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Colin Gleeson Mon, Jan 20
 
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  • 09:45
    Good morning everyone. My name is Colin Gleeson and I will be bringing you the day’s news and events between now and 5pm.
  • 09:52
    Sorry about the delay with the blog today.

    Having some technical difficulties but I think  we're up and running now.    
  • 09:53
    The lead in today’s Irish Times is related to, surprise, surprise, the Central Remedial Clinic.
  • 09:54
    Harry McGee reports that the Public Accounts Committee wants to recall the entire former board of the Central Remedial Clinic to revisit previous evidence on top-up payments and a €740,000 severance package to its former chief executive, Paul Kiely.
  • 09:54
    PAC chairman John McGuinness said this was necessary because the evidence was in his view “conflicting, not credible and, in one instance, misleading”.
  • 09:55
    The off-lead in today’s Irish Times tells of how Irishman David O’Sullivan is set to be appointed the next EU ambassador to Washington.
  • 09:55
    Mr O’Sullivan (60), the top official at the EU’s foreign affairs wing, is the only nominee for the position which is up for renewal later this year, The Irish Times has confirmed.
  • 09:55
    The appointment of an Irish candidate to the position will be seen as a major diplomatic coup for Ireland, less than five years after former taoiseach John Bruton completed a five-year term as the EU’s ambassador to Washington.
  • 09:58
  • 09:58
    Also on the front page is comments made by Ian Paisley in relation to former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in a television documentary to be broadcast on BBC tonight.
  • 09:59

    Apparently Paisley called him “a fool” when he told him he was about to convert to Catholicism.

    Yeah I can’t imagine that was ever going to go down well.

  • 10:02
    The picture at the top of this blog is of the two women who came across two stone axes, one of which could be 5,000 years old, on the Connemara coast after the recent storms and sea surges along the Atlantic seaboard.
  • 10:03

    A late Mesolithic mudstone axe – used for hunting and described as “extremely rare” – was found by Connemara resident Elizabeth Moylan last week near her home in Ardmore, while a polished stone axe was found in the same area over this past weekend by her niece, Lorna.

    So late Mesolithic mudstone axes are “extremely rare”. Thanks for clearing that up.

  • 10:09

    I'm told this is  Garth Brooks’ private jet being tracked as it crosses the ocean.

    It's amazing what they can do nowadays.  

    Brooks has also been announced as a headliner for Croke Park next summer.

  • 10:18

    A sad story in New Zealand as an entire school of pilot whales have become beached or trapped in shallow water at Golden Bay.

    Hundreds of people have been out trying to rescue the 46 animals.

  • 10:32

    Syrian president Bashar al-Assad was yesterday quoted as telling Russian parliamentarians he has no intention of stepping down and the issue will not be discussed at this week’s peace conference attended by the government, opposition and envoys from 35 countries.

    There’s a surprise.

    Normally dictators are so open-minded about things like elections.

  • 10:41
    Poor Scorpio.
  • 10:57

    Former footballer David Beckham is off to Peckham.

     The Englishman is to appear as a guest in a special Only Fools And Horses sketch reuniting Del Boy and Rodney for the first time in a decade.

    It is being screened as part of BBC1’s Sport Relief night in March.

    The Only Fools sketch sees Sir David Jason and Nicholas Lyndhurst reviving their roles as the wheeler-dealer Trotter brothers for the first time since a Christmas special in 2003.

    Beckham is seen sitting with the duo in a greasy spoon cafe, gathered around a table on which there is a copy of the Peckham Echo.

    Viewers will see the short film during the broadcast on Friday March 21st.

  • 11:09

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hailed Liam Brady’s contribution as academy director at the club as “outstanding” as the former Gunners midfielder prepares to step aside from the post at the end of the season.


    Arsenal have confirmed the appointment of Dutchman Andries Jonker as the new head of their academy, bringing an end to Brady’s 18-year tenure as head of youth development and the academy.

  • 11:15

    Get this.

    A new report from development charity Oxfam has found that global inequality has increased to the extent that the €1.2 trillion combined wealth of the 85 richest people is equal to that of the poorest 3.5 billion - half of the world’s population.

    The report, entitled Working For The Few, claims that growing inequality has been driven by a “power grab” by wealthy elites, who have co-opted the political process to rig the rules of the economic system in their favour.

  • 11:20
  • 11:25

    An earthquake in New Zealand shook loose a giant eagle sculpture promoting The Hobbit movie trilogy and caused other minor damage around the region today.

    The magnitude 6.3 quake struck the country’s lower North Island at just before 4pm local time and rattled the capital Wellington. Many residents of the city were at home because it was a public holiday.

  • 11:27
    The most read article on irishtimes.com this morning is Conor Pope's round-up of ten free apps that will save you money.

    Now who wouldn't want to save money?
  • 11:46

    In the same vein as the late Mesolithic mudstone axe from earlier, the storms in Connemara have also uncovered what appears to be a headstone from the year 1860.

    Interestingly, the inscription on it is still legible.

    It reads: “To the memory of Rebecca Louisa, who departed this life 27 December 1860, aged 8 years; and Mary Louisa, aged 1 month, the beloved daughters of William & Mary Harris, but Jesus called them unto him and said ‘suffer little children to come unto me and forbid them not for such is the kingdom of God’ – Luke 18 16.”

  • 11:52

    Limerick criminal Ger Dundon has been released from Wheatfield prison.

    He was due for release today, after serving four years for violent disorder, but was freed last night due to security concerns.

  • 12:02

    Markets will today give their reaction to the decision by Moody’s to raise the rating on Ireland’s sovereign debt to investment grade.

    The decision last Friday brings Moody’s into line with Standard & Poor’s and Fitch, and makes investment in Ireland possible for countries prescribed to invest only in states with investment grade debt ratings from all the major agencies.

  • 12:08

    Today’s Irishman’s Diary details the contents of a recently discovered letter from Michael Collins to Kitty Kiernan.

    In it, he confides his concerns about the growing mayhem of the early months of 1922.

  • 12:13
  • 12:22
    Fiona Reddan reports that bond markets have responded positively to Friday’s ratings action from Moody’s, with bond yields on Irish debt recording a further drop this morning.

    The yield on 10- year bonds tightened by 14 basis points, down to 3.3 per cent.
  • 12:48

    Thieves who stole engraved watches left by a dying father in Co Louth to his two young sons have been asked to “give them back”.

    They were specially engraved by Stephen Carroll (38) for his sons the week before he died in November.

    “They are the only tangible gift Stephen left for his eldest sons and they are just heart-broken that they have been stolen,” said Mr Carroll’s sister-in-law Kerrie Carroll.

  • 12:56

    Apparently Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho underwent surgery on a fractured elbow this morning.

    The 50-year-old Portuguese oversaw Chelsea’s 3-1 Premier League defeat of Manchester United at Stamford Bridge yesterday before attending a Football Writers’ Association dinner at the Savoy Hotel where he was honoured with an award for notching up 100 premier league wins in record time.

    We know he likes a few glasses of wine but it sounds like he must have run amok at the thing.

    Reminds me of this clip.

  • 13:01
    More astrology here now. I'm an aquarius myself so not exactly delighted with this piece of advice. Seems a bit much.
  • 13:06
    Sepp Blatter’s former right-hand man Jerome Champagne officially launched his bid to stand for the Fifa presidency today.

    There'll be corks popping if he can land that one.  
  • 13:21
    Garth Brooks has been confirmed for Croke Park gigs on July 25th and 26th.
  • 13:27

    US First Lady Michelle Obama has celebrated her 50th birthday.

    Approximately 500 people attended a star studded bash at the White House where Beyonce performed.

  • 13:36

    Bayern Munich star Franck Ribery is throwing his toys out of the pram.

    He has claimed he deserved to win the Fifa Ballon d’Or ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo because the Real Madrid forward won nothing in 2013.

    Ronaldo beat off competition from Bayern Munich midfielder Ribery and Lionel Messi to be crowned the world’s best player last week.

     “I won everything, with the team and individually. Ronaldo won nothing,” the France international said in an interview with Munich’s TZ newspaper. “I feel I had earned this award. It’s all politics.”

  • 13:41

    You know what they say about a positive mental attitude.

    Jerome Champagne, who has announced his intention to run for the presidency of Fifa, could do with one.

    Asked if he could beat Blatter in the event of the incumbent seeking a fifth term, Champagne replied: “No I don’t think so, he’s someone of relevance.”

    He shouldn’t be so hard on himself.

    Imagine going into a job interview with that attitude.

  • 14:10

    The London Independent is reporting that French President François Hollande has said First Lady Valérie Trierweiler is "getting better".

    During a visit to the Netherlands, Mr Hollande was asked at a press conference whether Ms Trierweiler was "still First Lady" following the exposure of his affair with a 41-year-old actress.

    "Thank you for your question," President Hollande said.

    "Valerie Trierweiler is getting better and is now resting at La Lanterne (the French equivalent of Chequers, near the Palace of Versailles). I have nothing to add."

    Ms Trierweiler left the La Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris on Saturday after eight days of treatment for depression and low blood pressure.

    Last week Mr Hollande promised to make a statement on his unmarried partnership with Mr Trierweiler before the couple are scheduled to leave France on 9 February for a visit to the White House.

    He has told Ms Trierwaeiler that he needs more "time" before deciding whether to end, or continue, their relationship, according to the magazine Paris Match.

  • 14:27
  • 14:45

    Iran said today it has halted its most sensitive uranium enrichment work, honouring a deal struck with world powers that has eased concerns over the country’s nuclear program and cleared the way for a partial lifting of sanctions, the Washington Post reports.

    The announcement in Tehran met a January 20th timetable for the move, which is intended to lay groundwork for a broader accord on Iran’s nuclear activities.

    The Iranian announcement said inspectors from the UN’s International Atomic Energy Agency were present when the enrichment was halted.

  • 14:59

    Suzanne Lynch reports that the European Union has today agreed to send a military mission to the Central African Republic – where the UN recently warned of a possible genocide – though Ireland is unlikely to participate.

    Minister for Foreign Affairs Eamon Gilmore confirmed this morning that Ireland is unlikely to participate in the EU mission to Central African Republic (CAR) agreed upon today in Brussels by EU foreign ministers.

    “I think it is unlikely that Ireland will participate in that mission as we are already heavily committed with the troops,” he said ahead of the meeting, pointing out that Ireland is already committed in terms of troop in Lebanon and near the Syrian border.

    “I think it is understood among other countries that we are already very heavily committed in our overseas commitments by our defence forces.”

  • 15:07

    Manchester City defender Pablo Zabaleta has insisted his team will not be going through the motions as they look to rubber-stamp their place in the Capital One Cup final this week.

    City are all but guaranteed to be playing at Wembley after thrashing West Ham 6-0 in the first leg of their last-four clash a fortnight ago.

    Zabaleta claims there will be no complacency: “It doesn’t matter about the first leg. “We have to go into that game thinking it’s a new game, even though we have six goals.

    “We need to try and win it, like we are doing in other games at the moment. We are winning games and working hard.

    “West Ham are in a tough moment, they are at home and will want to win it. So we need to take it seriously and we will.”

    I bet they won’t take it seriously at all.

    It’s 6-0.

  • 15:17
    Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has called up Simon Zebo and Craig Gilroy to the Six Nations camp at Carton House as he awaits news on the fitness of Keith Earls following the last round of Heineken Cup matches.
  • 15:27

    Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has defended the resources of the gardaí after the eighth violent killing of the year on Saturday.

    The dead man has been named as Michael Devoy (41), Balbutcher Drive, Ballymun, north Dublin, and Conor Lally has the details here.

    Mr Shatter meanwhile said: "Any homicide is unacceptable. The majority of homicides that have taken place since the New Year have happened in unusual circumstances.

    "The majority of these could never have been prevented by any police force anywhere in the world, no matter how large."

  • 15:32

    The Lotto jackpot on Saturday night was €3,525,865, of which there were no fewer than six winners.

    The National Lottery says the winners will each receive €588,144.

    It’s hard to decide if they’re all incredibly lucky or unlucky.

  • 15:59

    This country really does have a problem with drink.

    More than 400,000 beer or cider kegs, costing approximately €40 million, have been stolen or gone missing from licensed premises in the Republic since 2007.

    The figure was compiled by the Irish Brewers Association (IBA) using data from the five big Irish drinks distributors - C&C Group, Diageo, Heineken Ireland, Molson Coors Ireland and Richmond Marketing Limited.

  • 16:08
  • 16:22
    US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has expressed deep concern over the traditional dolphin hunt in western Japan, where local fisherman corral the mammals into a secluded bay before killing many for meat.
  • 16:48
    Claudio Abbado, who decided to become a conductor after hearing a concert at La Scala at the age of eight and went on to lead the Milan opera company and top orchestras for more than half a century, has died aged 80.
  • 16:56
    Ireland's five-year borrowing costs fell to their lowest in the 92-year history of the state on Monday as investors snapped up its bonds after Moody's restored the country's credit rating to investment grade.
  • 17:03
    The Daily Telegraph is reporting that a leading bookmaker has suspended betting on the Queen announcing her abdication by the end of the year after a large gamble was placed in the Windsor area.
  • 17:07
    I'm not sure what the Irish Times policy is when it comes to photographs like this but I'll chance my arm.
  • 17:09
    On that note, we'll leave it there for today's Daily Wire.

    We're back up and running here with the day's events from 9am tomorrow. Thanks for reading.