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Bob Hoskins dies, Banking Inquiry and all the day's news with Genevieve Carbery

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  • 08:27
    First things first it's bad news for the nation's ice-cream sellers, that weather is not going to last. According to Met Eireann the day will start dry but the showery rain in many parts of Munster and Connacht will spread gradually eastwards. Temperatures soared to 20 in some places yesterday but today's highs will be a more moderate 16 degrees.
  • 08:32
    If you read one sentence from yesterday's Anglo hearing this is it: “It would be most unjust to jail these two men when I feel that a State agency [the financial regulator] had led the two men into error and illegality,” the judge said.  
  • 09:13
    “His body was sort of bucking. He was clenching his jaw. Several times he mumbled phrases that were largely unintelligible,” - these are the words of a witness to the botched execution of Clayton Lockett last night.

    Lockett died of an apparent massive heart attack about 40 minutes after the procedure started,raising more questions about new death penalty cocktails used by the state. The execution of the other inmate was halted.  
  • 09:24

    Waterguns at the ready. Members of the Cabinet have been making their way in to the meeting for the epic H2O battle.  

    Speaking yesterday Messers Kenny and Gilmore managed to give nothing away, not a drop.  

    “The Government are considering a number of details in respect of water and we hope to conclude that matter very shortly,” Mr Kenny said.  Mr Gilmore said the issue is being discussed by the Government.

  • 09:37

    If you've been faithfully struggling to pay your mortgage/rent for the last number of years, here is something to make your blood boil. A Central Bank report may  reignite concern that a significant portion of property investors are strategically defaulting on their mortgage loans in hope of gaining concessions from lenders.  


    More than two-thirds of long-term mortgage arrears in the buy-to-let sector stem from cheap tracker loans rather than high-cost variable-rate mortgages, writes Eoin Burke-Kennedy.

  • 09:43

    A ban on nose-blowing; audible mastication; all meals involving tuna or egg; spraying deodorant or perfume in the office; coming to work sick and complaining about how ill you feel all day; writing passive-aggressive emails to the person sitting next to you....these are just some of the policies Jennifer O'Connell would bring in if she was boss. What would you ban?


     

    By the way it's Genevieve Carbery on the live blog all day and you can contact me on Twitter @GenevieveCarber
  • 09:53
  • 10:01

    Here's a fact of the day -  three shops run by Teddy's ice-cream (two in Dun Laoghaire and one in Bray) can sell 4,000 ice-creams on a sunny summer's day.  

    Despite rain today the weather outlook for the Bank holiday weekend is actually quite good (Where did yet another long weekend come from , wooop!). It's to be mainly dry with bright spells and patchy rain and temperatures up to 16 degrees.  

     

  • 10:08
    This day 20 years ago we were Rock and Roll kids and Riverdancers. It was 1994. The Celtic Tiger was a distant dream and we were still the underdogs of Europe. We won the Eurovision song contest for the third year in a row. The shiny shirted smiley stranger Michael Flatley and the ringleted Jean Butler made the hair on our necks stand on end. Here is your 8 minutes of Riverdance nostalgia for today.
  • 10:09
  • 10:20
    It's land ahoy for a new Navy boat arriving into Cork harbour today. The 90m LE Samuel Beckett is designed to carry a crew of 45 with space for up to 10 trainees. It has a top speed of 23 knots (42 km/h).  
  • 10:55
    The financial regulator and other State bodies will be back in the spotlight by autumn. The banking inquiry is  "imminent" Brendan Howlin has said "I think after yesterday’s commentary in court the role of oversight of the banking system and the decisions that were made will form a very significant part of that inquiry”.
  • 11:02

    Some good news as the rise and rise of Ukip continues at a frightening pace, it's leader Nigel Farage has ruled out standing for a parliamentary by-election seat as he did not want to distract attention from next month's European elections.

    The Guardian has a helpful and rather entertaining list of ten reasons not to vote UKIP  

    1. Its stances are bonkers
    2  It has nasty friends in Europe
    3. It's a magnet for unsavoury types
    4. It has rewarded offence
    5. It hates the EU but cashes in
    6. It's MEPS are not exactly worker bees
    7. It's as vulnerable to special interests as any other party
    8. It speaks wiith forked tongues
    9. Its only plan is nigel  
    10. It makes a sensible debate on Europe less likely.  

     

  • 11:11
  • 11:21

    The Insolvency Service is before an Oireachtas committee and has described Bank of Ireland's appraoch to dealing with distressed borrowers as "very blunt"and divorced from the “new reality” of the situation in many circumstances.

  • 11:31
    If you're a civil servant who is going to add a Muslim insult to a Wikipedia page, make sure you don't do it from a traceable government computer  (or actually just don't do it at all). BBC reports that the charity that represents Wikipedia in the UK has condemned edits made from UK government computers.

    The BBC has discovered that the phrase "all Muslims are terrorists" was added to a Wikipedia page about veils. Another edit deleted text in Cherie Blair's entry about the flat-buying scandal that made headlines in 2002.

  • 11:42
    North Korea is like a comedian rolling out the one-liners, it's latest gag is criticising human rights in South Korea (splutter, pot, kettle etc).  In a white paper issued by  Pyongyang says the South has " a ‘government’ and ‘law,’ but they are nothing more than puppets. They are merely a tool used by the Americans in their colonial rule," the Guardian reports.  
  • 11:57

    Have our friends across the water not learned from recently including Ulysses in the Best British Books list. This time it's Radio Times and Irish actor Domhnall Gleeson under the headline "Meet the new British stars of #StarWarsEpisodeVII"


    Thankfully it's just a headline convenience as the article says "But just who are the actors representing Britain and Ireland in the biggest movie event of the century so far?" They are learning.

  • 12:14

    It looks like we are seeing the end of the American Century and the beginning of the Pacific Century.  China is set to surpass the US as the world's economic power by the end of the year, according to new estimates released today showing  China’s purchasing power parity  is now 20% higher than previously estimated.... A new phrase in the offing for Irish politicians maybe -  closer to Beijing than Berlin?

  • 12:34

    It looks like the 22nd consecutive drop in unemployment (by 11.7% this month) anounced today may be a bit different. "While emigration has been a contributory factor in bringing down the numbers on the Live Register over the past two years or so, there is clear evidence that there is more to it than just that",  Merrion economist Alan McQuaid has said.

    Meanwhile just in case we lost the run of ourselves and forgot that we still owe a stackful of money - the boys are back in town (well the inspectors of  EU/IMF troika  to scrutinise the Government’s execution of the budget).

  • 12:55
  • 13:02
    The world is getting even more plastic yellow seats to enjoy. Ryanair has agreed to buy five more Boeing 737-800s bringing its order to a whopping 180 planes worth over $16bn. I'm betting they got a fairly good bulk buy discount on that, probably not BOGOF though!  
  • 13:07
    Has Vincent Browne branched out to soccer punditry? Nope. his look at Man Utd takes on the new global superrich elite which has invaded the football arena. Here's his take on soccereconomics.  
  • 13:22
    Central Bank Governer Patrick Honohan has responded to criticisms aimed at the regulator by Anglo trial Judge Martin Nolan yesterday in relation to the so-called Project Maple deal. “[There is ] nothing that we would want to disagree with what the judge has said,” Mr Honohan said at the launch of the bank’s annual report.
  • 13:24

    Brendan Howlin has said he expects the Banking Inquiry committee won’t be overly large. He expects a lot of participants in the events which led to the economic collapse will be “only too willing” to lay out their views and this will put pressure on those whose memories are more vague, he told RTE Radio.


    He also said there was no agreement on water charges because they “wanted to get this right” He admits the “standing charge” is an issue they have “been trying to grapple with”

  • 13:33
    Breaking - actor  Bob Hoskins has died following pneumonia at the age of 71, his agent Clair Dobbs said today.
  • 13:40
    Hoskins rose to fame for his performance in the film "Who Framed Roger Rabbit". A statement issued on behalf of his wife Linda and his children said: "We are devastated by the loss of our beloved Bob.  Bob died peacefully at hospital last night surrounded by family, following a bout of pneumonia. "We ask that you respect our privacy during this time and thank you for your messages of love and support."  
  • 13:44
    The late Bob Hoskins' other well-known film roles were The Long Good Friday (1980), Mona Lisa (1986),  Mermaids (1990), Hook (1991), Nixon (1995), A Christmas Carol (2009), Neverland (2011), and his final role in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012). (That's according to wikipedia which some swift-fingered person has already updated)  Here's the trailer for Who Framed Roger Rabbitt
  • 13:44
  • 13:53

    Quotes from the late Bob Hoskins- "Most dictators were short, fat, middle-aged and hairless. Besides Danny DeVito, there's only me to play them",  


    When you get to my age, what you want is the cameo. You get paid a lot of money. You fly in for a couple of weeks. Everybody treats you like the crown jewels. It's all great and if the film turns out to be a load of shit, nobody blames you.

    On getting his first role: "I was three parts pissed. We were going to a party. And this bloke comes around and says: 'Right. You're next. Have you seen the script?'...And I got the leading part."

    Bob Hoskins quotes courtesy of IMDB.  

  • 14:02
    So house prices are up 14.3% year on year in Dublin - but they are still a whopping  48. 3 per cent lower in Dublin than they were their highest level in February 2007. Good news for non-home owners, a long way to go for those stuck in negative equity.  
  • 14:09
    Are you or do you know anyone with an Eircom address? There's little point in emailing them today.  Eircom users have not been able to access their email since an update at 7pm last night, the company says. It has fixed the problem for 25% of impacted customers and is working on the rest.
  • 14:32

    More facts about the life of Bob Hoskins  - he  left school aged 15 to work in a series of odd jobs including the circus, being a porter and lorry driver.    He claimed he got his big break by accident after being mistakenly called for a theatre audition. Here he is in the trailer for Mermaids - a film starring Cher, Winona Ryder and Christina Ricci.

  • 14:32
  • 14:39

    Further details on Eircom.net email from a co. press statement which says an intrsion on the perimiter of the email caused them to lock down email for its 350,000 users.

    It has also contacted the  Office of the Data Protection Commissioner as a precautin.  It expects all customers to have access by this evening.  

  • 15:11
    How does placenta taco wrap sound? Nom Nom nom? One writer has tried it - "as  I seasoned it on the chopping board, the bright, almost glowing red chunk of placenta was more attractive than many cuts of offal I've dealt with, and looked quite appetising. The meat was rich, with a beef-like quality. It was tender, kind of like roast brisket and not dissimilar to Texas BBQ."  
  • 15:35
    Meanwhile People Before Profit has had a family photograph taken as it launches its election campaign.
  • 15:38
    You don't have to throw money at expensive election posters it seems ...here's one which demonstrates the wide variety of canditdates running for local office.  
  • 15:46
  • 15:56
    If Fianna Fáil’s unedifying role in the economic/banking debacle is not forgotten, the big question is whether it is forgiven - Arthur Beesley casts a critical eye on Mary Fiitzpatrick's bid for Europe in this article/video.
  • 16:16
    #BobHoskins is trending on Twitter. Here are some of the messages by his former colleagues.  
  • 16:23
    My day has just been much cheered by this story.  Opponents of British party Ukip are returning flyers, sending heavy items  including bricks to a Ukip address claimed to be freepost to try and rack up a large postal bill for the party, the London Independent reports. Here's one example:
  • 16:37
    "Visits to Ireland reinforce my sense of exile, yet I’m not sure if this is a good or bad thing. For me, Ireland is simply now increasingly unfamiliar landscape – and I don’t just mean all those bypasses that have appeared, or the mushrooming of so many ghost estates.... it’s a far more subtle thing." beautifully written piece by Philip Lynch.  
  • 16:52
    So this could do major things to plug the housing gap in Dublin and halt the mini bubble ......  

    Some 400 acres of prime development land at Cherrywood in south Dublin is for sale at up to €300m after fast-track planning was approved. It is part of a bigger tranche of land that was designated as a fast-track zone this week  More than 7,700 homes are planned for the wider Cherrywood site together with a new town center and office complexes,  

  • 17:04

    Watch out for Molly Malone wheeling her wheelbarrow from Grafton Street tonight - the famous statue is being moved as part of Luas works. The statue is there since 1988 to mark Dublin's millennium.

     

    Also known fondly as the tart with the cart she will make her new home eventually outside the tourist office on Suffolk street.  



  • 17:15
    This looks like a Coalition totem pole :O)  
  • 17:26

    Earlier this month Riverdance sold its 25 millionth ticket to an eager spectator in Germany - just one of the 46 countries to which it has toured....Mark Hilliard reflects on tonight's 20th anniversary of that Eurovision show at The Point.  

    Today is also the four year anniversary of that show's presenter, Gerry Ryan.

  • 17:44
    The outlook for tomorrow is good sunny spells in the morning, but heavy showers during the day. Highest temperatures of 12 to 16 degrees. Thanks for reading. Adios.