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Australian priest becomes first cleric excommunicated under Pope Francis

Eoin Burke-Kennedy Thu, Sep 26
 
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  • 09:08
    What ever happened to our Indian Summer? The forecast is for mist and fog with patches of rain and drizzle. It looks like 5pm in the evening here in Dublin.

    Good morning, I'm Eoin Burke-Kennedy and I'll be steering the Daily Wire today.
  • 09:16
    Speaking of the weather, it seems Ireland's climate will get warmer but wetter as a result of the climate change. The findings are contained in a major Met Éireann co-ordinated study. The price of warmer, drier summers, it seems, is wetter autumns and winters with floods. 

  • 09:34
    If you missed yesterday's news, there was one line which stuck out. Of the 35,000 proposed resolutions for problem mortgages offered by banks to the end of June, 62 per cent referred to surrender or repossession of property. The info was relayed by Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan to the Oireachtas Finance Committee.

    Regardless of how you view the problem of mortgage arrears, what's striking is how the banks, all of which are either partially or fully owned by the State, are able to essentially follow their own course of action even if its inimical to the taxpayer.
  • 09:40
    Andres Will the central Bank an/or the government ever do something about banks applying the real interest rates? The bank am paying to rescue is the one trying to rip me off. As per weather, is it really about floods or is Ireland actually sinking??
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  • 10:07
    I swore I wouldn't bring up the dreaded Arthur's Day debate, today of all days. However, I feel obliged to mention that the New York Times is running a lengthy piece on the controversy.
  • 10:33
    Rewilding Europe: protection, curbs on hunting and people moving away from rural areas have seen a resurgence in some of Europe's apex predators, according to a new study. Conservationists say species such as bears, wolves, lynx, eagles and vultures have increased in numbers.
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  • 10:47
    What have Olivia Newton John and Winnie Mandela got in common? They share the same birthday, which is today, September 26th.
  • 11:14
    Michelin stars have been awarded to nine Irish restaurants. Patrick Guilbaud’s in Dublin remains on top of the culinary pyramid as the only eatery with two stars. In Dublin, Thornton’s, Chapter One, L’Ecrivain and Bon Appétit in Malahide retained their single-star status. Outside Dublin, House at the Cliff House Hotel in Waterford and Aniar in Galway also received Michelin stars.

    The two newest recipients were Kilkenny restaurants Campagne and Lady Helen at the Mount Juliet Hotel.


    Here's more background I stole off the wires: Europe's largest tiremaker, produced its first guide in 1900. It was free of charge until 1920 and was intended for chauffeurs. The volume contained practical information, including street maps and tips on repairing tires.
  • 11:47
    The private life of Vladimir Putin. It could be a lost Nabokov manuscript. What the Russian commander and chief gets up to when he's not defending Russia's traditions from the scourge of homosexual "propaganda" [tongue firmly in cheek] has been the source of some speculation.

    The latest centres on rumours of his marriage to one Alina Kabayevava. The former Olympic gold medallist gymnast turned politician seems like an ideal match for the Russian strongman.

    Here's his spokesman Dmitri Peskov on the speculation: “You know it’s a perfectly normal question, it has a right to exist. But I will answer quite simply. You and I voted for the president at the elections, so let’s pay attention to what kind of president he is. And what kind of bloke he is, whether he has a wife or not – let’s leave that up to him.”
  • 11:56
    Vladimir and Alina?
    Vladimir and Alina?
  • 12:18
    How long before the latest property prices hit the most read. I'm betting it will be top of the pile by lunchtime.

    Dublin 10-6 Rest of the Country 2-8
  • 12:52
    As much as it pains me to report on anything to do with the Gathering, it seems the initiative has delivered a well-needed boost for the tourism sector.

    The number of overseas trips to Ireland increased by 6.7% over the summer months, latest CSO figures show. This comes on the back of a dramatic rise in the number of North American visitors, who made 437,900 trips here, an increase of 19.9%.

    Minister for Tourism Leo Varadkar said 2013 had been a “great year” for tourism in Ireland and pointed to improved value for money and the Gathering to explain the growth. Full story.
  • 12:55
    Most read at 12.55pm: Michelin stars and Dublin property prices. Quelle surprise.
  • 13:01
    Dublin Zoo announces arrival of two male Okapis. Their markings suggest zebra but they're actually related to giraffes.
    Dublin Zoo announces arrival of two male Okapis. Their markings suggest zebra but they're actually related to giraffes.
  • 13:10
    Sharp exchanges in the Dáil over Central Bank's decision not to initiate legal proceedings ove the Anglo tapes with SF's Mary Lou McDonald accusing Central Bank governor Patrick Honohan of "sitting on his hands" over the issue.

    Minister Howlin said he believed the attitude in banking had changed but he was not going to say anything that would lessen the prospect of people “who have verged over the edge of criminality being held accountable before the courts”.
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  • 14:10
    Loyalist paramilitaries have been blamed for shooting a young woman in east Belfast. The Ulster Volunteer Force is believed to have been behind the gun attack in which the 24-year-old victim was hit up to five times. The woman is in a stable condition in hospital and is being treated for injuries to her lower abdomen, hips and knees. Politicians have described the attack, which happened in the Lord Street Mews area at about 10.40pm last night, as barbaric - PA
  • 14:16
    Specialist painters send a message to the outside world as they continue to live and work on Beachy Head Lighthouse near Eastbourne, Sussex.
    Specialist painters send a message to the outside world as they continue to live and work on Beachy Head Lighthouse near Eastbourne, Sussex.
  • 14:25
     Ploughman Jim Cronin from Clare at the National Ploughing Championships in Stradbally, Co Laois.Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times
    Ploughman Jim Cronin from Clare at the National Ploughing Championships in Stradbally, Co Laois.Photograph: Alan Betson/Irish Times
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  • 14:42
    Star Wars fan will surely be excited by the news that US scientists appear to have created a real-life light-sabre. A team of physicists have managed to clump photon particles together  and make them behave like a light-sabre. Read more
  • 15:10
    Ok, here's a story that's gonna do the rounds. Australian priest Fr Greg Reynolds has become the first priest to be formally excommunicated by the new pope. He's accused of heresy, which is code for advocating women priests or proposing a more liberal stance on gays.

    When it comes to liberal offences against mother church, Fr Reynolds has form.

    Fr Reynolds told the US National Catholic Reporter (NCR) website he believed the excommunication also resulted from his support for the gay community.  

    In November 2010 Australian media reported that Fr Reynolds had devoted his homily at three parishes over a weekend the previous September to proclaiming it was God’s will to include women in the priesthood and said denying women the right equalled “obstructing the work of the Holy Spirit.”.

    And a slightly odd addition to the story: last year Fr Reynolds was involved in controversy when it was reported in Australian media that a dog had received Communion at a recent service.
  • 15:23
    eBay has said it does not share data it collects on its customers with the US National Security Agency. NSA leaker Edward Snowden has suggested that major web companies have set up systems to help the NSA monitor online communications to protect against terrorism. California-based eBay was not named in documents Snowden provided to several newspapers, but German privacy commissioner Peter Schaar said last month he was certain that information collected on eBay users ended up with the NSA - AP
  • 15:41
    Kenya Interpol has issued a “Red Notice”, at the request of Kenya, for Briton Samantha Lewthwaite, the widow of a July 7 bomber, who has been linked with the terror group al-Shabab. Read full story
  • 15:46
    This is a freaky story. At least 18 people have been killed in an unusual spate of hornet attacks in central China. More than 100 people in the Angkang city area of Shaanxi province have been stung by swarms of the insects in recent months and treated in Ankang City Central Hospital.

    Eighteen of them have died, according to health officials, but a local state-run newspaper claimed 21 have died in hospitals. People in the region are killed by hornets every year, especially in forested areas, but this year has been unusually severe, possibly because of weather changes. In the affected village of Sanping, people have been warned “to be very vigilant while in the woods”.
  • 15:54
    An inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats on the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing
    An inflated Rubber Duck by Dutch conceptual artist Florentijn Hofman floats on the Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace in Beijing
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  • 16:19
    The news that Interpol has issued a “Red Notice” for terror suspect Samantha Lewthwaite cements her status as the most wanted woman in the world, according to a report by PA. The development is likely to lead to further shock and disbelief for the friends and family of the radicalised British housewife in leafy Buckinghamshire where she used to live an unremarkable life. According to Interpol, Lewthwaite — dubbed the “White Widow” — is wanted on charges of being in possession of explosives and conspiracy to commit a felony dating back to December 2011. Speculation has been rife that the 29-year-old widow of a July 7 bomber was one of the masterminds behind the Nairobi atrocity which has claimed more than 70 lives.
  • 16:25
    Undated handout photo issued by Interpol of Samantha Lewthwaite as an international arrest warrant has been issued for the British terror suspect.
    Undated handout photo issued by Interpol of Samantha Lewthwaite as an international arrest warrant has been issued for the British terror suspect.
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  • 17:00
    That's all from me today, folks. We'll be back same time again tomorrow.