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Does anyone celebrate Europe Day? Plus gardai criticised and Priory Hall residents must wait

Hugh Linehan Thu, May 9
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    Good morning. I'm Hugh Linehan and I'll be running today's Irish Times live newsblog.
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    Today's top stories on irishtimes.com is:

    The charging of Ariel Castro for the abduction and imprisonment of three women in Cleveland, Ohio. Castro's two brothers have been released without charge.

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    Also on the site today: 

    A proposed new pilot scheme to provide relief for debt arrears.

    Ciaran Hancock writes that' banks, credit unions and credit card groups have agreed to operate a pilot scheme that will provide relief to people in loan arrears with multiple lenders.
    'This will include extending out the term of credit, reducing interest rates and a restructuring of mortgages that could ultimately involve some debt being written off by banks.'
    And further detail on proposals to fund increased pre-school provision by taxing or means-testing child benefit. 

    Carl O'Brien writes that 'Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald, along with Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton and Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn, yesterday expressed support for using savings from child benefit changes to pay for an extra year of free pre-school.
    'Proposals to either tax or means-test child benefit would deliver enough money to pay for the move. This, however, would result in less cash in many parents’ pockets. '
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    Aonghus Rooney is going nowhere it's all talk. Was hoping for mourinho to take over but moyes seems an ideal choice.
  • 09:05
    Thanks Aonghus. I was hoping to hold off for a little while on the fallout from yesterday's big story - the dramatic departure of David Moyes from Everton to manage some little-known club 40 miles down the road - but you've forced my hand. Here's Emmet Malone's thoughts on the matter.
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    From Laura Slattery's column today: 

    'Like most journalists, I’m widely regarded as an indispensable force for good in the battle to restore western civilisation.'

    Laura is musing, with tongue a little in cheek, on the rather troubling but increasingly popular concept of journalists as brands. 

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    The British film director Bryan Forbes, whose films included King Rat and The Stepford Wives, has died. Here (if you have an hour and a half to spare) is his directorial debut from 1961, Whistle Down the Wind.
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    Enough of that. Back to reality.


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    Unsurprisingly, Ariel Castro's Facebook page, which he opened in February, is no longer available. However, The New York Times has all the details.
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    By the way, I do hope you're all enjoying this special, joyous day.
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    What do you mean, what's so special or joyous about it? You're surely aware that today is.....

    Europe Day! 
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    Lots of talk this morning about Wayne Rooney leaving Man United. And some about a certain C Ronaldo coming back to the club from Real Madrid. Here's Ronaldo's goal against malaga last night.
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    Most popular article on irishtimes.com right now is the report on the antics of the aide to Fine Gael TD Derek Keating. Tommy Mriis was caught on CCTV in multiple shops removing copies of local freesheet The Lucan Gazette (full disclosure: the Irish Times has an interest in the group that publishes the Gazette).
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    Here's Arminta Wallace's interview with Irish debut novelist Paul Lynch, whose Red Sky in Morning has been getting a lot of favourable reviews.
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    Excitement about Europe Day continues to build.
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    On this day in 1960, the oral contraceptive pill was approved by the FDA  for general use in the United States.
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    On this day in 1962, Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode was born.
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    RTE reports that the Supreme Court has ruled that Registered Employment Agreements, which apply in several different sectors of the economy, are unconstitutional.

    Independent.ie's lead is that nurses have 'voted for industrial action'. because of Croke Park II

    The BBC leads with the abduction of a former Pakistani prime minister's son at an election rally.

    Thejournal.ie's lead is the Supreme Court's postponement to October of a decision on the case involving Priory Hall residents and the local authority.

    And irishtimes.com is leading with the Garda Ombudsman criticising the force for 'unacceptable' behaviour in the course of investigations into garda handling of an informer.

    Who says there's no diversity in media.....

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    Sorry, had to be away from the desk for a while. What's been happening? Oh, this.
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    And then this....

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    Everton FC statement:

    'Everton can confirm that David Moyes will leave the Club at the end of the season.
    The Manager met Chairman Bill Kenwright early yesterday evening (Wednesday 8th May) and confirmed his desire to join Manchester United. The Chairman, on behalf of the Club, would like to place on record his thanks to David for the massive contribution he has made to Everton since his arrival in March 2002. He has been an outstanding Manager. 
    During his tenure at Goodison Park, David has taken charge of the team on over 500 occasions including four European campaigns. 
    His final two games as Everton Manager will be the remaining Premier League matches against West Ham United and Chelsea. Everton officials will start the search for a replacement manager immediately.'
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    So as of now, Everton have announced that Moyes is leaving and his desire is to join Manchester Utd. However, with the exception of whoever runs their Facebook page, Man Utd have said nothing.
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    Manchester United have officially announced David Moyes as Alex Ferguson's successor. 

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    Alex Ferguson:  'When we discussed the candidates that we felt had the right attributes we unanimously agreed on David Moyes.'

    David Moyes:  'I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the club"
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    Moyes: 'It's a great honour to be asked to be the next manager of Manchester United. I am delighted that Sir Alex saw fit to recommend me for the job. I have great respect for everything he has done and for the football club. I know how hard it will be to follow the best manager ever, but the opportunity to manage Manchester United isn't something that comes around very often and I'm really looking forward to taking up the post next season.'
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    Full Man United statement is here.
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    Over on his On the Record blog, Jim Carroll has posted his weekly New Music picks, this week featuring tracks from Chance the Rapper, Sinead Harnett and the Preatures. Don't even try to pretend you've ever heard of any of them.
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    There are other sports apart from football...

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    So true.

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    Simon Carswell reports that the murder trial of Irish nanny Aisling Brady McCarthy has been set provisionally for April 7th of next year, according to new records filed in a court in the state of Massachusetts in the United States.

    Ms Brady McCarthy, who is originally from Co Cavan but has been living in the US for about 13 years, is charged with first-degree murder, assault and battery causing the death of one-year-old Rehma Sabir in January.
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    Peter Cluskey in the Netherlands reports that country's brand new king has received the honour of having a cannabis plant named after him.

    The plant, to be called Koning (King) Willem-Alexander, took four years to develop, according to the cannabis lobby group, Nederwietland, and is ideally suited to growing outdoors in the changeable Dutch weather.
    “Anybody with a small balcony will be able to grow this weed and within eight weeks, it will produce enough cannabis to last a year”, said the group, which wants changes to the way cannabis production is regulated.
    It also claimed to have planted seeds of the new strain in the grounds of the king and queen’s summer home in the jet-set resort of Porto Cheli on the southern Peloponnese coast in Greece, which the royals usually visit by yacht in late summer
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    On that dazed and confused note, my work here is done for the day. We've been enjoying Europe Day so much in here (you should see the cake!), that I'll sign off with another blast of Ode to Joy. From Burgas to Burtonport, a continent celebrates. Good evening.
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