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Áine McMahon Fri, May 31
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  • 09:23
    Hi Áine McMahon here on the live blog today, stay following for all the latest news and updates.
  • 09:35
    The front pages today

    The Irish Times leads with

    'US Medical Giant paid effective tax rate of 4% in 2011' writes Colm Keena and Simon Carswell

    'Rare record of Joyce reading from 'Ulysses' to be auctioned in New York' writes Eoin Burke-Kennedy

    'Martin gives FF free vote on abortion' writes Arthur Beesley and Simon Carswell
  • 09:39
    The other front pages today

    The Irish Independent leads with '4000 reports that expose real scale of creche crisis'

    The Irish Daily Mirror leads with 'Lotto lovebirds scoop €10 million'

    The Irish Daily Star leads with 'Half a joint put my sister in a coma.'

    The Irish Sun leads with 'What are the odds - Bookie scoops €10.5 million jackpot.'

    The Herald leads with 'Drugs horror mums'

    The UK Guardian leads with 'April's killer jailed for life.'
  • 09:46
    Some good news to kick off the day - the good weather is forecast to stay for the June Bank Holiday weekend. Here's more -
  • 09:52
    John Waters' column on how 'Deep down we Irish would prefer to be occupied' is most popular on the site so far this morning.

    He writes "It is a truism of Irish culture and society that we never got our heads around the idea that the State now belongs to us."
  • 09:56

    Thousands of demonstrators from the anti-capitalist Blockupy movement cut off access to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt today to protest against policymakers’ handling of Europe’s debt crisis. More here

  • 10:02

    Following some disturbances at Portmarnock beach yesterday security efforts will be stepped up, RTE report. Gardai had to be called after  hundreds of revellers descended on the sunny seaside town. 

  • 10:07
    Fire up that barbecue - Met Eireann say that while milder  weather is expected today and tomorrow, temperatures will rise from Sunday until the middle of next week.

    Temperatures are set to reach the high teens on Sunday and by Monday we could be looking at temperatures hitting 20 degrees or above.  
  • 10:14
    Good news for fans of the old Clonmel champagne aka Bulmers, C&C say they are committed to maintaining cider production at the plant in Clonmel Co Tipperary, Barry O'Halloran reports 
  • 10:20
    Kind hearted, stone washed denim clad Bon Jovi has reduced the price of tickets for his concerts in Spain due to their current economic situation. "We didn't want to let down fans that have supported us for 30 years in a country that I love," he said. What about Ireland, JonBon?!
  • 10:23
    The HSE has issued a warning about contaminated cannabis as two women remain in intensive care after consuming the drug.
  • 10:28
    Up to 1.7 million  Irish people have €100 a month or less once bills paid, a survey has revealed, Órla Ryan reports here.
  • 10:32
    Gardai are seeking witnesses after what is believed to be a gangland related shooting in Tallaght last night, Mark Hilliard reports.
  • 10:35
    A "threatening letter" was sent to US President Barack Obama, but was intercepted by authorities. More here  

  • 10:41
    An asteroid large enough to destroy civilisation will pass earth tonight! 

    Don't be too alarmed thought as it won't be close enough to earth to do any damage (so go file your local property tax return if you haven't done so already) 
    An asteroid large enough to destroy us will fly past earth tonight, and it's so big that it even has it's own moon. It'll be about 3.6 million miles away from us, and should pass by at about 5pm - just as most of us leave the office, convenient. 
    Scientists are hoping to use radar to investigate the surface of the rock, to see if it might pose any danger to us in the future. NASA say they take all asteroids seriously, and check the large asteroids to see if any of them might move in to the flight path for earth. 
  • 10:47
    A man remains in a critical condition following an assault in Galway while Gardai are investigating following a botched shooting at a gym in Tullamore, Co Offally.
  • 10:55
    Proposals to overhaul Ireland's councils has been criticised by the body representing Irish councils... a bit like turkeys and their aversion to Christmas. 
    The body representing Ireland's city county and town councils has criticised the report of the group set up to oversee the biggest overhaul of local government. 

    Our Dublin Correspondent Olivia Kelly has more here 

    Today, the Association of Municipal Authorities of Ireland (AMAI) says the nature of the reforms, which abolish independent town councils by merging them with their local county councils, could mean local areas go without any representation at all. 
  • 10:59
    Colm Keena reports on how Apple is one of many firms which avail of offshore tax arrangements here
  • 11:04
    With nearly 30,000 views, this video of Vincent Browne begging Fine Gael TD for Kildare North to "shut up" when he was a guest on his show the other night is rather good.
  • 11:19
    Russia has banned smoking in public places - A ban on smoking in certain public areas comes into effect throughout Russia.

    The new legislation will see smoking prohibited within 15 metres of entrances to stations, airports, metro stations and ports, workplaces, entrances to apartment blocks, and in children's playgrounds and beaches from June 1st. 

    Recent statistics suggest that Russia has one of the highest smoking rates in the world, with more than 40 per cent of Russians considered smokers. 
  • 11:31
    The CSO has released the most popular Irish baby names for 2012 and there's not a Mary or a John in sight. 

    The first most popular name for girls is Emily, followed by Sophie, Emma, Grace and Lily. Names like Concepta, Attracta and Maureen have fallen out of favour by Irish parents when naming their daughters as have tradional gaelic names. 

    The first most popular name for boys is Jack, followed by James, Daniel, Sean and Conor - all good solid names.  

    Jack retains the top position it has held every year since 2007 and Emily has retained the number one spot that it first claimed in 2011.

  • 11:42
    Elaine Edwards has more on the most popular baby names of 2012 here
  • 12:06

    Una - Minh Kavanagh has blogged about being the victim of a racist attack in Dublin recently, here

    She writes: " I shouldn’t need to hide or feel scared in my own country. Racism. Hate. How dare anyone think that this disgusting behaviour is ok?

    Do I hate them? Absolutely not. I pity them and I pity their parents who have no idea of richness a multicultural society can bring. I feel sorry for them. Oh and by the way, I’m Irish." 

  • 12:25

    A dispute over the funeral arrangment of Dean Fitzpatrick who was stabbed to death on Saturday, has gone to the High Court, Mary Carolan reports here 

  • 12:26
    Christopher Fitzpatrick and his son Dean Fitzpatrick pictured in 2009
    Christopher Fitzpatrick and his son Dean Fitzpatrick pictured in 2009
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  • 13:00

    A  man has been charged with murder in connection with a pit bull mauling that killed a woman in Los Angleles  earlier this month, more here 

  • 13:08

    The words scrappage deal got a whole new meaning in Cavan yesterday when one person decided to throw their silver Opel car into a skip yesterday. Photo to follow. 

  • 13:10
    Car found in skip in Cavan
    Car found in skip in Cavan
  • 13:18
    In Cork, a man has been remanded on bail after he was charged with the unlawful killing of a grandfather last September. Gerogina O'Halloran reports
  • 13:23
    Good news on the jobs front this lunchtime - 180 jobs have been announced for Dublin and Limerick. 

    10Gen is to create 150 new jobs over the next five years. The company has set up its European, Middle East and Africa hub in Dublin. Recruitment is already underway for 60 positions - and the company has long term plans to create 500 jobs over the next decade.
    Meanwhile, 30 new jobs have been created in Limerick by UPC.
    The company says it's offering thirty full time positions to successful candidates who complete the Jobseekers Support Programme 2013. The new roles are being created at UPC’s national customer service and administration centre in the Limerick Enterprise Development Park in Roxboro. 
  • 13:25
  • 13:42
    Gardai have issued the latest progress on Operation Slowdown aimed at encouraging drivers to drive safely this June Bank Holiday weekend.

    "GoSafe cameras checked 6,810 vehicles nationwide between 7am to 12pm today and detected 9 offences. We would urge everyone travelling on the roads this Bank Holiday weekend to travel safely."
  • 13:53
    Liverpool striker Luis Suarez has confirmed that he wants to leave the club due to what he decribes as bullying and taunts from the British media.
  • 13:53
    Luis Suarez
    Luis Suarez
  • 13:58
  • 13:58
    Google has announced a new partnership with Trinity College Dublin which it says will "radically change" the way computers are taught in Irish schools.
    It will provide 1,000 teachers with miniature coding computers which Google says will help students learn the skills needed in the digital economy.
    Google is undertaking the partnership to mark 10 years in Ireland and will provide €1.5 million in funding to the project. It aims to affect a significant long-term change through "innovative educational interventions focused on the second-level system"
  • 13:59
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  • 14:19
    Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte says that broadcasters must embrace new platforms to succeed, Europe Correspondent Suzanne Lynch reports
  • 14:32
  • 14:32
    Irish Water Chief Executive John Tierney has said it is planned that people will receive their first bill for water charges in January 2015.

    The original deadline for the introduction of water charges as set out in the Troika bailout programme was January 2014.

    The first homes to get meters will be contacted in July and installation work is set to begin in August. 
  • 14:50
    A trial date has been set for a homeless man accused of killing a man by pushing him under a Dublin Bus in the city centre last year.

    Edward Connors, 29, had been sent forward to Dublin Circuit Criminal Court from the District Court on a charge of unlawfully killing Eoghan Dudley, 28, on Dawson Street on 6 December, 2012. Judge Mary Ellen Ring set a trial date for May next year and remanded Mr Connors in continuing custody. 
  • 14:58
    1.5 hour traffic delays reported around Phoenix Park. Motorists aren't happy but, my, aren't the flowers pretty. Photo gallery from Irish Times snappers now online
    1.5 hour traffic delays reported around Phoenix Park. Motorists aren't happy but, my, aren't the flowers pretty. Photo gallery from Irish Times snappers now online
  • 15:00

    Ok, so the sun seems to have done a disappearing act this afternoon but Jason Kennedy has a round up of some of the events taking place this June Bank Holiday weekend.  

  • 15:00
    Chilling out at the Bloom Festival
    Chilling out at the Bloom Festival
  • 15:03
  • 15:24

    Linda Martin is set to perform her own version of Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' on RTE's The Saturday Night Show, to "end the season with a bang" according to the press release. 

    Until then, this remains the most random version of the song to date. 

  • 15:35

    The Suarez saga rumbles on this afternoon with Liverpool saying that Suarez is not for sale 

    "Luiz Suarez is not for sale. Neither Luis or his representatives have communicated these feelings directly to Liverpool.The club remains supportive of Luis and expect him to honour his contract. The club will not be making any further comment at this stage," a spokesman for the club said. 

  • 16:02
    The High Court has ordered the body of Dean Fitzpatrick be released to his partner, Sarah O'Rourke.

    The decision was made following a dispute between his parents over where he should be buried.

    Mr Justice Nicholas Kearns said it was appropriate that given the dispute between his parents his body should be released to his common law partner and mother of his child.
  • 16:02
    Christopher Fitzpatrick and his son Dean Fitzpatrick pictured in 2009
    Christopher Fitzpatrick and his son Dean Fitzpatrick pictured in 2009
  • 16:07
  • 16:14
    Emergency services are currently at the scene of a serious road traffic collision between a car and a motorcycle at Ballycullane, Athy, Co Kildare.

    There are unconfirmed reports that a number of people have been killed in the incident, which happened on the link road between Athy and the M9 motorway at 2.30pm.
  • 16:26

    The bank holiday exodus begins. 

  • 16:26

    The M50 is jammed northbound from Belgard. This is the slip road off Belgard!…

    — Eimear McCormack (@EimearMcCormack) May 31, 2013
  • 16:42
    Glenstal Abbey in Limerick is the top school in the country according to a new survey. 
    The Sunday Times guide for this year reveals the top 400 Irish secondary schools- which will be published in paper this weekend.
    The report shows Dublin schools are performing strongly with clusters of excellent schools found in Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Galway. However, counties such as Carlow, Meath and Offaly, had relatively poor progression of students to university.
    Girls and Irish speaking schools outside the Gaeltacht, in general, outperformed other types of schools.
  • 16:43
    Glenstal Abbey main building
    Glenstal Abbey main building
  • 16:55

    US Senators McCain and Levin have repeated claims that Ireland is a tax haven in a reply to a letter from the Irish Ambassador. 

  • 16:58
    You can read the statement here h/t MaryFitzgerald
  • 16:59
  • 17:01
    Gardai have confirmed that two people were killed one man seriously injured following a collision between a car and a motorcycle this afternoon. The incident happened on the road between the M9 and Athy, Co Kildare.
  • 17:15
    Another day, another Justin Bieber monkey story. The former pet monkey of the Canadian popstrel has moved into a German wildlife park. after he failed to provide the necessary paperwork to release it from customs. Too much monkeying around Justin, I dare say. (Sorry) 
    “Mally”, the 23 week old capuchin monkey, was confiscated by authorities at Munich airport in March while the Canadian singer was on tour. The pet has since become German national property because Bieber did not provide health and species protection certificates. More here 
  • 17:16
    Who could neglect this wee chap? The Biebs, unfortunately.
    Who could neglect this wee chap? The Biebs, unfortunately.
  • 17:32
    That's all folks, today from the Irish Times live news blog. Enjoy your June Bank Holiday.