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World Cup build-up and the rest of the day's rolling news

Dan Griffin Thu, Jun 12
 
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  • 09:00
    Good morning. It's another sunny June morning and across the country Leaving Cert sturents will shortly be sitting down to the business paper. But for most people this morning, there's only one thing on their minds...
  • 09:03

    Yes, it's the news that Ireland is set to double the amount of money it receives under the European Common Fisheries Policy. RTÉ reports the Ireland is in line to get €148 million for the EU under the policy over the next six years.


    The announcement is due to be made in Brussels tomorrow.

  • 09:08
    But of course there's also the World Cup, which kicks off--literally--this evening. It's been a bumpy old road, says Tom Hennigan, but now it's time to party.
  • 09:15

    And while many may have been vexed at the idea of Aer Lingus cabin crew going on strike on the Friday of the June bank holiday, that action pales in comparison to the airport workers in Rio de Janeiro, who have declared a 24-hour strike at the main destination for football fans travelling to Brazil on the day the World Cup kicks off.

    They're probably right too. For the sake of balance though, they're probably not.

  • 09:28
    There's loads of World Cup today in the news. Everywhere, non-stop, all the time. Here's Ken Early:  Scolari’s Brazil built for power and pace  and Dave McKechnie:  Keepers always end up weepers in land of the malandro and Emmet Malone:  Avoiding defeat in their opening game often the first priority for teams  and loads more
  • 09:41
  • 09:48

    But enough of that for the time being because a HSE  U-turn means some health executives may be allowed to keep top-ups

    What will it mean for your World Cup? Martin Wall has the answers.

  • 09:49
  • 10:00
    Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney says he'd like to keep that brief in the upcoming cabinet reshuffle. Says he loves the IFA and EU fisheries policies. Well, he doesn't say that, but then, he propbably doesn't want to stay in Agriculture either.
  • 10:02
    Ipsos MRBI have kindly donated this interesting chart to today's live blog:
  • 11:05

    A 19th century French-style chateau in west Cork for only €9 million?

    Yes please

  • 11:23
    Ah yes, the old acacia tree against a setting sun.
  • 11:42
    Over 3,500 women from the Republic of Ireland travelled to Britain for abortions last year, according to official figures released by the British Department of Health this morning.
  • 11:45
  • 11:47
    And more juicy statistics here:
  • 12:02

    Dear old Dublin did not make it into the world’s top 10 most expensive places for a city break, according to the annual cost comparison study published by TripAdvisor this morning, although a night in the city will still set a couple back more than €260.

    Conor Pope has more from the latest survey to feature Dublin.

  • 12:14
  • 12:17
    The "sound of the World Cup" has been banned from all World Cup stadiums.
  • 12:18
  • 12:41
    Remember back in 1993 how then councillor Trevor Sargent took out a £100 cheque he had received from a property developer and waved it around at a meeting of Dublin County Council, asking whether any other council members had received similar cheques?
  • 12:41
  • 12:41
    Well, in the Irish Times office, we routinely receive unsolicited deliveries of free branded cupcakes.
  • 12:50
    Probably quite pertinent here, especially in light of the news  of an investigation into Apple's tax arrangements.
  • 13:08

    The Government has been accused of skulduggery and undermining the democratic process, after it added two extra Government Senators to the banking inquiry committee to ensure it has a majority.

    Mary Minihan has more.

  • 13:16
    On the day that marks the beginning of one month of silky smooth football, the Irish Development Education Association has sent a press release in to say that the viewers of tonight's game between Croatia and Brazil won't see "the millions of people living in poverty in Brazil, a country that, despite its strong economic growth, is one of the most unequal in the world. 170 million people live in Brazil. 2 million of those (1% of the population) have 13 per cent of all household income. About 80 million Brazilians- the poorest 50% share between them the same amount".
  • 13:30
  • 13:39
    Peter Feeney, our new overlord.
  • 13:57

    Workers at the Bausch & Lomb pharmaceutical plant in Waterford will tonight be briefed by their union leaders following the break-up without agreement of talks on the future of the company.

    More

  • 14:17
    Can a new leader arrest the decline of the Labour Party? A new poll has them at a pitiful 4 per cent support.
  • 14:34
    If you're short a few bob this summer, you could do worse than ask a child for a lend. They're set to make a tidy €600 each for their First Holy Communion.
  • 14:41
  • 15:05

    John McGuinness has had enough.

    The chairman of the Dáil Public Accounts Committee has called on the heads of the HSE and the Department of Health to resign.

    “This is groundhog day," said McGuinness. "We’re dealing with the same issues all the time."

    Health secretary general  Ambrose McLoughlin had earlier told the committee the HSE was heading for an end-of-year deficit of €500 million.

  • 15:22
    Fianna Fáil  Senator Ned O'Sullivan fell foul of Godwin's Law remarkably soon into the banking inquiry furore today when he said the Government's move to create its own majority on the panel was something "Hitler himself with the enabling act would be ashamed of".
  • 15:55
  • 16:37

    The Government has forced through changes in the Seanad today, reestablishing its majority in the Oireachtas Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, amid scenes of uproar and loud protests in the chamber.

    Here's the report

  • 16:37

    The Government has forced through changes in the Seanad today, reestablishing its majority in the Oireachtas Joint Committee of Inquiry into the Banking Crisis, amid scenes of uproar and loud protests in the chamber.

    Here's the report

  • 16:46
    German head coach Joachim Loew and friends at a training session in Santo Andre, Brazil, today. Photograph: EPA
    German head coach Joachim Loew and friends at a training session in Santo Andre, Brazil, today. Photograph: EPA
  • 16:46
    German head coach Joachim Loew and friends at a training session in Santo Andre, Brazil, today. Photograph: EPA
    German head coach Joachim Loew and friends at a training session in Santo Andre, Brazil, today. Photograph: EPA
  • 17:00
    Right so, folks, we'll leave it there for today. Thanks for reading. Enjoy the sunshine or the football or whatever it is you're doing this evening, part-time economics diploma or some such.