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Ralph Lauren’s niece in court in Ireland for air rage incident

Eoin Burke-Kennedy Tue, Jan 7
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  • 09:21
    Is Google planning another major Irish expansion?

    The internet giant has reportedly snapped up another building on Dublin’s Barrow Street – it’s fourth major unit in the area. It has agreed to pay Nama €65 million for the Grand Mill Quay building, which it already partially occupies.

    The purchase has fuelled speculation that the company may be planning another expansion of its Irish operation which already employs 2,500 people. The deal represents a bit of coup for Nama as the guide price for Grand Mill Quay was €42.4 million, suggesting it secured a 37.5 per cent premium. Nama agreed the sale of four major office blocks, including Grand Mill Quay, in central Dublin.

    The other three buildings are believed to have been sold to private equity group Blackstone for €100 million. These are Hume House in Ballsbridge and two properties on Sir John Rogerson’s Quay in Dublin – the Bloodstone Building and Block B, Riverside 4. All were at one time connected with developer Seán Dunne and have been in receivership since July 2011.
  • 09:46
    By the way, I'm Eoin Burke-Kennedy and I'll be paddling the Daily Wire canoe today. On the theme of water, a major post-storm clean-up is under way in several parts today following days of high winds and surging seas.

    The worst-hit areas were the Atlantic seaboard counties of Galway, Clare, Kerry but the southern counties of Cork and Waterford were also badly affected.

    The Government’s emergency response group will meet later today to co-ordinate responses to the storms. The good news is that the weather is expected to ease up by tomorrow.

    My colleague Frank McDonald writes an interesting analysis piece on the changing nature of Ireland's climate, suggesting these types of extreme weather patterns are likely to become more frequent as a result of changes in the Earth’s climate.
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  • 10:16
    According to, here are the top ten New Year's resolutions;

    1 Lose Weight 2 Getting Organised 3 Spend Less, Save More 4 Enjoy Life to the Fullest 5 Staying Fit and Healthy 6  Learn Something Exciting 7 Quit Smoking 8 Help Others in Their Dreams 9  Fall in Love 10  Spend More Time with Family

    I spend most of the year, trying and failing at 1,2,3,4,5. Who the feck makes a resolution to fall in love? Where's the sacrifice in that?
  • 10:33
    Unsurprisingly, our most-read story on the site today concerns barristers's pay. Ruadhan Mac Cormaic's story suggests the Attorney General paid a total of €139 million to barristers over the past decade, with some individuals earning more than €3 million.

    Figures released to The Irish Times under the Freedom of Information Act show that from January 2002 to August last, two barristers were paid €3.2 million, seven made €2-€3 million and a further 27 earned €1-€2 million for civil work on behalf of the Attorney General’s office.
  • 10:42
    There's been another arson attack on a former Quinn Group business.

    A large 52-seater bus bearing a sign saying “Paul O’Brien, Diaster Tours, Leaving Soon” was set alight at Quinn packaging in Ballyconnell, Co Cavan this morning.

    In August, 2011, a car outside the home of businessman Mr O’Brien, who was appointed chief executive to the Quinn Group by receiver KPMG, was attacked by arsonists. The attackers set fire to his BMW 4x4, which exploded, causing damage to Mr O’Brien’s home and that of his neighbour.
  • 10:53
    The huge swells off the west coast are proving too alluring for the world’s top surfers. Apparently, surfer dudes from California, Portugal and Spain are arriving here en masse to ride the storm-lashed waves at various locations from Kerry to Donegal. Read more
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  • 11:11
    Academic and curator Mike Fitzpatrick has agreed to take on the poisoned chalice that is Limerick's City of Culture festival.

    Mr Fitzpatrick's appointment had been flagged yesterday and follows the resignations of the festival's chief executive, Patricia Ryan, and artistic director Karl Wallace.

    Sources said Mr Fitzpatrick yesterday met City of Culture chairman Pat Cox, Limerick city and county manager Conn Murray and Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) president Maria Hinfelaar. The school of art and design is part of LIT.
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    Three thousand light years from Earth, the Cat’s Eye Nebula is a sight that draws in the human eye. In this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, numerous bubbles are visible – shapes generated by the ejection of glowing gas as the s
    Three thousand light years from Earth, the Cat’s Eye Nebula is a sight that draws in the human eye. In this image from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, numerous bubbles are visible – shapes generated by the ejection of glowing gas as the s
  • 13:23
    Ever wonder what happened to those brainy-acts that win the annual BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibiton. Just under 10 per cent ended up cooking crystal metz in a camper van in the New Mexico desert. I jest, of course. I'm immersed in the final series of Breaking Bad and can think of little else.

    Seriously though, our Science Editor Dick Ahlstrom has done a great piece on the past winners, which have gone on to pursue a wide variety of careers. There are teachers, bankers, pharmacists and surgeons. Some became enviornmentalists while others set up their own companies. Read more.
  • 13:32
    Another story proving a hit with readers today is the air rage incident involving the 41-year-old niece of fashion icon, Ralph Lauren.

    Jenny Lauren appeared today at a special sitting of Killaloe District Court- held in Brian Boru pub in the adjoining Lough Derg town of Ballina - after spending a night in the cells at Shannon Garda station.

    Solicitor for Ms Lauren, Sharon Curley confirmed that Ms Lauren would be pleading guilty to the three charges brought against her in relation to the incident on board the Barcelona-JFK flight.

    Judge Patrick Durcan said that before he would impose sentence, the nature and extent of how people were discommoded, the cost to the airline and the cost to Shannon airport arising from the incident would have to be addressed.
  • 13:40
    Regarding the previous story, are we the only country in the world where a court can convene in a pub? No offence to the participants, but was there no other space available?
  • 14:03
    I'm a fan of wearable technology. I recently purchased a pair of micro-chipped runners. However, I draw the line at wearing earphones that measure blood flow to determine heart rate and oxygen consumption, not unless I need to for medical reasons. According our tech correspondent Ciara O'Brien, who is at the opening of Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, LG has come up with earphones that do just that.

    Monitoring the ebbs and flows of my heart rate and oxygen intake is simply too distracting. Too many metrics. I tried running with a heart monitor but the constant monitoring was ultimately more of problem than it was worth.

    My heart rate rose too high on hills so I slowed down and then sped up when back on the flat but after a while I found it was just easier to listen to my body and to forget about the monitor.
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  • 15:02
    "I don't give a rat's ass what the hell you think. I'm saying to you, look at these guys here, look at them ... they dared to do one thing, they came here."

    This is how ex-basketballer turned international envoy Dennis Rodman reacted when questioned on CNN about his  controversial visit to North Korea with a team of former NBA players. [See video below]

    Speaking of North Korea's Kim Jong Un, Rodman said: "I love my friend. This is my friend."

    Asked if he would take the opportunity to ask North Korean leaders about imprisoned US citizen Kenneth Bae, Rodman suggested the Korean-American had done something wrong but did not say what that was.

    "Kenneth Bae did one thing ... If you understand what Kenneth Bae did. Do you understand what he did in this country? No, no, no, you tell me, you tell me. Why is he held captive here in this country, why? ... I would love to speak on this."
  • 15:07
    You can't say he's not photogenic
    You can't say he's not photogenic
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    Two elephants rub noses at the Dierenrijk Zoo in Nuenen, Netherlands
    Two elephants rub noses at the Dierenrijk Zoo in Nuenen, Netherlands
  • 16:15
    Breaking news: Edinburgh Airport was evacuated and a police cordon set up after the discovery of a potentially suspicious bag earlier this afternoon.Bomb disposal experts are on the scene.  A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Police at Edinburgh Airport have implemented a closure of the building and the access roads following the discovery of a potentially suspicious bag within the central search area at around 1.50pm today.

     “The Explosive Ordnance Disposal are currently in attendance to inspect the item and officers are maintaining a cordon to ensure the safety of the public.” A number of outbound flights have been cancelled and inbound flights diverted to Glasgow Airport.
  • 16:30
    The NTMA picked a good day for its first post-bailout debt auction. Investors bid more than €14 billion for the new 10-year bonds, nearly four times the size of the final €3.75 billion issuance, testifying to the strength of global bond markets. There's no doubt the NTMA decided to get in early to avoid before the liqiudity tap is turned off in the US.

    The bond - the first Dublin has sold since last March - gave a yield of just over 3.5 per cent, and marked a substantial step towards a target of raising 6-10 billion euros this year.

    "This sale shows that Ireland has fully exited the EU/IMF (bailout)," finance minister Michael Noonan said. "The yield of 3.54 per cent illustrates the strength of Ireland's international reputation and brings us far closer to the borrowing rates of the strongest European economies."

    Ireland's cost of borrowing has now tumbled from a peak of about 15 per cent, hit in 2011 as the euro zone's debt crisis intensified. 
  • 16:40
    Circus of Horrors performer Anastasia pulls a four-tonne vehicle along the seafront in Eastbourne, Sussex with her hair. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
    Circus of Horrors performer Anastasia pulls a four-tonne vehicle along the seafront in Eastbourne, Sussex with her hair. Photograph: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire
  • 17:08
  • 17:17
    A former Miss Venezuela and her ex-husband have been brutally murdered in front of their five-year-old daughter in an attempted robbery in Venezuela.

    Monica Spear (29), who was also a soap opera actress, and Henry Berry (39), died in an incident on the highway between Puerto Cabello and Valencia in central Venezuela.

    The 2004 Miss Venezuela winner lived in the United States but was vacationing in Venezuela. The pair’s daughter survived the attack late last night, but with a bullet wound in her leg, the government and local media said.

    Berry has been reported as being from Northern Ireland   but we haven't been able to confirm that.
  • 17:31
    Four young Irishmen have been listed on the influential Forbes ‘30 under 30’ list of people to watch. You might expect these to comprise people who haven't yet made it big but who are on the way - people to watch out for.

    Do golfer Rory McIlroy and Niall Horan of boyband One Direction really fit the bill? The former has already enjoyed a spell as number one golfer in the world and has won multiple majors.

    Horan may go on to bigger and better things but it's not like he's still striving to hit the big time.

    The other two Irish on the list are Limerick entrepreneurs Patrick and John Collison. Their inclusion makes sense as they may not be known to an international audience.
  • 17:40
    Ok that's all from me today, folks.