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Conor Pope Mon, Jun 10
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  • 07:55
    Do men or women make better bosses, or does it make any difference? Those who took part in the latest Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI Women at Work survey were asked this question and found that just 12 per cent of women think females are better bosses while 22 per cent of women said men made better bosses.

    A majority of women – 63 per cent – said there was no difference between the genders when it came to competency in the most senior managerial role. Men who expressed a preference also favoured male bosses.

    A larger majority of men than women – 74 per cent – said there was no difference between the genders. However, those men with a preference opted for male over female bosses by a factor of almost two to one. Just 8 per cent of men said women make better bosses, while 15 per cent preferred a male boss.
  • 08:01
    Good morning. It's Monday and I am Conor Pope.
  • 08:03
    Fair play to the Guardian. It has a long and fascinating interview with Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations. In the piece the 29-year-old source behind the biggest intelligence leak in the NSA's history explains his motives, his uncertain future and why he never intended on hiding in the shadows. It is well worth a read
  • 08:13
    An Irish professional footballer playing in Britain is at the centre of a criminal investigation after a serious assault in a south Dublin nightclub at the weekend. The player, who is well known, was in a club on Leeson St at around 3.40am on Saturday when a man in his 20s was allegedly assaulted. The man, who is from Finglas, sustained a broken nose and other injuries to his face and damage to his teeth after being headbutted. Gardai have yet to interview the footballer but you can expect to hear a lot more about this story in the hours and days ahead.
  • 08:39
    Gardaí in Cork are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a young man who drowned while swimming in the river Lee in the early hours of this morning.

    The incident happened at around 12.30am when a group went swimming in the river near Inniscarra graveyard and the man got into difficulties.

    The alarm was raised and members of Ballincollig fire brigade attended the scene. The body of the young man was recovered and brought to Cork University Hospital.

    A disturbance broke out at the scene and two men were arrested.
  • 09:16
    Word is reaching us that water is falling from the skies over the west coast. It's still lovely in Dublin mind you.
  • 09:20
    The Catholic bishops will intensify pressure on the Government this week over the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill. They plan to issue a joint statement in outright opposition to it. According to our Religious Affairs Correspondent Patsy McGarry it will be a crucial element in what has been their most concerted campaign against any piece of proposed legislation in Ireland since the 1995 divorce referendum. Over the weekend the third of their Choose Life 2013 leaflets opposing the Bill was read at Masses throughout the State. It described as “unreliable” assurances that it would provide very limited access to abortion in response to suicidal ideation and said it also failed to adequately balance the right to life of mother and child, unlike current law.
  • 10:05
    The chairman of the Dail public spending watchdog claims there is a case to be made the taxpayer to pay for ministers to take their spouses abroad while on official travel.
    John McGuinness was on Morning Ireland today. He said that a minister could make the case for bringing a spouse on official trips after a report in the Irish Independent revealed that he had tried to bring his wife on foreign trips while he was a junior minister. As it turns out she did not travel with him on trips to Dubai and Canada when he was minister for trade.
    The Fianna Fail Carlow-Kilkenny TD said it was always his intention to pay for her but in an email to civil servants at the time - late 2007 - he argued that the taxpayer should foot the bill for ministerial spouses to travel.
  • 10:22
    In case you noticed a brief pause, that was because I had to run - literally - to the Ray Darcy Show to talk about bikes and banks. One was praised. The other? No so much. Then I had to run back to the office.

    Dying now.
  • 10:26
    I posted a link to the obituary of Iain Banks who has died aged just 59. The link was broken so here it is again.
  • 10:36
    "Twitter declined to make it easier for the government. But other companies were more compliant. . . They opened discussions with national security officials about developing technical methods to more efficiently and securely share the personal data of foreign users in response to lawful government requests. In some cases, they changed their computer systems to do so." More  on Prism. 
  • 10:38
    In March 2013 [the NSA]  collected 97bn pieces of intelligence from computer networks worldwide. Still more
  • 10:52
    What follows are just three of the tweets posted yesterday by Nick Griffin of the British National Party (BNP).

    Saint #nelsonmandela on last legs it seems. Make sure to avoid BBC when the murdering old terrorist croaks. It'll be nauseating.
    'Statesmen' must be judged on results not rhetoric. Before Mandela, South Africa was safe economic powerhouse. Now crime ridden basket case.
    No surprise #Mandela's lungs are shot - all those burning tyres. Smoking necklaces very bad for the health.

    Understandably Griffin's sentiments have provoked outrage. He's no doubt delightied by the controversy.    
  • 10:57
    Anything of interest in this week's Bermuda News? There is as it happens.  We've come a long way from underwater sketches so we have. 
  • 11:16
  • 11:19
    Poor old Pat Rabbitte... or whoever wrote his recent update which was sent in to Will Hanafin of Today FM today.

    Wellies, willies... they're close enough, right?
  • 11:32
    The world clapping record has been broken.

    Yes. Yes it has. Stand by please.

  • 11:32
  • 11:46
    Happy Birthday to Kim Deal from the Pixies. She's 52.

  • 11:46
  • 12:33

    The body of a woman has been found near the banks of the river Shannon north of Limerick city. A man out walking his dog made the discovery at around 9.30am and a large area where the discovery was made remains cordoned off.
  • 12:35
    Coronation Street star Bill Roache is to face trial in January over allegations of historic sexual offences against five girls. The 81-year-old actor was charged in May with two counts of raping a 15-year-old girl in east Lancashire in 1967, and last week he faced fresh charges of five indecent assaults involving four girls aged between 11 or 12 and 16. He appeared today for a five-minute preliminary hearing at Preston Crown Court. and his trial date has been set for January 13th.

  • 12:40
    “I understand that I will be made to suffer for my actions [but] I will be satisfied if the federation of secret law, unequal pardon and irresistible executive powers that rule the world that I love are revealed even for an instant”. Edward Snowden is the man responsible for one of the most significant leaks in US political history. He is a former technical assistant for the CIA and currently works for the defence contractor Booz Allen Hamilton. He has been working at the National Security Agency for the past four years as an employee of various outside contractors. He says he was determined not to opt for the protection of anonymity "because I know I have done nothing wrong”
  • 12:40
    Pat Might I hazard that it might be kelley deal's birthday too? (Kim's twin sister and fellow member of the breeders!)
  • 12:46
    Fairview? Blarney? Should we be concerned?
    Fairview? Blarney? Should we be concerned?
  • 13:50
    Would you like your day to get a little better? You would? Brilliant. Well, watch the clip that follows. It is deadly.
  • 13:50
  • 13:59
    "I'm the happy one. It feels like yesterday that I was here, but it was nine years ago. A lot has happened in my professional life, but I am the same person, I have the same passions, the same heart. I would describe myself as a very happy person. It's the first time I've arrived at a club where I've already loved the club. At others I had to build an emotional relationship, this time I am arriving at a club and I love it already." The Special One is back at Chelsea and he gave his first press conference this afternoon.
  • 14:29
    If Disney films told the truth... via <a href=''> these folk. </a>
    If Disney films told the truth... via these folk.
  • 15:28
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  • 15:37
    Reuters has published an analysis of the Troika and says that if it were a soccer team, it would "probably be looking for a new manager after achieving a track record of one win, one loss and one draw".

    We're the win. 

  • 15:43
    “The Seanad, I think, is really past its sell by date. It should be burned at the stake.” That was Shane Ross today. Sitting on the fence as ususal. 
  • 15:49
    Mind you while Ross might want the Seanad burned at the stake he doesn't want it abolished. He wants it reformed you see.

    He was joined on the plinth by Finian McGrath who came over all Churchilian.

    “We will fight them in the Dáil, we will fight them in the Seanad, we will fight them in every street and every constituency in Ireland,” he told a press conference.

  • 15:52
    According to a press release we have just got from Ryanair, it is Europe's only ULCC... But can you guess what ULCC stands for?
  • 15:58
    The condition of former South African President and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela has not changed from “serious but stable”. In a statement, President Jacob Zuma repeated his call for the country to pray for the ailing 94-year-old.
  • 16:05
    David Cochrane @IrishTimes ULCC doesn't stand for Ultra Large Crude Carrier, does it Conor?
  • 16:14
    Michael Fingleton should not have been paid a € 1m performance bonus prior to his departure from Irish Nationwide but should instead have been summarily dismissed.

    No, we're not editorialising.  As if. 

    That is the view of the  special liquidators of Irish Bank Resolution Corporation. The   Commercial Court was told today that the former building society chief executive should have been sacked  no later than  2007. 
  • 16:38
    Surprising number of the day:  Around 1.3 million Dutch homes are in negative equity with the total deficit amounting to €65 billion according to the De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB).