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Ronaldo, Tuam babies and Tobacco packaging

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  • 09:54
    Good morning everybody. My name is Ronan McGreevy and my trusty hand will be on the tiller of the good ship Daily Wire today. Who knows to what tempest tossed climes the day will bring us. I can be followed on @rmcgreevy1301
  • 09:58
    Ireland play the last game of their summer tour tonight against Portugal. A crowd of 50,000 is expected at the Metlife stadium in New Jersey which used to be known as the Giants Stadium. All eyes will be on the world's No.1 player (aside from Lionel Messi) Christina Ronaldo. Will he start or will he be rested before Portugal's difficult first game against Germany on June 16th.
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  • 10:07

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny said the issues surrounding of mortality rates, burial practices, forced adoptions and other issues in mother and baby facilities is much wider than just one home.

    Speaking on his way into a Cabinet meeting this morning Mr Kenny said Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan  will give a presentation on the progress of an interdepartmental review into some of the issues at the homes.

    “I have a briefing from the Minister for Children this morning and will decide what is the best thing to do,” Mr Kenny said. He said the issues were “much broader than just one home.”

    The review was ordered following disclosures that almost 800 infants and young children had died in the Bon Secour  home in Tuam  between 1925 and 1961.

    Mr Flanagan is expected to tell his ministerial colleagues that a full inquiry is likely to be held into the homes, a number of which continued into the 1970s and 1980s. State agencies are in the process of collecting information.

  • 10:52
  • 10:57
    Interesting piece on the BBC website from Graeme McDowell on how his life changed after winning the US Open in 2010. It is an interesting study in how winning the ultimate prize in your sport can change people's perception of you completely.  

    From the second that my putt dropped in  my life became a blur, probably for the next 14 months.

    It didn't take days for it to sink in, it took weeks and months. I remember waking up that Monday morning, a bit hungover and slightly disbelieving of what had happened. I looked over to the corner of the room and saw the US Open trophy glinting back at me.

    It's a distinct memory that has stayed with me. It was an extraordinary moment of realisation that it had actually happened.

    Naturally, I've enjoyed everything that came with the win at Pebble Beach, but at the time it was a very surreal, almost out of body, experience. You are thrust into a life with which you are not familiar.

    You wake up the next day the same person but the way you are perceived by others has changed for eternity. That's what you have to come to terms with a person and as a golfer.

    Players fall into the trap of trying to live up to what other people think of them, rather than just believing that you are good enough to do it. It took me 14 or 15 months to feel comfortable in my own skin again.

  • 11:59
    The Abbey Theatre has just announced its new schedule. It will include a new play from Mark O'Rowe entitled Our Few and Evil Days with Sinéad Cusack, Ciarán Hinds, Ian Lloyd Anderson, Charlie Murphy and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor all returning to the Abbey Theatre.
    The Waste Ground Party written by Shaun Dunne and directed by Gerard Stembridge features prodigal son Gary returning home from college to confront age-old rivalries, bitter disputes and bin bags that just won’t stop falling from the sky.
    George Bernard Shaw's Heartbreak House, directed by Róisín McBrinn continues on the Abbey's series of Shaw plays which also featured Pygmalion and Major Barbara. Other productions for the coming season include She Stoops to Conquer by Oliver Goldsmith and A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare, directed by Gavin Quinn.
    The Abbey said 60,000 people visited last year including 30,000 who saw Sive on the Abbey stage while 658,000 viewed Panti’s Noble Call.
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  • 12:31

    According to a survey by Fastnet Recruitment, almost three quarters of Irish working population think that technology has had a negative impact on their work-life balance.

    The research found 81 per cent of employers and 68 per cent of employees surveyed admitted to finding it difficult to achieve switch off from work as a result of communications technology.

    Of 450 employees surveyed, 60 per cent access and respond to emails outside office hours, while more than half of respondents accessed emails when on annual leave.

    Nearly two-thirds of employers (61 per cent) expected their staff to check emails outside office hours, though 82 per cent of employers surveyed do not expect employees to access emails when on annual leave.

    You can read Eoin Burke-Kennedy's story here.  

  • 12:41

    Fintan O'Toole is well worth reading once again. Here's an extract from his column today.  

    "If shame has gone, why do we use secret abortions in England to preserve the myth of holy Ireland? Cruelty and fear survive: the law of the land still says that a teacher in a Catholic school can be sacked without redress for getting pregnant outside marriage. Contempt for poor children is thriving – one third of our children currently live in deprivation. If you think we don’t treat vulnerable children as “deterrents” any more, have a look at the system for asylum seekers. And of course, we’ve reverted to the use of mass emigration as the solution to our social problems. The past has yet to pass."

  • 13:43
    Many alcoholics who give up the booze express no regret at having done so and don't miss it. Not so our Greek columnist Richard Pine who gave up drink last year. "There is no point in saying that it gets easier, day by day. It doesn't It gets worse. To me, nothing is more natural, sitting on a terrace in the Greek village where I live, than a chilled glass of local wine and a plate of olives and feta cheese." You can read here about his battle with the booze as part of the men's health special published in the paper today.  
  • 13:46

    The cabinet has approved plain packaging for cigarettes today. Ireland will be the first country in the European Union to introduce such legislation and the third country worldwide. Australia introduced plain packaging legislation in November 2011 and the New Zealand Bill had its first reading in Parliament on 11th February this year.

    “This represents a significant step forward in our tobacco control policy and our goal of being a smoke free country by 2025," said the Minister for Health James Reilly for whom this is a rare triumph.  

    If enacted the  Bill approved  today will control the design and appearance of tobacco products. It will remove all forms of branding including trademarks, logo, colours and graphics from packs, except for the brand and variant name which will be presented in a uniform typeface.

    The objective of the Bill is to make tobacco packs look less attractive to consumers, to make health warnings more prominent and to reduce the ability of the packs to mislead people, especially children about the harmful effects of smoking.  


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    n inquiry has found no evidence to back up claims that the Garda Ombudsman’s Office (GSOC) was bugged.

    An investigation by retired  High Court  judge John Cooke has failed to substantiate the claim that any bugging of the GSOC office took place.

    When the bugging claims emerged in February it was widely alleged that the gardai were involved in the surveillance of the GSOC office in Dublin’s Abbey Street.

    The claims led to a huge political controversy which proved damaging for the Government, the then Minister for Justice Alan Shatter  and the gardai.

    However, the investigation by the retired judge has found no evidence to back up the claims. This will sure back up Alan Shatter's claim that no bugging took place. Look to him to vindicate himself.  

  • 16:31

    A statutory commission of investigation is to be set up by the Government into issues in religious-run mother and baby homes across the State.

    The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting this morning.

    The special commission of investigation will examine the high mortality rates at Mother and Baby homes across several decades of the 20th century, the burial practices at these sites and also secret and illegal adoptions and vaccine trials on children, Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan  said. Here's our story.  

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  • 17:06

    There are reports of yet another school shoot out in the Us Police are at Reynolds High School in Troutdale, Oregan, where gunshots have reportedly been fired. The incident is ongoing. We'll keep you posted.  

     More than sixty police and sheriff’s units are reportedly on scene, as well as 19 medical personnel and FBI.  

  • 17:20
    As far back as 1964, 50 years ago, The Irish Times journalist Michael Viney wrote about the plight of single mothers in Ireland. Here are his reports.  
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  • 17:56
    quel embarras" The Houses of the Oireachtas are among the defaulters listed in the latest figures produced by the Revenue Commissioner. You can read Mark Hilliard's story here.  
  • 17:56
    And that's all folks for today. Have a good evening.