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Genevieve Carbery Mon, Nov 25
 
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  • 08:49
    The ensuing quiet solemn march from the  Aviva felt almost funereal...Gerry Thornley sums up yesterday's game and how many of us are feeling this morning here.
  • 09:05
    Need some cheering up? These 502,165 Christmas light bulbs are what it has taken for one Australian family to break a Guinness world record for the most lights. You can view it here  
    And it's officially Christmas in the capital after the lights were switched on at the weekend. It also broke a record for 'geansai Nollaig' with 857 participants, Olivia Kelly writes.   Finally  in a move from the how to make friends and influence people handbook - the Christmas lights won't be turned off on December 25th - according to an ESB union leader who says despite strike action threats it won't be at Christmas. Mark Hilliard has more here.

    Good morning it's Genevieve Carbery on the live blog here all day.
  • 09:05
  • 09:16
    Does Ross sum up how most of us are feeling today, the Monday blues (or blacks) compounded?  "To be a minute away from history and have the ball in your hand on their ten metre line, well it's devastating" Schmidt said afterwards. Malachy Clerkin's full report here.
  • 09:24
    Have you come across ‘hazardous’ small steel boxes appearing on your  street in recent months?
    Well Eircom have erected 180 of them without planning permission and have been ordered to remove them by Dublin city Council after a member of the public tripped over one in Sandymount (they’re for broadband).  Olivia Kelly has more here.
    In other news new figures show the number of people sleeping rough in Dublin has trebled since last year, creating heightened concern for the homeless population as winter closes in, Kitty Holland writes today - more here. 

  • 09:29
    Tis the season of bad dad dances  – but from The Edge? 
  • 09:43
    Trust the wonderful internet to give us an inphographic to get our heads around the Iran deal. NYTimes has a beatiful one here.

    In a nutshell the deal "is not yet even the beginning of the end of the danger to the world post by the possible (actually probable) military dimensions of Iran's nuclear activities"....but it "properly deseves to be described as historic"  the economist concludes.

  • 09:49
    So there's just a teeny weeny little bit of interest  from our readers in the nailbiting rugby defeat....just a little.   How was your Hook experience? ' Hook man over on RTÉ, the fella once again demonstrating the art of failing to capture the mood, sticking his size 16s up the backsides of the Irish team, confusing his refusal to be a fan with a microphone with the occasional need to give, you know, credit where it’s due. ' Mary Hannigan writes here
  • 10:09
    At this time of year money saving tips are always welcome. So a plan to save €666m will be intriguing. The HSE is due to give the National Service Plan for 2014 to James Reilly today covering €13bn spending. The savings won't come from recouping top-ups if Carl O'Brien and Martin Wall's story is anything to go by..  

  • 10:17
  • 10:24
    Four days in, the affair is riddled, if not with contradictions, then certainly with oddities. ..... Peckford Place has its merits, but privacy is not one of them. Our London Editor Mark Hennessy has more detail on that intriguing slavery case here.
  • 10:29
    The former education minister is referring to the departure of the most senior aide to President Michael D Higgins. Mary Van Lieshout has taken up a senior post with aid agency Goal. The Áras has offered no explanation for her departure. Read more here.
  • 10:42
    It will be interesting to watch if Irish people take to the JD Wetherspoon's chain pub model of cask ales, cheap prices, long opening hours and no music.  

    The first FTSE listed pub in the State with 886 pubs already  in Britain.

    The company's first test will be south Dublin's Blackrock as it has exchanged contracts to purchase its first pub in Ireland, the Tonic Bar.

    Its growing success in the UK last year was partly down to the demand for real Ale ....and there certainly seems to be a growing appetite for craft beer here. 
  • 10:58
    Anyone who has seen the provocative film Philomena will be interested to hear that the sisters of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary have accused the filmmakers of being misleading and say the real Sr Hildegarde (the film's religious villain) helped many mother reunite with their children. Ronan McGreevy has more here.
  • 11:06
    Tens of thousands of protesters clash with riot police during a rally to support EU integration Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters
    Tens of thousands of protesters clash with riot police during a rally to support EU integration Valentyn Ogirenko/Reuters
  • 11:08
  • 11:13
    Thinking of some Christmas shopping in Belfast? You may think again. A barrel or keg was filled with 130lb of home-made explosives which partially exploded in under a shopping centre in Belfast, PA reports. The detonator exploded but failed to trigger the rest of the device in a car park under the Victoria Square shopping centre.

    The PSNI has warned of a surge in dissident republic activities. “The philosophy of these groups is simply hatred.” Matt Baggott said. 
  • 11:37
    Cash-in-your-chips time for Monty Python which has extended its show at London's O2 from one night to five! Just as Brian Boyd predicted on Saturday: " It won’t be a one-off: it will sell out in brisk time when tickets go on sale, on Monday morning, and more days – weeks, even – will be added. Then it will likely travel to Broadway, with a live DVD also being scheduled." More here

  • 11:53

    A new dog-fouling hotline has been set up by Dublin’s local authorities. It’s a pet (groan) hate of mine particularly on Dun Laoghaire pier despite free poop scoop bags, lots of bins and very big signs!   Over 400 reports of dog fouling were received in 2012. For cantankerous walkers like me here’s the hotline number 1800 251 500. 

  • 12:03
    Let the panic begin. No longer can we give out about Christmas songs being played in shops, red cups and toy ads. Santy has declared it so. 
  • 12:19
    The Beastie Boys have denied taking a case against the wonderful Goldieblox ad (for unstereotypical  girls’ toys that went viral last week) for copyright infringement. (if you didn’t see it’s here).   The song has received more than 8 million views using a version of the Beastie Boys song ‘Girls’. Surely the Christmas ad of the season in a battle against turning every little girl into a pink princess. Goldieblox has taken a pre-emptive case according to the Huffington Post - a Beastie Boys spokesman said "There was no complaint filed, no demand letter (no demand, for that matter) when [GoldieBlox] sued Beastie Boys."  
  • 12:43
    One solution to Dublin's family home supply shortage and return of a property bubble in the capital? Encourage older people to move to smaller places....
  • 12:52
    This campaign video by Irish anti-homophobic group Belong-To now has over 1.3m hits, although 3 years old it received much attention in recent days, after first being tweeted by Upworthy and then by Stephen Fry. 
  • 13:08
  • 13:13
    43.5 seconds. That's how long it took Monty Python's first live show at London's O2 to sell out this morning. They've kindly added four more.
  • 13:22
    Thinking of ordering lots of your Christmas presents from Amazon? Tonight's Panorama claims to have found conditions at the online giant's warehouse that a stress expert said could cause "mental and physical illness". However Amazon said  that official safety inspections had not raised any concerns.  
  • 13:36
    Family Guy fans. A major character was killed off in last night's episode aired in the US. I won't tell you who. But if you're curious click here.  #spoileralert
  • 13:38
  • 14:00
    As protests continue in Ukraine, the EU has issued a statement strongly disapproving Russia's pressure to reject an EU trade deal.
  • 14:13
    It's that most wonderful time of the year again, Rodent Season .....and there's more mice on the move than usual - If a heavily pregnant mouse comes into your house...the gestation period is 21 days, and she’ll have a litter of 7 or 8, coming to maturity at 6 to 8 weeks. That’s a lot of mice..... Fionola Meredith has more here.
  • 14:21
    The man arrested in over the London suspect slavery case was "well-known within far-left circles in London during the mid and late 1970s as leader of a separatist party-cum-commune" , the Guardian is reporting today. 
  • 14:29

    “Leo’s flame has gone out,”said Oisín Quinn as he posed in a rickshaw along with burning candles, two female elves, a white angel and Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar...Tim O'Brien has been at one of those photocalls politicians may live to regret (to announce details of the NYE events to end the Gatherning).  

  • 14:41
    We'll soon be travelling to Red Square on yellow plastic seats as Ryanair has been given permission by Russia's air transport agency to fly from Dublin to Moscow and St Petersburg. More here
  • 15:01
    “No one does heartbreak like Ireland. Too cruel. Too cruel. This didn’t really happen, did it? New Zealand, 22-17 down with time up on the clock, won,” We know the reaction in Ireland. So here's a taste of the reaction in the New Zealand media.
  • 15:23
    The continued promotion of Arthur’s Day by Diageo further deepened our concerns regarding the credibility of your alcohol awareness campaign...student body USI wrote as it  cut ties with the alcohol industry's Drinkaware campaign.  Mark Hilliard has the full story here. 
  • 15:31
  • 15:44
    So it's been ranining in Sicily, raining rocks that is! This video shows that there was nowhere to hide during the Mt Etna eruption.  Watch here
  • 15:49
    You may want to look away. But here's a video of the relieved and happy all Blacks in their dressing room after the match. Watch here
  • 15:49
  • 16:05
    More details have emerged about the couple at the centre of the London slavery allegations. It just gets more and more bizarre. ....They are believed to have been well-known to the police in the 1970s after setting up a communist squat, the Mao Zedong Memorial Centre, in Acre Lane, Brixton in 1976, PA reports  

    Balakrishnan, who was known as Comrade Bala, was a former member of the national executive committee of the Communist party of England (Marxist-Leninist) but documents show he was suspended from the party in 1974 for pursuing “conspiratorial and splittist activities”.

    Documents also show how in 1978 police raided the Mao Zedong Memorial Centre, arresting 14 members of the organisation, including Aravindan Balakrishnan and wife Chanda, referred to as Comrade Chanda.
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  • 16:31
    Yale University said a person with a gun has been seen on campus and ordered students, faculty and staff to remain in their current location - Bloomberg reports. 
  • 16:42
    The Beastie Boys have sent an open letter about the Goldieblox/ Girls toy advert we mentioned earlier, The New York Times has published it:
    "Like many of the millions of people who have seen your toy commercial “GoldieBlox, Rube Goldberg & the Beastie Boys,” we were very impressed by the creativity and the message behind your ad.
    We strongly support empowering young girls, breaking down gender stereotypes and igniting a passion for technology and engineering.
    As creative as it is, make no mistake, your video is an advertisement that is designed to sell a product, and long ago, we made a conscious decision not to permit our music and/or name to be used in product ads.
    When we tried to simply ask how and why our song “Girls” had been used in your ad without our permission, YOU sued US."

     More here
  • 16:58
    A Donegal man has been given a "substantial" write-down on his debts in the first settlement to be approved under the personal insolvency act. Fiona Gartland has more on this interesting case which will undoubtedly be the first of many. 
  • 17:03
    Have universities become profit-making institutions rather than serving their purpose as a public good? Irish lecturer unions think so and warn that it could destroy the higher education sector.   More here
  • 17:18
    Rumours have been confirmed as Katie Couric is to join Yahoo as a global anchor. It marks a real shift for online news as the major figure in US broadcasting (known for the Today Show, 60 Minutes, ABC news) will lead a team of Yahoo news correspondents. This is one to watch. 
  • 17:26
    Temperatures are set to dip below zero tonight (-2 to +3)  with Met Eireann forecasting dry weather but frost under clear skies. So wrap up. Thanks for reading. Tomorrow our broken rugby hearts will begin to heal!