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# gaa - Thursday 20 January, 2011

Poolbeg operator says levies bill breaches EU directive

Covanta, the company building the incinerator at Poolbeg, says John Gormley’s levies bill risks substantial EU fines.

Number of swine flu deaths in Northern Ireland reaches 21

Of the 21 people to die from the H1N1 virus since November, 18 are confirmed to have had underlying health problems.

From The Daily Edge Glenstal Appy: Monks launch new app for iPhone and Android Apps

Glenstal Appy: Monks launch new app for iPhone and Android

Religious community at Limerick’s Glenstal Abbey reach out with technology – but admit they don’t have iPhones of their own.

From The Daily Edge Baby snatched from hospital 23 years ago reunited with mother Reunited

Baby snatched from hospital 23 years ago reunited with mother

Nejdra Nance from Connecticut always felt that she “did not belong” to her family – after contacting a helpline for missing children, her suspicions were confirmed.

Opposition lambast Taoiseach's handling of ministerial resignations

Leaders of the opposition parties welcomed the election date, but criticised events leading to Taoiseach’s announcement – and wondered where the Green Party stands.

From The42 YouTube round-up: 10 of the week's best virals Work Can Wait This post contains videos

YouTube round-up: 10 of the week's best virals

The election has been called. But before you hit the hustings, here’s our favourite videos from the past seven days.

Cowen's new cabinet and election date: his statement in full

The full text of Brian Cowen’s full statement to the Dáil, announcing his restructured cabinet and the date of the election.

Ministerial roles pass over to Coughlan, Carey, Smith, Hanafin and O Cuiv

Six familiar Fianna Fail faces double up on jobs left behind by their resigning colleagues.

THE GENERAL ELECTION will be held on March 11, according to Taoiseach Brian Cowen, who this afternoon announced that five current Fianna Fáil ministers will ‘double-up’ on ministerial briefs until then. Full story to come.

Car with children inside stolen in Limerick

A man in his 30s hijacked a car with three children inside earlier today.

Poll: Do you want new ministers or an election? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you want new ministers or an election?

The government could be on the verge of collapse – but do you want new ministers to keep the country ticking over first?

From The Daily Edge New arrivals at Dublin Zoo named Dublin Zoo This post contains images

New arrivals at Dublin Zoo named

The results of the public competition are in…

Businesswoman claims she was attacked in Mauritius hotel room

South African woman warns female tourists after she alleges that she was beaten and sexually assaulted in luxury hotel in 2009.

From Business ETC PayPal Christmas boost sends eBay income up 24% EBay

PayPal Christmas boost sends eBay income up 24%

The online auction site reports better-than-expected earnings for the fourth quarter, on the bank of surging PayPal use.

THE DÁIL has been suspended until 1:30pm, after Ceann Comhairle Séamus Kirk refused to allow the opposition parties seek clarification on whether some members of the cabinet remain in office. Fine Gael’s justice spokesman Alan Shatter had asked if Dermot Ahern, as Minister for Justice, had transferred his powers to another minister while he was in hospital, prompting Kirk to rule him out of order and having the Dáíl adjourned for 15 minutes. On resumption, discussion quickly returned to the topic – and Mary Coughlan then proposed to suspend the house  until lunchtime. Listen to both exchanges here >

Final stage of Corrib pipeline approved

An Bord Pleanála has approved an application for the final section of the Corrib pipeline.

Man arrested on suspicion of murdering Jo Yeates

A man has been arrested on the suspicion of murdering Bristol landscape architect Joanna Yeates.

Fifth man arrested in Michaela murder investigation

A fifth man is taken in for questioning over Michaela McAreavey’s death in Mauritius, suspected of issuing a duplicate room key.

US pastor Terry Jones barred from UK

The controversial pastor who called a mass-burning of the Qu’ran last summer has been told he cannot enter the UK because of his “unacceptable behaviour”.

Cabinet reshuffle expected as sixth minister quits

Batt O’Keeffe joins Mary Harney, Noel Dempsy, Dermot Ahern and Tony Killeen in announcing his departure from the cabinet.

Seventh person arrested over Corkman's murder

Following the arrests of six people yesterday, a seventh man has been arrested in connection with the murder of Corkman Gerard ‘Topper’ Staunton last year.

Cork-based software firm to create 150 new jobs

Quest Software will make new jobs over the next three years in finance, software development and sales.

Aer Lingus dispute continues, 34 flights cancelled

As many as 2,700 passengers hoping to travel between Dublin, the UK and continental Europe will face disruptions today.

ESRI tones down forecasts for economic growth

The think-tank’s latest quarterly bulletin scales back its estimation for economic growth – from 2.25% to 1.5%.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Nine things you need to know by 9am: five members of the cabinet have now resigned; Fine Gael renews its call for an immediate general election; and the ESRI revises its economic forecast for the coming year.

Don't bother with reshuffle, call an election - opposition

The opposition parties say the latest developments around the cabinet table are a sign an election should be called.

Mary Harney's last months as Minister: The Top 5 moments

A selection of Harney stories from her last few months in cabinet…

From The Daily Edge Teens arrested for snorting human and dog ashes Oops

Teens arrested for snorting human and dog ashes

Three men arrested in Florida mistakenly thought ashes of man and two Great Danes were illegal drugs.

# gaa - Wednesday 19 January, 2011

Harney resigns from ministerial role

Minister for Health joins Micheál Martin in resigning from cabinet, and says she will not contest the general election.

European Commission president turns on Irish MEP over bailout (Video) Bailout This post contains videos

European Commission president turns on Irish MEP over bailout (Video)

Jose Manuel Barroso erupted in anger after Joe Higgins’ questions about Europe’s position on the Irish bailout.

Customs officers uncover fuel laundering plant near border

One person questioned in connection with the discovery of a major oil laundering operation.

Fourth Michaela suspect charged with conspiracy

Reports emerge that security officer asked to be relocated to block in hotel where McAreaveys’ room was located shortly before the killing.

Slideshow: Top 10 paid iPhone apps - ever!

Angry Birds fans may be surprised to see the hit game isn’t right at the top…

Garda car rammed and shot fired during late-night arrests

Two men arrested by gardaí investigating organised crime.

Pathologist claims baby death explanation "implausible"

Trial of man accused of killing his 14-week-old son in 2008 continues at Belfast Crown Court.

Gabrielle Giffords' husband thought his wife had died when he saw TV news

Family of shot Congresswoman heard erroneous early news reports as they rushed to her side on January 8.

Take 5: Wednesday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock.

Swiss court finds WikiLeaks banker guilty

Man who publicly handed two CDs containing thousands of off-shore account details to WikiLeaks on Monday has been convicted of violating Swiss bank secrecy laws.

One-third more cars licensed in December 2010

Overall, over 50% more private cars were licensed in 2010 than the year before.

From The Daily Edge Coca-Cola's Vitamin Water advert banned for 'misleading' public Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola's Vitamin Water advert banned for 'misleading' public

An advert that claimed Coca-Cola’s Vitamin Water was “nutritious” has been banned – as the drink contains the equivalent of five teaspoons of added sugar.