Back in October, we mentioned that Google was looking to buy a building they currently rent 550,000 square feet of located in Manhattan. The iconic 111th 8th Avenue building resides between Eighth and Ninth avenues from 15th and 16th streets and is home to other businesses including Nike, Armani, the Lifetime cable channel and WebMD. What many people believe interested Google in the building is that it is considered one of the most connected in the world thanks to the fact that it houses a Telx ISP facility. It also has plenty of space at 3 million square feet.Original estimates were that Google would pay $2 billion for the building. That seemed to be a pretty spot on guess because now that the smoke has cleared the Wall Street Journal is reporting the final check will be for $1.9 billion. You know that has to make the real estate agent, who can now probably retire, awfully happy. There is a chance that Google could still walk away from the deal, but many believe that won’t happen since the company has already signed a contract and made a large deposit.AdChoices广告Writing a $1.9 billion check is easy for Google based on the company’s financial results. As of the third quarter of this year, Google had $33 billion in cash which demonstrates they could buy a whole block of similar buildings without much of an impact to the company’s bottom line. Overall, the concensus in the media is that this purchase by Google is a great investment considering they can expect an initial yield of about 5%.Read more at the Wall Street Journal
Who knew that Charles Manson would be so difficult? The infamous folk-singer-turned-cult-leader was busted this week for using a cell phone in his prison cell. This is actually the second time Manson has been caught with a phone–back in 2009, guards found a phone under his mattress. He had already called or texted people in California, New Jersey, Florida, and Canada. No word on who he contacted this time out.Interestingly, there’s actually nothing on the books making it illegal to have a cell phone in prison. In fact, the government has actually banned prison wardens from jamming cell phone signals.That said, Manson is still set to face a disciplinary hearing for having the device.
Hybrid bikes — bikes that supplement human power with an electric engine — are nothing new, but you’ve probably never seen anything like M55’s line-up. Handmade with names like the Beast and the Daemon, they may change the way you look at e-bikes.The flagship model is the Beast, which features a max speed of 40 miles per hour, a range of around 60 miles on a single charge, a maximum torque of 84 Nm, a BrushLess DC motor, and a battery with Tenergy Polimer Li-Ion cells. The frame features aluminum and carbon fibre plates.AdChoices广告M55 is hoping to launch the luxury bike this spring for $35,300. “It is a collector’s item built for those who are only pleased with the vary best,” M55’s Daniel Farkas told GearLog. “A treasure for the wealthy, environmentally conscious pioneers who care about nature.”For those who aren’t quite so wealthy but still care about nature, there’s the Daemon. This bike is much lighter than the Beast, and designed more for urban biking with fat tires and a rigid frame. It, too, wil be launching in spring, but will also be a much more affordable $13,300.You can get some more details on M55’s site, and be sure to hit the jump for a better look at these impressive e-bikes.
In a slick PR move, Sony has released the first of five teaser videos for its two new tablets, the S1 and the S2, said to be released around September. The video, entitled “The First Impression,” doesn’t actually enlighten us as to what the tablets have to offer but still gives us a glimpse of the two tablets. Nevertheless, the video is quite entertaining as Sony constructed an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine to showcase the tablets.Though we don’t know much about the them, we do know that both tablets will run Android Honeycomb. The S1 will be 9.5-inches and will have a Tegra 2 chip. The dual-screen S2 has two 5.5-inch screens and a Tegra 2 chip as well. The S1 has two cameras, while the S2 has just one.AdChoices广告The video shows a pair of white figurines – a man and a woman – that make an appearance and may possibly show up in future videos. The two tablets appear periodically throughout the video to send messages between the figurines. First, the S2 tablet shows a message of “I love you” on its screen from the woman. The S1 then appears placed near the male figurine with a “You’ve got mail” message popping up. “I love you” then appears on the screen, and the S1 then slides down a ramp to join the S2 together for the closing shot.We have to admit, the train in the video does move at a snail’s pace, so we’re hoping the other four videos are a little more action-packed.Sony also released a slightly more informative video back in May which shows a better shot of the tablets.via Mashable
Is it a giant smartphone or a very small tablet? The Samsung Galaxy Note sits squarely on the fence, much like the original Dell Streak did before it. At 5.3 inches, it’s probably safest to call the Galaxy Note a phoneblet.Samsung thinks it’s “writing the next chapter” in mobile gadgets with the Galaxy Note, though it seems to be mashing up previously existing concepts. Whether or not the new device is revolutionary, it’s still packing impressive hardware.The Galaxy Note starts out with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor and Samsung’s trademark Super AMOLED at 1280×80 pixels (285ppi, and just a bit shy of retina display density). There’s also 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with full HD video recording, 2MP front facing camera, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and Wi-Fi Direct support, and Android Gingerbread 2.3 with Samsung’s S-Pen input support hacked in. A handful of pen-enabled apps and widgets are also included. The Galaxy Note also offers EDGE/GPRS and HSPA support for mobile connectivity.As for its power pack, Samsung’s release is a bit confusing. On the inline spec chart, a 1200mAh battery is listed — which would provide abysmal runtimes on a device like this. On the Galaxy Note infographic, however, a 2500mAh unit is specified. That would definitely be a much better choice, so I certainly hope that’s what Samsung is including in the box.While you might wonder why Samsung opted for Android Gingerbread instead of the tablet-friendly Android Honeycomb, it’s the same decision HTC reached when selecting an OS for the slightly larger pen-enabled Flyer. The Galaxy Note will no doubt be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich once it arrives, as it should prove a much better fit on a 5.3″ screen than Honeycomb would right now.Read more at Samsung
In an attempt to distance themselves from the increasingly volatile Carrier IQ situation, we’ve been told that Sprint has ordered that all of their hardware partners remove the Carrier IQ software from Sprint devices as soon as possible.This comes after a number of dramatic turns over the past few weeks. During that time Carrier IQ was called a lot of things, from a harmless mobile intelligence company to a vicious rootkit designed to steal our personal data and sell it to the ne’er-do-wells. In my opinion, Carrier IQ is a company that provides a service that benefits everyone with a cellphone by giving information to the carriers about when their network has problems that affects our service. Unfortunately, this software was installed in such a manner that, when discovered, there was a significant panic. This is understandable because the software was forced onto unsuspecting users with no real oversight to speak of.That panic was made worse when the company responded by trying to silence the person who discovered the software, instead of trying to explain what was actually happening. So here we sit, a month away from a Senate hearing on whether or not Carrier IQ is doing anything illegal, on top of a barrage of lawsuits against all of the companies involved.Sources at HTC have told us that, as a result of the lawsuits targeting Carrier IQ, Sprint, and other CIQ-using OEMs, Sprint has asked all of their partners to get rid of Carrier IQ. Starting with the high-volume and high-profile devices on the network, each of the OEM’s has been asked to quickly release binaries that do not contain Carrier IQ so that over-the-air updates can be pushed to those devices as quickly as possible. The eventual plan is to remove Carrier IQ from all of the devices on Sprint’s network.This is being done as soon as possible and, according to our source at HTC, anyone who is working with Sprint in testing labs have even had their vacation time over the holidays seriously restricted. No official rollout plan for these updates has been devised, but it has been made clear to everyone involved that this change needs to happen soon. I would assume that we will see updates for devices including the iPhone, HTC Evo 3D, and the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch before 2012.At this time, Carrier IQ, Samsung, and Apple all refused to comment on any developments in this matter.Some may view this as a classic “too little, too late” situation. Sprint waited until there were lawsuits to start removing Carrier IQ from their network, where previously they had been defending their use of the mobile intelligence service. This could possibly even be seen as an admission of guilt, as them removing the software in an attempt to make amends for what they have been caught doing.Even so, Sprint could have just as easily made a public statement announcing that they were turning off the servers that collected the information, pending the results of the trial and the Senate inquiry. At that point a simple test from any of the security researchers that have gotten involved would confirm Sprint’s cancellation of CIQ and they wouldn’t have to involve every manufacturer on their network.UPDATE – 4:55PM – Three days ago, the first of the Samsung-made firmware updates for Sprint devices was leaked to the XDA Developers Forum. The EL13 Firmware Update for the Samsung Galaxy S2 Epic 4G Touch. It’s still Android 2.3.6 with TouchWiz, only now there are no Carrier IQ files to be found.More reading: How to remove Carrier IQ from Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone
Mention Anonymous and ears perk up. That’s precisely what someone has done to attract attention to a new Ubuntu-based live CD called Anonymous-OS.To say that Anonymous has released their own operating system doesn’t quite seem accurate. Sure, the Tumblr page is slathered in Anon “branding” and the disc includes an assortment of security, hacking, and DDoS tools (including Slowloris and HOIC). But the text on the about page doesn’t read like the usual Anonymous missives.For example, there’s a warning against using the software for malicious purposes: “Please don’t use any tool to destroy any web page :)” And yes, there’s even a smiley on the end. Next comes a reminder that you could face jail time if you do participate in attacks, since doing so is a crime in many countries. It’s a far cry from the bold anti-authoritarian language that we’ve seen before in “official” Anonymous releases.It’s much more likely that this is the work of one individual who wanted to see what he or she could do with the Ubuntu Live CD Creator. At its heart, the distro is a bit like a cross between Backtrack and Ubuntu. Go-to security applications like Wireshark and Zenmap are included on the ISO, as are Firefox, Pidgin, and the Transmission Bittorrent client. All of hacktivism tools are neatly filed under a menu grouped called — what else — Anonymous, which slots in between accessories and office.Before you go downloading the Anonymous OS it’s worth remembering security firms recently discovered that someone was pushing Trojanized versions of Anonymous hacking tools. There’s always the possibility that’s the case with Anonymous-OS too, and that’s what the “official” #AnonOps Twitter account seems to think.Creators of the OS quickly replied, saying that “in our world, in Linux and opensource world, there is not virus.” That’s not technically true, as there have been plenty of cases of malware affecting Linux platforms in the past. The Anon-OS team then pleads, “But don’t mislead the world that Linux is dangerous and has trojans!”Sorry to inform you, chaps, that’s not what they said. They said your distribution is dangerous and has trojans.More at BGR and The Next Web
What’s a pirate to do when the seven seas have long since been pacified? Take to the skies, of course. That’s exactly what the folks at The Pirate Bay are promising to undertake as their next act of war against the entertainment industry. In a plan posted on the Pirate Bay’s blog, the Swedish outfit explains that in an effort to further decentralize its infrastructure, it will deploy a number of Low Orbit Server Stations (LOSS) drones as flying servers.This bizarre plan would be another way for The Pirate Bay to keep one step ahead of law enforcement. After a 2006 raid that resulted in the confiscation of The Bay’s servers, site administrators began squirreling machines away in secret locations around the planet. The raid eventually resulted in jail sentences and fines for several Pirate Bay staff members. With recent news that another raid could be in the works, the motto around that bastion of P2P seems to be, “better safe than sorry.”According to the blog post, the LOSS drones would take advantage of recent technological advances like GPS control, powerful radio transmitters, and micro-computers like the Raspberry Pi. Pirate Bay admin “MrSpock” makes the claim that each of these flying nodes could achieve 100Mbps of bandwidth while flying several kilometers above the Earth. Now that The Pirate Bay has moved to magnet links and stopped hosting the actual torrent files, that amount of bandwidth might be sufficient.The logistics of actually keeping multiple servers aloft would be more troublesome, though. Keeping even small drone aircraft in the air would be hugely expensive in both maintenance and fuel. A much more reasonable option would be weather balloons, but admittedly balloons are not as impressive as quadrocopters or jet planes.Even if this hair-brained scheme went off without a hitch, most countries restrict airspace to allow safe passage for air traffic, meaning the drones would likely be confiscated when they landed for refueling. Perhaps The Pirate Bay just wants the authorities distracted by stories of unidentified flying servers as it builds out more ground infrastructure.TPB blog via ExtremeTech
Some people might say that Apple’s App Store revolutionized the software business; others might say that the App Store is just a convenient way to get software. Whatever your feelings are regarding apps and stores, Apple’s App Store will be celebrating its fifth anniversary in just two days time, on June 10. In order to coax us all into celebrating the five-year mark, Apple has made some of its most popular apps and games free for us to download.Apple has not yet officially announced the full list, but various apps and games have been spotted by eagle-eyed users. The list so far isn’t what you’d expect, and may not be composed entirely of cheap, old apps that have been around so long that everyone already owns them.BadlandBarefoot World AtlasDay OneHow to Cook EverythingInfinity Blade IIKnots 3DLiquidSketchMap My Ride+OverSuperbrothers: Sword and Sworcery EPTiny WingsTraktor DJWhere’s My Water?The list appears to be growing as more people discover apps that have been made free, but if you don’t feel like hunting around the App Store, it’s a safe bet Apple will make the free apps known to the world in at most two days from now.If you’ve been itching for some new apps and games, but can’t justify shelling out a sum of money on a handful of them, be thankful that the App Store is turning old enough to go to kindergarten, and go take advantage of the milestone while you can. There doesn’t seem to be word yet on how long these apps will remain free. VIEW PHOTO GALLERY BadlandBadlandBadland tooBarefoot World AtlasBarefoot World Atlas tooDay OneDay One tooInfinity Blade II tooHow to Cook EverythingHow to Cook Everything tooInfinity Blade IIKnots 3DKnots 3D tooLiquidsketchLiquidsketch tooMap My Ride+Map My Ride+ tooOverOver tooSword and SworcerySword and Sworcery tooTraktor DJTraktor DJ tooTiny WingsTiny Wings tooWhere’s My Water?Where’s My Water? too
No Comments Former OCI chief Pat Hickey Image: RollingNews.ie http://jrnl.ie/3050939 Image: RollingNews.ie By Aoife Barry THE OLYMPIC COUNCIL of Ireland expects a report into ticketing arrangements in Rio to be given to a judge by 15 November.Grant Thornton is currently working on an independent report into the arrangements in Rio.Former OCI chief Pat Hickey is currently in the Brazilian city, having been charged over his role in an alleged ticket touting controversy during the Olympic Games. He denies the charges.In an interview with the Irish Independent today, Hickey’s lawyer Simon Kamenet said that Hickey is “sick” and needs to undergo a heart procedure.FAI chief John Delaney resigned from the OCI board earlier this week.The Executive Committee of the OCI said last night that once the Grant Thornton report is complete, “it will be sealed and passed by Grant Thornton directly to Judge Carroll Moran to consider as part of his non-statutory inquiry”.At no point has the OCI Executive Committee had sight of the report. It is expected that the completed report will be with Judge Moran by 15 November. Share5 Tweet Email Friday 28 Oct 2016, 8:05 AM Oct 28th 2016, 8:05 AM Former OCI chief Pat Hickey Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Pat Hickey still in Rio as OCI prepares for release of report The report into the governance of the OCI will be published soon. The draft Deloitte report into governance arrangements under the OCI’s current constitution was circulated to committee members for the first time yesterday evening.It is due to be reviewed by committee members over the coming few days for factual inaccuracies. Deloitte will then finalise its report and the report will be published soon after, said the OCI.In the wake of the Rio tickets scandal allegedly involving its former chief Pat Hickey, the OCI set up a crisis management sub-committee.That committee appointed Deloitte to conduct an independent review of the OCI’s governance arrangements under its current constitution.Comments are closed as an investigation is ongoing.Read: OCI to take one month to review how it’s governed in wake of ticket scandal> Short URL 11,679 Views
‘We don’t want to be a side that comes close to the world’s best’ Ireland are motivated to make another statement against the Wallabies in Dublin today. http://the42.ie/3103126 Australia captain demands ‘best game of the tour’ against land of his fatherLansdowne can go top and the rest of the weekend’s Ulster Bank League action 12,028 Views Nov 26th 2016, 8:00 AM Share10 Tweet Email Short URL By Murray Kinsella Follow us: the42.ie Schmidt keeps his eye on the ball. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHO“The forwards like to play ball in hand, they’re comfortable with ball in hand, we’re aware of that and we want to put in our best defensive performance of the autumn on the pitch.”While the Wallabies’ 1-3-3-1 shape allows them to ask demanding questions of the defence, it may also present opportunities for Ireland.The three-man pods naturally involve one ball carrier and just two rucking players. With that in mind, Ireland may take the opportunity to flood certain midfield rucks on the counter, backing themselves to win a turnover through the weight of numbers.That brings risk in terms of the Wallabies’ ability to exploit numbers-up situations out wide, but it’s something to watch in Ireland’s play.Out-half Foley is in a fine vein of form for Michael Chieka’s side, but again there may be opportunities for Ireland to target the 89kg playmaker.He is a brave tackler but his lack of size counts against him at Test level. The Wallabies shift him into the five-metre channel on defensive lineouts.Look out for Ireland attacking that space either on first phase with a front-peel move or perhaps by dragging the Australian defence wide to the opposite side of the the pitch from the lineout and then setting up a one-on-one opportunity against Foley wide on the original side.Scrum-half Genia generally acts as the tailgunner for the Wallabies at the back of the lineout and while he too is a brave defender, Ireland may look for ball-carrying gains over him in that seam between the lineout and backline defence.Foley’s habit of dropping into the backfield after kicking the ball will also have been in Schmidt’s mind this week, and Ireland would be remiss not to look for opportunities to pull him into aerial contests whenever possible. Foley is class in attack but can be exposed defensively. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOJackson has much responsibility on his shoulders to run both the Ireland attacking shape, which became disjointed last weekend against the All Blacks, and control their kicking game along with Conor Murray.Avoiding Folau – a kick return monster – in the backfield will be important, although his positioning is not always perfect. The Wallabies fullback can sometimes pendulum up into the frontline defence a little early, leaving huge ground for the sweeping Genia to cover, so Ireland will look out for that grass deep in behind the visitors too.Folau is often used in the midfield by the Wallabies in attack, at second or third receiver, something Ireland’s centres will have been made fully aware of.The Wallabies’ frontline defence has grown markedly on this tour, allowing turnover merchant David Pocock to steal ball on the ground. His ability to target the ball itself – rarely leaning his hands or elbows onto the deck, or simply wrapping up the tackled ball carrier’s upper body – is the best in the world.His razor-sharp focus on the ball means that if he gets a sniff of it, it’s a turnover. Ireland’s rucking players must be hyper-aware of his presence and make early interventions whenever possible. Ball carriers must look to force Pocock to tackle.The selection of Dean Mumm on the Wallabies’ blindside flank provides a strong clue as to their intentions at lineout time. Chieka’s pack will compete ferociously on the Irish throw, and will also look to back an in-form maul from close range, with Moore steering the ship.The fascinating tactical elements are everywhere in this match-up, meaning it’s going to take something special from Ireland to achieve that goal of a third win over one of the big three Southern Hemisphere sides in 2016.Ireland:15. Rob Kearney14. Andrew Trimble13. Jared Payne12. Garry Ringrose11. Keith Earls10. Paddy Jackson9. Conor Murray1. Jack McGrath2. Rory Best (captain)3. Tadhg Furlong4. Iain Henderson5. Devin Toner6. CJ Stander7. Sean O’Brien8. Jamie HeaslipReplacements:16. Sean Cronin17. Cian Healy18. Finlay Bealham19. Ultan Dillane20. Josh van der Flier21. Kieran Marmion22. Joey Carbery23. Simon ZeboAustralia:15. Israel Folau14. Dane Haylett-Petty13. Tevita Kuridrani12. Reece Hodge11. Henry Speight10. Bernard Foley9. Will Genia1. Scott Sio2. Stephen Moore (captain)3. Sekope Kepu4. Rory Arnold5. Rob Simmons6. Dean Mumm7. Michael Hooper8. David PocockReplacements:(One player to be omitted) Tolu LatuJames SlipperAllan AlaalatoaKane DouglasLopeti TimaniSean McMahonNick PhippsQuade CooperSefanaia NaivaluReferee: Jérôme Garcès [FFR].The42 is on Instagram! Tap the button below on your phone to follow us! 4 Comments Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 8:00 AM Ireland v Australia, Aviva StadiumKO 5.30pm, RTÉ 2WINS OVER SOUTH Africa, New Zealand and Australia in the same calendar year would have to leave Joe Schmidt and co. pretty happy heading into December.While the 2016 Six Nations saw Ireland underperform and win only two of their five games, they have bounced back well. Another cracking contest awaits at the Aviva. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe series defeat to the Boks in June was a miss, certainly, but they made history with a first-ever victory on South African soil.November so far has been an undeniable success with the historic win over the All Blacks, a brutally competitive second Test against the Kiwis, and nine new caps in total.Today, a clash with the Wallabies [KO 5.30pm] presents an opportunity to finish the year on a high, providing Ireland with confidence heading into the 2017 Six Nations.“A lot’s been said about the victories that we have had, the historical victories, but we want to be as good as we possibly can be,” says Ireland assistant coach Andy Farrell.We ain’t happy with losing any game. We don’t want to be a side that comes close to the world’s best, we want to be as good as we possibly can be.“In that nature, you talk about beating the three Southern Hemisphere giants in the same year – it’s a massive goal for us, it’s something for us to cling on to but we certainly need to be at our best because Australia are a massive threat with ball in hand.“The guys know the challenge and they want to finish the year off on a high, there’s no doubt about that.”With the Wallabies having discovered their best form of the year with wins over Wales, Scotland and France in recent weeks, a thrilling contest awaits at the Aviva Stadium.Late injury doubts over key men Sean O’Brien and Jared Payne won’t have helped Ireland preparations, though they insisted yesterday that there was no distraction involved. Payne watched the captain’s run yesterday. Source: Dan Sheridan/INPHOO’Brien last weekend underlined that he is one of Ireland’s most important players. A “lower limb tweak” saw him sit out the captain’s run yesterday, however, and there is some concern about his fitness for this fixture.While Josh van der Flier has shown how capable a replacement he is, and Peter O’Mahony is ready to join the matchday squad, O’Brien’s presence would provide Ireland with a major lift.“He gives confidence,” is how Devin Toner put it this week. “Everyone knows that when he gets on the ball, he’s probably going to get over the gain line, which means we can get our rucks quick, we can get two barrels in as quick as we can.“He’s off the cuff, sometimes you don’t really know what’s going to happen. Sometimes, you never know when he’s going to make a break, but he gives you that confidence that when we’re under the cosh, he might get on the ball and steal it.He’s got a lot of strings to his bow and when you know he’s playing it just gives the players around him that confidence to play more.”So Ireland would be relieved to send O’Brien onto the pitch in their starting team today, which they insisted yesterday they were confident would be the case.Payne, meanwhile, is perhaps the key defender in Ireland’s system, with his reads and communication repeatedly helping his team avoid being cut apart on the edge of their frontline.Rory Scannell is on standby in case Payne doesn’t pull through. The Munster man is perhaps the form centre in Ireland this season, but he is uncapped and relatively unfamiliar with Schmidt’s systems.Pairing him with Garry Ringrose from the start would involve some risk, particularly with Paddy Jackson having already replaced the injured Johnny Sexton at out-half, but then there is only one way to find out if these young men are ready. Jackson has a big job on his hands. Source: Billy Stickland/INPHOThe hope for most Ireland supporters is that O’Brien and Payne’s absence for the captain’s run was indeed precautionary and that they will both take to the field fully fit.The Wallabies bring form and real danger to the Aviva Stadium, particularly with their highly-intelligent strike plays from set-piece.Attack coach Stephen Larkham is a rugby genius, so watch out for the opportunities they attempt to create with their clever plays from lineout and scrum.Ireland simply cannot afford lapses of concentration across those first three or four phases of defence from the set-piece, with Larkham and the Wallabies possessing a wide range of power plays – the kind Schmidt has gained some renown for.“I would have coached against Stephen when he was playing for the Brumbies and I was coaching in Auckland with the Blues and I thought he was an unbelievably good player,” says Schmidt. ”I think he’s doing a great job at the moment.”In phase play, the Wallabies operate with a clear 1-3-3-1 shape, ensuring that they always have width in attack. That stretches the defence into errors, while the Wallabies’ tight forwards are good at making decisions on whether to pass or carry in those three-man pods.“Over the last couple of games, what has been right at the front of their game and the reason why I think they’re attacking pretty well is that they’re very direct and playing very physically,” says Ireland’s defence coach Farrell.“They’ve got forwards coming onto the ball and creating quick ball and when you’ve got [Bernard] Foley, [Israel] Folau and [Will] Genia on the back of quick ball then sometimes you’ll be chasing shadows. They’re a threat all over the field. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article
Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Members of the media at Gorse Hill in 2015. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesTHE FORMER HOME of solicitor Brian O’Donnell and his family, Gorse Hill, has been placed on the market for an asking price of around €8.5 million.Bank of Ireland was locked in an intense legal battle for the house for years, as it pursued a reported €70 million in debts.The luxury house on Vico Road in Killiney was at one time worth €30 million. It was valued at €7 million back in 2015.O’Donnell has lost more than 80 legal cases surrounding his dispute with Bank of Ireland, including an appeal brought before the Supreme Court.The family had significant public support from the ‘New Land League’ and its spokesman Jerry Beades as it conducted a public relations battle to stay in the house back in 2015.In one of the more memorable moments of the ‘Battle of Gorse Hill’, veteran broadcaster Vincent Browne led a posse of journalists through the gates of the house, shouting, “This is bank land. Everyone should come in.”O’Donnell famously handed ‘The Bloody Keys’ to Bank of Ireland CEO Richie Boucher at the bank’s 2015 AGM in Dublin. http://jrnl.ie/3266801 Gorse Hill Source: Niall CarsonKnight Frank and Sherry FitzGerald announced the sale of the house this morning.“Gorse Hill is without doubt one of Dublin’s finest coastal properties. We are confident that it will attract significant interest from both domestic and international purchasers, particularly in a post Brexit environment,” Simon Ensor of Sherry Fitz said in a press-released comment.“This is a most impressive property enjoying a commanding position, situated on arguably Dublin’s finest waterfront setting. Purchasers will undoubtedly be drawn by this ‘once in a generation’ opportunity to purchase a unique family friendly home in Dublin’s premier coastal address,” Rena O’Kelly of Knight Frank said.Here’s the rest of the press release bumf:Standing on elevated terraced gardens extending to 2 acres (approx.), Gorse Hill has been designed to take full advantage of its stunning views over Killiney Bay from Dalkey Island to Bray Head and along Killiney Beach. To the front of the property, there is an extensive paved patio area with steps leading down from here to the lower terrace and graveled pathways. To the side of the property is another large paved terrace which surrounds a feature decked seating area which covers the original swimming pool. Overlooking this area of the garden is a good sized summer house. This terrace, which is accessed directly from the kitchen / breakfast room, is ideal for al fresco dining. 23 Comments Mar 2nd 2017, 11:52 AM Share104 Tweet Email2 35,732 Views The accommodation, which is laid out over 2 levels is designed to take full advantage of the maritime views and sun drenched southerly orientation, encapsulates many notable features. Large, electric timber gates provide access to the double garage (5.2 x 5.5m approx.) at street level. A sweeping graveled driveway leads down to the generous parking beside the hall door. Remember the ‘Battle of Gorse Hill’? The house is on sale with an €8.5 million asking price Depending on who you talk to it’s either one of “Dublin’s finest coastal properties” or just “bog standard”. Built c. 2000, the property comprises a magnificent 2 storey double fronted detached residence providing 10,220sq.ft./950sq.m. (approx.) of wonderfully elegant accommodation which has been designed to take full advantage of the magnificent maritime views from all the principle rooms. Short URL The property enjoys valuable privacy and has a lovely sunny south westerly orientation. Due to its elevated position, it enjoys uninterrupted views of Killiney Bay from virtually all sections of the gardens. Situated at the top of the site is a well maintained, all weather tennis court. Throughout the gardens, there are a variety of graveled walkways leading to the gazebo and patios, which are strategically placed to take advantage of the wonderful views and provide tranquil retreats. By Daragh Brophy Thursday 2 Mar 2017, 11:52 AM Source: TV3 Ireland/YouTubeThe New Land League’s Beades – a developer and businessman – famously described Gorse Hill as a “bog standard house” on Browne’s TV3 show (obviously, that’s not mentioned in the press release).Read: Brian O’Donnell leaves Killiney mansion described by New Land League as ‘bog standard’ >Read: An unlikely couple: The story of the New Land League and the O’Donnells >
There was threats made [online], I admit I did make a threat because my baby is only 10 months old and my boyfriend is after getting a 14-year jail sentence.The presenter Coogan said that he’d spoken to Ciara’s mom, who told him some of the things Megan and others been posting on Facebook about Ciara. 28,484 Views Image: Shutterstock/Julia von Siebenthal Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3245701 Oh I know that’s not fair I admitted it myself, I should’ve just let the people say what they wanted to say about Gavin, leave them to comment themselves, but it’s the fact that they made him out to be worse than what he actually is.“Now I know nobody should have been shot, nobody deserves to be shot that as a disgrace, my heart goes out to the girl. Gav mightn’t have shown remorse but I do show remorse. All I want to do is get on with my life.”(Megan was referring to a comment made during Sheehan’s trial, where it was said that he showed no remorse for his crime.)Megan then said that although she would be the exact same as Ciara’s mother if her baby had been shot, that “there are two sides to every story and Gavin’s parents are very sick and very worried about their safety and their lives”.“I’m after being threatened myself on Facebook, I’m after getting onto the guards about it. THE GIRLFRIEND OF a Corkman convicted of shooting at a house and seriously injuring a young woman, has said she’s not happy about how people are talking about Sheehan online.Gavin Sheehan, aged 30, of Laurel Ridge Estate, Shanakiel, Co Cork was sentenced to 14 years in prison after shooting at a house in May 2016 where 21-year-old Ciara Sheehan (no relation) was hit in the neck.The woman survived the attack, but has expressed in court that she’s traumatised by the incident. It’s also been reported that Gavin Sheehan’s parents have been threatened.In an interview with PJ Coogan’s Opinion Line on Cork’s 96FM, Sheehan’s girlfriend Megan told the show that she knew what her boyfriend did was wrong, but that she thinks “it should be let go” threats are being made online and he’s serving his sentence. Share Tweet Email Short URL 18 Comments By Gráinne Ní Aodha We shouldn’t be attacked because of that – that’s nothing to do with us. We didn’t make anyone do anything.Facebook’s influenceWhen asked why she thought people were being vicious, she said that the reason was because a national broadcasting reporter had posted the story to Facebook. Feb 17th 2017, 5:20 PM Friday 17 Feb 2017, 5:20 PM I think it’s all because of that day when it went on Facebook straight away. That’s one thing I actually asked [the reporter] not to do was to put it up on Facebook and he went away and did that. I knew if it went up on Facebook that it’d escalate and people all over the world would be commenting, which is actually what is happening.She said that he’s the only reporter to have posted the story to Facebook and that none of the other outlets have it up.The journalist was then threatened by commenters, Megan says, because he seemed to be ‘posting the worst about it’.“I really am sorry for what I said, I shouldn’t have said it. All I was thinking about was my baby and if she’d ever see her dad again, that’s all I was worried about. I apologise.”Read: ‘Enough is enough’ – Appeals for calm after innocent woman shot in Cork estate Image: Shutterstock/Julia von Siebenthal Girlfriend of shooter that hit woman in the neck says incident should ‘be let go’ Gavin Sheehan’s girlfriend says she’s receiving threats on Facebook, and that the incident should be let go.
19,755 Views Image: PA Wire/PA Images But I take responsibility for the content of the whole manifesto, which I continue to believe is an honest and strong programme for government.Fiona Hill released a brief statement announcing her resignation on the Conservative Home website.“It’s been a pleasure to serve in government, and a pleasure to work with such an excellent prime minister,” she said.I have no doubt at all that Theresa May will continue to serve and work hard as prime minister – and do it brilliantly.As a result of the Conservative’s losses, talks with Northern Ireland’s DUP (who secured 10 seats in the election) are due to begin next week over forming a Westminster government.In a candid and revealing article this morning in the London Times, former Downing Street director of communications Katie Perrior – who left the post in April – wrote about Hill and Timothy and the influence they had.Perrior described the pair as “street fighters”, saying they had alienated a lot of people in government.Read: Donald Trump’s sons launch hotel chain inspired by election campaignRead: May to hold cabinet meeting as she tries to overcome election backfire 27 Comments TWO OF UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s closest advisers have resigned following the Conservative Party’s disastrous general election result.Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill announced they were stepping down this afternoon.The BBC reports that May was warned she faced a leadership challenge on Monday from her party unless she sacked the pair.May has come under fierce criticism after she called a general election as an attempt to shore up her party’s parliamentary majority, but the end result was that the Conservatives lost 13 seats and its majority.In a statement, Timothy, Theresa May’s co-chief of staff, said he took responsibility for his part in the election campaign.“In particular, I regret the decision not to include in the manifesto a ceiling as well as a floor in our proposal to help meet the increasing cost of social care,” said Timothy.“But I would like to make clear that the bizarre media reports about my own role in the policy’s inclusion are wrong: it had been the subject of many months of work within Whitehall, and it was not my personal pet project.“I chose not to rebut these reports as they were published, as to have done so would have been a distraction for the campaign. By Cormac Fitzgerald http://jrnl.ie/3437240 Share Tweet Email Image: PA Wire/PA Images Two of Theresa May’s top advisers resign following disastrous election result Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill announced they were stepping down this afternoon. Short URL Jun 10th 2017, 1:42 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Saturday 10 Jun 2017, 1:42 PM
1 Comment Here’s What Happened Today: Easter Monday Protests in Derry, gorse fires in Donegal and another sunny day across the country – This evening’s top stories. Monday 22 Apr 2019, 7:55 PM Get our daily news round up: NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news.IRELAND A pair of Easter Lamb twins, explore the Curragh Plain in Kildare, against the backdrop of furze bushes in full bloom. Source: Eamonn Farrell/RollingNews.ieFriends of murdered journalist Lyra McKee held a demonstration outside the offices of a dissident Republican group in Derry, putting a number of red handprints on the wall. Irish film Vivarium was selected to screen as part of the prestigious International Critics’ Week at the Cannes Film Festival next month.A man was arrested in Dublin after shots were fired at a vehicle in Clonsilla earlier this morning.Irish tourists who may be in or travelling to Sri Lanka were urged to be aware of travel restrictions and a curfew following yesterday’s series of bomb attacks.It was a dry, warm day across the country. Gorse fires burned in west Donegal, damaging property and bringing local volunteers out in support of firefighters.Two teenagers arrested in connection with the murder of Lyra McKee in Derry were released without charge.The DFA issued an invitation to tender worth €13 million for the provision of a new IT system to process passports, it was announced. Beaumont Hospital‘s no-smoking campus policy continues to be flouted by patients and visitors. WORLD Short URL https://jrnl.ie/4602566 Share Tweet Email By Cormac Fitzgerald People gather outside the St. Anthony’s Church where a blast took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, yesterday. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA Images#RUSSIA: Russia said it was “too early” to say whether it could work with Volodymyr Zelensky, the comedian who was elected to the Ukraine presidency in a weekend vote.#LONDON: Met Police announced that over 1,000 people have been arrested in connection with the Extinction Rebellion climate change protests over the past week.#SRI LANKA: The government said they believed a local Islamist extremist group called the National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) was behind the deadly suicide bomb attacks that killed nearly 300 peoplePARTING SHOT TheJournal.ie went out to spend some time with Royal Canal Clean-Up Group to see the work they do keeping the waterways clean. Check it out: Source: TheJournal.ie/YouTube Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 15,424 Views Apr 22nd 2019, 7:55 PM
Source: The42 Rugby Weekly/SoundCloudSubscribe to our new podcast, The42 Rugby Weekly, here: By Ryan Bailey Share Tweet Email1 Short URL 41,409 Views Bealham back in training last week with strapping on his hand. Source: James Crombie/INPHOInitially, he was confined to gym work in order to build up his strength and fitness again after such a traumatic experience but once the doctors were happy the wound had closed over and his hand healed, Bealham was re-integrated back into first-team training.He continues: “I remember the doctors saying to me that people would come in after slicing their hand with a knife while cutting potatoes or whatever and they’d have half a cut or even a quarter of a cut and it has been a 12-week job, so they were amazed that I managed to come out with little to no damage aside from the gash.“The extra week off at home I had was really key. As boring as it was, I was able to just rest and every day it was getting better and better, which makes you positive and lifts your spirits because at the time you’re thinking that’s my season gone. It’s over.”Incredibly, however, Bealham — just four weeks after suffering the most horrific and nasty hand injury — will return for Connacht in this evening’s inter-pro against Munster at Thomond Park [KO 7.35pm, eir Sport/Premier Sports].The nine-time capped international has had to train with the last two fingers of his right hand strapped as the webbing is cut and he will wear a hurling glove tonight to give him extra protection. “I was really looked after by all the Connacht and Sale medical team and the way they kept an eye on me and got me off the pitch and the right treatment, I’m really thankful for that,” he says. “I’m just incredibly grateful. At the time, and certainly, when I was quite sick in hospital, I was fearing the worst. Like season-ending and months out or whatever. But I got some really good care and my family and girlfriend were able to get me back on my feet pretty quickly. Saturday 27 Apr 2019, 8:00 AM I know this sounds silly but this was probably the worst injury of my career and I only missed two games, so when you put it in perspective like that, it’s not that bad. At the time it was pretty traumatic, being able to see the inside of my hand and see what’s going on there, but thankfully there was no lasting damage and I’ve been able to get back on the pitch pretty quickly.Bealham’s return to fitness is a major fillip for Connacht as they head into the Pro14 end-of-season play-offs, with Friend’s side travelling to Limerick this evening having already assured themselves of a quarter-final place, where they will face Ulster next weekend.While the western province cannot improve on their third-place position in Conference A, Connacht go into the game high on motivation as they build towards Ulster, and bid to record a fifth straight Pro14 victory for the first time since 2016. “At this stage of the season, momentum is key and we’ll be looking to build on the Cardiff performance this weekend so we can hit the ground running against Ulster,” Bealham adds.“We know we’ve a massive task in front of us, Munster at Thomond Park, but on a personal level, I’m just delighted and thankful to be back. I can’t wait to get stuck in and hopefully put my hand up for the quarter-final.”Munster:15. Mike Haley14. Andrew Conway13. Chris Farrell12. Dan Goggin11. Calvin Nash10. Tyler Bleyendaal9. Conor Murray1. Dave Kilcoyne2. Niall Scannell3. Stephen Archer4. Jean Kleyn5. Tadhg Beirne6. Peter O’Mahony (captain)7. Chris Cloete8. CJ Stander. Replacements:16. Rhys Marshall17. Jeremy Loughman18. John Ryan19. Billy Holland20. Arno Botha21. Neil Cronin22. JJ Hanrahan23. Sammy Arnold.Connacht:15. Tiernan O’Halloran14. Niyi Adeolokun13. Bundee Aki12. Tom Daly11. Stephen Fitzgerald10. Conor Dean9. Kieran Marmion1. Matthew Burke2. Tom McCartney3. Finlay Bealham4. Joe Maksymiw5. James Cannon6. Eoin McKeon7. Jarrad Butler (captain)8. Robin Copeland. Replacements:16. Shane Delahunt17. Peter McCabe18. Conor Carey19. Eoghan Masterson20. Paul Boyle21. Caolin Blade22. Eoin Griffin23. Darragh Leader.Referee: Frank Murphy [IRFU].Gavan Casey and Murray Kinsella are joined by Andy Dunne to get stuck into last weekend’s Champions Cup semi-finals.: https://the42.ie/4608028 A WORD OF warning. The contents of this interview with Finlay Bealham may be distressing to some readers, but the detail in which he describes his injury and subsequent recovery, makes the Connacht prop’s return, with the support of his family and the province’s medical team, all the more remarkable.Four weeks ago, during Connacht’s Challenge Cup quarter-final against Sale Sharks, Bealham was sprung off the bench earlier than expected, replacing the injured Dominic Robertson-McCoy shortly before half-time. Bealham suffered the injury against Sale last month. Source: James Crombie/INPHOAndy Friend’s side, despite an improved second-half performance, had left themselves with too much to do and were facing into a European exit when Bealham, in the closing stages of the game, looked to latch onto team-mate Denis Buckley to make a tackle on Sale second row Bryn Evans.Buckley, with the aid of Dave Heffernan from the opposite side, got into an excellent position over the ball and forced the turnover penalty on halfway, buying Connacht one last opportunity, through the boot of Darragh Leader, to reduce the scoreboard deficit. But as Buckley battled for possession on the ground and play continued, Bealham had instantly collapsed to the floor on the other side of the ruck, while clutching his right hand, the immediate and execrable pain etched all over his face.As soon as the Ireland international hit the floor, his cries of ‘ah fuck’ cutting across the referee’s microphone, it became disturbingly evident that Bealham was in serious discomfort, the shrieks of utter agony becoming increasingly audible.Three of Connacht’s medical staff, including the team doctor, attended to Bealham as he lay stricken on the pitch, instantly covering his hand with a towel such was the gruesome nature of the damage. The innocuous nature of the incident, as Bealham suffered what appeared to be a glancing blow, initially suggested he had sustained a broken arm or dislocated shoulder on impact with the turf, but the live TV pictures that followed were deeply concerning.“I remember making the tackle and looking down,” he recalls. “The pain was unbearable straight away. It was traumatic, looking down and being able to see the inside of my hand. It was a pretty serious laceration. I was in a lot of shock.”Visibly traumatised, Bealham was given pain-relieving gas as the medics looked to get him off safely, but the severity of the injury became clear when the tighthead began to retch and then vomit as he was helped from the pitch. “I was feeling pretty weak in my body,” Bealham continues. “And obviously it was an upper-body injury but I just felt like I couldn’t get up off the ground. I was dizzy and weak and ended up getting physically sick as well. It was probably just a combination of the pain and shock.“I remember they started playing again and they were near me, and I didn’t know the extent of the damage, but I was just hoping that I wasn’t going to get a bang and fall over again because I was completely shaken. It was pretty traumatic.” The prop was visibly distressed after the incident. Source: James Crombie/INPHOFrom Sale’s AJ Bell Stadium, Bealham was immediately rushed to hospital in Manchester and because the bone in his right hand was visible, initially it was feared he had suffered serious compound damage.But, somehow, Bealham, despite the nastiness of the wound and distress of the situation, was given the all-clear to travel back to Galway with the rest of the Connacht squad the following morning, after doctors had determined there was no broken bones or ligament damage. Good news, until the cut — which required 14 stitches — became infected.“We got back from Sale on the Saturday and my hand had swollen considerably,” he explains. “And then on the Sunday, it was still swollen and I was thinking ‘Jeez this must be infected’ as it was still so painful and my arm was a balloon.“I had to go get it checked by the doctors again and, yeah, it was infected. I was rushed back into hospital in Galway and I was on an IV drip for a week, which was shitty, but it had to be done and thankfully the IVS settled it down.“There was talk that they would have to go back in and clean it [the wound] out again which would have obviously slowed down the recovery process. That was a pretty shitty week in hospital as I was still very sick. “It took a lot out of me physically and mentally. I was on the ropes for the bit, I was quite sick for a couple of days and those days in hospital were tough. I was weak and, yeah, it took it out of me a good bit.”At that time, Bealham was not thinking about getting back before the end of the season, rather the focus was now on ensuring the infection was cleared and he made enough progress in his recovery to be discharged from hospital. Thankfully, the antibiotics he was prescribed worked and, ahead of Connacht’s Pro14 game against Zebre three weekends ago, Bealham was able to return home to continue his recuperation. “I was told just to stay at home after hospital,” he says. “I had some really good support around me but obviously I wasn’t able to do any physical exercise so I was kind of hopping off the walls and bouncing around the house bored out of my mind.“My girlfriend’s family took me in and really looked after me, which I’m really grateful for, as I couldn’t really do too much with the hand at that stage. I can’t describe how much it took out of me physically and I’m thankful I had that support network as it helped me through it.”By the end of the second week after the injury, Bealham’s health, through a lot of rest and recovery, had improved sufficiently for him to attend Connacht’s crucial Pro14 victory over Cardiff Blues at the Sportsground, and then return to limited training under the supervision of the medics. 59 Comments Subscribe Apr 27th 2019, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘It was traumatic, looking down and being able to see the inside of my hand’ Just four weeks after suffering a horrific hand injury which left him hospitalised for five days, Connacht’s Finlay Bealham makes an incredible return against Munster this evening.
Counting in the local government elections begins at Belfast City Hall. ‘A simple message’: Conservatives and Labour take serious hit in UK local elections More than 200 of the 248 English councils have now announced their results. Short URL THE CONSERVATIVE AND Labour parties have taken a significant hit in the UK’s local elections, with voters venting frustration over the ongoing Brexit impasse. Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives lost control of several local authorities and more than 1,000 seats but Labour failed to capitalise on this weakness, with votes going instead to smaller parties.The Liberal Democrats have gained nearly 550 councillors. The results may be a sign of worse things to come for both parties ahead of 23 May’s EU elections, which the UK must contest due to the delays in it leaving the EU bloc. The UK was originally meant to leave the EU on March 29, but now has an extension until 31 October.More than 200 of the 248 English councils have now announced their results. The BBC has projected that if results it analysed are replicated across Britain, both Conservatives and Labour would get 28% of the vote in this election. Voters in mainly rural and suburban areas went to the polls yesterday and suburban areas of England, with more than 8,000 seats up for grabs.“There was a simple message from yesterday’s elections to both us and the Labour Party: just get on and deliver Brexit,” May said.“This is a difficult time for our party and these election results are a symptom of that,” May told the Welsh Conservative Conference, having faced down a heckler calling for her to quit.Northern Ireland All 11 local authorities in Northern Ireland are also being contested in the elections. The counting began at 8am this morning, later than in Britain.In total, there are 819 local council candidates standing for 462 available seats.So far the DUP has won 33 seats, the UUP has 19, the Alliance Party has 17, Sinn Féin has won 16, the SDLP has 13 and 12 seats have gone to others. The counting is continuing. Source: Seanín Graham/Twitter By Cormac Fitzgerald The DUP’s first openly gay candidate, Alison Bennington, has just been elected to @ANBorough council. Huge cheer and lots of hugs from party colleagues. “Good hard work and teamwork” she says while thanking them. #LE19 pic.twitter.com/tcGealDE9r— Seanín Graham (@SeaninGraham22) May 3, 2019 Share25 Tweet Email Counting in the local government elections begins at Belfast City Hall. Image: Rebecca Black/PA Wire/PA Images May 3rd 2019, 10:53 AM Liberals, Greens make gainsThe Conservatives are traditionally strong in the areas that were being contested and were defending a wide number of seats. These local authority seats were last contested in 2015, alongside the general election in which then prime minister David Cameron won a surprise majority for the party.But even though Labour were fighting from a low base, they too lost ground.Meanwhile the pro-Brexit United Kingdom Independence Party did better than in last year’s local elections, indicating the growing divide between right and left in British politics. “The Liberal Democrats are the big winners of this year’s elections, with already our best result for over 15 years and more gains expected,” said party leader Vince Cable.“Voters have sent a clear message that they no longer have confidence in the Conservatives, but they are also refusing to reward Labour while the party prevaricates on the big issue of the day: Brexit.”With reporting by Michelle Hennessy and from © – AFP 2019 https://jrnl.ie/4618101 Image: Rebecca Black/PA Wire/PA Images 77 Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Friday 3 May 2019, 4:30 PM 25,199 Views
Poll: Would you support an opt in approach to sacraments in Catholic schools? A recent survey shows Catholic schools want preparations for Confirmations and Communions to take place outside the classroom. Image: Shutterstock/wideonet Wednesday 15 May 2019, 10:13 AM Poll Results: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article https://jrnl.ie/4635169 Short URL Share16 Tweet Email By Adam Daly May 15th 2019, 10:13 AM 115 Comments YesNoNo opinion/interestVote Yes (7590) No (2140) No opinion/interest (589) 27,325 Views Image: Shutterstock/wideonet A SURVEY CARRIED out by the Archdiocese of Dublin has found that Catholic schools want preparations for Communions and Confirmations to take place outside of school hours. The sacraments review group surveyed almost 2,000 parents, principals, teachers, clergy, and lay members of the parish, according to this morning’s Irish Times.While the response to the survey will be discussed over the coming weeks, it is thought that it could result in an opt in approach to Communions and Confirmations, the same approach to sacraments in multi-denominational schools. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin greenlit the review after concern was raised last year that sacraments were being turned into “a piss up” for many. So, we’re asking: Would you support an opt in approach to sacraments in Catholic schools?
Image: RollingNews.ie Six years from the date of the conduct giving rise to the complaint;Three years from the date on which the complainant became aware or ought reasonably to have become aware, of the conduct giving rise to the complaint;Such longer periods as the ombudsman may allow where it appears to him that there are reasonable grounds for requiring a longer period, and that it would be just and equitable in all of the circumstances to extend the period.In his response to Fianna Fáil’s Michael McGrath, Deering said this last clause, which involves the use of his discretion, “cannot be exercised simply because the complaint relates to the application of a tracker interest rate”. He said there must be a particular reason why it would be just and equitable in all circumstances to both parties to extend the time. TheJournal.ie asked the ombudsman’s office whether he was prepared to use this discretionary power in these cases. A spokesperson said each complaint is considered on its own individual circumstance and merits.However, they said it is possible that there will be complaints among those currently being assessed where it would be just and equitable to extend the time. The spokesperson said this power has not been exercised by the FSPO to date. [Update 26 August: KBC issued a statement this morning to say it will not challenge time limitations in respect to tracker mortgage complaints and have advised the watchdog of this.] By Michelle Hennessy Sunday 25 Aug 2019, 12:05 AM Short URL Image: RollingNews.ie Share26 Tweet Email1 29 Comments BANKS SUBJECT TO the investigation of tracker mortgage complaints are now expected to row back on their planned challenges after a public rebuke by the country’s financial services watchdog.Earlier this week Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman (FSPO) Ger Deering revealed a number of lenders were arguing that his office should not investigate certain complaints about tracker mortgages because the consumers had waited too long to make them. The Central Bank examination of tracker mortgages found more than 40,000 customers were impacted by the overcharging scandal – in the worst cases people lost their homes because of their lenders’ failings.Deering told Fianna Fáil TD Michael McGrath in response to a parliamentary question that some lenders – though not all – were “rigorously challenging the jurisdiction of this office to deal with complaints where there is a question in relation to whether the complaint was made outside the time limits”. He said his office in these cases can end up spending as much time dealing with assessments in relation to time limits as it would conducting a full, formal investigation of the merits of that complaint.Deering told RTÉ’s Morning Ireland that these challenges could impact on as many as 500 complaints. TheJournal.ie has asked the country’s main lenders whether they were challenging the FSPO’s jurisdiction to investigate these complaints. A Bank of Ireland spokesperson said the bank had never sought to apply any time restriction in relation to customers who were deemed impacted by the scandal under the Central Bank examination. However, it did “refer a small number of non-impacted customer cases to the FSPO for consideration in relation to timeframe”. So-called “non-impacted” customers are those whose accounts would have been examined by their lenders as part of the wider examination. The lenders in these cases do not believe the account was impacted by overcharging. The customer has the option of an internal review of this decision and then, after they have complained to the FSPO, another review by the lender which also involves mediation. Bank of Ireland said it had raised the issue of the time limit “following full engagement with the FSPO’s complaints resolution mechanism and mediation service”. “If that process concludes without resolution, the FSPO will ask the bank if the complaint is within the time limits which are set out in legislation,” the spokesperson said.“It is at this point having gone through the review process as above that the bank has confirmed to the FSPO that the complaint does not fall within the time limit as set out by legislation.”Bank of Ireland told TheJournal.ie it has now “taken on board feedback” from Deering and reviewed its approach to these complaints. “We have confirmed to the ombudsman that we are happy that they don’t apply a time limit to any tracker mortgage related complaints.”AIB said it respects that the ombudsman has the sole jurisdiction to decide which cases are within its remit for investigation and will not be seeking the application of time restrictions in these cases.Ulster Bank said it has never challenged the jurisdiction of the ombudsman’s office in relation to time limits on tracker mortgage complaints. A spokesperson for Permanent TSB explained that in cases where a bank argues a claim is out of time, it is up to the FSPO – rather than the lender – to decide whether or not this is the case. However he added that PTSB has not raised the time limit in respect of any complaints to the ombudsman. AAC Loan Management confirmed it has no cases with the ombudsman’s office.While the majority of lenders denied challenging the FSPO investigations or said they would not be challenging them from now on, others provided less clarity on their position. KBC said it is “determined to secure the best outcomes for all customers impacted by the tracker examination”.“The application of any aspect of the relevant legislation relating to customer complaints rests with the office of the FSPO and we work openly and constructively with them.”Danske Bank told TheJournal.ie that all of its complaints “are dealt with on an individual basis and we cannot comment on individual cases”.The legislation that applies in these cases is the Financial Services and Pensions Ombudsman Act 2017. The section that deals with time limits states that a complaint must be made within whichever of the following periods is the last to expire: https://jrnl.ie/4777808 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Lenders expected to row back after rebuke from ombudsman over tracker mortgage complaints Ger Deering this week revealed 500 complaints could be impacted by banks’ use of time limit clauses. 19,828 Views Aug 25th 2019, 12:06 AM