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Áine McMahon Thu, Nov 21
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  • 08:59
    Good morning, Aine McMahon here on the live new blog. A very chilly Thursday morning here in the capital. I'll be keeping you updated on today's news and everything in between once the blood returns to my hands. If you have any suggestions or comments, tweet me at @AineMcMahon

  • 09:00
    Taking a look at today's weather - Today will be largely dry with good sunny spells. However, there'll be some showers at times along north west, north and east coasts. It will be cold and breezy with highest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees and moderate to fresh northerly winds, which will be gusty along coasts.
  • 09:04
    The top story on the site this morning - A major overview of health in Ireland published today shows that the Irish are still near the top of the international league table for smoking and drinking and have a greater propensity towards obesity than people in many other countries, Pamela Duncan reports. Read the report here.
  • 09:14
    A bus driver has been praised for abandoning his vehicle after he was hijacked and told to take a bomb to a police station in Derry.
    A number of passengers were on board when two men put a device on the bus last night.The bus operator, Translink, says the driver managed to get the passengers off the bus before he brought it to "a place of safety".
    The driver took the vehicle to the Northlands area of Derry where around 30 families were evacuated while army bomb disposal teams made the device safe.
  • 09:27
  • 09:34
    Ireland has gone from having the highest net immigration in six years in Europe to the highest net emigration in the past six years, writes Ciara Kenny. More here 
  • 09:34
  • 09:51
    Clery's Dublin reopens its doors this morning after being closed for four months because of extensive flood damage.

    A small sign on the front shutters explaining that it was closed due to “water damage” gave little indication of the destruction wrought inside.

    “I think people thought we’d just had a bit of a leak. I don’t think they were aware of just how extensive the damage was,” said managing director Dominic Prendergast.

    Our Dublin correspondent Olivia Kelly has more here  

  • 09:52
  • 10:13
    Several men have been arrested after a burglary and a cross-country pursuit. It is understood five men were detained following a break-in at a home in Killenaule, near Thurles in Co Tipperary, in the early hours of the morning. Gardai said a car believed to be carrying others suspected of involvement in the burglary was later intercepted in a sting operation at Newlands Cross on the N7 outside Dublin at about 9am. Two men were detained in the later incident involving armed gardai. Inbound and outbound lanes at the busy Newlands Cross junction were closed for some time following the incident with motorists warned of severe delays
  • 10:18
  • 10:25
    More on the dramatic cross country pursuit which led to traffic chaos in Dublin this morning. "Gardai in Thurles, Co Tipperary are investigating an aggravated burglary which occurred at a house near Killenaule, Thurles, Co Tipperary shortly after 3am this morning.

    It is believed up to seven men were involved in the incident in which a family of two adults and three children were in the house at the time.  Five of these men left the scene in one vehicle and another two left in the family’s 4X4 vehicle.
    Cash and Jewellery were stolen during this incident.  Gardai­ were immediately alerted and a vehicle was intercepted at approximately 4.30am near Nass Co Kildare. Five men (all in their 20’s) were arrested and are currently detained at various Garda Stations in the Co. Kildare area under Section 30 Offences against the State Act 1939.  

    In a follow-up operation a 4X4 vehicle was intercepted by Gardai­ at Newlands Cross, Clondalkin, Dublin 22 at approximately 9am. This vehicle was believed to have been involved in the earlier incident in Tipperary. Two men were arrested at the scene are are currently detained under Section 30 Offences Against the State Act 1939."
  • 10:29
  • 10:33
    The Irish Times newspaper features in the new trailer of The Muppets. Take that Ireland's Own! Donald Clake has more here.

    Here's a look at the trailer in question.... 

  • 10:43
    This apartment has gone on sale in Dublin for a cool €500k. The ad is worth a look alone for some wonderful examples of Estate Agentese - "It is a credit to the owner as it is meticulously presented, a particular feature being the large windows throughout that really make the most of the impressive views. It also has the added bonus of a two large balconies, one accessed off the living room and kitchen and another off the master bedroom, both ideal for al fresco dining or relaxing summer afternoons."
  • 11:02
    The Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly TD,  addressed a consultation event on organ donation and transplantation this morning.  The Minister said “I firmly believe that the introduction of an opt-out system is an integral element in changing our cultural attitude towards organ donation. We need to make organ donation the norm in Irish society and to make it the default position for those people who die in circumstances where donation is a possibility.”
  • 11:04
  • 11:13
    Some disturbing news from China; a baby that was believed to be dead, was actually alive. 

    "A funeral home discovered a baby was alive two days after he was pronounced dead at a hospital in eastern China. Authorities revoked the licence of the doctor who mistakenly declared the newborn boy dead, the health department in Anhui province said.
    It said funeral home workers found the boy to be alive on Wednesday, two days after he was pronounced dead at a provincial Children’s Hospital. The department said the boy has severe deformities and the hospital treated him until Monday, when his condition deteriorated.  The boy remains in critical condition."
  • 11:18
    Conor Lally and Colin Gleeson have more on the dramatic high speed Garda chase following an armed burglary in Tipperary, that led to seven arrests. Read it here.
  • 11:24
    Gayle Killilea, the wife of bankrupt developer Seán Dunne, is seeking to block the NAMA  from forcing two US banks and a property agent to hand over personal financial information about her, claiming that the State loans agency is on “a massive fishing expedition” - More here.
  • 11:27
  • 11:36
    Stat of the day so far - Companies have lost nearly 10-thousand working days so far this year as a result of industrial disputes. Would not like to see the French number. Tongue out
  • 11:37
  • 11:41
    BREAKING -  Marian Price has pleaded 'Guilty' to supplying a mobile phone linked to a Real IRA attack in which two soliders were murdered in 2009. 

  • 11:43
  • 11:44
  • 11:56
    Two men in their 50's have been arrested after drugs worth €115,000 were seized in Bundoran, Co Donegal. A quantity of methylone, mobiles phones and a vehicle were seized during the search of a house there at around 9.15am.
  • 12:14

    Because we're worth it - The Dáil Public Accounts Committee (PAC) is to call the heads of the HSE and the Department of Health to appear before it next week as part of a new investigation into top-up payments for senior executives in State funded voluntary hospitals and agencies. Martin Wall has more here 

  • 12:17
    Not sure if this is really ingenious or really lazy - 

  • 12:21
  • 12:27
    Seamus Heaney was remembered at a special ceremony in the London last night.  Mark Hennessy has more 
  • 12:39
    Abercrombie and Fitch, the fashion label loved by Drummy's and J1'ers alike has suffered a net loss of $15.6 million in Q3 and has seen its sales tumble by 12 per cent to $1.03 billion.
  • 12:49
    Malachy Clerkin How else would kegs be unloaded?
  • 12:51
    Donegal native Michelle Doherty is to join TV3 entertainment show Xpose as a presenter. 

     The actor, model and TV and radio presenter has already done presenting work with Phantom FM, RTE2’s Under Ether and Channel 6’s Night Shift and Day Shift.
  • 12:51
    Xpose's latest addition - Michelle Doherty
    Xpose's latest addition - Michelle Doherty
  • 12:55
  • 13:01
    The naked baby who featured on the Nirvana album cover Never Mind is now 22.  Here's Una Mullally's piece on Nirvana's album Unplugged, twenty years on.
  • 13:08
    Tanaiste Eamonn Gimore has said that legislators should deal with the issue of assisted suicide.

    Speaking at Leaders Questions this morning when he was asked about the issue of assisted suicide he said: "I met with Tom Curran after the Marie Fleming case… It is my view that as legislators we should address this issue here in this house.”

  • 13:46
    A new report recommends a rural speed limit among other measures. Motorists who disagree with a speed limit on a regional or local road will soon be able to challenge it by using a new appeals process. David Labanyi has more here.
  • 13:50
    Race walker Rob Heffernan crowned off his year by being named as Athletics Ireland Athlete of the year.

    The Togher AC athlete took the award for this gold-medal-winning performance in the 50km Race Walk at the World Championship in Moscow last August.
  • 13:51
    Rob Heffernan
    Rob Heffernan
  • 13:52
  • 13:57
    Forgetting Northern Ireland’s troubled past will not help people move on and thrive, President Michael D Higgins has warned.

    Mr Higgins is due to become the first Irish head of state to make an official state visit to the UK next spring, and he said he wanted to strengthen reconciliation and friendship between the neighbouring countries.

    Referring to how Latin American countries dealt with their legacies of violence. “One common feature was very clear to me; any invented or false amnesia is not the solution — neither for the victims, nor for the future of society if it wished to genuinely move on and flourish,” he said
  • 14:20
    Independent TD Clare Daly has moved a motion to introduce a bill to allow termination of pregnancy where the foetus has a condition that is incompatible with life.

    She said the matter would not be addressed in this Government's lifetime unless legislation was moved now and brought to the Supreme Court for adjudication. The issue is to be debated in private members business.
  • 14:31
    The Master of the National Maternity Hospital Rhona Mahony has issued a statement aimed at clarifying her pay. Ms Mahony has been the subject of intense scrutiny after newspapers earlier this week claimed she had received a €45,000 top-up to her €236,000 salary.
    "I have been personally vilified over the last few days. This has been utterly unwarranted," she said. 
    More to follow.....  
  • 14:31
    Rhona Mahony
    Rhona Mahony
  • 14:46
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  • 14:47
  • 14:51
    BREAKING - Two people have been arrested in Britain as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude.

    One alleged victim told a charity she had been held against her will in a house in London for more than thirty years, Scotland Yard has said. Another alleged vicitim is believed to be an Irish woman in her 50's. More as we get it. 
  • 14:55
    "The two people in their 60's were arrested at their home in South London this morning as part of an investigation into slavery and domestic servitude, Scotland Yard have confirmed." 
  • 15:00
    Slavery Police said the Freedom Charity, which aims to advise and support victims of forced marriages or honour-based violence, got in touch after they received a call following a television documentary on forced marriages. 

    Scotland Yard said further inquiries by police revealed the location of the house and with the help of sensitive negotiations conducted by the charity, the three women — a 69-year-old Malaysian woman, a 57-year-old Irish woman and a 30-year-old British woman — were all rescued.  

    All three, who police described as “highly traumatised”, were taken to a place of safety where they remain. Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland, from the Met’s human trafficking unit, said: “We applaud the actions of Freedom Charity and are working in partnership to support these victims who appear to have been held for over 30 years. “We have launched an extensive investigation to establish the facts surrounding these very serious allegations." 

    Officers said the two suspects, a 67-year-old man and a 67-year-old woman, have been taken to a south London police station where they remain in custody.
  • 15:05
  • 15:25
  • 15:35
    Freedom Charity - the organisation which helped police free three women held in 'slavery' - was set up to help young victims of forced marriage and the violence associated with it.
    It was founded by magistrate and karate teacher Aneeta Prem, who first became aware of the issue of forced marriages when she taught martial arts to young women in London. 
  • 15:37
    Earlier this year the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) - a joint operation by the Home Office and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office - revealed it helped in 1,485 cases of possible forced marriage in 2012, involving 60 countries across Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and North America.
    The statistics for last year show that of the 744 cases where the age was known, more than 600 involved people under the age of 26.
  • 15:46
  • 15:57
    Aneeta Prem, the founder of Freedom Charity, has told Sky News  the alleged victims - who are believed to have suffered physical and mental harm - were able to walk out of the property after extensive calls with the charity.
     "We started in-depth to talks to them when they could, it had to be pre-arranged. They gave us set times when they were able to speak to us.
    "It was planned that they would be able to walk out of the property. The police were on standby.
    "They were able to leave the property, but it was done in such a way... it was a very, very excellent way it happened."
  • 15:58
    Ms Prem said the two people arrested were considered the "heads of the family", and that the women were "absolutely terrified" of them and added "They felt they were in massive danger."
    "I don't believe the neighbours knew anything about it at all. It was just an ordinary house in an ordinary street..... They were very restricted on everything they could do."
  • 16:06
  • 16:07
  • 16:12
  • 16:18
    Scotland Yard say there is no suggestion of sexual slavery in the case of the three women who were allegedly held as 'slaves' for 30 years.
  • 16:28
    Police can't confirm if any of those who were rescued or arrested are related and that Police have never experienced a case of this magnitude before.

  • 16:31
    Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore says everything will be done to help the Irish woman who has been held as a domestic slave in the UK. She was among three women rescued by London police after being held for 30 years. Gilmore says the Irish embassy in London is working to find out who the woman is. 
  • 16:43
    Gardai have arrested a 35-year-old man in relation to the theft of a number of items from the National Library of Ireland.

    The arrest came after a planned search in the Clonsilla area of Dublin where a large number of books and pamphlets,  some of which are of historical value, were discovered.

    The search was made at about 7am this morning by gardaí from the arts and antiques unit of National Bureau of Criminal Investigation

    The man currently being held at Lucan Garda Station under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act for which he can be held for up to 24 hours.
  • 16:56
    A documentary about the world's oldest fleshed Bog Body, Cashel Man is to air on BBC4 next Thursday at 9 pm. Cashel Man was discovered by a Bord na Mona peat worker, in Cashel, Co Laois, in 2011. 
    The documentary titled “4000 Year Old Cold Case: The Body in the Bog” tells the story of the forensic investigation, as international scientists and archaeologists convened in Dublin to determine who this man was and ask why he died. 
  • 16:56
    Cashel Man - A 4000 year old cold case.
    Cashel Man - A 4000 year old cold case.
  • 17:06
    That concludes today's live blog, thanks for joining us. 
    It will be mostly dry and cold overnight with widespread frost and lowest temperatures of 0 to -3 degrees. Fog patches will form in a few places and icy streches will occur on some roads.