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David Cochrane Fri, Apr 12
 
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  • 09:49
    Good morning, it's David Cochrane here manning the Irish Times Live News Blog until lunchtime.
  • 09:51
  • 09:59
    Olivia Kelly writes this morning that Dublin City Council are to suspend street cleaning in certain parts of Dublin's city centre because of the amount of illegal dumping. Charlie Lowe, a senior official with the council says it's down to people with different "cultural backgrounds". You can read the piece by Olivia here.
  • 10:15

    Irish Times Legal Affairs Correspondent Ruadhán Mac Cormaic writes this morning in advance of the constitutional convention tomorrow that's going to debate (or just discuss, depending on your view of the convention) same-sex marriage. Ruadhán reports that the topic of same-sex marriage has gotten "by far" the highest number of submissions from members of the public and advocacy groups. The submissions are in excess of 1000 to date. 

    > Same-sex marriage moves centre-stage at constitutional convention

    There's an interesting graphic (on pg 8 of today's print edition) which shows where in the world same-sex marriage is permitted. I'll see if I can throw it up here.

  • 10:20
  • 10:28
    While we're on the subject of gay rights, Una Mullally wrote a very good piece (imho) on IrishTimes.com yesterday evening about gay-bashing.

    Una writes: "It’s no surprise gay-bashing happens in Ireland when our legislation enshrines discrimination and our media is only happy to stoke the flames." It's worth a read.

    Gay-bashing, gay marriage, and how the media needs to get a grip.
  • 10:42
    The Irish Times is running a series called "Dealing With Debt" - a two-parter on personal insolvency and how its affecting individuals, families and society. The lead piece on it in today's Irish Times is by Carl O'Brien, who's looked at the mortgage arrears operations of a number of banks.

    It's by far the most popular article on IrishTimes.com this morning.

    Life inside the banks’ arrears collection units
  • 11:03
    Martyn Turner could be on to something with his cartoon in today's Irish Times: "A History of Ireland in 100 mistakes".

  • 11:03
    'A History of Ireland in 100 mistakes'
    "A History of Ireland in 100 mistakes"
  • 11:18
    Also popular this morning on IrishTimes.com is a piece by Lorna Siggins who writes that Paddy "Red" Lydon, the ginger-haired boy in the famous Hinde postcard has died age 65.

    >  Tributes paid to ginger-haired boy immortalised in John Hinde postcard
  • 11:18
    John Hinde postcard of children on a Connemara bog. Photograph: John Hinde Ireland.
    John Hinde postcard of children on a Connemara bog. Photograph: John Hinde Ireland.
  • 11:31
    A colleague in The Irish Times' newsroom is loudly hailing the arrival of Spring this morning. The rest of us think she's just jinxed it. This is a photo taken a moment ago from the roof of the building. It's not looking very Springy to me....
    A colleague in The Irish Times' newsroom is loudly hailing the arrival of Spring this morning. The rest of us think she's just jinxed it. This is a photo taken a moment ago from the roof of the building. It's not looking very Springy to me....
  • 11:43
    The sports people here tell me something big in sport-type stuff is happening right now...

    "Barcelona have been drawn against Bayern in the Champions League semis while Real and Dortmund do battle in the other ... Chelsea get Basel and Benfica get Fenerbache in the Europe leage."
  • 11:45
    Stephen Would be good if the images on the liveblog could be expanded on click. The map of gay marriage legality is unreadable in its current form.
  • 11:48
    Cheers for the feedback Stephen - we've learnt a few things on the go this week with this live blog, and yes, pics definitely need to be bigger.
  • 11:59
    There's a lot of attention to see if "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead" will make it to the charts in the UK this weekend. The BBC Radio 1 Chart Show on Sunday is bound to have the biggest listenership for a long while as people sit around to either cheer or tut as the tune is played out, or just shrug indifferently..

    The most amusing this (in my view anyways) from all this is not the fact that the BBC say they will play for track if it makes it into the top 5 (and that's no-doubt inevitable at this stage) it's actually that BBC Radio 1 are planning on having someone from the BBC news room come on-air during the Chart Show and explain who this Margaret Thatcher person is. Lisa O'Carroll's piece on the MediaGuardian site is a good read for this.

    Radio 1 says it may ask Newsbeat reporter to explain context of song, as top five entry poses test for corporation's new chief (The Guardian)

    Staying on Thatcher Ciara Fischer of the Irish Feminist Network, writing in today's Irish Times says that Thatcher did nothing to help improve the lives of women. If you have your own thoughts on that, please do share them under Ciara's piece...

    >  Iron Lady was a self-serving anti-feminist
  • 12:12
    The Irish Times is tomorrow publishing a previously unpublished piece by Garret Fitzgerald on Margaret Thatcher. I for one am very much looking forward to it. 'Evaluating Thatcher: Garret Fitzgerald's impressions of Margaret Thatcher, in a previou
    The Irish Times is tomorrow publishing a previously unpublished piece by Garret Fitzgerald on Margaret Thatcher. I for one am very much looking forward to it. "Evaluating Thatcher: Garret Fitzgerald's impressions of Margaret Thatcher, in a previou
  • 12:49
    I don't know about you, but when reading The Ticket (free today with The Irish Times) the first thing I look for in the film reviews are the bad ones. Anything with just one star will immediately get my attention.

    Alas! Nothing gets such a bad reception in today's The Ticket , Donald Clarke reviews Oblivion (three stars) "routinely plotted but beautifully made" and Pilgrim Hill (four stars) which he calls an "extraordinary debut feature", while Tara Brady reviews The Place Beyond The Pines (three stars) as "a handsome displaced western".
  • 13:02
    This just in: The TEEU have voted by two thirds against the revised Croke Park agreement., they're the third union to do so. More details will be on IrishTimes.com soon.
  • 13:15
    The Irish Times Sport team report that Brian O'Driscoll will start for Leinster against Munster at Thomond Park tomorrow. It's the first time he's worn the blue jersey since January. However the match comes too soon for BOD's team-mate Jonathan Sexton and Munster's Keith Earls, who'll miss the match.

    > O’Driscoll to start against Munster
  • 13:51

    Another politician not-getting-social-media story: A Sinn Féin councillor has apologised for remarks posted on Facebook and has even been criticised by Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams.

    "A Sinn Féin councillor has apologised for accusing a newly elected TD of a cynical approach to politics in the wake of her father’s suicide"

    > Sinn Féin councillor apologises for remark on Helen McEntee 

  • 14:25

    Fresh from his daily lunchtime visit to the Geri Halliwell message boards, Irish Times Assistant News Editor John Collins has tipped me off to this blog post by Halliwell where she apologises for removing a tweet about Margaret Thatcher earlier this week.

    Halliwell tweeted "Thinking of our 1st Lady of girl power ,Margaret Thatcher , a green grocer's daughter who taught me any thing is possible...x.", however Halliwell then deleted the tweet when a few people (in between their breaks of mass-buying 'Ding Dong' on iTunes no doubt) criticised her for it. Criticise is probably putting it mildly.

    Haliwell on her blog wrote that she removed the tweet because she "was so afraid of upsetting people, and not being liked for saying something that was not to everyone’s taste".

    Girl power indeed. 

  • 15:15
    Right folks, it looks like the Sports team are hovering over me as they prepare to take-over for the US Masters Live Blog.

    So only one more chance to shamelessly plug The Irish Times this Weekend.

    The happy hooker myth : Rachel Moran's life in prostitution

    How rich do you feel?
    : Irish people discuss their earns and debt

    Household name
    : Jean Butler brings her new show to Dublin

    Facelife in a now
    : How Japanese women eat their way to health

    Garret on Maggie
    : a previously unpublished assessment.

    Plus the best in news, politics, sport, business, opinion, analysis, culture and lifestyle. 

    That's it from me (here at least). Until next time, have a great weekend!