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Bulger behind bars, trouble in the North and the Dundon trial

Dan Griffin Tue, Aug 13
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  • 09:05
    Good morning
  • 09:06
    It's Tuesday, August 13th
  • 09:07
    A device has exploded outside a PSNI station in Belfast

    A verdict is due in the John Dundon murder trial

    And Fianna Fáil has joined labour in calling for an easier budget
  • 09:08
    I'm Dan Griffin and I'll be at the controls of the daily wire until 5pm.
  • 09:16

    An investigation is underway in Northern Ireland after two devices were thrown at a police station in west Belfast. One device exploded outside Woodbourne police staion in Stewartstown Road just after 10.30pm las night while the other failed to detonate and the scene was cordoned off. According to DUP Councillor Brian Kingston, eyewitnesses reported a group of children had lifted one of the bombs.

    The Special Criminal Court is to rule today on whether John Dundon was responsible for the killing of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Limerick almost five years ago.

    Fianna Fáil is backing the Labour position on the forthcoming budget, calling for a significant reduction in the €3.1 billion adjustment favoured by the troika and Taoiseach Enda Kenny.

  • 09:31
    And so begins the first day of the rest of Whitey Bulger's life. Once the most-wanted gangster in America, Bulger was convicted of racketeering in Boston yesterday.

    A jury sitting in federal court in Boston found him guilty of 11 of the 19 murders he was charged with.

    Judge Denise Casper set sentencing for November 13th, but, as Kevin Cullen writes in today's paper , it is almost moot. Bulger, who turns 84 next month, is certain to die in prison.
  • 09:54
    Images of Irish woman Michaella McCollum Connolly and her Scottish companion Melissa Reid standing in an airport in Lima, Peru, yesterday are splashed across the front pages of five newspapers today.

    The pair were arrested on suspicion of smuggling €1.7 million worth of cocaine out of Peru. The Mirror, the Star, the Mail, the Sun, and the Independent all carry the picture. Although cynics might scoff at the intensity of the coverage and say a story involving young women, cocaine, and exotic countries is manna from heaven for the redtops during silly season, the Indo will surely argue that their online gallery featuring 20 photographs of McCollum (20) in various states of undress is in the public interest. 

    Elsewhere in the papers, the Examiner reports that parents pay over €100 a week for students. Niall Murray reports that 29 per cent of parents take out loans to help their children pay college bills.

    The Herald reports on new developments in the investigation into the murder of a mother and her seven-year-old daughter in Co Kerry in June while the Indo's main story is that soaring college bills are set to hit €1,000 a month.
  • 09:56
  • 10:10
    Last year, of the best-paid executives at each of the Standard and Poor's 500 Index companies, 198 were women, or 8 per cent of the total. Those high-achievers on average earned $5.3 million (€4 million), 18 per cent less than men, according to a survey by Bloomberg.

    Fiona Reddan has more.
  • 10:15
  • 10:35
    These days it's customary for election winners to take a magnanimous position during victory speeches. They tend to reach out to opposition supporters and stress the importance of unity during challenging times.

    But it's fair to say Robert Mugabe, the tenacious president of Zimbabwe, doesn't care too much for conciliation. "Those who lost elections may commit suicide if they so wish," he thundered yesterday during his first public speech since "winning" the country's recent election. "Even if they die, dogs will not eat their flesh."

    "We have thrown the enemy away like garbage," he continued, referring to Zanu-PF's former coalition partners the Movement for Democratic Change. "We say to them: 'You are never going to rise again'."
  • 10:48
    Gardaí investigating the attempted armed robbery of a businessman at his home in Glounthaune in east Cork have recovered a gun.
  • 10:52

    Everything on TV except the Great British Bake Off is "violent, cruel and noisy", says Great British Bake Off judge Mary Berry. She's obviously never seen Nationwide.

  • 11:06
  • 11:22
    A number of homes were evacuated after a live historic grenade was discovered in Limerick city overnight.
  • 11:32
    Apple will unveil new iPhone and iPad models on September 10th. Crowds have already started queuing in Covent Garden, probably.
  • 11:35
    John Dundon has been sentenced to life over the killing of Shane Geoghan. More to follow.
  • 11:36
    The Special Criminal Court has found that John Dundon was responsible for the killing of rugby player Shane Geoghegan in Limerick almost five years ago.
    In its verdict this morning, the non-jury court found that Mr Dundon played a central role in organising and directing the killing.

    Read more 
  • 11:50
    Does anyobne fully understand the role that money plays, asks Chris Johns.
  • 12:24
    Those eagerly awaiting the unveiling of the new iPhone will have to do without Send Me to Heaven, a fun new app which encourages players to fling their phones as high into the air as they can.

    The developers describe it as a "sport game". The higher the player throws her phone, "the better". The phone registers the height and uploads the result to an international leader board.

    Of course, if you fail to catch the phone, there's a good chance you'll banjax it. And for that reason it's not available from the Apple app store. It is, however, available for android.  

    One user described it as "perfection".
  • 12:39
    Another sinkhole. This time near Disney World, Florida. It swallowed a three-story building.

    "The building actually twisted and seperated," said Richard Shanley. Shanley, a local security guard, who was nipping about the Summer Bay resort in Orlando on a golf cart when a family hailed him to say something was wrong.

    He rushed into the buiding as balconies were breaking and started banging on doors to wake people. He kept going through the building until the fire department arrived and made him leave.

    Thirty-six people were evacuated, including 20 from the collapsed building and 16 from another building emptied as a precaution, according to the resort’s executive vice president, Juan Barrillas.

    No one was injured.

    In 1981, in Winter Park near Orlando, a sinkhole measuring 320-feet wide (98 meters) and 27-metre deep swallowed a two-storey house, part of a Porsche dealership and an Olympic-size swimming pool. The site is now an artificial lake.
  • 12:43
    Lunch now. Back in a while.
  • 13:22
    A judge in Tenessee has changed a seven-month-old boy's name from Messiah to Martin. Child support magistrate Lu Ann Ballew said, with a certain amount of panache it seems, that the name was earned by one person and "that one person is Jesus Christ".
  • 13:35
    John Dundon profile here from AP: a career criminal used to making death threats.
  • 13:48
    The statue of Phil Lynott has been returned to its position on Harry Street, Dublin city. The bronze monumnet was damaged some months back but has since been repaired.

    The statue of the Thin Lizzy frontman will be officially unveiled this Thursday.

    Meanwhile, in Galway, the statue of Pádraic Ó Conaire remains stuck in that museum down by the Spanish arch, years after its head was chopped off in Eyre Square. "The statue was decapitated by vandals some years ago and a Galway garda apprehended an individual with Sean Phádraic's head in his bag attempting to leave the city by public transport." Via
  • 14:10
  • 14:24
    The total net debt of all Irish households combined declined in the first three months of 2013 compared to the previous quarter, according to figures published by the central bank, writes Dan O'Brien.
  • 14:43
    And in other exciting news, the Insolvency Service of Ireland (ISI) has authorised its first batch of personal insolvency practitioners (PIP), who will be responsible for leading people through the insolvency process.
  • 15:00
    From the London Evening Standard:

    Children's theme park Legoland, Windsor, was the scene of a mass brawl over the weekend. 

    Around 10 parents got involved in a fist fight while waiting in line for the Jolly Rocker swingboat ride. The ride--a sort of exciting pirate themed splash thing--had to be closed for about 20 minutes while police were called to break up the scrap. Two men were arrested. 

    "You don't expect to see things like this at Legoland," said one onlooker.
  • 15:23
  • 15:37
    A reminder that the Irish Times Leaving Cert results help desk will go live tomorrow. The help desk will be staffed by a team of guidance counsellors ready to answer queries from students and their parents about results or CAO offers (which are made next Monday morning).

    If you have a question to ask right now send it to to get ahead of the pack.

    Complaints about the cancellation of the Athlone Penis Rodeo, as reported here yesterday,  should be directed to Karma nightclubs.
  • 15:38
  • 16:01

    Pope Francis today met the world's greatest footballer and fellow Argentinian Lionel Messi.

    On the eve of a friendly between Italy and Argentina, Pope Francis said he didn't know which team he would support (Actually David Cameron had much the same problem until a team of Downing Street staffers decided he did, indeed, support England)

    Addressing players from both sides, Pope Francis said they had a social responsibility. “When you are on the pitch, you represent beauty, team spirit and willingness...If these things are missing, then the game loses something even if your team wins.”

    All the players thought the meeting was lovely

  • 16:33
  • 16:34
    The latest Second Captains podcast is out now.
  • 16:47
    Just hours after handing a potted plant to Pope Francis, Lionel Messi has pulled out of tomorrow's friendly against Italy in Rome with muscle fatigue.

    More here.
  • 16:55

    The number of drug prescriptions dished out to attention deficit hyperactivity disorder sufferers in England has soared by more than 50 per cent in six years, figures show.

  • 17:02
    A meteor seen over Gloucestershire during the Perseids meteor shower last night. Photograph: Press Association
    A meteor seen over Gloucestershire during the Perseids meteor shower last night. Photograph: Press Association
  • 17:04
    We'll leave it at that for today so. Have a nice evening.