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Genevieve Carbery Thu, Apr 24
 
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  • 08:26
    Good morning it's a glorious day out there. Met Eireann says it is to be up to 15 degrees with very few of those pesky April showers.
  • 08:30
    Today's top story says the property tax may be reduced in some areas. Who would know there was an election around the corner?
  • 09:00
  • 09:01
    If you're not on your Easter holidays like half the country (given the out of office reply volume I've seen this week) the Dart is the most depressing way to travel to work. Here's photo proof of why.
  • 09:22
    So developer Johnny Ronan is in discussions with Nama about his €25m, 150ft yacht Ulysses.  In case you're wondering how a luxury yacht is worth that much, this is no small boat. It's more than a third of the size of that other great literary boat, the Irish Ferries Oscar Wilde. That's the one that 1000 people had to sleep in overnight in France because a technical fault led to the cancellation of a crossing from Cherbourg to Rosslare. However this evening's ferry is expected to leave on schedulle, Irish Ferries says on its website.  
  • 09:32

    The widening gender gap in education is stark according to a piece by Pamela Duncan today. She says in the 1961 census 63 per cent of people who recorded their occupation as “teacher” were female. By 2011 the figure had risen to almost three-quarters (74 per cent).

    Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn attracted controversy INTO conference when he referred to the “highly feminised audience and profession” in the context of higher level maths.


    So when a profession is female dominated there is concern but when it's male dominated (take your pick) there is ...silence?

     

  • 09:37
    Yet another headline to say a lead is not a lead in the search for Malaysian Airlines plane MH370. Australian authorities ruled out any link between the plane and debris picked up on an Australian beach,  Augusta about 190 miles from Perth.  
  • 09:46
    Happy Birthday to our dear leaders! Enda Kenny will be blowing out four more candles than Eamon Gilmore today. If the Taoiseach is 63 what age is the Tanaiste? (the teachers' conference is on so I thought a silly maths story puzzle apt).  
  • 10:07

    With new strict phone use while driving rules introduced by Leo Varadkar, Apple may have come up with a system that forces us not to use our smartphones when driving.  

    According to the Guardian a recent patent describes a "driver handheld computing device lock-out" system. It would detect when a user is drivibng and block the use of text messaging and other fucntions.

    Necessary or Nanny-technology?  


    By the way it's Genevieve Carbery on the Daily Wire all day. You can contact me with comments or photos of the sun where you are on Twitter @genevievecarber

  • 10:20
    You may only know them for their yummy but not so healthy pastys but the Cornish have been recognised as a minority group for the first time in the UK.  

    It means they are classified under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities the same as the UK’s other Celtic people, the Scots, the Welsh and the Irish, according to PA.  


    Welcome to the club people of Cornwall.  

  • 10:29
    Congratulations to Jodie Foster (51) who tied the knot with her girlfriend photographer  Alexandra Hedison (44) at the weekend.  

    This is of course just an excuse to play Jodie Foster's excellent  coming out speech at the 2013 Golden Globe Awards. After saying that she planned to make a big announcement which would make her publicist nervous,  Foster jokingly said she was single. “I hope that you’re not disappointed that there won’t be a big coming-out speech tonight,” she said, “because I already did my coming-out about a thousand years ago back in the Stone Age.”

  • 10:29
  • 10:34
    I just saw a tweet that made me fall off my seat. Our own Conor Pope with hair! His locks are something akin to Mr Big (from Sex and the city) or RTE's Bryan Dobson!
  • 10:55
    It's almost ten years (next month) since many Polish people started to become part our little island after it joined the EU. Now the Polski Sklep is a familiar sight in most small towns. The Polish embassy has thanked us for the welcome  with this YouTube video as Gaeilge.  
  • 10:56
  • 11:04
  • 11:06
    It's 13 degrees in Dublin already, according to Met Eireann. A lunchtime stroll beckons surely.  
  • 11:25

    That's a headline-grabber from Joan Burton. A person with €400,000 in investments was being paid jobseeker's benefit - but the money has been recovered by the Depart of Social Protection. I can hear the howls of the Liveline 'sure they're all at it while we suffer' brigade.  


    Less head-line grabbing but important to note is this from Burton who also says:  “Most people who receive a social welfare payment get what they are entitled to – no more and no less and that’s really important".

  • 11:48

    You've been bombarded on electrictiy poles on every road and byway with photos of grinning pleading politicians, now the "information superhighway" will explode with political campaigning as Fine Gael launches its digital campaign for the local elections. First stop Bebo :)

     

  • 11:59

    Anyone else confused by the new European election constituencies? How are Donegal and Kildare in the same constituency?  There's now 11 seats across three constituencies.  

    Dublin is one constituency with three seats.

    Midlands Northwest is a confusing coast to coast whopper of four seats..wait for it... Cavan, Donegal, Galway, Kildare, Laois, Leitrim,  Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly,  Roscommon, Sligo and Westmeath.  

    It's 363km from Athy (Kildare) to Malin Head (Donegal)...this is an election for helicopters ...  


    South four-steater constituency is:  Carlow, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Kilkenny, Limerick,  North Tipperary, South Tipperary, Waterford,  Wexford and Wicklow;


    Fianna Fail is looking for clarity.  

  • 12:01
    Here's where our dear deputy-leader is spending his birthday...no sign of a cake under that table.  
  • 12:03
  • 12:24
    We're waiting for news about the Burren and Cliffs of Moher Geopark which has been  shortlisted as a finalist in the The Tourism for Tomorrow Awards.The event is on in China right now. The suspense is killing me.  
  • 12:40
    Things are kicking off in Ukraine again today where  Ukrainian forces clashed with pro-Russian militants and killed “up to five terrorists” as they closed in on the separatist-held city of Slaviansk today. Some very dramatic photographs are coming in from the scene.  
  • 12:43
    Ukrainian security force officers are deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk . Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
    Ukrainian security force officers are deployed at a checkpoint set on fire and left by pro-Russian separatists near Slaviansk . Photo: Gleb Garanich/Reuters
  • 12:54
    There were a lot of cycling fans getting hot under their lycra today as tickets for the Giro d'Italia opening ceremony in became available but those trying to get them online had waits of up to two hours. However Visit Belfast said demand was very high but tickets are still available.
  • 13:13
    Ruairi Quinn has accepted on radio a misstep on his handling of the situation over his feminisation of teaching comments and honours maths requirements for teaching  
  • 13:22
    No victory for the Burren Geopark in the tourism awards in China.   The place that won in Greece is pretty stunning, the Costa Navarino.
  • 13:44

    "Beyonce doesn't just sit at the table, she builds a better one" so writes Sheryl Sandberg as she nominates the singer as one of Time's top 100 most influential people. You can filter them by age, gender, profession and country of birth (no Irish I checked!) here.  

     

  • 14:06
    Good thinking Man Utd, that could have been embarrassing. "The Chosen One" banner has been removed from a stand at Old Trafford ahead of Ryan Giggs' first match as manag, according to The Guardian.  
  • 14:13
  • 14:46

    It's waterguns at dawn between Labour and Fine Gael.  

    Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said Labour will not be bound by deadlines on agreement for water charges set by Fine Gael, after Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan said all outstanding issues will be settled within ten days.

    Stand back this could get very splashy.....

  • 15:03
    Avril Lavigne's new "Hello Kitty" music video has been universally reviled by online commentators. "There are serious questions about whether it’s offensive (expressionless Asian dancers, Tokyo-as-prop) or offensively obvious (this one’s for you, large Japanese fanbase!)," writes Entertainment Weekly.    You can watch Hello Kitty here.
  • 15:03
  • 15:12
    This is pretty striking given the severity of new penalties for mobile phone use while driving.  
  • 15:33

    Ouch. A baby born at Mass General hospital in Boston this week was 14lb 8oz, according to the Boston Globe. Thankfully for her mother  Carisa Ruscak was delivered by c-section.


    “I heard the weight and I was like, ‘Oh my God.’ It validated me because I was in a lot of pain when I was pregnant, so to hear the size, it made sense,”  the mother Carolnie said.  

  • 15:48
    Nice day for a canvas out Wesht in the far reaches of the gigantic Midlands Northwest constituency. In Game of Thrones terms, Belmullet in Mayo is almost "Beyond the Wall".
  • 15:54
    India sure knows how to do dramatic crowd scenes. Here's PM candidate Narendra Modi arriving in the holy city of Varanasi (where it's 35 degrees) to file election papers. Photo: Adrain Abidi/Reuters
    India sure knows how to do dramatic crowd scenes. Here's PM candidate Narendra Modi arriving in the holy city of Varanasi (where it's 35 degrees) to file election papers. Photo: Adrain Abidi/Reuters
  • 16:02
    Smithfield will be universally swooning in just a couple of hours as Michael Fassbender is due to arrive for the Frank premiere.  
  • 16:21

    NASA is watching the movement of an iceberg which is six times the size of Manhattan which has broken away from an Antaric glacier.  

    However NASA scientist Kelly Brunt said it is more a wonder than a worry and is not a threat to shipping or sea level rise.

  • 16:26
    No cake for big Phil Hogan on the campaign trail in Kilkenny, he's sweet enough. A glass of water will suffice.  
  • 16:35
  • 17:01

    It's a years since a  fire in a Bangladeshi factory in which over 1,100 people died. Today a  call has been made by Clean Clothes Campaign Ireland  for well known clothes brands to make “immediate and significant” payments to a fund set up to raise money for the victims.  

  • 17:15
    It's hit 16 degrees in Newport, Co Mayo as the sunshine continues. But will it last? Well tomorrow's temperatures may hit a whopping 17 degrees. Unfortunately that clear blue sky looks like it will disappear tomorrow night as "heavy rain will spread countrywide" Met Eireann says.  
  • 17:20
    Thanks for reading. Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.