Leinster hit with fiveday turnaround for crunch Heineken Cup matches

first_imgSaturday 18 JanSaracens v Connacht (1.35pm)Leicester v Ulster (6pm)Sunday 19 JanMunster v Edinburgh (12.45pm)Check out the full Round 5 and Round 6 fixture list here >Gatland recommends quota system is considered for future Lions tours LEINSTER’S HEINEKEN CUP hopes will hinge on a five-day turnaround between their final two pool games.Matt O’Connor’s side are likely to need two wins against Castres and Ospreys to qualify as a top seed and clinch home advantage for the quarter-finals.The ERC confirmed today that their Round 5 game against Castres will be a lunchtime kick-off (12.45pm) on Sunday 12 January at the Stade Pierre Antoine.And Leinster will be one of the first teams to finish their pool matches when they host Ospreys in a Friday evening kick-off (8pm) at the RDS on the 17th.Northampton and Ospreys meet in Pool 1′s other Round 5 fixture on 12 January, leaving them with a similar Sunday/Friday schedule.Only the top four pool winners are guaranteed a home quarter-final, and the quick turnaround could leave Pool 1′s eventual winner at a disadvantage in the race for the all-important seeding.Munster travel to play their Pool 6 rivals Gloucester at Kingsholm at 6pm on Saturday 11th before finishing at home to Edinburgh at 12.45pm on Sunday 19th.Ulster host Montpellier on Friday 10th (8pm) and then travel to Welford Road for what is likely to be a Pool 5 decider against Leicester on Saturday 18th (6pm).Connacht finish with two Saturday fixtures, hosting Zebre at the Sportsground on the 11th (3.40pm) before heading to Allianz Park on the 18th to play Saracens (1.35pm).Heineken Cup (selected round five fixtures)Friday 10 JanUlster v Montpellier (8pm)Sat 11 JanConnacht v Zebre (3.40pm)Gloucester v Munster (6pm)Sun 12 JanCastres v Leinster (12.45pm)Selected round six fixturesFriday 17 JanLeinster v Ospreys (8pm)last_img read more

Only losers take the bus right Leo The weeks news skewed

first_imgCabinet back “awesome” possibility of cloning each otherWednesday, 15 May The Cabinet will meet today to progress the “awesome” possibility of cloning each other.This follows a breakthrough in the United States where human embryo clones were produced.“This is so awesome,” Transport Minister Leo Varadkar said. “I’ll finally have someone on my level to talk to.”While all ministers want to be cloned there is a reluctance among them to go first.“We’re a bit wary in case anything goes wrong,” a Cabinet source said. “So we’re starting with James Reilly.”“No matter what went wrong with cloning him it couldn’t be worse than the original.”The Mire ‘humbled’ as stories become Government policyThursday, 16 May The Mire was humbled today after Expenditure Minister Brendan Howlin revealed he based policy on Mire stories. IS THE NEWS getting you down? Current affairs causing a frown? Satirical site The Mirehas an alternative angle on the week’s hot topics…Bus staff rage as Varadkar records Only Losers Take The BusMonday, 13 MayTransport Minister Leo Varadkar has infuriated striking Bus Eireann staff by recording a song lampooning bus passengers.Inspired by Canadian astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield’s version of Space Oddity, Mr Varadkar chose to record The Fatima Mansions’ Only Losers Take The Bus.It is understood the video for the song shows Mr Varadkar singing on a Bus Eireann bus while trying to make his guitar float in zero gravity.“He was peeved when his guitar wouldn’t float,” an aide said. “It was his first time on a bus and he didn’t realise they don’t have zero gravity.”Thousands struggle to get to work after bus strike suspendedTuesday, 14 MayThousands of commuters struggled to get to work this morning after Bus Éireann workers suspended their strike action.Many were stranded at bus stops around the country waiting for buses that had already left.“Why do I believe the timetable?” a Longford man banging his head off a bus stop said. “There won’t be another one for hours.”“There’s no doubt buses cause absenteeism,” an employment expert said. “At least when they’re on strike commuters make other arrangements.” Mr Howlin told TheJournal.ie that Government ministers would not be singled out for pay cuts.This follows a Mire story on 26 February that said Howlin pledged no further cuts to ministers’ pay.The Mire is available to draft policy for the Government for a reasonable fee.Alan Shatter knows what you did last summercenter_img Friday, 17 MayJustice Minister Alan Shatter knows what you did last summer.Mr Shatter told Independent TD Mick Wallace on Prime Time that he knew he had been verbally warned by gardaí last May for using a mobile phone while driving.Later Mr Shatter revealed that a single mother in Blanchardstown had been putting dirty nappies in her neighbour’s wheelie bin.He then told a Lucan man to stop seeing his neighbour’s wife.“The all-seeing eye of Alan is watching you,” a garda said. “Be afraid; be very afraid.”All eyes on Ireland for Oireachtas Abortion FestivalFriday, 17 MayThe signature event of The Gathering gets underway today with the highly anticipated Oireachtas Abortion Festival.For three days all eyes will be on Ireland’s abortion interpretive dances and carefully choreographed displays of abortion hysteria.“It’s what The Gathering is all about, it’s what Ireland is all about. Come dance with us in Ireland,” a tourism spokesman said.Uniquely, this festival does not feature a chill out area although many think it should.Festivalgoers are advised to wear wellies in case the floodgates open.Read previous weeks’ editions of The Mire’s Not the News >last_img read more