THE CRUCIAL VOTE on the Second Stage of the Finance Bill is due in the Dáil in the coming minutes… but it looks like the government has been handed a last-minute reprieve after Michael Lowry released a statement indicating that the government had offered concessions on tax-deductible student registration fees, and to rush through an amendment levying a 90 per cent tax on bankers’ bonuses.
# gaa - Wednesday 26 January, 2011
The Cork TD beats opposition from Éamon Ó Cuív, Brian Lenihan and Mary Hanafin to become the eighth party leader.
Film buffs will be pleased to hear the line-up for the upcoming Dublin Film Festival – which include Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez, Kevin Spacey and Richard Ayoade.
In his annual State of the Union address, Barack Obama warns of the global threat to the United States’ economic power.
Investigation into Monday’s suicide bomb attack on Domedovo airport continues to suspect North Causasus militants, as Putin says no apparent link with Chechen fighters.
The King’s Speech is heading back to the edit suite, as Harvey Weinstein plans to try and cut out the bad language. Er, wasn’t that the best part?
Former team-mates and managers line up to pay tribute to axed star.
A cow who went on the rampage and knocked over a garda faces a death sentence. Should she get a reprieve?
The government bags a crucial victory on the Finance Bill after independents offer support in exchange for big amendments.
Ireland gives the Palestinian delegation the status of ‘mission’ – a move blasted by Israel as a symptom of its “bias”.
Passengers hoping to travel with Aer Lingus today have been warned of disruptions after the airline cancels 14 flights.
Property Envy Alert: the media tycoon’s property portfolio.
Protests continue in Egypt following yesterday’s deaths, as demonstrators demand an end to repression and governmental corruption. Meanwhile in Tunisia, the interim government has said it will bow to the will of the people and reshuffle the cabinet today.
Children’s home also has to be cleared out after dissident republicans claim they left “unstable” device on Antrim Road.
Helen McKendry, the eldest child of IRA victim Jean McConville, says she won’t be challenging Gerry Adams in Louth.
Meanwhile, a man who was injured in a crash on Monday has died in hospital.
Lowry, McGrath and Healy-Rae want the 90% tax to be included in the Finance Bill – in a race against time for FF.
The nine stories you really need to know as you sit down with the first coffee of the day…
Five men charged in connection with the murder of Michaela McAreavey will appear in court in Mauritius today.
Our full list of the Fianna Fáil TDs, and who they’ve said they’re backing in this afternoon’s FF leadership ballot.
With Devins being re-admitted to the Fianna Fáil parliamentary party, the total number of TDs eligible to vote now stands at 72.
Dr Conrad Murray told pretrial judge that he is an “innocent man” and pleaded not guilty to the star’s death.
# gaa - Tuesday 25 January, 2011
Three people, including a pregnant woman, were killed in the crash near Carrickmacross, Co Monaghan, on 27 December 2010.
The fallout out from Tunisia’s Jasmine revolution continues: protesters have taken to the streets across Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon in calls for political reform.
Four-year-old child suffers from cerebral palsy and will require 24-hour care for the rest of his life.
Gardaí seek witnesses to separate incidents in which two women were struck by vehicles and killed this evening.
Obama’s former chief of staff hasn’t been beaten yet…
The Office of the Speaker of the House of Commons says ‘no’. Westminster rules state Adams must apply for a job with the Crown before resignation is recognised.
Three men have been charged with smuggling a group of Iranian, Iraqi and Kurdish refugees to Australia aboard boat which capsized, drowning an estimated 50 people.
The full text of Michael Lowry’s statement on his opposition to the Finance Bill, which may now fail to survive the Dáil.
Michael Lowry says he can’t back the Finance Bill “in its current format” – meaning the Bill could fall tomorrow.
TWO PEOPLE HAVE BEEN arrested in connection with the murder of Kieran Doherty, 31, in Derry last year. Doherty was found shot dead on 24 February, 2010, on the outskirts of Derry city, UTV reports. The Real IRA claimed responsibility for his death. The Derry Journal says that a man, 42, and woman, 40, were arrested in Derry this morning and are being questioned by the PSNI.
This year’s Oscar award nominations are dominated by The King’s Speech, True Grit and The Social Network.
Eric Schmidt – who only stepped down as Google’s CEO five days ago – is eyeing up a CNN talk show, say reports.
In pictures: Ireland’s rugby stars are put through their paces in Limerick this morning.
Labour TD sets Twitter alight during last night’s testy performance on TV3 current affairs show.
A young woman jumped from the 23rd floor of a Buenos Aires hotel landed on a taxi below – and survived the impact.
A Worcestershire council has hit on a novel way to warm swimmers, save money, and be kind to the environment… although the plan is leaving some local residents uneasy.
A second batch of European bonds is being auctioned off today, with an average interest rate half of what we’ll pay.