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Brian O'Driscoll's out, O'Reilly is in and the abortion bill reaches committee stage

Conor Pope Wed, Jul 3
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  • 07:50
    Oh. My. Bod.

    What has Gatland done?

    He’s only gone and dropped Brian O’Driscoll from the Lions squad for the winner takes all test decider against Australia on Saturday.


    Jamie Heaslip is gone too.

    And there are 10 welsh players in the team.

    Because Wales have an amazing record against the Aussies.

    And by amazing we mean not very good at all.
  • 07:52
    Good morning! It's Wednesday. I'm Conor Pope and I will be looking after the Daily Wire today.

    The Daily Wire?

    Last time I was here it didn't have such a fancy name.

    News Blog we called it back then. Good times.
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    Front pages of all the broadsheets coming up...

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    The Snowden story has descended into farce. A plane carrying the president of Bolivia Evo Morales home from a summit in Moscow has been stuck in the airport in Vienna for nearly 10 hours now after it was rerouted to the Austrian capital because of suspicions that Edward Snowden was aboard.

    Understandably outraged Bolivian officials insisted that Snowden was not on board and have accused France and Portugal of acting under US pressure to rescind permission for president Evo Morales’ plane to fly through their airspace on the way home.

    Low on fuel, the plane’s crew were allowed to land in Vienna. “They say it was due to technical issues, but after getting explanations from some authorities we found that there appeared to be some unfounded suspicions that Snowden was on the plane,” the Bolivian foreign minister, David Choquehuanca, said.

    “We don’t know who invented this big lie. We want to express our displeasure because this has put the president’s life at risk.”

    Ruben Saavedra, the defense minister, who was on the plane accused the Obama administration of being behind the action by France and Portugal, calling it “an attitude of sabotage and a plot by the government of the United States. ”

    Officials in Paris, Lisbon and Washington have said nothing as yet.

    “We were in flight; it was completely unexpected,” Mr Saavedra said on the Telesur cable network. “The president was very angry.”

    Wouldn't you be?
  • 08:18
    David 2/3 Wales V The Wallabies. Gatland got his wish and made sure to keep his cronies back at WRU on side. I knew he was a Bias manager but this is basically corrupt. He's a weak man. (Gatland) And I for one will boycott watching the game.
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    The late Pope John Paul II has taken a major step towards becoming a saint after a commission of cardinals and bishops credited him with a second miracle since his death.

    A canonisation ceremony could come as soon as December which would be the fastest progression to sainthood in modern times.

    All that is required for Pope John Paul II to become a saint is a signature from the current pope, Francis, confirming the decision.

    The Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Vatican body that reviews candidates for sainthood, decided the Pope’s intercession was behind the healing of a woman from Costa Rica on May 1st, 2011. He had already been credited with asking God to cure French nun Sister Marie Simon-Pierre Normand of Parkinson’s disease, which helped lead to his beatification in 2011, when he was declared a “blessed” of the Church.

    Pope John XXIII - the pontiff who set up Vatican 2 - is also on the way to becoming a saint.
  • 08:41
    Paul A big mistake
  • 08:47
    Have you seen a 132 yet? The first day of the new 132 number plate saw 1,927 new cars registered. That was more than was registered during the whole month of June.

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  • 09:02
    Remember when the only bonds most of us cared  about were preceeded by the words James or Prize? Well, sadly, those days are long gone and we all know the consequences of rising bond yields.   

    And yields are rising sharply in Portugal right now. Its borrowing costs have topped 8 per cent this morning after two ministers resigned as the government there struggles to implement more austerity as its bailout program enters its final 12 months. 

    Portugal's 10-year bond yield jumped to 8 per cent, up from  6.35 per cent earlier in the week. That's more than double the average interest rate of 3.2 per cent charged for the aid loans.  

    Expect more on this later today. 
    A whole lot more.  
  • 09:04
    A Japanese sushi chef has just spent his sixth night in jail in Ireland. This is why.  

  • 09:10
    Micheál Martin is not happy with Enda Kenny.

    Last night in the Dail the Fianna Fáil leader  accused him of smearing opponents and being the most partisan holder of the office of Taoiseach ever.

    “The Taoiseach has developed a deserved reputation for being the most partisan ever holder of his office. He finds it impossible to acknowledge the achievements of people from other traditions . . .”
  • 09:15
    Egypt’s president Mohamed Morsi struck a defiant note early this morning as he vowed  to stay in power and defend constitutional legitimacy.

    But even as he delivered his midnight television address the army was said to be working on plans to push his elected Islamist government aside.

    "The price of preserving legitimacy is my life,” Morsi said . "Legitimacy is the only guarantee to preserve the country.”
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    Two HIV patients in Boston who recently received stem-cell transplants for cancer had no trace of the virus after the procedure and may have been cured, an International AIDS Society's meeting in Kuala Lumpur heard today.

    The two patients stopped HIV treatment after the transplants, which in other patients has opened the door for the virus to return. In one patient there was no sign of the virus 15 weeks after stopping treatment, while the other has gone seven weeks without HIV rebounding.

    The researchers led by Timothy Henrich of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital said it was too early to conclude the two men have been cured and the virus may be lingering but their cases are similar to that of Timothy Brown, the so-called Berlin patient, who was the first person to be cured of HIV after getting a bone marrow transplant for leukemia in 2007.
  • 10:08
    Okay Glass.... The Guardian has a look at Google's new toy. And the verdict? Really interesting. 

  • 10:14
    The number of people executed in Texas since the death penalty was reinstated there in 1982 reached 500 last week. The final statements of every one of the 500 was documented and the complete archivehas  been put online by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. It makes for very uncomfortable reading. 
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    Barry o k Sorry for bod wrong call. Team needs Irish fight ing spirit
  • 10:50
    Emily O'Reilly is the new EU Ombudsman.

  • 10:59
    To mark Emily O’Reilly’s election to the post of European Ombudsman here are some “fun facts” about her new role  which may or may not have been thieved in the last 30 seconds from Wikipedia.

    Okay, they were. 

    The post was established by the Maastricht Treaty.

    The first Ombudsman was Jacob Söderman of Finland. 

    The current Ombudsman is Nikiforos Diamandouros of Greece. But you already knew that, right? Right?

    She will be able to investigate any EU institution on “the grounds of maladministration: administrative irregularities, unfairness, discrimination, abuse of power, failure to reply, refusal of information or unnecessary delay”. 

    The office has no binding powers to compel compliance with its rulings and it relies on the power of persuasion and publicity.  In 2011, the overall rate of compliance by the EU institutions with Diamandouros’s suggestions was 82 per cent. 

    The Ombudsman received 2,510 complaints in 2011 complaints and 396 investigations were opened. 

    Spain  complained most with 361 matters sent to the Ombudsman. Germany was in second place and its citizens made 308 complaints. 

    The position  carries an annual salary of €248,000 plus benefits.

  • 11:02
    Bad news for property developer Paddy McKillen. He  has just lost his London appeal against the billionaire Barclay brothers over control of three of London’s top luxury hotels. The two sides have been in a legal battle for over two years for control of Claridges, the Berkeley and the Connaught hotel in London, with Mr McKillen being the single largest shareholder.
  • 11:11
    Figures just released by  the CSO show that the numbers signing on the Live Register last month fell by  2,500. The seasonally adjusted total is  422,900 and the unemployment rate  last month was 13.6 per cent down from 13.7 per cent  in May. 
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    Say what you will about Michael Martin but he does have a point here:

    “The Taoiseach has repeatedly said he knows nothing about what happened when the Bank Guarantee was brought in. He says he would “love to know” what happened. If we put aside the lengthy statements and interviews, including in this House, this claim of the Taoiseach’s is transparent, partisan nonsense.”
    “For two and a half years he and his ministers have been in full control of government. They have had absolute access to the many records of events, particularly those contained in all of the documents retained in the Department of Finance. More importantly they have had access to the officials who were present at all stages of the Guarantee process.
    Minister Noonan has actually refused to release some information under FOI so Taoiseach you cannot have it both ways.”
    “In the Taoiseach’s case, for an entire year he had at his side the most senior official present during that night. Is the Taoiseach expecting us to believe he never asked him any question about the meetings he attended?”
    “The next most senior official who was in the room that night also worked closely with this government for well over a year.
    He regularly attended the Economic Management Council with the Taoiseach, Tánaiste, Minister Noonan and Minister Howlin at which bank-related debts were discussed. Did you ask him no questions during that time?”
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    The O'Driscoll Crisis has taken a new twist. after Niall Horan of One Direction  alled Lions coach Warren Gatland "a mad yoke" and suggested he dropped BOD because he "clearly wants to lose the series".

    Yes, I know. The story is losing its legs. 

    Unlike our Brian.
  • 12:17

    Are you wondering  where Evo Morales is right now? 

    Well, wonder no more.  

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    Two small pieces of good news on the jobs front in the last couple of hours. The Live Register has fallen - by 0.1 per cent - and the Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is to announce a scheme where employers will get a subsidy of €72 a week if they take on a person who is 12 months out of work. Minister for Jobs Richard Bruton said it would be a straight cash subsidy, paid monthly in arrears.
  • 12:33
    Anyone looking forward to Jim Corr being cross-examined by ACC as part of its efforts to get the €778,000 it is still owed following a €1.4m judgment against the musician and conspiracy theorist will be disappointed. It was due to happen today in the Commercial Court but the case has been settled.
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    The Second Captains have done a special Bodcast covering the shocking, news which came out of Australia overnight. It is THAT important.
  • 12:46
    I have just been mercilessly chastised for not knowing who the Goonies were. 

    And you thought that all the coversations which took place in our newsroom were terribly erudite, didn't you?

    They normally are.

    That's a lie.
  • 13:02
    The story takes place in a country called Squanderland,” [Julian] Gough explains. “My hero is Jude, a profoundly unsuccessful chicken farmer from County Fripperary. At the start of the story, he finds himself living in a henhouse with no roof, that he bought as an investment property at the height of the Celtic Tiger, for ten million euro, off a senior Irish banker, who shall remain nameless. But he still owns a lot of golfballs bearing the logo of his bank. Er, the investment didn’t work out… 

    Julian Gough has a new buke coming out. And it sounds sort of timely. He's been talking to Hot Press. 
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    St Patrick’s Institution for young offenders is to be closed with all prisoners and staff being relocated before the end of the year, the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has said.  As a short-term measure, the 17-year-olds  serving  sentences there will  be sent to a dedicated unit in Wheatfield Prison while all those aged between 18 and 20 will also be transferred to the same prison.
  • 13:50
    A spokesman for Mohamed Mursi said the president believed it would be better to die "standing like a tree", defending the electoral legitimacy of his office, than to go down in history as having destroyed Egyptians' hopes for democracy. Saying that Mursi was not seeking to cling to office for its own sake, spokesman Ayman Ali told Reuters that, in his overnight speech to the nation, the president had defied calls to resign in order to "defend the democratic system". "It is better for a president, who would otherwise be returning  Egypt to the days of dictatorship, from which God and the will of the people has saved us, to die standing like a tree," Ali said, "Rather than be condemned by history and future generations for throwing away the hopes of Egyptians for establishing a democratic life." 
  • 13:55
    First to go was Beatrice and now Albert has said he's off too. 

    What are we talking about?

    European monarchs of course.

    Following on from the abdication  of Queen Beatrice of the Netherlands earlier this year, King Albert II of Belgium has announced that he is to stand aside and pass on the crown to his eldest son Philippe on July 21st..

    Anything stirring in London? No? Okay so.
  • 13:59
    The Egyptian army has asked/told all but essential staff to leave the state television building. 
  • 14:23
    Ecuador has found a hidden microphone inside its London embassy, where WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is living.

    It is promising to disclose who controls the device today.

    The Foreign Office in London has so far declined to comment David Cameron’s spokesman said he did not comment on security issues.

    Of course he doesn't.

  • 14:26
    A bill to protect whistleblowers aimed at providing a legislative framework for their protection in all sectors of the economy has been published. The Minister for Hairshirts, Public Expenditure and Reform Brendan Howlin said workers "can now raise concerns regarding potential wrongdoing that has come to their attention in the workplace in the knowledge that they can avail of significant employment and other protections if they are penalised by their employer or suffer any detriment for doing so."

    Mr Howlin? Mr Howlin? There's an Edward Snowden on the phone. He'd like a word.
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    Dermot Kelly Re: Bug in the embassy in london the comment should be, You might very well think that, I could not possibly comment.
  • 15:55
    I have just been on the phone to a very concerned older woman who is struggling to pay her VHI. I suggested she switch to a different provider - by doing so she could save herself a thousand euro a year. Her reluctance to move away from the VHI was remarkable. She was afraid the other provider would go to the wall and leave her without health insurance. I hope she believed me when I told her that couldn't happen.
  • 15:59
    The other Pricewatch related query I had this afternoon came from a reader who appears to have been ripped off by a site selling toys of a rather adult nature.

    True story.
  • 16:59
    Nice piece from Fiona Gartland on the passing of the Queen of Moore St...
  • 17:00
    Is there any more news happening? Let me have one more trawl of the world and if I can't find anything of note I'll be off. Well, I will still be here I'll just have turned myself to other pressing matters like yoghurt and drugs.
  • 17:12
    Right. That's it. I'm done....

    Ta ra now.