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Conor Pope Fri, Nov 22
 
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  • 08:38
  • 08:42
    Good morning.

    Two stories will dominate today and both seem like they belong to a time long ago.

    I am Conor Pope and I will be looking after things today.

  • 08:59

    The man and woman who were questioned after police rescued three alleged slavery victims, including a 57-year-old Irish woman, have been released on bail.

    A 30-year-old woman, who is British, was rescued alongside a 69-year-old Malaysian woman from a house in Lambeth, south London, last month, after one the women called a support charity asking for help.

    A couple both 67, were arrested at the house at about 7.30am yesterday as part of the investigation into slavery and domestic servitude. They were bailed until a date in January, Scotland Yard said this morning.

    The telephone call that led to freedom for three women who were held as slaves for 30 years in a London house was made by one of them, the Irish woman.

    Our man in London, Mark Hennessy, will be covering the story throughout the day.
  • 09:01
    For many in Ireland the murder of JFK reinforced an entrenched fatalism to which those of us from a Catholic background on this island are forever prone. We were, it seemed again, forever destined to be among this world’s hewers of wood and drawers of water. And, should we venture to put our head above that station, it too would be blown away as with JFK, the only Irish American Catholic to become president of the US.
    If you read just one personal reflection on the death of JFK today, make it this beautifully written piece by Patsy McGarry
  • 09:24
    Here is your random morning weather update. It's freezing.
  • 09:33
    Hmmmmm. According to Ciaran Hancock, further injections of capital into AIB, Bank of Ireland and Permanent TSB “might prove unavoidable”. Actually it is not according to Ciaran Hancock - don't blame him - blame the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council. It has warned in its latest assessment of the public finances that given the stressed nature of the State’s finances it would be “desirable” that any additional capital needed be “sourced from the private sector or the ESM [European Stability Mechanism] if possible”. “However, given the importance of adequately capitalised banks to a well-functioning credit system, which may require a continuing cushion relative to whatever are the minima set by the European-wide regulatory authorities , further injections might prove unavoidable,” the council added.
  • 09:50
    Just got an email with this in the subject line:

    Media invite - 4 Dublin local authorities joint dog fouling launch

    And  you thought journalism wasn't glamourous any more.
  • 09:52
    There are no signs to commemorate the route John F Kennedy’s presidential motorcade took through Dallas to the scene of his assassination a half-century ago. For the city, it is an ugly legacy that is difficult to shake. Those shots changed American life in a dislocating moment as a horrified world looked on.
  • 09:53
  • 09:55
    There's a lot of consensus in the UK as to what is the big story of today. 

  • 10:01
  • 10:09
    Normally when I do the Live Blog I look around for annivesaries and landmarks in history which I can populate the page with at quiet moments.  


    Normally the anniversaries are less than amazing.

    It is hard to get excited about the anniversary of Adam Clayton buying his first car, believe me I've tried.

    No meaningless milestones today though.

    Oh no siree Bob.  


    There's Kennedy.

    And CS Lewis.  

    And Aldous Huxley.

    And it is also the annivesary of Margaret Thatcher's resignation as British prime minister.
  • 10:14


    "In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.

    My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man. Finally, whether you are citizens of America or citizens of the world, ask of us here the same high standards of strength and sacrifice which we ask of you. With a good conscience our only sure reward, with history the final judge of our deeds, let us go forth to lead the land we love, asking His blessing and His help, but knowing that here on earth God's work must truly be our own."

    Just one of the reasons why people are still talking about the shots that rang out over Dallas on this day 50 years ago.
  • 10:44
    The All Blacks have named their team to play Ireland on Sunday. 

    It's all greek to me.
  • 10:46
    Jono Is it Ayn Rand's anniversary? The interweb tells me it's March 6, 1982.
  • 10:47
    No, ignore that Rand reference.... I have made it disappear now!
  • 10:50
    Sad news. Father Alec Reid died in a Dublin hospital this morning. He was the main go-between between the IRA and the political system in the North, Britain and the Republic and was key in bringing the peace process to pass. 
  • 10:59
    "History is hard to know, because of all the hired bullshit, but even without being sure of 'history' it seems entirely reasonable to think that every now and then the energy of a whole generation comes to a head in a long fine flash, for reasons that nobody really understands at the time -- and which never explain, in retrospect, what actually happened.

    "There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning.

    "And that, I think, was the handle -- that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of Old and Evil. Not in any mean or military sense; we didn't need that. Our energy would simply prevail. There was no point in fighting -- on our side or theirs. We had all the momentum; we were riding the crest of a high and beautiful wave. 

    "So now, less than five years later, you can go up on a steep hill in Las Vegas and look West, and with the right kind of eyes you can almost see the high-water mark -- that place where the wave finally broke and rolled back." - Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.....

     It wasn't just about the drugs you know. 
  • 11:02
    Rescue workers are continuing to search for survivors and bodies in the ruins of a collapsed supermarket in the Latvian capital, Riga,today. The death toll has climbed to to 32 with others feared buried in the rubble.
  • 11:12
    I spent yesterday morning in Clery's.

    Then we made a video.

    Well, I say we... I had nothing to with the hard part. I just talked to people. 

    Then I got my days of the week wrong.
  • 11:15
    This is a remarkable 15 minutes of footage from before and after the Kennedy Shooting.

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  • 11:50
    The Guardian is writing in praise of Fintan O'Toole today.

    This is what they have to say:

    Unusually for our profession, Fintan O'Toole is one of nature's gentlemen. But that quality is rarely, if ever, needed for the job. A columnist needs to be, in O'Toole's words, a professional killjoy, a licensed sourpuss. For the last 25 years, his columns for the Irish Times have lampooned the Celtic Tiger (for turning the famine into a corporate celebration), skewered the mega-rich (who made their money from opportunism, political connections and cuteness) and quizzed his nation's real rulers, the German executive board members of the European Central Bank. His columns are either loved (by the liberal left now in the ascendant) or loathed. Had he stood as a candidate in the last general election after the bailout began, he would almost certainly have been elected. He thought about it, but stood aside. He was probably right not to clamber into the ring. O'Toole has a rare gift and should use it for the next quarter of a century.
  • 12:08
    Do you have a Breaking Bad person in your life? Struggling for stocking fillers?
    Do you have a Breaking Bad person in your life? Struggling for stocking fillers?
  • 12:16
    Just got what has been described as the "First Ever Christmographic". It comes from  Gifts Direct & Infographic Natives.

    Here are the key details.

    • The keywords “mass times” will get over 5,000 searches on Google in December compared to almost none in January.
    • Co. Wicklow sends the most presents per person while Dublin sends the fewest.
    • 1 in 5 will do almost all their Christmas shopping online, while 39% will do more than half their shopping online. Of these 13% will shop on their tablet device
    • A third of workers admit to having had sex with a colleague during or after the office Christmas party.
  • 12:36
    So, um, tomorrow is 1D Day.

    What's that you say?

    As part of the promotion for their new album, the band are staging some class of worldwide event tomorrow in which they'll be hosting a live broadcast for seven  hours.

    Yes. Seven hours. Of nothing but One Direction. Tomorrow. 

     Because that's what makes them beautiful. 

     
  • 12:39
    Looking for live Tweets from Kennedy's Dallas visit? You'll find them here. 

  • 12:55
    Who was Fr Alec Reid and why did he matter?

  • 13:05
    ESB Unions to serve notice of industrial action on Friday 29th November. Some class of strike action could take place on Monday December16th. Ho Ho Ho.
  • 13:21
    Has there been any more enduring live news report than this? 

     Hardly. 

  • 13:26
    This is a few days old but if you've not seen it, it's funny. 

  • 13:35
    Healy, Best, Ross, Toner, O’Connell, O’Mahony, O’Brien, Heaslip, Murray, Sexton, Kearney, D’Arcy, O’Driscoll, Bowe, Kearney
  • 13:36
    That's the Irish rugby team to play the All-Blacks
  • 14:45
    Extraordinary version of the Zapruder footage.

  • 15:22
    ... at the highest level, it's to try and make something great. The only way you can do that is to care, you know, to an extraordinary level. And I think many things then testify to that, whether it's how you finish the inside of something, how it's assembled, right away through to how you try to communicate its value and how you package it. But I think certainly one of the things we feel strongly about at Apple is, you know, that commitment to care and to trying to make the very best product that we can. - Apple's head of design Jony Ive. He was talking to Charlie Rose on "CBS This Morning".
     
     
  • 15:34
    Oh dear. Oh  dear, oh dear oh dear. 

  • 15:50
    Feargal "That's the Irish rugby team to play the All-Blacks" Or, the waiting list at Saint Vincents A&E on Sunday evening ?
  • 15:51
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  • 16:20
    Microsoft’s Xbox One is not just a games console; it’s part of an entire company-wide strategy. It’s all about being one big happy family, working together. For the Xbox, that means it will be your home entertainment centre, controlling everything from gaming - naturally - to your live TV.
    It’s a little ambitious, but if Microsoft executive get their way, it won’t be long before we’re all hooked into the company’s way of thinking. But with the PlayStation 4 snapping at its heels, can the Xbox establish itself as the must-have console for Christmas?

  • 16:38
    " I don’t dislike vegetarians. Some vegetarians are among my best friends, including one who I constantly rib over the iron supplements he takes for his diet. I pity vegetarians in the same way I pity virgins, teetotallers and men who are not interested in sport."

    Jaysus but Ronan McGreevy's awful grumpy so he is. And I have to sit near him.  
  • 17:13
  • 17:15
    The death has taken place of the businessman Tom Gilmartin, whose testimony to the Planning Tribunal in Dublin Castle about alleged political corruption brought an early end to the career of the former taoiseach, Bertie Ahern.
    Mr Gilmartin, who told the tribunal his efforts to build a shopping centre in Quarryvale, in West Dublin, came up against repeated requests for payments to politicians, died today in Cork University Hospital.

    A spokesman for the family said Mr Gilmartin died peacefully. “The family would appreciate that our privacy be respected at this difficult time. We will greatly miss a much loved husband, father and grandfather. We mourn the loss of a truly honest, honourable and courageous man. There will be no further media comment for the present.”

    Mr Gilmartin had moved back to Cork in recent years, having lived and worked for much of his life in England.
  • 17:29

    Right, that's it... Live Blog is done and dusted for today. We'll be back next week. 

    All going well.