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  • 09:36
    Good morning, Aine McMahon here on today's Daily Wire.

    Kicking off with some dramatic news this morning - a 68-year-old man has been arrested after a car was driven through the front gates of Trinity College Dublin.

    The incident took place at about 6.30am when a driver smashed through the old wooden doors at the College Green entrance.
    Gardai said a number of vehicles in the university grounds were damaged when the car was driven on to the campus and through the locked gates.

    Perhaps he was unhappy with the €100,000 rebrand the college has just undergone?!
  • 09:43
    Angela Kerins has announced she is resigning as chief executive of the Rehab Group citing the toll the controversy surrounding the charity group has taken on it and also on her personal life, Harry McGee reports.

    Ms Kerins confirmed this morning that she was stepping down.
    In a message to staff at the group, Ms Kerins said: “In recent months I have become increasingly concerned about the toll that public controversy has taken on the Rehab Group and my own family. More here.
  • 09:44
  • 09:48

    Pizza the profit - Domino’s Pizza has recorded a 3.4 per cent rise in Irish sales and said it was close to naming its new boss.

    Britain’s biggest pizza delivery firm announced a 10.8 per cent rise in first-quarter UK underlying sales.

    The company said on Wednesday sales at UK stores open over a year rose 10.8 per cent in the 13 weeks to March 30th, helped by its most popular ever meal deal - a £14.99 large pizza and three sides “Winter Survival” offering that proved particularly successful in the early wet weeks of 2014.

  • 09:49
    Gardai are investigating a cash in transit robbery that took place in Tallaght this morning, more as we get it...  
  • 09:57
  • 09:59

    Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte has expressed his surprise at Angela Kerins resignation.  

    He told Newstalk earlier this morning -
     "I don't know why she didn't answer the question on day one and avoid all this."  

  • 10:01
  • 10:06
    Angela Kerins may have stepped down as CEO of Rehab this morning but various politicians have called for her to appear before the Public Accounts committee next week. Over to you, Angela.  
  • 10:09
    Former Kerry footballer turned fashionista Paul Galvin is being quite cryptic this morning...
  • 10:15

    News breaking this morning that Bank of Ireland will refund stamp duty for first time buyers who take up mortgages with them between today and September.  

    The boom is getting boomier.  

  • 10:17

    Full statement from BOI -

    "Bank of Ireland pays First Time Buyer Stamp Duty to the value of 1% of their Mortgage
    Bank of Ireland understands that stamp duty is a significant expense particularly for First Time Buyers who are trying to get onto the property ladder. So the Bank will refund stamp duty to First Time Buyers equivalent to 1% of their mortgage amount for drawdowns up to 30 September 2014.

    Bank of Ireland today announced a new offer for First Time Buyers where they will pay 1% of their mortgage to the customer to help cover their stamp duty costs. The offer is available on all First Time Buyer mortgages drawn down between 2 April and 30 September 2014. The
    Bank has provided more than €2 billion in mortgage approvals under its First Time Buyer and Mover fund launched in October 2012 and has an additional 2 billion fund available to meet current and anticipated demand. Speaking about the mortgage market in Ireland, Aine McCleary, Bank of Ireland’s Head of Mortgages RoI said: “Bank of Ireland is very keen to support First Time Buyers who are looking to purchase their first home. First Time Buyers represented almost half of the new mortgage market in value terms in 2013 and we are seeing demand from all parts of the country, particularly now as property prices have stabilised outside Dublin.” Due to the fall in house prices,

    Bank of Ireland estimates that house affordability is at its best level since 1998, and in many cases First Time Buyers have accumulated sizeable deposits as they were waiting for property prices to stabilise prior to making the decision to purchase their first home. “We understand that today’s first time buyer needs all the help they can get when seeking to get their foot on the property ladder, and we want to make it very clear that we want to lend to them.” McCleary continued. “That’s why we have launched this new offer especially for this important First Time Buyer segment.
    Bank of Ireland is open for mortgage lending and we have a very strong presence in the market through all of our channels, with 250 branches in the Republic of Ireland, a really easy form on our website where customers can start their mortgage application in just two minutes, qualified mortgage advisers at the end of the telephone and mobile mortgage managers who will meet customers at a time and place that suits the customer, in their home or place of work, in the evenings or at the weekend.”

    “Customers are very busy but still want the personal engagement with a trusted adviser when it comes to making such a big financial decision, and once they submit an application they want to know quickly if their application is approved. This is where Bank of Ireland is different. When we provide mortgage approval it’s on the basis of a full credit assessment. The approval lasts for six months and it’s formal approval, not just approval in principle — and in most cases we provide this approval within 24 hours. Having formal mortgage approval in your pocket is really important when you’re chasing a property in a sought-after location where the demand outstrips the number of houses available to buy. We approved more than 80% of our First Time Buyer mortgage applications in 2013 and we believe our new offer to refund First Time Buyer stamp duty equivalent to 1% of their mortgage amount will be a huge benefit to our new mortgage customers,” she concluded."

  • 10:18
  • 10:36
    Uconfirmed reports that the army bomb squad are currently at the Ballinteer estate where Minister for Justice Alan Shatter lives. More as we get it....  
  • 10:42

    Authorities in Chile have declared a state of emergency after a magnitude-8.2 earthquake struck off its northern coast. Five people were crushed to death or suffered fatal heart attacks, a remarkably low toll for such a powerful shift in the Earth’s crust. The extent of damage has not yet been fully assessed, president Michelle Bachelet said, but she sent a military plane with 100 anti-riot police to join 300 soldiers deployed to prevent looting and round up escaped prisoners. The shaking caused landslides that blocked roads, knocked out power for thousands, damaged an airport and provoked fires that destroyed several businesses. About 300 inmates escaped from a women’s prison in the city of Iquique. In Arica, another city close to the quake’s offshore epicentre, hospitals treated minor injuries, and some homes made of adobe were destroyed, authorities said. Interior minister Rodrigo Penailillo announced the five deaths.


  • 10:48

    The Government has agreed in principle to the introduction of universal health insurance by 2019 on condition it does not involve any additional costs to the exchequer, Martin Wall reports.  

    Universal health insurance – which has been championed by Minister for Health James Reilly – would involve a radical reform to the way the Irish health service is structured and funded.
    However the Minister’s plans have faced strong criticism over recent months from within the Government.

    The Minister will publish a White Paper on his plans today but there will be further extensive planning and costing carried out in the months ahead and the issue will return to Cabinet for further key decisions next year. More here.  


  • 10:50
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  • 11:10

    The army bomb disposal unit was called to the estate where Justice Minister Alan Shatter lives this morning.
    The army bomb disposal unit were called to attend the Dublin estate where Minister for Justice Alan Shatter lives this morning.
    The alert was found to be a hoax a spokesperson for the Irish Defence Forces told the Irish Times.
    “We arrived on the scene at 9.55 and left at 10.45 am this morning,” he said.
    The Defence Forces could not comment on the nature of the hoax, other than to say that it was not a viable explosive.

  • 11:13

    "Nobody ever tells Shatter anything" - Miriam Lord's take on the trials and tribulations of our beleagured Minister for Justice.  

    "It’ll take a while to nail down the terms of reference and stuff like that, but at least the Government has moved definitively to do something definitive about what they don’t know for definite yet."

  • 11:17

    In case you missed it earlier - a man crashed his car through the hallowed gates of Trinity College - The University of Dublin - (whatever they're calling it these days) this morning.  

    Now with added video and extra photos. Have a look here.  

  • 11:20
  • 11:26

    Tanáiste Eamon Gilmore was speaking at the launch of the Government's White Paper on Universal Health Insurance this morning.  

    "My party believes that a person’s access to medical care should be determined by their medical needs, not the money in their pocket. Put simply, universal health insurance is about providing equal access for all of our people to quality healthcare services, and providing the right incentives for them to get treated as early, and as efficiently as possible.

    The unfair two-tier system that has determined the course – and many of the problems – of our health service over many decades, is not working. It does not work for people who cannot afford private health insurance, and who find themselves at the back of the queue for a consultant’s appointment.  

    It does not even work for those hard-pressed families who struggle to pay for private health insurance, only to find their premium is going up every year, while their benefits are going down. It does not work for the staff of our health services, who do a remarkable job in the face of enormous challenges – and who will be the first to point out where scarce resources are being wasted. And it does not work for the taxpayer, who pays three times over for the same service – through their taxes, through their health insurance, and through their out of pocket expenses."

  • 11:33
    The numbers of unemployed people continues to fall - new figures from the Central Statistics Office show that the numbers signing on the Live Register on a seasonally adjusted basis last month fell by 1800 to 396,900.  
  • 11:50
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  • 12:06

    Sligo County Council is facing a bill of several million euro after the Supreme Court today ordered it to pay most of the costs of the long and bitter legal row over public rights of way across the historic Lissadell estate in Co Sligo.

    The full costs of the case, initiated in 2009, are estimated at at least €7 million and the five-judge court today ordered the council to pay three quarters of the legal costs incurred by the Lissadell owners, barristers Edward Walsh and Constance Cassidy, in the High and Supreme Courts. The council must also pay its own legal costs. Mary Carolan has more here.  

  • 12:09
  • 12:13

    French president Francois Hollande has approved a new Cabinet that includes his "ex-companion"  Segolene Royal as minister of environment and energy.

    Ms Royal was the Socialist candidate for president in 2007 but lost. She had four children with Mr Hollande in a relationship which lasted for more than 20 years.

    The new government was named today after discussions between new prime minister Manuel Valls and Mr Hollande. The talks followed a crushing defeat for their Socialist Party in municipal voting last week. Laurent Fabius and Jean-Yves Le Drian keep their positions as foreign affairs and defence ministers in the new government.  

    Former finance minister Pierre Moscovici has left the government and the brief has been split between two Socialists: Michel Sapin will take charge of finance and Arnaud Montebourg will be in charge of industry and economy.  

  • 12:32
    The Sophie Toscan Du Plantier case leaves "trail of unanswered questionsVincent Browne  writes today
  • 12:45
  • 12:59

    A whole Lotto luck - Last night's  EuroMillions jackpot worth €15m was  sold in Ireland.

    The draw for the jackpot took place in Paris.

    The winning numbers were 16, 18, 26, 38, 44. The Lucky Stars were 8,10.

    It is not known if the ticket was bought by an individual or a syndicate.

    Was it you? Come on now, tell the truth and shame the divil!  

  • 13:00
  • 13:10

    A serial robber was caught after a shop assistant disarmed him and sat on him until gardaí arrived.

    Michael O’Connor (27), tried to rob the Glencar filling station in Letterkenny, Co Donegal with a six-inch knife on March 30th last year.

    He shouted at shop assistant James Doherty to give him the money and threatened him with a knife. Stephen Maguire has more here.  

  • 13:15
    Last week it was all about the #NoMakeUpSelfie - now our canine pals can get in on the act in aid of Irish Guide Dogs. To get involved, take a selfie of your dog and text woof to 57500 to donate €2.50
  • 13:18

    Your lunchtime link - The cast of the Lion King entertained passengers on a flight from Brisbane to Sydney with a rendition of the Lion King clasic - The Circle of Life.  

  • 13:36

    Messaging service Whatsapp appears to be down this afternoon - April Foolers seemed to have overwhelmed the system yesterday.  

  • 14:36
  • 14:41

    The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has warned the Government that its plans for Universal Health Insurance risk tying Ireland into a “Dutch Model” even as that model is coming unstuck in its home country.”  

    The IMO was responding to the publication today by the Government of a White Paper on Universal Health Insurance. Speaking today, Dr. Matthew Sadlier, President of the IMO said that the Government should expand the debate on Universal Health Insurance to embrace a broader discussion about alternative financing options for health services.  


    Dr. Sadlier said; “Contrary to what the Government might suggest, the Insurance model is not the be-all and end-all of funding models for health services. There are alternative funding strategies which are worth debating including an expanded Social Insurance model and the current tax-based model.”  

    Dr. Sadlier expressed particular concern that the Government seems to have ruled out any increase in the overall budget for the health services. He said; “we’re going to spend the next few months focussed on which part of the population should spend how much on services rather than the more fundamental question of how we can improve our health services overall.”

  • 14:52

    Legendary publican Charlie Chawke is in bullish form over the Gaa deal with Sky Sports on Joe Duffy atm...

    He tells Joe amonth of Sky Sports costs €1,200 a month or €14,400 a year per pub.  

    Charlie owns nine pubs so that's alot of Sky Sports but he tells Joe he's all for it if it gets the punters in.  


    goat bar and grill 14,400 a year  

    "Well we have to do it  

  • 14:53
  • 14:56
    More as we get it...
  • 15:03

    Britain summoned the Spanish ambassador today to condemn an incursion by Spanish vessels into Gibraltar's territorial waters. "I strongly condemn this provocative incursion and urge the Spanish government to ensure that it is not repeated," said Britain's europe minister, David Lidington, after Ambassador Federico Trillo was summoned.

     "Her Majesty's Government will continue to take whatever action we consider necessary to uphold British sovereignty and the interests of Gibraltar, its people, its security and economy," Lidington said.

  • 15:04
  • 15:12

    Minister of State ALex White TD addressed the Alcohol Forum National Conference “Alcohol’s Harm to Others: When Their Drinking Becomes Your Problem” at the National Convention Centre today.

    "The drinks lobby advocates the industry’s business interests vigorously and I have no objection to that. However, the conflicting interests of the drinks industry who seek to increase the consumption of alcohol and public health professionals who seek to reduce the consumption of alcohol really cannot be reconciled when it comes to formulating public health policy. The alcohol industry seeks a role for itself in public health policy areas that extend far beyond their role as producers and retailers of alcohol."


  • 15:37

    Love/Hate actor Aoibhinn McGinnity who plays Nidge's long suffering mot, is apparently being lined up for a role in a new stage show based on infamous Harcourt Street nightclub Copper Face Jacks.

    Ross O'Carroll Kelly author Paul Howard is currently penning (*journalese klaxon*) 'Coppers The Opera!' which is set to open at The Gaiety Theatre

    Howard told the Irish Daily Mail: "I worked with Aoibhinn in Anglo The Musical. She is an amazing singer with an extraordinary voice. I think she would be great in what is essential West Side Story on Harcourt Street."

  • 15:41

    The investigation into Malaysia Airlines' flight 370's disappearance may never find the true cause, the country's police chief warned today.

     Khalid Abu Bakar said the case "may go on and on and on" and urged people to be patient as he briefed reporters in Kuala Lumpur. Investigators believe the Beijing-bound flight was diverted deliberately by someone on board not long after taking off from the Malaysian capital early on March 8th.  

    But with no wreckage from the Boeing 777 yet detected, despite a massive international hunt in the southern Indian Ocean, they have few clues to help them determine who caused the diversion and whether it was malicious. "At the end of the investigations, we may not even know the real cause. We may not even know the reason for this incident," said Khalid. He added that officers had conducted more than 170 interviews with relatives of the pilots and 10 other crew members. The investigation is still focused on four possible areas - hijacking, sabotage and personal or psychological problems of those on board - but so far, checks on the crew members and passengers have raised no red flags. "We must be very thorough and we need all the time . . . you cannot hurry us," the inspector general said. "We have to clear every little thing."  

  • 15:51
    Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini (L) and the Brigadier General of the Carabinieri (Italian police) of Cultural Heritage Mariano Mossa (R) shake hands as they present the two paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard tracked down by
    Italian Culture Minister Dario Franceschini (L) and the Brigadier General of the Carabinieri (Italian police) of Cultural Heritage Mariano Mossa (R) shake hands as they present the two paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard tracked down by
  • 15:52

    Stolen paintings by Paul Gauguin and Pierre Bonnard hung on an Italian factory worker's kitchen wall for almost 40 years, police have revealed.  He hung them in his Turin home before taking them to Sicily when he retired.

    Now worth at least €10.6m, they were stolen from a collector's London home in 1970 and left on a train in Italy, with no indication of origin.

    At a lost-property auction in 1975, the unsuspecting Fiat worker paid 45,000 Italian lire or €23 for them.

    I'm no Lovejoy but that sounds like a tidy profit on a piece of art.  


  • 16:02

    Enda Kenny has described anti-Semitic material sent to Minister for Justice Alan Shatter's home as "a new low." Conor Lally has more here.  

  • 16:29

    You know the way you were told not to jump from the top of bunk beds when you were younger? Well this chap should have heeded this advice #fail

  • 16:39

    The X Factor auditions are coming to Ireland for the first time since 2010, stopping off at Cork, Dublin and Belfast. Following the news that Cheryl Cole and Simon Cowell are to reunite as judges on this year’s series, The X Factor’s first round of auditions will come to Dublin for the first time since 2010. That time around; a youngster from Mullingar by the name of Niall Horan caught the judges eye and later landed himself a spot in One Direction.

    The audition tour will travel to The Convention Centre Dublin this Saturday April 5th.

    Speaking about her tips for auditioning Cheryl Cole said: “If you do something original or a good remix or something that makes people sit up and listen, that’s always a good start. So go and do some research, find some unique ways of singing songs we’re already aware of.”  

  • 16:41
  • 16:43

    Too Fast - Too Furious - Eight people have been arrested in Co. Clare in connection with unofficial night time motoring events. A woman and seven men aged in their teens and 20s were detained at a number of locations around the county this morning.

    An operation was mounted by gardaí after they became aware of planned and organised events involving drivers of modified cars.

    It follows an event at the Corkscrew Hill in Ballyvaughan on the night of March 7th last which was attended by 70 vehicles. The eight people arrested are being held under Section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.

  • 16:57

    We have all heard about the Napolean complex but it seems height was not the only department Napolean fell short in.

    Nearly two hundred years after Napoleon’s death, a Channel 4 documentary Dead Famous DNA has uncovered his greatest secret - the French emperor had a small penis to match his diminutive stature.

    The series sees presenter Mark Evans track down the remains of some of history’s most famous faces, in the hope they can solve some of the mysteries that surround them.

    Speaking of the discovery, Marks Evans said: "I've seen a lot of penises, from a Chihuahua to a Sperm Whale. This is so withered. The last place I would have expected to find it is in New Jersey. It's strange how the withered penis has ventured further around the world than Napoleon ever did."

    "It's very small, but it's famous for being small. It's perfect structurally, the university have done X-rays and examinations and it's obviously what it is."

  • 17:00
  • 17:21

    Allegations that faulty equipment used by privately operated speed cameras are causing drivers to be wrongly fined should be investigated, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar has said.
    The claims were made in an RTÉ Prime Time programme broadcast on Tuesday.
    Speaking at a transport conference in Dublin, Mr Varadkar said: “I think it is very important that the allegations are fully investigated.”
    “The Go Safe cameras are operated under a contract from the gardaí so it is not under my direct remit, but I understand that Minister Shatter has asked for a report on it”.

  • 17:27

    That's all from the Daily Wire today, thanks for following.

    This evening's weather outlook - Rain will continue to clear northwards this evening and early tonight and most places will be dry later on, although it will turn misty and foggy. Lowest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees in light winds.