Eminem concert in Slane last weekend.

    And, importantly:

    Under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act (1998) someone who “knowingly produces, distributes, prints or publishes any child pornography” is guilty of an offence and can face a fine of up to €1,905 or 12 months in jail.

  • 10:10
    Malala Yousaf, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was shot by the Taliban last year for campaigning for girls' education,  will receive the Tipperary International Peace Award today.

    Previous recepients include Benazir Bhutto and Bill Clinton.

    The IT's Jason Kennedy will be down in Ballykisteen for the presentation and he'll have a video of it put together later.
  • 10:34

    The Seanad began debating the EU directive on organ donation there a short while ago.

    The debate today has been the cause of some fretting on behalf of the Government with as many as 19 Opposition and Independent senators likely to back FF's Mark Daly's motion to annul a decision by Minister for Health James Reilly to adopt the EU directive into Irish law by way of secondary legislation without allowing a debate.

    It's a rare break from the Seanad summer holidays and FG and Labour whips have been struggling to get Senators (many of whom are busy sunning themselves in the south of France, probably) back in time for the vote.
    We're streaming the debate live on the site here

  • 10:48
  • 11:02
    Opening a passenger rail line under the Phoenix Park in Dublin would not be an adequate alternative to the construction of Dart Underground, Iarnród Éireann has said.

    The NTA recently announced plans to start passenger services to connect the city's two main stations through the 136-year-old tunnel line between Connolly and Heuston. 

    Apparently the tunnel is currently used for freight. We have a video with the story too. Like just about everythign to do with railways, it's quite interesting.
  • 11:06
    Political correspondent Harry McGee says it looks like the Seanad vote is going to be very tight with the possibility of a 21 vote to 21 vote tie with Cathaoirleach Paddy Burke's vote being critical.
  • 11:20
    "We won't accept this any longer," say Griffin's (no relation) Bakery in Galway as they embark on a Facebook campaign to get the price of parking in the city lowered.

    Jimmy Griffin said he was "raging!!!!!" after a customer told him she was paying €4 an hour while she got her messages in Galway. The charges are killing business, he reckons.

    It will be interesting to see whether the campaign convinces the city council to lower the fees although, if I'm not mistaken, parking fees have already come down in Galway. It used to be €5 to park for the day at the Cathedral (which is very reasonable in fairness) now it's €4. Street parking was a lot more expensive and limited to periods of two hours but I think that has been cut a bit too.

    Local businesses and councils at loggerheads over parking fees. A familiar enough situation.
  • 11:36
    A bit of fluff came in over the wires there:

    Apparently 8,000 readers of Virtuoso Life (a glossy travel magazine from the States) have chosen Ireland as number four on a list of "dream destinations".

    Tourism Ireland chief Niall Gibbons is pleased: "We are delighted that Ireland is the number four dream destination," he said. 

    But what is Ireland's dreamiest town? Kinnegad gets my vote.
  • 11:54
    The lawyer for Michaella McCollum Connolly, who was arrested in Peru for allegedly attempting to traffic drugs has dismissed as speculation a variety of media reports that had emerged about his client based on CCTV footage released by prosecutors.

    Read more here.
  • 12:06
  • 12:19
    The latest Residential Property Price Index shows property prices have decreased nationally by 13.6 per cent in the 12 months to July. Prices in Dublin, however, have increased by 8 per cent over the last 12 months.
  • 12:44
    Chitty Chitty Bang Bang star Dick Van Dyke was rescued from a burning car on a freeway in Los Angeles by some off-duty nurses. More...
  • 12:56
    "I heard a rumour that Cadbury is bringin out and oriental chocolate bar. Could be a Chinese Wispa."

    That joke, by Rob Auton, won the award for best joke at this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Although a colleague here said he heard it ages ago.

    Last year's funniest joke came from Stewart Francis, who said: "You know who really gives kids a bad name? Posh and Becks."

    Other jokes in the publicly voted top 10 were:

    “I used to work in a shoe-recycling shop. It was sole-destroying.” -- Alex Horne

    “I can give you the cause of anaphylactic shock in a nutshell.” -- Gary Delaney

    And, from Alfie Moore, “I’m in a same-sex marriage... the sex is always the same.”

  • 13:07
    Tomorrow is National Potato Day. There's a shindig of some description going on on South King Street in Dublin 2 starting at noon. According to a diary notice we received there will be "potato performers",  "iconic" 'I love spuds' t-shirts, as well as frozen chocolate potatoes on a stick.
  • 13:26
    The Irish Times and the Irish Independent lead with the increase in Dublin house prices this lunch time.

    The Examiner sticks with the ongoing search for Irish siblings detained in Egypt.

    RTÉ also focus on Egypt with Muslim Brotherhood's spiritual leader arrested. leads with a story from the North where a man has been arrested in connection with the suspicious deaths of three women in Co Down.
  • 13:35
    A cargo ship with 21 people on board has run aground on a sandbank off the east coast near Dublin.  They're waiting for a tow at the moment but if that doesn't work they'll wait for high tide tonight. There'll be more information up on the site shortly.
  • 13:48
    "Dáithí Ó Sé is being given a Certificate of Newfoundland citizenship by Erica Halfyard after kissing a fish and quaffing a shot of rum."

    Patrick Freyne is at the Rose of Tralee.
  • 14:06
    David Miranda is to mount a legal challenge over his detention at Heathrow Airport under terror legislation, Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger has said.
  • 14:27
    In the UK, a Kent businessman who made millions of pounds a year selling fake bomb detectors has been jailed for seven years.

    Thanks to Gary Bolton, 47, military and police in countries including Mexico, Thailand, Pakistan, China, India, the Philippines, Singapore, Egypt and Tunisia ended up with a load of faulty bomb detectors.

    The devices cost as little as £1.82 to make and Bolton hawked them for as much as £15,000. Human rights campaigners in Thailand said they have cost lives.

    The Guardian has more.

  • 14:43
  • 15:04

    A representative from the Irish embassy in Cairo has been granted consular access to four Irish siblings detained after security forces stormed Cairo’s al-Fath mosque at the weekend, writes Mary Fitzgerald.

    The diplomat met Omaima Halawa (21), her sisters Fatima (23) and Soumaya (27) and brother Ibrahim (17) at the security forces headquarters in the Tora district of Cairo this afternoon.

    The Halawa sisters appeared in good health but Ibrahim Halawa had a bandaged hand. He told the visiting diplomat that the injury was a result of a gunshot wound sustained during the mosque siege.

    The Halawas joined demonstrations on Cairo’s Ramses Square on Friday, the day the Muslim Brotherhood called for rallies against the ousting of the Brotherhood’s Morsi. 

    We'll have more on the website shortly.

  • 15:08
    The Government has narrowly won a vote on a Fianna Fáil motion on an EU directive on organ donation with the aid of the casting vote of Cathaoirleach Paddy Burke, writes Harry McGee.
  • 15:15
  • 15:16
    Meanwhile, a colleague who wished to go unnamed, has highlighted how much the curtains in the Seanad chamber resemble MC Hammer's signature trousers. He even did out this helpful photo (below).
  • 15:38
    Professional networking site LinkedIn has changed its user agreement and added a university section as it tries to entice younger users to the service, writes Ciara O'Brien.

    The company announced yesterday that it would drop its age limit to 13 years old in some countries, which, I suppose, will suit those teenage coders and programmers who seem to be all turning into millionaires after developing mobile phone apps.

    “Smart, ambitious students are already thinking about their futures when they step foot into high school – where they want to go to college, what they want to study, where they want to live and work,” said LinkedIn's policy director Eric Heath.

    “We want to encourage these students to leverage the insights and connections of the millions of successful professionals on LinkedIn."

    ("Leverage", yuck, why can't they just use the insights and connections, Eric?)

    When I stepped foot into "high school" I wanted to live and work in an irrigation tunnel on a top secret horticulture project on the moon.

    Lucy Kellaway has a few things to say about this LinkedIn business.
  • 15:59
    The family of Irishman Michael Dwyer, who was killed in Bolivia in April 2009, has said new allegations that he survived a police raid and was summarily executed, strengthen the case for an independent investigation, writes Tim O'Brien.
  • 16:18
    Celtic will change shirts for their game againt Shakhter Karagandy this evening in Kazakhstan. The Glasgow side usually wear the logo of their main sponsor Magners cider but alcohol promotion is restricted in Kazakhstan so instead they'll wear the logo of Tipperary Mineral Water, a brand which, like Magners, is owned by the C&C group.
  • 16:22
  • 16:31
    American author Elmore Leonard, whose ear for gritty, realistic dialogue helped bring dozens of hard-bitten crooks, cops and cowboys to life in nearly 50 novels, died today aged 87.
  • 16:32
  • 16:52

    That's all we've got time for today. Until tomorrow morning, thanks for reading.