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Ireland dump old enemy out of World Cup

Kevin O’Brien stunned the world of cricket at the Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore last night to help Ireland to an incredible World Cup victory over England by three wickets.

Four years on from knocking Pakistan out of the 2007 World Cup in the Caribbean, Ireland provided an even bigger shock, considering they had to chase down England’s mammoth runs total of 327 for eight on a batsman’s paradise. While Ireland`s win over Pakistan was blighted by the murder of Bob Woolmer, nothing can deny the Boys in Green from lapsing up this tremenmdous feat. 

They did it with O’Brien hitting the fastest century in World Cup history in the biggest run chase ever seen in the competition.

The pick of England’s bowlers belted to all parts of the stadium to huge cheers from both the Irish contingent of about 200 fans and the locals, who enjoy both an underdog and a big hitter.

The umpires were even forced to change the ball as one six smashed into the concrete terracing that accommodated the local fans, who danced and cheered and waved both Indian and Irish tricolours.

Kevin`s father Brendan was also in attendance to watch Ireland`s newest sporting hero and his brother Niall who was also on the team. Brendan captained Ireland during his 52 appearances, but he declared yesterday his finest hour in the game he loves.

“It’s the proudest day for me to have the two of them out there. And I suppose beating the old enemy is probably sweeter than anybody else,” he said, before recalling the broken windows suffered down the years in the O’Brien household on Gilford Road in Sandymount.

“A lot, a lot. There was a lot of test matches played in our front garden, him and Niall and their big brothers as well, but it was all worthwhile.”

 Taoiseach-elect Enda Kenny said the win would lift the nation’s spirit. “Ireland’s victory marks one of the finest days in Irish sport and my warmest congratulations go out to each and every member of the squad.”

He added: “Their supreme effort will lift the spirits of every single Irish person, no matter where they are in the world. Ireland’s performance is truly inspiring, demonstrating that, with self-belief, the apparently impossible can be made possible and that real change can occur.”

Kenny and Gilmore Open Talks

Taoiseach elect Enda Kenny has today begun talks with Labour leader Eamon Gilmore as the duo set about arranging a coalition that will form the next government.

With 154 seats of the 31st Dàil now known, it is now a fact that Fine Gael will not be able to form a single party government.   

Of the 154 seats in the Dáil now filled, Fine Gael has 70, the Labour Party has 36, Fianna Fáil has 18, Sinn Féin has 13, and Independents and others have 17.

Kenny and Gilmore established contact after the two parties offered conflicting stories regarding the initial contact. Fine Gael had expressed their interest in forming a coalition with Labour , proclaiming that Kenny had left a message on Gilmore`s phone. Labour denied this.  

Negotiating teams from both parties are currently in discussions at Leinster House, with Fine Gael`s Michael Noonan and Labour`s Ruairi Quinn among the main negotiatiors. Noonan,who stormed to success in Limerick, is widely believed to be the next Minister for Finance.

The sticking area in the discussions relate to the taxes that both parties would like to bring in.  

A deal is set to be struck by the weekend and the parties will immediately set about  putting a broken down country back on the map. 

Fine Gael have the possibility of entering into government with some Independent candidates however this option looks increasingly unlikely. 

Three constituencies have yet to give a final verdict on their election results.  

Recounts have resumed in Galway West and Laois-Offaly this morning. A recheck is ongoing in Wicklow following a request by Fianna Fáil’s Dick Roche.

Kenny Confirms No Show For Leadership Debate

Enda Kenny has said that his schedule means he cannot take part in TV3’s proposed three way leadership debate on Tuesday.

The Fine Gael leader was responding to questions about the debate and the station’s offer to replace Vincent Browne as moderator.

Mr Kenny said he had an issue with Mr Browne over his comments on suicide but his schedule on Tuesday meant he could not participate.

However the station had told the Fine Gael leader that they would gladly replace Browne with political correspondent  Ursula Halligan in order to get him onto the show.

Kenny`s stance in the past few weeks has been strange as he has gladly stepped out of the spotlight allowing Dr James Reilly and Michael Noonan to do most of the talking.

Kenny`s Fine Gael party are widely expected to form the next government, be it on their own or in a coalition with Labour. However Kenny`s decision not to take part in the leadership debate may come back to haunt him and his party.

Queen Expected to Visit in May

QUEEN ELIZABETH II’s visit to Ireland, the first to Dublin by a reigning British monarch for more than 100 years, is expected to take place over three days in May.

Discussions on the timing of the visit has delayed her trip however talks between the British embassy and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny are believed to be at an advanced stage.

The decision to brief Mr Kenny is taken as he is widely regarded as the favourite to be the next Taoiseach, succeeding Brian Cowen. However an official invitation to the Queen has not yet been extended.

So far no locations have been finalised, partly for security reasons. However,  the queen is widely tipped to make a speech in Dublin Castle on relations between the two countries.

The Taoiseach began the process of inviting the queen when he met British prime minister David Cameron in Downing Street last June.

The planned invitation is strongly backed by President Mary McAleese, who leaves office later this year.

The timing of the visit has been complicated by the wedding of Prince Charles’s son, Prince William, to Kate Middleton at Westminster Abbey on April 29th.

Mrs McAleese, whose term of office ends on November 10th, has a number of appointments in her diary, including a State visit by Prince Albert of Monaco, to Ireland in April.

The President, meanwhile, will make two State visits of her own: to Spain in late March and to the Netherlands in early May. The presidential election, if one is necessary, will occur in October, although no date has yet been fixed.