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The Magdalene laundries controversy, Seanad abolition debate and continuing heatwave

Eoin Burke-Kennedy Thu, Jul 18
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  • 09:27
    Doheny and Nesbitt’s pub in Merrion Row may need to review its door policy following last night’s set-to involving Minister Rabbitte and a group of anti-austerity protesters.

    The Minister was apparently enjoying a post-work drink with colleagues when he was confronted by a group who had been attending a protest outside Leinster House.

    The group surrounded the Minister who was sitting on a stool and began shouting abuse and slogans at him, berating him for his role in Government and chanting 'Run Rabbitte Run'.

  • 09:27
  • 09:36
    Among the other leading news items - and our most read story on the site - is Harry McGee's exclusive on the putative assets of the four religious orders which are refusing to contribute to the compensation fund for residents of their former Magdalene laundries. Read more
  • 09:50
    By way of an introduction and somewhat later than planned, I'm Eoin Burke-Kennedy here with your daily rationing of news.
    If you're as resentful as I am about being stuck indoors on another scorcher, then take solace from the fact that the warm weather and high temperatures will still be here come the weekend. That's according to the good people in Met Éireann anyway.
  • 10:04
    President Higgins has reportedly engaged Frenchwoman Aziliz Gouez as his chief speech-writer. Ms Gouez is said to have perfected her English in the illustrious halls of Cambridge university where she did research on the Irish sovereign debt crisis. She also worked for French president Francois Hollande, albeit before he was appointed president. The post carries a minimum annual salary of €65,000

  • 10:12
  • 10:22
    The Government defeated a bid to delay the Seanad referendum legislation last night thanks to the support of three independents. Fiach MacConghail, Jillian van Turnhout and Marie Louise O'Donnell voted with the Government, defeating Senator Feargal Quinn's motion to extend the debate by 31 votes to 27.

    Van Turnhout later tweeted: "I do not think it is my role to delay the people getting a chance to have their say. It was a catch22 for me."
  • 10:30
    Belfast is today braced for another potentially divisive decision by the Parades Commission. A bid by Belfast Orangemen to march the same route from which they were banned last week, triggering days of loyalist rioting in the city, will be ruled on later today by the commission. Some 300 police officers from the UK have arrived in Belfast to assist the PSNI in dealing with the ongoing street violence.
  • 10:58
    Iron Man Robert Downey Jr has eclipsed Tom Cruise as Hollywood's highest paid actor with estimated earnings of $75 million, according to Frobes magazine. He came ahead of Channing Tatum and Hugh Jackman. Last year,   Cruise topped the list with earnings of $75 million but dropped to eighth place with $35 million. What a loser!

  • 10:59
  • 11:13
    School's out for summer in the Dáil. The House adjourns tonight for an eight-week summer recess. Why does the Oireachtas mirror the school system when it comes to holidays? Oh yes, that's kind of obvious. Teachers make up the largest professional group in Dail. One-fifth of those elected in the current Dáil have an educational background. Silly me.
  • 11:27
    Our live coverage of round one of the British Open has just commenced here. Best placed of the Irish at this early stage is Rory McIlroy on +1. He’s five shots off the lead which is held by Spaniard Miguel Angel Jimenez.
  • 11:46
    The decision by Rolling Stone magazine to run a picture of accused Boston marathon bomber Jahar Tsarnaev on its cover has provoked a storm of comment in the US, with many saying it glorifies terrorism. US retailers Walgreens and CVS have said they will not carry the edition. The mag's editors have attempted to explain their editorial motivation by issuing a statement online.  

    “Our hearts go out to the victims of the Boston Marathon bombing, and our thoughts are always with them and their families," the magazine said. "The cover story we are publishing this week falls within the traditions of journalism and Rolling Stone’s long-standing commitment to serious and thoughtful coverage of the most important political and cultural issues of our day. The fact that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev is young, and in the same age group as many of our readers, makes it all the more important for us to examine the complexities of this issue and gain a more complete understanding of how a tragedy like this happens.”
  • 11:47
  • 11:50
    Scientists have developed a way to “switch off” the genetic defect responsible for Down syndrome. The technique has only been tried on laboratory cell cultures but researchers hope it could pave the way for a new form of “chromosomal therapy”. Read more
  • 12:02
    An ongoing story which is making the those in the art world choke on their sushi relates to the supposed burning of several masterpieces by Matisse, Picasso and Monet. Romanian woman  Olga Dogaru claims to have burned the paintings, which were stolen from a Dutch museum in a daring daylight heist. Ms Dogaru’s son is charged with stealing the seven paintings.

    Prosecutors have not said whether they believe her account, but Pavel Susara, a Romanian art critic, said the story has the ring of truth. “Olga Dogaru describes how she made the fire, put wood on it and burned the paintings, like she was burning a pair of slippers,” he said. “She’s either a repressed writer or she is describing exactly what she did.”
  • 12:06
  • 12:41
    Quote of the day: Dublin Fire Brigade spokesman on the Howth gorse fire: “I’m told there were some rare rhododendrons under threat earlier on but that was about the extent of it.”
  • 12:49
    Cyclists will face on-the-spot fines for traffic violations from 2014, the Department of Transport says. While the list of offences to which the fines will apply has not yet been finalised, they are likely to include breaking a red light, cycling on a footpath and failing to yield right of way at a ‘yield’ sign. Read on
  • 13:08
    You've got to feel sympathy for cyclist Chris Froome. His heroics in this year's Tour de France have been overshadowed by repeated doping allegations, not directly against him, mind you, but against the sport in general. Understandable really, given what's happened in recent years and Froome's main rival in this year's race, Alberto Contador, is only just returning from a two-year drugs ban.

    To refute allegations and to prove the authenticity of their effort, however, Froome's Sky Team recently invited journalists to a no-holes-barred look at the team's power data. French sports daily newspaper L’Equipe took up the offer and was granted access to Froome's   data from 18 different climbs over the past two years as well as various other biological information. The newspaper had information assessed by biomechanics expert Fred Grappe, who is on the Tour with the FDJ team. He told L’Equipe that the data was consistent with that of a clean rider.

    One of the most unfortunate aspects of doping in sport is the suspicion which the real athletes now find themselves under.
  • 13:11
    Tour de France leader Chris Froome in action during yesterday's time trial
    Tour de France leader Chris Froome in action during yesterday's time trial
  • 13:27
    Senator David Norris has launched another expletive-strewn tirade against the proposed abolition of Seanad, saying the travel allowance for Dáil Éireann alone would cover the wages of the Seanad for a year, and berating Government ministers for pursuing a policy of unemployment for everyone bar their "fat selves".
  • 14:16
    There is apparently 1,000 Irish supporters at corner 10 on Alpe D'Huez. Tour de France cyclists are due there in about 15 minutes.
  • 14:18
    Picture of Irish corner on Alpe D'Huez from Broadsheet
    Picture of Irish corner on Alpe D'Huez from Broadsheet
  • 14:28
    Online payments firm Paypal erroneously credited a US man with $92 quadrillion, it admitted today.  When Chris Reynolds of Pennsylvania opened his monthly statement, he saw his account was in credit to the tune of $92,233,720,368,547,800. However, the error was quickly corrected.

    "This was obviously an error and we appreciate that Mr Reynolds understands this was the case," PayPal said in a statement to the BBC.
  • 14:43
    Netflix has two shows nominated for Emmy Awards: House of Cards and Arrested Development. Apparently, it's the first time a series distributed online has been nominated.
  • 14:44
    British coastguards yesterday intercepted/rescued a man who was trying to sail from Dorset to Ireland in a six-foot inflatable dinghy. The British Martime & Coastguard Agency today released a statement, saying: “The man was heading for Ireland in a 6ft beach blow-up dinghy. With him were two paddles, one used as a mast accompanied by a plastic sheet as a sail, and the other used as a rudder to steer. Aboard was a limited amount of food and drink.”
  • 14:50
  • 14:57
    The family of bankrupt businessman Sean Quinn is to bring a separate legal action against the Department of Finance and the Central Bank over alleged conspiring with Anglo Irish Bank in advancing €2.34bn unlawful loans to Quinn companies.

    The move means the actions of the regulators relating to the loans will now be subject to scrutiny by the courts. Read more
  • 15:18
    School children sing Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela at Holy Cross Anglican School in Soweto
    School children sing Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela at Holy Cross Anglican School in Soweto
  • 15:26
    The British government has abandoned plans to arm Syrian rebels fighting to overthrow president Bashar al-Assad and believes he might survive in office for years, Reuters news agency says, citing unnamed sources.

    In one of the gloomiest assessments of the conflict yet, the sources also told Reuters that a peace conference to try to end the conflict might not happen until next year if at all. "Britain is clearly not going to arm the rebels in any way, shape or form," said one source, pointing to a parliamentary motion passed last week urging prior consultation of  politicians.

    The reason for the shift was the largely hostile public opinion and fears that any weapons supplied could fall into the hands of Islamists.
  • 15:42
    Catholics are being urged to boycott weekend Masses in protest at the four religious orders which are refusing to contribute to the compensation fund for residents of their former Magdalene laundries. Magdalene Survivors Together said the women want the public to help them get the orders to take responsibility.

    “After the shocking and pathetic response from the Government, the women are now seeking the assistance of all decent citizens of this country to stand behind them,” spokesman Steven O’Riordan said.

    “We want people to make it clear to the church that people are not happy with how the women are being treated by the four religious orders who ran Magdalene laundries.  
  • 16:39
    It looks like it's going to be a long hot summer up North, but for all the wrong reasons. The Parades Commission has just banned a controversial Orange Order march past a sectarian flashpoint in north Belfast for a second time.

    The commission ruled that Organgemen cannot march along the contested stretch of road separating loyalists and nationalists in the Ardoyne during a proposed new parade this coming   Saturday.

    Riots erupted in the city earlier this month when Orangemen were prevented from parading past the Ardoyne area on their way home from July 12th commemorations.

    In its ruling today, the commission said if the march was allowed to pass near nationalist homes there would be an adverse effect on community relations and potential for public disorder.

    It also said: “The commission has heard oral representation from the Crumlin Ardoyne Residents Association, Sinn Féin and the SDLP and written representation from residents living in Woodvale Parade and Woodvale Road. The commission is disappointed that it did not receive any representations from the parade organiser or any unionist politicians.”
  • 16:44
  • 17:01
    Sun bathers and sandcastle makers on Portmarnock beach. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times
    Sun bathers and sandcastle makers on Portmarnock beach. Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times
  • 17:04
    William The nuns need to be forced to pay. They made significant profits and got rich on the backs of all those poor women.
  • 17:06
    Rory McIlroy’s woes continued on the first day of the British Open today as he slumped to an opening round of 79, at eight over just one shot off last place. Read more
  • 17:10
    Tour de France update: Christophe Riblon became the first French stage winner in the 100th Tour de France with victory on the historic double ascent of the Alpe d’Huez today, while Chris Froome took more time out of closest rival Alberto Contador to maintain the overall lead.
  • 17:29
    Sunny side up: To prove how hot it is, the Whelans in Kilmacow just dropped an egg on their patio
    Sunny side up: To prove how hot it is, the Whelans in Kilmacow just dropped an egg on their patio
  • 17:31
    That's all from me folks. I'm off into the sun. We'll be back tomorrow.