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28 students have been suspended from a large secondary school after an inappropriate message about a member of the school community was posted online. The students involved clicked that they “liked” the Facebook page in question. The school is Colaiste Chiarain in Croom in Co Limerick and the School Principal Noel Malone was on the line.
The sister of Nicola Furlong, the Irish woman killed in a Tokyo hotel last May called for the death penalty for the man accused of her murder, 19-year-old American, RIchard Hinds.
Today 19 year old Andrea Furlong and Nicola’s mother Angela gave victim impact statements in Tokyo District Court.
Joining us on the line was Paul Murphy of the Irish Independent.
In Australia a Melbourne man, Adrian Ernest Bayley has appeared in court accused of the rape and murder of Drogheda woman Jill Meagher.
At the pre-trial committal hearing 41-year-old Bayley entered a guilty plea on one count of rape, but pleaded not guilty to one count of murder.
In court today details emerged of what happened to Jill Meagher, who was an employee of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, after she left a bar in the city of Brunswick.
Joining Pat from Melbourne is Sarah Farnsworth, ABC Court reporter.
Des and Pat place their bets for charity.
A Bord Iascaigh Mhara proposal to build an organic salmon farm in Galway Bay had led to huge protests from those who say it will destroy migrating salmon stock in the North Atlantic. Pat was joined in our Galway studio by the Mayor of Galway Thomas Welby, who is against the project and by Jason Whooly, Chief Executive of BIM here in the Dublin studio.
Valerie Cox has been to Galway to meet people on both sides of the argument she met Enda Kennelly from Inis Oírr on Barna Beach.
The Cardinals start voting in Rome today to elect a new Pope with still no clear frontrunner in sight.
The 115 cardinal-electors have attended a special Mass this morning before they go into the Sistine Chapel to begin their deliberations in the afternoon.
Joining Pat live from St. Peter’s Square is Fergal Keane who has been watching the Mass, Fr. Michael Collins who is following developments in Rome for us this week and Catholic church historian Michael Walsh, who will talk about the history of the conclave and the secrecy involved.
Considered one of the most exciting stories in opera, and one of the most popular Bizet’s Carmen opens at The Bord Gais Energy Theatre tomorrow night and runs until Sunday 17th.
This new production by The Moscow State Opera has a further treat for Dublin audiences in that the role of Michaela will be played by Ireland’s leading soprano, Celine Byrne.
An additional Irish dimension will be provided by the 20-piece Junior Musical Theatre School Choir from Bray who will provide one of the most charming scenes of the show.
Celine dropped last week in to give us a taste of what to expect tomorrow night.