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Graham Dwyer (top) and a statement released by his solicitors this evening

Graham Dwyer closed his eyes and shook his head slightly when verdict was delivered.

Sentencing and victim impact statements will be dealt with on 20 April.

The sentence for murder is mandatory life in prison.

Dwyer guilty of murdering Elaine O’Hara (RTE News)

Statement pic via Conor Gallagher

(H/T: Kevin Whitty, Spaghetti Hoop)


Andreas Lubitz competing in a Lufthansa marathon in 2013

…To conclude that his [Andreas Lubitz]  role in the [Germanwings] crash was the automatic consequence of any history of mental illness would be irresponsible and damaging. There has been no suggestion that males should be prohibited from becoming pilots, that Germans are unfit to fly, or that 27-year-olds should not be let loose in the cockpit. Only one factor has been picked over: Lubitz’s mental health.

The truth is that people with depression are all around us – they are our teachers and solicitors; our plumbers and health professionals. Data obtained following a recent freedom of information request revealed that more than 40,000 NHS staff took sick leave as a result of stress, anxiety and depression in 2014. Up to 20% of those are likely to be medical doctors; indeed, doctors are significantly more likely to experience depression than the general population. Having depression does not necessarily make you unfit to work, but, based upon the headlines in many of today’s papers you could be forgiven for thinking that it does.

Don’t blame depression for the Germanwings tragedy (Masuma Rahim, Guardian)

Andreas Lubitz hid illness: Everything we know on Friday about Germanwings plane crash co-pilot (Telegraph)

(Wolfgang Nass/BILD)

Thanks Spaghetti Hoop


What you may need to know:

1. Post-apocalypse horror-drama from first-time director Henry Hobson. The American Midwest is affected by an outbreak of a disease that turns the infected into cannibalistic zombies. When Maggie (Abigail Breslin) is infected, her father (Arnold Schwarzenegger) tries to protect her.

2. Little Miss Sunshine is all grown up.

3. Ahnold seems quite subdued and taciturn in this, so there’s very little chance of him shouting “get to the choppah” at anyone. Shame.

4. So far, the Governator’s return to movies has been less-than stellar. Escape Plan (2013) was underwhelming and the less said about Sabotage (2014) the better.

5. Terminator: Genisys might look like the worst idea since Terminator: Salvation (2011) (or Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2009) for that matter), but Paramount have so much faith in it that they’re planning on shooting two sequels back-to-back.

6. Broadsheet Prognosis: A disappointing dearth of braaaains.

Release Date:
May 8 (US).

(Mark blogs about film, TV and other stuff at WhyBother.ie)