CLEVELAND, OH – SEPTEMBER 20: Baker Mayfield #6 of the Cleveland Browns throws a pass during the fourth quarter against the New York Jets at FirstEnergy Stadium on September 20, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)The Cleveland Browns still need a new head coach for 2019. Gregg Williams has been the interim man in charge after Hue Jackson was fired, but no full-time successor has been named.Oklahoma head coach Lincoln Riley is one of the hottest names in coaching right now. Riley has helped the Sooners to back-to-back College Football Playoff appearances and has been linked to the Browns and Packers’ coaching vacancies.Riley also has a significant tie to Cleveland, as he coached Baker Mayfield in college. So, is there any chance Baker would plant the seed in his former coach’s mind?No, Mayfield says, at least not yet. He told the media that while Riley has ‘been ready” to be an NFL head coach, he hasn’t spoken to him about the Browns job.Baker Mayfield says Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley has ‘been ready’ to be an #NFL coach, but hasn’t tried to talk him into the #Browns job https://t.co/UeyE45qTpw— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) December 5, 2018Asked if Riley would potentially jump to the professional ranks, Mayfield thinks it will happen eventually.“I think down the road probably,’’ said Mayfield. “But like I said, right now I’m not going to speak for him, but he’s ready whenever that time comes.’’Mayfield won the Heisman Trophy while playing for Riley in 2017. He has thrown for 18 touchdowns and 10 interceptions thus far as a rookie.
This being Thursday, it’s Eamon Gilmore‘s turn today at Leader’s Questions. The Tánaiste will be on his feet in the Dáil at midday. The week’s news has been dominated by the flood crisis in Limerick and Cork and what’s being done to help those affected — so we can probably expect at least a few well-composed questions on that issue.Topical Issues happens at 4.42pm this afternoon (set your alarms). As usual, a selection of TDs will be airing their views and posing questions on issues of concern to their constituents and the wider electorate. What’s coming up today? Later on, the details will be posted here.The issue of plain pack cigarettes will be the main focus of the Joint Committee on Health and Children when it meets at 9.30am. The panel of TDs and senators will hear from groups like the Royal College of Physicians and doctors’ union the IMO this morning. At 11.45am, newsagents and other retail groups will have their say on the planned changes.Everything else happening in the Dáil: [gifbin.com] Nothing happening in the upper chamber today.Why not? Here’s why.Everything else happening in the committees:The Joint Committee on the Implementation of the Good Friday Agreement meets at 10.15am. Amongst the issues today: “the application of patients’ rights in cross-border healthcare”. [Committee Room 4]The business of the Dublin Docklands Development Authority will be the focus of the Public Accounts Committee at 10am. [Room 1]And at 2pm, the sub-committee on communications, energy and natural resources discusses the ESB (Electronic Communications Networks) Bill 2013. [Room 4]Here’s how to watch what’s going on in Leinster House today:Dáil ÉireannSeanad ÉireannCommittee Room 1Committee Room 2Committee Room 3Committee Room 4To access streams on iOS, click here Everything happening in the Seanad: WANT TO KNOW what’s going on in Leinster House today?Every day the Dáil and Seanad are sitting, TheJournal.ie brings you the most comprehensive guide to what our lawmakers are getting up to in the Houses of the Oireachtas.So, here is what we can expect to be happening in the Dáil, Seanad and Committee rooms today…Three things we’ll be keeping an eye on: Minister Alan Shatter kicks off the action once again from 9.30am. He was up yesterday too with his ‘Justice’ hat on (not an actual hat, mind) — this morning, it’s all about ‘Defence‘, so expect plenty of questions on the Defence Forces’ current activities and other related matters.Next item on the agenda at 10.45am is the County Enterprise Boards (Dissolution) Bill, which (you guessed it) provides for the dissolution of the county enterprise boards. Their functions are being transferred to Enterprise Ireland.From 12.21pm, afternoon business includes more work on the above bill, a motion on European Small Claims Procedure and the Roads Bill 2014 (which provides for the dissolution of the Railway Procurement Aganency and the transfer of its functions to the National Roads Authority).The Dáil adjourns at 5.30pm. Like politics? Then why not ‘Like’ TheJournal.ie’s Politics page?Explainer: How does a Bill become a law?