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Dan Griffin Fri, Jan 10
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  • 09:46
    In an interview in this morning's Irish Times Bank of Ireland chief Richie Boucher tells Ciaran Hancock how the bank plans to release €33 billion in new lending into the Irish economy by the end of 2017 as part of the bank's plan to return to profitability.
  • 09:46
    I'm David Cochrane and I'm manning (hosting? running? captaining?) today's Live Blog.
  • 09:52
    In the interview (which you can read here) Boucher also makes clear that reposessions will be in the "hundreds", but that it will only be as a last resort.
  • 10:06
    I'm not entirely sure what the point of a "Shia LaBeouf" is, other than acting and occasionally embarassing himself (with allegations of plagiarism, drug taking, and sending nude pics of himself). In fact that may very well have been the point of a "Shia LaBeouf", but it certainly isn't anymore... maybe.

    (Guardian's Lost in Showbiz blog has a pretty good roundup of what's been going on with LaBeouf (other than the silly name) here).

    In an announcement (via twitter, of course, I am the Communities Editor after all) which will both dismay and underwhelm, LeBeouf has announced that he's leaving public life.

     I'm not entirely sure how an actor retires "from all public life" - with the exception of completely exiting stage left and not acting any more, it quite possibly means that he's no longer going to do stupid things to embarrass himself.

    One would tend to think one retires from that kind of public existence by not doing the embarrassing stuff anymore, it doesn't necessarily end just because you tweet it.
  • 10:58
    Some of the largest business and IT consultants operating in the State – including IBM, Accenture, Ernst and Young, and Oracle – are among the companies paid €50 million in consultancy fees by Irish Water during its first year in operation.

    The company has, in our front page story by Harry McGee this morning, defended the expenditure, which amounted to half it's overall spend.

    Irish Water's chief executive John Tierney has also defended how it recruited senior staff, defending the appointment of people that worked on projects for Dublin City Council while Tierney was City Manager.

    Speaking of which...

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  • 12:49

    An "administrative error" has resulted in a hugely popular Belfast bar closing because it's licence has expired.

    UTV News reports that the bar's licence actually expired back in November 2012 - and will be closed for at least a week as it won't be until January 17th that an application hearing can take place.

    > Lapsed licence closes iconic Crown bar (UTV News) 

  • 13:29
    Uber, a San Francisco based company which offers a chauffeur service (think Hailo but with BMWs and Lexuses) is starting an operation in Ireland. Details are a little sketchy at the moment, but it looks like they're setting up an office in Ireland, and they already have a number of drivers.

    > Uber Answers Ireland's Call (Uber Blog)
  • 13:31
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  • 15:00
    That's it from me for now, my colleage Dan Griffin who's live at the RDS Young Scientist Exhitiion will be liveblogging from there (here) for the next few hours.
  • 15:04
    Thanks for that David. Yes, good afternoon from a very busy RDS where the winner of the 50th Young Scientist Exhibition will be announced this evening.
  • 15:07
    The final round of judging took place this morning and at around 7.30pm we'll know the winner from the 2,000 enteries received.
  • 15:09
    Nearly 380 schools entered this year and yesterday 550 projects went on display to the public. The event will keep going until Saturday when the world’s most popular astronaut Chris Hadfield makes an appearance.
  • 15:19
    The Irish Times has been covering the Young Scientist Exhibition in print and online all this week. Check out our stories and features here.
  • 15:23
  • 15:27
    One couldn't but be impressed by the quality and variety of complimentary sandwiches available in the Young Scientist press room.
  • 15:35
    There's been no end of politicians filing through the doors of the RDS these past two days. I'd imagine the youngsters here were a bit more excited by Craig Doyle, who was pottering around earlier, than they were by Sammy Wilson though.
  • 15:45
  • 15:57
    Some figures from this year's exhibition:

    2,000 projects and 379 schools entered

    Over the past 49 years 65,000 students entered and over 31,000 projects in the exhibition

    550 projects were accepted to take part in this year's finals

    32 counties are represented

    101 projects are in the chemical, physical and mathematical sciences category, 157 in the biological and ecological sciences category, 103 in technology and 189 in social and behavioural sciences

    The top three counties for projects (outside Dublin) are Cork (111), Limerick (41) and Donegal (25)

    75 per cent are group projects and 24 per cent are individual projects
  • 16:08
    Just talking to a teacher there from Avondale Community School in Wicklow. She says they have 11 projects entered this year and one teacher alone is overseeing seven of them. She added that now, after three days on the go, everyone's getting a bit tired but they've got good enjoyment out of it at the same time.
  • 16:11
    Kinsale Community School in Co Cork, incidentally, has 24 entries which, given a cursory glace at the exhibition guide seems to be the highest number.  Kinsale have form, scooping the top prize last year and in 2009.
  • 16:23
    Some themes have emerged from this year's exhibition. Cyber bullying and social media are a cause for concern among teens it would appear. 

    In the social and behavioural sciences category, we have:

    Cyber bullying and a possible solution from students perspective

    Virtual stoning: a new trend in social media sites

    Are teenagers too trusting of the internet

    How social networking promotes narcissim - a statistical study

    And more besides.
  • 16:26
    Martin Note that Uber have a novel way of pricing during high-demand periods:
  • 16:27
    That comment from Martin refers to a posting earlier in the blog, scroll down to find it.
  • 16:35
    While we've been working away here in the RDS, Ciara O'Brien has been over in Las Vegas at the Consumer Electronics Show. Here she lists a few of the items that caught her attention:

    A window-cleaning robot and a phone cover with a gun included
  • 16:50
    A slight sense of anticipation building here now ahead of the prize giving ceremony, which starts in about 40 minutes. Others will be happy to call it a day after a long exhibition. "I'm wrecked," says Alanna Hynes from Ballinrobe Community School in Co Mayo.
  • 16:54
  • 17:06
    Elsewhere in science news:  Iran’s talks with the European Union have ended with an agreement over outstanding issues about the practical details of implementing a nuclear agreement, Iranian state television reported today.

    Read more
  • 17:14
    Organisers are getting the trophies ready here in the RDS. They're nice blocks of glass, Pyrex no doubt, and they're about to be handed out shortly now. We're going to head down to the arena in a minute and get set up there for the start of the awards ceremony at 5.30pm.
  • 17:16
  • 17:30
    The arena is filling up now although I imagine it'll be a little while yet before proceedings get under way.
  • 17:47
    Of course there are hundreds of various awards to get through before the main ones are announced sometime after 7pm. We'll be bringing you those live.
  • 17:54
    The rain is pouring down in Dublin now. I was under the impression the evening was supposed to clear up. I'd say the traffic will be mad here in  Ballsbridge when this all wraps up at 7.30.
  • 17:56
    The hoardes of cheering teenagers are making for a febrile atmosphere in the RDS arena. Each award winner, runner up, third place finisher and so on receives a hearty roar. They'll have some stamina if they can keep that up.
  • 18:00
  • 18:08
    Speaking of the guards, crime correspondent Conor Lally reports the latest recruitment drive to An Garda Siochana has attracted almost 100 applicants for every job being offered. 

    Some 25,000 applicants have entered the race for the first tranche of 250 to 300 Garda jobs to be offered since 2009.
  • 18:09
    It's not for everyone, mind.

  • 18:19
  • 18:25
    Looks like the Costa Concordia is to set sail in June. They'll miss her when she's gone, the residents of Isola del Giglio.
  • 18:35
    Lots of good photos of past Young Scientist Exhibitions on @RTEArchives

  • 18:37
  • 18:48
    We're running 15 minutes behind here at the RDS, so there'll be a bit of a delay before we get to the main winners.
  • 19:00
    Well now, if that doesn't just say it all.

  • 19:21
    Hmm... seems we're running a bit further behind schedule than first thought. Now we're looking at 8.45pm for the main prize announcements.
  • 19:27
    A slick presentational operation here in the RDS though, I must say. Lights, music, the works. I imagine this is what the Oscars is like. Kinsale just won the best overall school award. They're going ape.
  • 19:37
    What news of North Korea, Matt Cooper? A cracker of a photo with this one.
  • 19:40
    "Best exhibition ever!" says BT Ireland chief executive Colm O'Neill on stage now before the main awards.
  • 19:45
    Rapturous applause for Dr Tony Scott, one of the men who conceived of the Young Scientist Exhibition 50 years ago, now making his way to the stage.
  • 19:46
    And a slightly more muted one for Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn.
  • 19:59
    It's Friday night, are you following the Young Scientist Exhibition on The Irish Times live blog? Well you ought to be because this year's winners are (finally) about to be announced.
  • 19:59
    The runner up individual is:
    Shane Curran from Terenure College, Dublin,, cloud based software for labs to automatically catalogue chemicals and equipment.
  • 20:00
    The runner up group is 
    Conor Gillardy, Evan Heneghan and Calum Kyne from St. Geralds’s College, Mayo, for their project ‘Gumshield communication device for managers and players’.
  • 20:01
    Best group is Cathy Hynes and Eve Casey from Kinsale Community School (They’ve done it again) with ‘A study using statistical methods of people’s attitudes to the ageing workforce of the future’.
  • 20:03
    And the winner of the 2014 Young Scientist Exhibition is Paul Clarke, from St Paul’s College, Dublin, for his project titled, ‘Contributions to cyclic graph theory’.
    Clarke set out to “investigate and provide sufficient and/or necessary conditions for unsolved problems in the contemporary field of cyclic graph theory.
    His teacher is Dr Brian Smyth
  • 20:07
    And that's it from me folks, have a nice weekend. Congratulations to Paul Clarke, the winner of the 2014 Young Scientist Exhibition.