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The abortion debate, US spying on Europe and firefighter deaths in Arizona

Genevieve Carbery Mon, Jul 1
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  • 09:03
    Good morning, it's Genevieve Carbery on the Daily Wire. Recordings make the headlines today as the EU demands answers from the US over claims (through Snowden-leaked documents) that it bugged EU offices and diplomatic missions (More here)...meanwhile there are more waves from the Anglo tapes as the President tells the world of the shock and dismay of the Irish people at the “voices from the past” (more here) and more tapes are released.
  • 09:12
    In overnight news 19 specially trained hotshot firefighters have been killed in Arizona after battling a fast moving wildfire that destroyed homes in Phoenix. It’s the deadliest incident involving US crews in at least 30 years. More here
    Meanwhile in Egypt millions of people are on the streets demanding the resignation of Mohamed Morsi  after a year in office. More here
  • 09:28
    In today’s papers  
    President Higgins’ speech on Anglo makes the front of the Irish Times
    The political team also reports that  a fourth FG TD Terence Flanagan will vote against the abortion Bill, Minister of State Lucinda Creighton has yet to declare. More here
    The plucky London GAA  footballers make the front after their first ever win on Irish soil against Leitrim. More here.
    The Examiner reports that there have been 50 racists incidents against immigrants in 10 weeks.
    It also leads with a story that crime bosses are increasingly using legitimate businesspeople to launder their dirty money
    The Herald leads with  the death of rally driver Paul Mulcaghy who celebrated the birth of his first child eight weeks ago. Irish Times  report on this is here
    The Irish Independent has more on the Anglo tapes.  
    The Guardian leads with the latest from the Snowden papers “New Leaks show how US is bugging its European Allies”  
    Suzanne Lynch’s piece on reaction from Europe is here
  • 09:33
    The 'dog ate my homework' excuse long used by Irish motorists is about to be closed. Olivia Kelly reports in today's paper that  a new law will mean motorists will no longer be able to have a garda sign a form to say their car was off the road and avoid motor tax  but will have to apply in advance. 
  • 09:43
    Anyone hoping for early news of budget income tax reprieve will have to wait to find out according to Michael Noonan who is keeping his cards close to his chest until September. More here

    Meanwhile in today’s opinion pages Sean Healy argues for a reduction in income tax while increasing the total tax take.
  • 09:49
    Four children have been treated to lawnmower related injuries  in Leinster over the past six week– two ‘horrific foot’ injuries and two severe hand injuries. Three incidents were on drive-on lawnmowers. The Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons has urged people to ‘lock up their children’ .
  • 10:09
    The EU 27 has today become the EU 28 as Croatia has joined.

    Some nerdy stats courtesy of Eurostat. It has a population of 4.4 million inhabitants, GDP per capita is 61% of the EU average, it has a lower fertility rate than the EU average. Europe also gains another bit of the Seven Kingdoms as beautiful Dubrovnik is the setting for King's Landing in the fantasy TV series Game of Thrones (the other EU location is Belfast).   Report from Daniel McLaughlin  here
     More facts on the infographic below.

  • 10:15
    Chaos in Cairo continues with reports that the Muslim Brotherhood offices have been overrun by youths and ransacked. More here.

    Channel 4's Jonathan Rugman has been tweeting from the scene.  
  • 10:23
    The Government is trying to identify where State intervention for broadband is needed in a mapping exercise. Perhaps an attempt to ban this noise from the island....
  • 10:24
  • 10:26
  • 10:52
  • 10:53
    We’ll be closely watching Dail proceedings on the abortion legislation which sits for a potentially marathon second stage debate from 11am -7pm.
    All eyes are on Fine Gael as a fourth TD has said he will vote against the Bill.  It’s the only issue on the agenda today.
    There is a live stream here and here for Apple iPhone users.
  • 11:12
    A great read from Derek Scally this morning - about thanks from some of the German children helped by emergency food donations from Ireland - in the context of how Germany has helped Ireland in modern times (and Merke's reaction to the Anglo tapes).
  • 11:17
    This just one of the photos from our Glastonbury gallery. Mick Jagger turns 70 later this month....and he certainly still moves like Jagger. More here
  • 11:17
    Mick Jagger (left) and Keith Richards (right) from the Rolling Stones. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
    Mick Jagger (left) and Keith Richards (right) from the Rolling Stones. Photograph: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
  • 11:22
    Lucinda Creighton has begun speaking on the abortion Bill. Says there has been 'group-think' on the issue. She hopes there will be 'substantive changes' to the Bill.
    Abortion has been a tool for the 'oppression' of women in countries such as China and India for parents who wanted a son not daughter.
  • 11:29

    Lucinda Creighton has been talking about the prospect of ‘designer babies’ and the Special Olympics. She says the issue of abortion is not liberal issue because liberals celebrate life ‘in all of its imperfection’

    She didn’t stand for office to pursue a pro-life agenda but it was no secret that FG unashamedly defended the right to life.

    It is not a Catholic issue but a human rights issue, she says. She consults her conscience on the issue based on what is right and what is wrong.

    Group think was seen in Haughey era, Celtic Tiger and now on this issue, she says. 

  • 11:37
    Lucinda Creighton is hoping because of her misgivings some substantive changes might be made to the abortion Bill. She has major concerns about the suicide clause and says it should be omitted and wants an amendment to confirm the term limit. She is “perplexed” as to why the right for legal protection for unborn is excluded. 
  • 11:45
    Lucinda Creighton has finished speaking. In her concluding remarks she said: I know Minister Reilly said he will accept amendments at committee stage. I take him at his word and presume this means substantive amendments and not procedural ones.

    She also read an email she received last night from a psychiatrist who says suicidality is not easy to diagnose.
    She does not declare her voting intention. More here:
  • 12:04
    In reaction to the spying story, US secretary of state John Kerry has said nearly all national governments, not just the United States, use "lots of activities" to safeguard their interests and security.

    Angela Merkel's spokesman said if confirmed "we will clearly say that bugging friends is unacceptable.....We are no longer in the Cold War."

    More on this story here. And some not so serious reaction on twitter below: 
  • 12:13
  • 12:20
    Elsewhere there’s a very different but just as divisive debate on abortion in the Texas legislature today as senators reconvene after democrat Wendy Davis’ 11-or-so hour filibuster  last week to prevent abortion restrictions being introduced. The proposal there would ban most abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy. More here.
  • 12:45
    Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is speaking in the Dail abortion debate. She said it is “very narrowly confined” and is recognising the existing constitutional position.
    When clear not it has not opened “floodgates” she hopes “we can look further” such as cases of fatal foetal abnormalities.
  • 12:47
    Despite much cynicism around the Gathering it looks to be having an impact with “the best figures for the first five months since 2009” according to tourism minister Leo Varadkar.
    There was an overall 8% rise in visitors between March and May, CSO figures out today show. 
    The Gathering factors can surely be seen in North American visitors up almost 13% from March to May
    From a long term perspective the British figures are perhaps more important because it’s our biggest market. After declines in recent years they are up 5.6% for the period. 
    Visits from France are up 26.3 per cent ….no doubt much of this is due to the Amlin Challenge Cup Final and  Heineken Cup in May featuring Stade Francais, Clermont-Auvergne and Toulon.
  • 12:52
  • 12:53
    If you missed Lucinda Creighton's speech on abortion you can watch it again here.
  • 13:03

    Looks like the 132 number-plate introduced today has had some unintended consequences with a 73% fall in June car registrations. 

    Has anyone seen one of the new plates yet? Let us know in the comments or @irishtimeslive 

  • 13:16

    Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald says it makes her “angry” to hear people say pregnant women cannot be trusted and would seek to manipulate professionals to get abortion. She said it is a “matter of conscience” for those supporting not just opposing legislation.  

    Earlier in the Dail abortion debate Roisin Shortall called for free vote sought amendment to allow for abortion in cases of fatal foetal abnormality

  • 13:23
    The US spying scandal heats up further: 
  • 13:28
  • 13:33
    Most people leave festivals with mucky clothes and a hangover ….one Glastonbury-reveller left with a new baby.
    PA reports that  the baby arrived early on Sunday at the on-site Ivy Mead medical centre. Parents were helped by staff  as the Rolling Stones played. It is believed they did not name her after Rolling Stone tracks Angie or Lady Jane but settled on the name Ivy after the medical centre.  
    Meanwhile the Guardian debates whether the first ever baby crowd-surfer at the festival (in a buggy) was a step too far.  
  • 13:43
    As non-property-owning southside Dubliners despair from the news of a 12.2% rise in house prices in that area, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan  has said  up to 30,000 new houses will be needed from next year onwards in particularly in Dublin where young couples with children are looking to leave apartments. More here . More on the house prices reports here.
  • 13:52
    Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore says he  does not believe the abortion Bill is a perfect piece of legislation and has "no doubt" it would fall short in hard cases such as fatal foetal abnormalities and rape and incest victims.  ….
  • 13:55
    It's D-Day for Google Reader as the RSS feed service ends today...if like me you're a long time user who has been been avoiding  doing something with it... feedly and newsblur are consensus's some tips 
  • 14:01
    After yesterday's surprise and stunning victory by London Gaelic footballers against Leitrim, Twitter campaigning has begun to get London Mayor Boris Johnson to come to Castlebar to support them in the final against Mayo.  

  • 14:12
    'For the most part, our misogynists still have to work in private – but in Australia they can operate in the open...Thus Dan Farley, head of a major agricultural company, could last year call his prime minister “a non-productive old cow”.' writes  Ann Marie Hourihane on Julia Gillard's exit from Australian politics.
     More here 
  • 14:37
    Video showing the blaze battled by Arizona firefighters can be seen here
  • 14:38
    FG TD James Bannon has called for a referendum as the “only way to gauge the feelings of the country” on abortion and raises his “serious concern” about inclusion of suicidal intent provision in Abortion bill. He seeks a free vote on the Bill.  He does not say what way he will vote. 
    Earlier there were negative signs from FF TD Robert Troy who raised his problems with the abortion Bill as he seeks amendments to be made. 
  • 14:46
    Independent TD Maureen O'Sullivan says she will be abstaining from abortion Bill vote if it goes ahead unchanged
  • 14:52
    Apple speculation on the  iWatch has begun as a trademark has been applied for  by the company in Japan, Reuters reports today.
    The New York Times reported in February that Apple was experimenting with the design of a device similar to a wristwatch that would operate on the same iOS platform as its iPhone and iPad and would be made with curved glass.
    So shall begin the months of hype and speculation…..
    The Times of London has tweeted a mock-up photo.
  • 15:05
    Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said  it would be almost impossible to draft a more restrictive and careful law .
    He hit back at comparisons of China’s single baby policy with the Irish abortion bill (the policy was referred to by Lucinda Creighton earlier)
    Perhaps Savita would be alive if the house had earlier adopted this law, he told the Dail.
    What will remain is a "British solution to an Irish problem" he said.  
  • 15:15
    Shatter says it is a “slur on women” in Ireland to say they would pretend to be suicidal.
    He said it is a “terrible cruelty” to require women in cases of fatal foetal abnormalities to carry babies to full term and the State was “abandoning them in their hour of need”
    Most Irish people were “well ahead” of politicians on the issue, he said.  He regrets there is a number of people who campaign in “despicable” ways referring to people outside his own  house with large posters of a bloodied foetus.  
    Also speaking, FF TD Charlie McConalogue says he will be voting no.
  • 15:27
    Today’s news is getting increasingly like a Cold War Bond film…A security sweep of EU buildings is to be carried out at the request of European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Reuters reports. 
    Meanwhile former US president George W Bush, who signed broad surveillance bill the Patriot Act  into law in 2001, has weighed in on the Snowden debate telling CNN he had “damaged the security” of the US. 
  • 15:39
    Taoiseach Enda Kenny is on his feet in abortion Bill debate.
    Taoiseach Enda Kenny is on his feet in abortion Bill debate.
  • 15:49
    “If I thought for one moment that this Bill would lead to the creation of a liberal abortion regime…I would not ask the house to support it” Enda Kenny tells the Dail.  
    “I can’t unpick the decisions of the Supreme Court” he says. Government is not endorsing abortion as treatment for suicide but recognising that it already exists and putting in place a process to stop it bring abused, he says.
    He rejects the allegation he is breaking pre-election promises.
  • 16:03
  • 16:11
    Looks like the 71-yr sunshine record in June wasn’t the end of summer as 20-25 degree temperatures are forecast by Met Eireann for the weekend.  UK forecasters are predicting warm weather there for the rest of July. Fingers crossed for here.  
  • 16:31
    Putin says if Snowden wants to remain in Russia he must "stop his work aimed at harming our American partners".  ...will he be able to leave Moscow airport transit area any time soon I wonder.... he must be getting fed up of  Russian airport cuisine at this point....
  • 16:43
    FG TD Peter Fitzpatrick tells Dail his concerns were eased after a meeting with James Reilly he is satisfied the Bill will not lead to late term abortion or abortion on demand.
  • 16:49
    So Labour plans to make Dublin a better city to live in…. cheaper rent, more jobs and better weather? No. But plans for city-wide cycle paths, extending the Dublin bike scheme (yay) and our own Boris Johnson (consultation on a directly elected Mayor) (Hmmm) . 
  • 16:58
    Next time you’re frustrated by the behaviour of a budget airline think of this approach in an open letter by a disgruntled passenger at a Caribbean airline.
    “I was intrigued that we were allowed to stop at not a lowly one or two but a magnificent six airports yesterday. And who wants to fly on the same airplane the entire time? We got to change and refuel every step of the way!” he writes.
    Virgin’s Richard Branson has been blogging on it in recent days. Read here 
  • 17:12
    Some people lie and some people are women, former Labour chairman Colm Keaveney tells the Dail during abortion debate. Twenty years from now people supporting Bill will regret it, he says.
  • 17:19
    Looks like a visit wesht is not on the cards for London mayor Boris Johnson for the Connaught final despite the #getboristocastlebar Twitter campaign. RTE Sport reports that he congratulated the London football team but declined the chance to attend.
  • 17:45
    FG TD Michelle Mulherin has asked James Reilly to bring clarity to “many issues of concern” which she has on the abortion bill.She is “concerned” in relation to suicide provision and possible abuse,  standard of good faith placed in  medical practitioners and term limitation
  • 18:05
    The abortion debate rolls on until 9pm here  and here for iPhone users  with the story updated here all evening.  But that's it from the Daily Wire, thanks for reading.