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  • 08:48
    Good morning, Áine McMahon with you on Thursday's Daily Wire.

    The exam weather has made itself known to Gardai earlier and will remain with us throughout the day.
  • 09:03
    It will be dry today across most regions with some good sunny spells (sunny at first) and light variable breezes - just well scattered showers. However it will be cloudier over Ulster till later on, with some passing showers, and breezier here too with fresh northeast winds. A cool start with afternoon temperatures recovering to between 14 to 17 degrees Celsius, coolest over northern and southern fringes. Becoming breezier across southern counties later, with moderate southeast breezes setting in, and increasing cloud here then too.
  • 09:09
    Our lead story today - Harry McGee and Ronan McGreevy report that there is growing pressure on the Government to hold a full historical inquiry into the deaths of almost 800 children in a mother and baby home in Tuam, Co Galway between the 1920s and the 1960s.
    There were numerous calls from TDs, Senators and councillors yesterday for a full inquiry following the disclosure that many infants and children who died in the home run by the Bon Secours order were buried in an unmarked plot.
    Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan said yesterday that he was giving “active consideration to the best means of addressing the harrowing details emerging regarding the burial arrangements for children who died many years ago in mother and baby homes”. More here.
  • 09:15

    Meanwhile, our new Minister for Children Charlie Flanagan yesterday described the latest revelations about the Tuam babies “deeply disturbing and a shocking reminder of a darker past in Ireland when our children were not cherished as they should have been.” More here.  


    The story has made international headlines and a piece by Irish writer Emer O'Toole in the Guardian  "Tell us the truth about the children dumped in Galway's mass graves."    is currently very popular on social media.  

  • 09:27
    Ah yes, BOD - it's this perceptiveness that landed you the Newstalk gig, no doubt.
  • 09:30

    The medical card saga with Minister for Health 'Calamity' James Reilly at the helm, continues to rumble on. This morning our Health Correspondent Paul Cullen writes - "Her husband has cancer, her son has cerebral palsy, and, while the review of discretionary medical cards is supposed to be suspended, a Co Wicklow woman claims the Health Service Executive is still threatening to take her family’s card.
    The woman said she was “appalled” when she got a warning letter from the HSE yesterday despite promises from the Government that the review process was being suspended." More here.

  • 09:30
  • 09:34

    A manhunt is under way in the Canadian city of Moncton after three officers were shot dead and two wounded.

    Police said they were searching for Justin Bourque, 24, who was "armed and dangerous", and tweeted a picture of a suspect with weapons.

    Officials have warned people to stay inside and lock their doors. Story and video here.  

     

  • 09:40

    A judge has asked a victim of sexual assault to consider meeting her abuser under the Restorative Justice Programme before he passes sentence.
    The man was convicted in April of assaulting his brother’s step-daughter after coming into her bed at night. He was acquitted of sexual assaulting the seven-year-old on two other occasions.
    Defence counsel Caroline Biggs SC told Judge Patrick McCartan that her client rejects the guilty verdict.
    The judge indicated that he would consider using the Restorative Justice Programme. He said he believes entry to the programme requires that a guilty party admits guilt. More here.  

  • 09:54

    Water Palaver! - Interesting feature by Alanna Gallagher this morning on the dreaded water charges and what they mean for us.  


    "People have become very interested in water conservation, says Mark Burke of bathroom product manufacturers Roca Ireland. This is because average annual water charges are set to be around €240.

    Each household will be allocated 30,000 litres free per annum. That might sound like a lot but it only amounts to a daily allowance of about one load of laundry (44 litres or more), one three-minute shower (36 litres or more) and a couple of kettles for tea." More here.  

  • 09:57
  • 09:58
    Was it you? Come on now, tell the truth and shame the divil.
  • 10:05

    Minister for Health James Reilly apologised to Fine Gael colleagues for the handling of the medical card crisis at last night’s meeting of the parliamentary party, writes Fiach Kelly.  


    "However, sources at the meeting said he appeared to blame the Cabinet, and said a “political will” and consensus among Ministers to fix the issue had only emerged in recent weeks.  The mood at the gathering of Fine Gael TDs and Senators was described as “tense” one of “exasperation” by a number of those who attended." More here.  

  • 10:21

    The National Gallery of Ireland is closed today as some staff members hold a one day strike.


    Room attendants at the gallery and maintenance staff are on strike over a disagreement about leave and pay arrangements.  

  • 10:24

    Boffins *journalese klaxon* at Trinity College Dublin have discovered a new bird.

    The new species of a tiny, colourful bird has been found by Irish scientists in a small island chain in the tropics.

    Zoologists from Trinity College Dublin named the new find the Wakatobi Flowerpecker (Dicaeum kuehni) after identifying it on numerous expeditions to the biodiversity hotspot of Sulawesi, Indonesia.

    Seán Kelly, PhD student at Trinity and lead author of the study confirming the discovery, warned that the pace of development in the region could wipe out other undocumented creatures before they are identified.

  • 10:35

    Concern has been expressed about the high turnover of staff at the Central Bank after it emerged there are currently 133 outstanding job vacancies at the bank.
    In response to a Dáil question from Fianna Fáil’s finance spokesman Michael McGrath, Minister for Finance Michael Noonan confirmed the majority of the vacancies - 72 of the 133 - were in the regulation area.
    According to the Minister, 50 offers have been made for these vacancies and 27 have so far been accepted by candidates.

  • 10:59


    Protestors are set to stage a 'sleep out' outside Dun Laoghaire County Council tonight, as part of a campaign to demand more social housing in the area.


    People before Profit TD, Richard Boyd Barret, councillors Melisa Halpin, Hugh Lewis and Karl Gill will sleep out overnight with homeless families and those in crisis prior to the AGM of the new council.


    Those participating in the sleep-out will include "families who are in hotel accommodation as the council has no-where else for them to go, people who have been on the housing list for years and others in dire straits", according to a statement.

  • 12:42

    Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton has said Minister for Health James Reilly will have to be responsible for his decisions in the medical card crisis and health service budget generally.
    Ms Burton said she disagreed with Dr Reilly’s claim that “political will” and consensus at Cabinet to fix the problem with the removal of discretionary medical cards only emerged in recent weeks.
    “I actually don’t agree with him there because I think the desire has been among everybody in the Cabinet, and it’s a collective Cabinet and the Cabinet makes collective decisions, of which I’m a part but of which he is also very much a part,” she said. Mary Minihan has more here.

  • 12:46

    Gardai are at the scene of a water meter protest in a Portlaoise housing estate. Over 25 residents have blocked a group of workers from accessing the Woodgrove Housing Estate this morning.
    They are protesting against contractors for Irish Water who attempting to connect water meters.
    Workers with five vans and five mini-diggers have been refused access to the estate on the Ballfin Road.
    Gardaí at the scene of the stand-off, but no arrests have been made.

  • 12:51

    A cluster of 19 deaths from a new unregulated stimulant drug has been reported to the authorities in Northern Ireland, a scientist told an inquest.


    The fatalities happened between June last year and February this year and the coroner described their effects as “catastrophic”.


    Coroner Suzanne Anderson told a court in Belfast: “It does seem that there has been a cluster of deaths involving this particular drug.”

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  • 13:07

    The European Central Bank has cut its main interest rate from 0.25 per cent to 0.15 per cent.  


    Our friends in Frankfurt also took the historic step of imposing negative interest rates on the region’s banks, cutting the deposit rate to -0.1 per cent from 0.0 per cent. More here.  

  • 13:09
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    Leaving Cert lols
  • 13:28

    A lawmaker from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling party has described rape as a social crime, saying "sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong", in the latest controversial remarks by an Indian politician about rape. The political leaders of Uttar Pradesh, the state where two cousins aged 12 and 14 were raped and hanged last week, have faced criticism for failing to visit the scene and for accusing the media of hyping the story.

    A regional politician from Modi's own party, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), said today that the crime of rape can only be considered to have been committed if it is reported to police. "This is a social crime which depends on men and women. Sometimes it's right, sometimes it's wrong," said Babulal Gaur, the home responsible for law and order in the BJP-run central state of Madhya Pradesh.

    "Until there's a complaint, nothing can happen," Gaur told reporters. Gaur also expressed sympathy with Mulayam Singh Yadav, head of the regional Samajwadi Party that runs Uttar Pradesh. In the recent election, Mulayam criticised legal changes that foresee the death penalty for gang rape, saying: "Boys commit mistakes: Will they be hanged for rape?" The BJP dismissed Gaur's comments as an expression of his personal views, and not the party's.

  • 13:36

    Pop brat Justin Bieber has apologised for a second time for using racist language after claims he used the N-word in a video and joked about joining the Ku Klux Klan. The Canadian singer told The Sun he needed to “take responsibility” for his mistakes and “not let them linger”.

    He later posted on Instagram a photograph of passages from the Bible, apparently asking for forgiveness. Way to assuage your guilt Biebs. The 20-year-old singer’s latest apology came after the newspaper reported the emergence of a video clip in which he adapts the words to his 2009 hit One Less Lonely Girl to One Less Lonely N****r. The clip was filmed early in his career after he signed a management deal as a rising child star. It comes just days after he issued an apology for another poor taste film in which he made a racist joke which he called a “childish and inexcusable mistake”.

    Speaking to The Sun from Mexico, Bieber said that facing up to the mistakes of his past was "one of the hardest things he ever had to deal with".

  • 13:37
  • 13:39
    Nuanced analysis from the Financial Times.
  • 13:44

    Press release just in from financial website MoneyWhizz.org - "Following the announcement by the European Central Bank to cuts its key benchmark rate from 0.25 per cent to 0.15 per cent, tracker mortgage holders in Ireland will see their monthly repayments fall by about €10 per €100,000 borrowed (based on a 20 year loan term). There are approximately 375,000 residential mortgage holders in Ireland that will immediately benefit from the rate reduction.  


    However, mortgage holders that have less favourable Standard Variable Rate deals (SVR) will have to wait and see if mortgage lenders will pass along the latest rate cut. Keep those savings – don’t overpay “Mortgage holders that benefit from reduced monthly repayments should use those savings to build up a nest egg for financial emergencies and even for when interest rates begin to increase."

  • 13:51
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  • 15:02

    The Seanad was suspended for half an hour this morning after a row broke out following claims of a conflict of interest made by Fine Gael Senator Maurice Cummins against Fianna Fáil Senator Marc MacSharry’s membership of the banking inquiry h/t Broadsheet.ie  


     

  • 15:05

    You may not know what a tracker mortgage is but our consumer affairs sleuth Conor Pope has compiled this handy guide about what the rate cut announced by the ECB earlier, means for you.


    You can read it here.  

  • 15:10

    The number of people signing on the Live Register has hit its lowest level in five years.
    Figures from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed the number of claimants on the register dropped by 1,600 in May, the 30th consecutive monthly drop.
    As a result, the seasonally adjusted register, which includes casual and part-time workers as well as those on Jobseeker’s Allowance, stood at 391,800 at the end of May, its lowest level since 2009.

    However, Fianna Fail Spokesperson on Jobs, Dara Calleary has described as ‘shocking’ the rise of over 5,100 in the number of people out of work for more than a year. Mr Calleary said the figures also show a significant slow-down in the rate of employment growth, with the numbers on the Live Register falling by 2,300 in the first 5 months of this year compared to 3,100 in the last six months of 2013.“It is time for the Government to realise that their jobs strategy is leaving far too many people behind. In towns and villages across the country there is a generation of people who feel cut off from the labour market. We need a new approach now with a specific focus on the barriers that are stopping these people from getting work."

  • 15:30

    Computer maker Hewlett Packard has confirmed that it will add about 100 new jobs at the company’s new research and development centre in Galway, Simon Carswell reports. The company made the announcement during the visit of Taoiseach Enda Kenny to its global head office in Palo Alto, California on his three-day investment mission to San Francisco and Silicon Valley. The high-tech jobs will be created at a new cloud products and services research facility at Ballybrit which is being built and will be finished next year. “Today’s announcement that HP is creating 100 additional jobs in Galway is a boost for Ireland and for the ICT [information and communication technologies] sector in particular,” said Mr Kenny during his visit. “HP has consistently invested in and believed in Ireland over the past 40 years. Today, the company is one of Ireland’s most valued investors and one of our foremost creators of highly skilled R&D jobs.”

     

  • 15:31
  • 15:44

    A Chinese “peasant farmer” kept in servitude in a cannabis grow house tending to plants with a potential value of over 1 million has been given a three year sentence. Defence counsel claim that Wen Lin (36) may prove to be a victim of human trafficking following further investigation.
    Lin said his family in China were in debt to fraudsters and their only option to repay had been to put him up for transfer for Europe. Lin of no fixed abode but originally from the Fu Jian province in China, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to cultivation of cannabis at Henrietta Place on November 20, 2012. He has been in custody since his arrest.
    Judge Desmond Hogan said he was prepared to accept that Lin was vulnerable, that others preyed on that vulnerability and he was exploited. He noted that nonetheless Lin was providing a valuable service admittedly at some cost to himself. Judge Hogan imposed a three year sentence backdated to November 2012 when Lin went into custody. He said he would suspend the final nine months on condition he consent to leaving the country with the assistance of gardai.

  • 15:51
  • 15:55

    Gary Glitter is to be charged with eight sexual offences relating to girls aged between 12 and 14, the Crown Prosecution Service said today.
     - Glitter, whose real name is Paul Gadd, became the first person to be arrested as part of Operation Yewtree in relation to the police inquiry into sexual abuse by Jimmy Savile, when he was taken into police custody in October 2012.
     - The 70-year-old was questioned by police for more than nine hours, and has been on bail ever since. But after receiving new evidence as recently as March this year, the CPS have confirmed they believe they now have enough evidence to bring the case to trial.
     - Glitter is accused of four counts of indecent assault involving the first complainant, who was aged 12 or 13 at the time, between 31 January and 31 May 1977. He is also accused of one count of "administering a drug or other thing in order to facilitate sexual intercourse" and one count of sexual intercourse with a girl under 13 between the same dates. He is also charged with two counts of indecent assault between 1 October 1979 and 31 December 1980 involving the second complainant, who was aged 13 or 14 at the time.
     - Glitter will appear at Westminster magistrates court in London on June 19th 2014.

  • 15:58
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  • 16:17

     

    Matt Baggott is to step down early as Chief Constable of the PSNI and has used his final appearance before the Policing Board to appeal for a fresh approach to dealing with Northern Ireland’s past.
    Following the appointment of George Hamilton as the incoming head of the police service, Mr Baggott announced to the board in Belfast he will leave his post at the end of June after nearly five years. Dan Keenan has more here.

  • 16:24

    Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White has said criminal proceedings could be considered in the Tuam babies case if it was deemed appropriate by prosecuting authorities, Mary Minihan reports.
    Mr White was opening a primary care centre in Summerhill, Co Meath. “We have to do absolutely everything that we can conceivably do to eastablish what happened and to take any action that can be taken at this remove,” he said. “That will be anything up to and including criminal proceedings where the prosecuting authorities to deem that that was appropriate. “It’s something that happened in another time but that doesn’t make it any less shocking to people now.”

  • 16:28
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  • 16:43

    Dublin fashion designer Simone Rocha was named 'Designer of the Year at the Glamour Magazine’s Women of the Year Awards, held in London last night.

    Simone (27) graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin before completing a Fashion MA at Central St Martin’s College in London, debuting her first show in 2011 at London Fashion Week.

    Simone is the daughter of Irish fashion designer, John Rocha so she clearly didn't lick it off the shtones.

  • 16:49

    Vera McGrath (65) has been handed an 18-month sentence for helping her husband's killer dispose of his body in Co Westmeath almost 30 years ago in a case that made the judge feel physically ill.  


    Read more here.  

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