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Monday 14 April, 2014

Bus Éireann: Whistleblower’s corruption claims are not backed up by evidence

A former contractor claims he lost out on a school bus contract because he refused to contribute to a senior staff member’s “cash holiday fund”.

Column: The Derry of my childhood was shrouded in sadness – now the city can breathe again

Derry truly is a symbol of the “profound transformation” of the relationship between Ireland and Britain, just like President Higgins said last week.

Going going gone…Ireland’s tallest building has been sold

The Obel development in Belfast came onto the market at the beginning of March.

US woman admits to killing six of her newborn babies and hiding them in her garage

Police say they believe that Megan Huntsman killed the children between 1996 and 2006.

Dutch girl (14) arrested for making joke threat to airline on Twitter

The 14-year-old tweeted American Airlines saying “hello, my name’s Ibrahim and I’m from Afghanistan. I’m part of Al Qaida and on June 1st I’m gonna do something really big bye”.

From Business ETC Here’s how much we’re making from overseas trade Trade Surplus

Here’s how much we’re making from overseas trade

Trade gains bump driven by food, essential oils and organic chemical sectors.

Expert says disabled child’s home needs overhaul – council says there’s no money

Seven-year-old Kady Weakley has had a number of falls in her house as the walls and doors are too narrow for either her wheelchair or her walker.

From The Daily Edge Watch this dad’s beautiful timelapse film of his daughter growing up Inspired By Cadbury

No verdict yet in Anglo trial as jury goes home for the day

It was the first full day of deliberations in the trial of three former senior executives of Anglo Irish Bank.

From The Score Bohs volunteers clean up vandalised bridge dedicated to Liam Whelan who died in Munich Air Disaster Flowers Of Manchester

Bohs volunteers clean up vandalised bridge dedicated to Liam Whelan who died in Munich Air Disaster

The Dubliner was 22 when he lost his life with eight Man Utd team-mates.

The 5 at 5: Monday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

Minister insists ‘no plans to sell National Parks’

Jimmy Deenihan’s statement follows a report this morning that suggested jobs could be lost, following a review of visitor services at the six parks.

From Business ETC 1 in 5 US internet users have had bank account details and personal data stolen – survey Online Security

1 in 5 US internet users have had bank account details and personal data stolen – survey

It shows a sharp increase since the last survey in 2013.

The Burning Question*: Is the chocolate on the top or bottom of these biscuits? Biscuit Wars This post contains a poll

The Burning Question*: Is the chocolate on the top or bottom of these biscuits?

Let TheJournal.ie distract you from the ‘serious’ news with one of life’s REAL dilemmas. (*not really)

Male students and teachers at French school to give DNA sample after toilet rape

Authorities said samples that do not match the DNA found on the victim will be destroyed.

From The Score ‘I don’t see what a person’s sexuality has to do with anything’ – Ger Brennan Open

‘I don’t see what a person’s sexuality has to do with anything’ – Ger Brennan

The Dublin and St Vincent’s footballer has stressed the importance of diversity and inclusiveness within the GAA and sport as a whole.

Pakistani man held for cannibalism after eating baby

The man admitted the terrible crime after being arrested by police. He had already served two years in prison for cannibalism.

Suas is back: Dublin cable car ‘a creative idea that needs to be debated’ Suas This post contains a poll

Suas is back: Dublin cable car ‘a creative idea that needs to be debated’

The plan is back on the agenda after being shelved in 2006.

From Business ETC Fancy owning this pub or a schoolhouse? Get the pair for €165,000 Going Going Gone

Fancy owning this pub or a schoolhouse? Get the pair for €165,000

Auctioneers will bring a record 224 properties to market next month.

40,000 cigarettes seized at Cork Airport

The cigarettes had a retail value of almost €19,000 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €14,500.

Children First bill published, 15 years after it was first mooted

Minister Frances Fitzgerald had promised in early March that the bill would be published soon.

From Business ETC Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 preview for developers* Windows Phone

Microsoft releases Windows Phone 8.1 preview for developers*

*If you’re not a developer, there’s still a way to get your hands on it.

Lunchtime Fix: 6 things to know

Catch up as you refuel.

Over 100 Section 38 charities should have allowances stopped – HSE

The recommendations come after a HSE review of Section 38 pay agreement.

Column: What is the psychological impact of spending so much time in ‘cyberspace’?

There are serious legal, ethical and philosophical challenges to protecting children in this technological age, writes Mary Aiken.

From The Daily Edge 12 naughty little things even the nicest people do YA BOULD THING

12 naughty little things even the nicest people do

Don’t deny it. You’re SO guilty.

Gilmore: Not viable to export wind energy to Britain… right now

He was hesitant to state whether Ireland would support sending an EU security force to Ukraine.

From Business ETC Before the iPhone arrived, Google didn’t plan on supporting touchscreens Can't Touch This

Before the iPhone arrived, Google didn’t plan on supporting touchscreens

New documents reveal that when Google was developing its Android operating system, it was built to support traditional phones with buttons.

The world’s banana crop is in danger of ‘massive destruction’

The UN has warned that we have to act now to avoid the destruction of the world’s banana crop.

From Business ETC Good news: €80 million investment and 180 new jobs for Limerick Jobswatch

Good news: €80 million investment and 180 new jobs for Limerick

Both Richard Bruton and Michael Noonan announced the new positions this afternoon.

Woman ‘badly shaken’ after being dragged out of car by hijackers

The car was found burned out a short time later.

Bus operator didn’t get Bus Eireann contract because they ‘didn’t pay for an inspector’s trip to Alicante’

The bus operator says that the payments were “the cost of doing business with Bus Eireann”.

From The Score ‘He’s almost got eyes on the back of his head’ – Schmidt pushing Bowe to next level Interview

‘He’s almost got eyes on the back of his head’ – Schmidt pushing Bowe to next level

The Ulster wing has hit the 30 mark, but insists there is always scope for improvement amidst the competition out wide.

The Kerry Babies: Death, tragedy and scandal, 30 years on

This day 30 years ago, the body of a baby was found on a Kerry beach. Its discovery led to a major moment in Irish social history.

Garda bodies launch High Court challenge to sick pay changes

Sick and injured gardaí have already been moved to lower rates of sick pay as changes in legislation reduce the amount of time they can receive the full rate.

From Business ETC Aldi reaches record market share, with Lidl not far behind Consumers

Aldi reaches record market share, with Lidl not far behind

If you shop in Aldi, you’re probably spending more as well.

Death toll in Nigeria bus station bombs rises to 71

President Goodluck Jonathan is on his way to the scene, where a further 124 commuters were injured.

Russia accuses West of “off the scale” hypocrisy over Ukraine

Meanwhile, Ukraine’s interim president says he supports a ref

From Business ETC Facebook awaits approval from Irish Central Bank for e-money service Money Transfer

Facebook awaits approval from Irish Central Bank for e-money service

If approved, it would allow Facebook users to store money on the site and use it to pay and exchange money with others.