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An immunity deal for Anglo executive, Russian moves on Syria and goodnight Vienna for the Republic

Ronan McGreevy Tue, Sep 10
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  • 09:33
    Hi I'm Ronan McGreevy and I'm live blogging today. Any thoughts, suggests or comments can be sent to
  • 09:36
    Will it be goodnight Vienna or a last waltz for Trapattoni tonight? Those hoary old cliches will no doubt be trotted out tonight if we fail to beat Austria. After last Friday's débacle in the Aviva Stadium, the Irish team must win tonight. Here's Brian Kerr offering Trapattoni's team some simple advice - "pass it to a green shirt". With Paul Green preferred instead of Wes Hoolahan, that may be a forlorn hope.
  • 09:40
    The top story on our site this morning and our lead story is the Simon Carswell exclusive that Matt Moran, Anglo Irish Bank's chief financial officer (CFO), was granted immunity from prosecution by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) two years ago.
  • 10:14
  • 10:47

    Since the Pat Kenny v Sean O'Rourke face-off began last week, listeners have been spoilt for choice. Sean O'Rourke is talking to Eamon Gilmore on RTÉ Radio One while Pat Kenny has Leo Varadkar on Newstalk.

  • 11:03

    One out of three ain't great for the three longlisted Irish novelists on the Man Booker Prize list. The good news is that Colm Toíbin's The Testament of Mary has made it to the shortlist. It is the third time he has been nominated. The bad news is that Colum McCann's TransAtlantic and Donal Ryan The Spinning Heart did not. For civil servant, Ryan, being long-listed, has been a fantastic boon to his profile and for sales of what is his second novel. The others nominated are Zimbabwe author NoViolet Bulawayo for We Need New Names, Eleanor Catton for The Luminaries, Jim Crace for Harvest, Jhumpa Lahiri for The Lowland and Ruth Ozeki for A Tale for the Time Being.

  • 11:05
  • 11:12
    Shay Given has been on TALKSport in the UK talking about Giovanni Trapatonni. In essence he said Trap should go before his contract is up in June next year saying he has had a "good run of it". The normally mild-mannered Given identified Trap's lack of English as a big barrier. The team, he says, need someone to come in with "fresh idea". Given is articulating the view of the vast majority of Irish fans at this stage.   
  • 11:24

    Our estimable sports journalist Carl O'Malley will be liveblogging the match from about 7pm on this evening. You can follow it here after The Daily Wire is finished.

  • 11:46

    Cracking interview by Sean O'Rourke with Labour party leader and Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore on RTÉ Radio One. O'Rourke put it to him that a "blind dog" would see that Joan Burton was after Mr Gilmore's job. He quoted extensively from Pat Leahy's new book The Price of Power and, in particular, the revelation that Ms Burton put the "Gilmore for Taoiseach" posters in a garden shed is particularly interesting.

  • 12:56
    “Tedious, boring, indulgent, flatulent, pompous, gutless, sexless, colourless, everything-less” – Jim Carroll’s now memorable description of Ocean Colour Scene’s set at the Electric Picnic this year. Read it here. Are the boys from Moseley Shoals deterred by such withering invective? Not a bit. They are back with a show in the Olympia Theatre on December 4th to follow up their two sold out shows in February.
  • 13:00
    Here's  Shay Given's interview with talkSPORT in which he said, in the most  polite way possible, that Trapattoni should sling his hook.
  • 13:04
  • 13:50
    Who is excited about the new iPhone to be unveiled by Apple today? Have we reached the stage where there is nothing more a smart phone can realistically do? Ciara O'Brien says the ability to watch television on smart phones, as opposed to video clips or streaming, might be a game changer, but it is a long time since a smart phone launch generated the level of excitement it did only a few years ago. Read it here.
  • 14:13
  • 14:18
    Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar pledges one last-ditch intervention in Dublin Bus row. Read more
  • 14:48

    Fintan O'Toole says there is just one thing worth knowing about the Government’s promises to radically reform the Dáil if we vote to abolish the Seanad. They don’t mean it. If you want to gauge their sincerity, go to Dublin Zoo and tell sad stories to crocodiles. Add your tuppence worth here

  • 14:54
    Our Jason Kennedy captured the Tidy Towns committee returning to Moynalty Co Meath yesterday evening. The atmosphere in the town was electric. 

  • 15:07
    Does it really need to be said? Apparently so. Helicopter parents need to let go when their kids hit university. So no calling little Johnny's tutor looking for an extension to an assignment deadline.
  • 15:21
    Coroner says midwives should not deal with home births alone. John O'Dwyer was commenting at the conclusion of an inquest in Castlebar today into the tragic death of baby Kai David Williams Henaghan in May 2011. Read more here
  • 15:24
  • 15:29
    Conor Pope has drawn my attention to this new video from Crystal Swing. Happy viewing.
  • 15:43
    Jury finds accuser's claims “inconsistent, incoherent and unbelievable” at conclusion of Le Vell trial in Manchester Crown Court. Full report here
  • 16:12
     Well there's disagreeing with your fellow politicians and there's opening fire on them with an automatic rifle. A Jordanian MP has been charged with attempted murder after he shot at a colleague and chased him through parliament before being overpowered
  • 16:15
  • 16:32
    That's it for now folks. Tune in later on for Carl O'Malley's liveblog on our must win game against Austria this evening.