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  • 09:21
    Good morning everyone. It looks like it's shaping up to be another day nice day out there today.

    And to think people complain about the Irish weather?
  • 09:28

    My name is Colin Gleeson and I will be bringing you the day’s events as they happen right here on this blog.

    If you would like to get involved in the discussion about anything that happens throughout the day, you can tweet me @ColinGleesonIT

  • 09:34

    If it happens you’re reading this in North or South America, leg it over to the window right now and you might catch the end of the rare celestial show that takes place as the moon crosses into the Earth's shadow.

    Yes, that’s right, it’s a full lunar eclipse.

    It is due to end about now and the moon will fully emerge from the Earth's shadow at 11.37 BST.

    Can’t see it from Ireland though. Or Europe. Boo.

  • 09:46

    The main issue of the day at this early stage is the 25th anniversary of the Hillsborough disaster.

    Some 96 people died in a crush at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsborough ground during the 1989 FA Cup semi-final between Liverpool and Nottingham Forest.

    If there’s one thing sport does very well, it’s remembering and appropriately commemorating tragedy when it has struck, and I’ve no doubt there will be many tears shed in Liverpool today as both the blue and red halves of the city pay respects.

    I’ll try and bring you a fair bit of coverage from that throughout the day. If you have any memories of that day, comments to make about it, or even just interesting Liverpool trivia, you can tweet me @ColinGleesonIT

  • 09:48

    Gardai in Ballymun are investigating a fatal shooting that occurred on Gateway Avenue, Ballymun at approximately 8.45am this morning.

    A man in his forties was shot a number of times by a lone gunman who fled the scene. The injured man was brought to the Mater Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

  • 10:00

    Some of the Hillsborough commemorations will include the tolling of church bells 96 times at 3.06pm – the exact time the tragedy unfolded.

    At Anfield, loved ones of victims will join players, staff and senior representatives of the club among 24,000 people attending the annual memorial service.

    Brendan Rodgers, the current manager, will give a reading at the service as well as Roberto Martinez, manager of neighbours and city rivals Everton.

    Thousands of football scarves will be laid out on the pitch in the shape of “96”, donated from fans and clubs across the UK and beyond after an appeal from Liverpool FC for scarves to show a symbol of unity across fan rivalries.

  • 10:03

    Across the city, public transport will be halted at 3.06pm.

    The Mersey Ferry will blow its funnels, and barriers at both Mersey Tunnels will be lowered, as the bells ring out at the Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool Parish Church, the town hall and other civic buildings and churches.

    Imagine halting public transport. Amazing stuff really – I can only imagine how palpable the emotion will be on the ground over there today.

  • 10:11
  • 10:17

    The Russians are at it again.


    Pro-Russian separatists yesterday ignored an ultimatum to leave occupied government buildings in eastern Ukraine and instead seized more buildings as the government failed to follow through on a threatened military crackdown.


    US president Barack Obama criticised Russia in a telephone conversation with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin last night, saying Moscow’s actions in Ukraine were not conducive to a diplomatic solution.


    The Kremlin said it had requested the call. The White House said the call was “frank and direct”.


    I'd say it was alright. Something along the lines of “stop invading the Ukraine” I’d imagine.

  • 10:24
    A pretty scary looking  <span>pro-Russia armed man near the mayor’s office in Slaviansk, eastern Ukraine</span>
    A pretty scary looking  pro-Russia armed man near the mayor’s office in Slaviansk, eastern Ukraine
  • 10:25
    The prosecutor in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has just ended his five-day cross-examination of the Olympian.
  • 10:30

    The lead story in this morning’s Irish Times is the Ukraine.

    The off-lead is a health story from Paul Cullen who reports that funding cuts will be imposed on hospitals and health agencies that fail to cease top-up payments to senior managers as directed by the Health Service Executive.

    Some 139 applications from voluntary hospitals and health agencies to continue making top-up payments to senior staff have been rejected in a HSE report sent to the Dáil Public Accounts Committee yesterday.

    A HSE spokesman said last night that where a body failed to cease paying the allowances, it would consider “a different relationship” with the organisation.

    Sounds a bit like getting dumped.

    Except it’s more “it’s not me, it’s you”.

  • 10:39

    Also on the front page of today’s Irish Times is a story by Linda McGrory about a job advertisement.

    Of course, it’s no ordinary job advertisement!

    Birdwatch Ireland needs two people this summer to study and protect the Roseate Tern on Rockabill Island, 7km off the north Dublin coast.

    The wardens will be perched atop high rocky outcrops on two tiny islands (Rock and Bill), where there is a lighthouse and “just enough room to stretch the legs”.

    According to Birdwatch Ireland development officer Niall Hatch, “some people absolutely thrive in that environment, but having screaming seabirds around you for 24 hours a day and being so isolated . . . is tough and not for everyone.”

    Sounds like an unqualified nightmare to me.

    Closing date is noon today.

  • 10:46
    Here is a photo of Rockabill Island: it could be your new summer home!
    Here is a photo of Rockabill Island: it could be your new summer home!
  • 10:49
    And here is what your potential new best friend looks like: it's a  <span>  Roseate Tern! Courtesy of Birdwatch Ireland</span>
    And here is what your potential new best friend looks like: it's a    Roseate Tern! Courtesy of Birdwatch Ireland
  • 11:02

    The annual conference of the Association of Garda Sergeants and Inspectors continues today in the Malton Hotel, Killarney.

    Minister for Justice Alan Shatter of course will not be in attendance.

    Yesterday marked the beginning of Jewish Passover and the Minister said he had “family and personal commitments” to fulfil so couldn’t attend.

    Passover by the way celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

  • 11:17
    The USS Leyte Gulf has docked in Cobh this week. It is a formidable craft with an array of armaments such as tomahawk missiles, eight harpoon missiles and two triple torpedo tubes.
  • 11:18
    The USS Leyte Gulf in Cobh: Picture courtesy of  David Morrissey
    The USS Leyte Gulf in Cobh: Picture courtesy of  David Morrissey
  • 11:27

    Another important anniversary today is that of the bombing of the Boston marathon last year.

    Three people were killed and 260 injured when two bombs exploded near the finish line four hours into the race.

    If that wasn’t enough, what followed were unprecedented scenes when the entire city was put into lock down as law enforcement agencies launched a manhunt for those responsible.

    Tamerlan Tsarnaev (26) was killed following a police shoot-out, while his younger brother Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (20) was captured later.

  • 11:41

    An Italian court has ruled that former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi must visit a centre for the elderly at least once a week as he serves a one-year sentence for tax fraud.

    Hilarious.

    Imagine some poor aul one sitting in a nursing home watching The Afternoon Show when she hears a knock, only to turn and sees Silvio’s smiling face peering around the door!

    What will they talk about?

  • 11:45
    Anybody feeling particularly sullen about their employment situation this morning has about fifteen more minutes to fire off a CV for the bird watching job out in the middle of nowhere.
  • 11:48

    Some big news in the world of, well, watching sport on television, is just in.

    TV3 has won the rights to the Rugby World Cup in 2015.

    A statement from the commercial broadcaster says:

    “TV3 is delighted to announce that it has won the Irish rights to broadcast next year’s Rugby World Cup. The announcement was made by both TV3 and Rugby World Cup Limited at a press conference in Dublin earlier this morning.

    “Under the terms of the deal, TV3 will manage the broadcast of live coverage of all 48 matches and will also deliver a TV, digital and mobile highlights offering.

    “All of the Ireland matches and final stages of the tournament will be broadcast free to air.”

  • 11:58

    The Government will today move one step closer to publishing a full climate change Bill as the Cabinet is expected to give approval to draft legislation.

    Mary Robinson yesterday told world leaders we have “at most two decades to save the world”.

    Jaysus I thought we’d longer than that. Better get cracking lads.

  • 12:02
    <p>Gardai pictured on Gatweay Avenue in Ballymun, Dublin, where a man was shot dead this morning.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley</p>

    Gardai pictured on Gatweay Avenue in Ballymun, Dublin, where a man was shot dead this morning.  Photograph: Aidan Crawley

  • 12:20

    I was on this blog about three weeks ago going on about “a breakthrough” in the search for the missing Malaysian jet.

    Well obviously it didn’t quite turn out that way and we are still talking about it.

    The search area has proved too deep for a robotic submarine which was hauled back to the surface of the Indian Ocean less than half way through its first seabed hunt for wreckage and black boxes.

    Search crews sent the Bluefin 21 deep into the Indian Ocean yesterday to scour the seabed for the missing Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 after failing for six days to detect any signals believed to be from its black boxes.

    But after only six hours of its planned 16-hour mission on the sea bed, the autonomous underwater vehicle exceeded its maximum depth limit of 15,000ft and its built-in safety feature returned it to the surface, the search co-ordination centre said.

  • 12:21
    The moon is shown in eclipse over Salt Lake City, Utah, late April 14, 2014. The lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours, when the moon began moving into Earth's shadow. A little more than an hour later, the moon could be seen eclipsed and bathe
    The moon is shown in eclipse over Salt Lake City, Utah, late April 14, 2014. The lunar eclipse unfolded over three hours, when the moon began moving into Earth's shadow. A little more than an hour later, the moon could be seen eclipsed and bathe
  • 12:39

    This is amazing.

    Just when you thought the global craze for selfies couldn’t get any madder...

    Joining the Pope, US President Barack Obama and assorted Oscars stars is Musa, one of the otters at the WWT Washington Wetland Centre in Tyne and Wear, England.

    Press Association photographer Owen Humphreys was taking shots of the wildlife in the spring sunshine when Musa reached through the bars of his cage and grabbed his GoPro camera.

    He only took a selfie!

    It’s brilliant too, I’ll post it here presently.

  • 12:41
    Photo:  Owen Humphreys /PA Wire
    Photo:  Owen Humphreys /PA Wire
  • 12:47

    Fish on a remote coral reef in the South Pacific have altered their behaviour, as acidification of the ocean changes their natural habits, making them attracted to the smell of their predators and unafraid of approaching them.

    The research, carried out at an isolated "natural laboratory" off the coast of Papua New Guinea, where coral reef waters are made acidic by the natural carbon dioxide seeping from the ocean bed, found small fish were attracted to their predators, instead of avoiding them.

    "They are more active and display riskier behaviours, venturing further away from shelter, which makes them even more vulnerable to predators," Professor Philip Munday, from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University, told Reuters.

  • 12:59

    The North Korean “government” needs to learn how to take a joke.

    A salon in London has had a visit from North Korean officials after they poked fun at their leader’s unusual hairstyle.

    Staff at M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, put up a poster with “Bad Hair Day?” emblazoned across a picture of Kim Jong-un, with details of a special offer on men’s haircuts in April.

    The dictator sports a striking hairdo which is shaved around the sides and then longer on top.

    Barber Karim Nabbach (26) said salon manager Mo Nabbach was confronted by two men from the North Korean embassy demanding to know his name.

    Don’t tell them Mo.

  • 13:05
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang April 10, 2014.  
    North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is pictured in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang April 10, 2014.  
  • 13:06

    There were reports recently that male students in North Korea had been told that they must adopt the same haircut as their leader, but this was later called into question.

    Visitors to the country said there had been no noticeable change in young men’s hairstyles, and experts on North Korea dismissed the idea.

  • 13:10
    Incidentally, today would have been would have been the 102nd birthday of the North Korea’s founding father Kim Il Sung.
  • 13:12

    Back at home, the Government has announced the creation of 48 jobs through Connect Ireland, the State-funded scheme where individuals are given a finder’s fee for bringing in foreign investment here.

    US energy consulting firm Sure Power is to hire 25 people here as part of a planned expansion into the European market.

    In addition, helicopter leasing company Lobo Leasing is to add 15 people for its Dublin operation.

    Meanwhile PR and marketing agency Wired Island, which provides services to technology companies in the US and Europe, plans to hire eight people to serve clients in Ireland.

  • 13:20

    Real Madrid top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo will miss tomorrow's Copa Del Rey final against Barcelona after failing to recover from knee and thigh muscle problems, coach Carlo Ancelotti has said.

    "Cristiano Ronaldo is out, we have a lot of players sidelined," said Ancelotti, who will also be without longer-term absentees Jese, Sami Khedira, Alvaro Arbeloa and Marcelo.

  • 13:31
  • 13:36

    In case you hadn’t noticed, it is still sunny outside!

    Aine McMahon reports that the fine spell of weather we have been enjoying looks set to continue into the Easter bank holiday weekend - but Easter Weekend itself is set to be a mixed bag.

    Forecasters say the balmy temperatures will continue up until Easter Sunday when heavy rain may put an end to the current spell of dry warm weather.

    Met Éireann Forecaster John Eagleton said temperatures could reach up to 17 degrees today but that winds would make it feel cooler in Dublin.

  • 13:41
  • 13:52

    Manchester City will be without key midfielder Yaya Toure for their rearranged Barclays Premier League home clash with Sunderland.

    Toure suffered a leg injury early in Sunday’s defeat at Liverpool and is likely to be out for 10 days to a fortnight.

  • 13:56

    Things are still escalating in the Ukraine where a military-backed "anti-terrorist" operation has been instigated in its eastern Donetsk region.

    Militants have seized buildings there as Russia's prime minister has said the country risks spiralling into civil war.

  • 14:35

    The Garda Siochana Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) should not be appointed as a confidential recipient for Garda whistleblowers as members may be reluctant to confide in a body which may have investigated complaints against them, the AGSI conference has heard.

    AGSI National Executive member Antoinette Cunningham said GSOC was set up with the very clear objective of investigating complaints against members of An Garda Síochána and that asking it to act as a confidential recipient may not achieve the aim of encouraging whistleblowers to come forward.

    “There is a suggestion that GSOC might be the appropriate confidential recipient. AGSI at national executive level do not agree with this proposition,” Ms Cunningham told delegates at the association’s annual conference in Killarney.

  • 14:39
    The former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Sean Fitzpatrick arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, today. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times
    The former chairman of Anglo Irish Bank Sean Fitzpatrick arriving at the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court, today. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times
  • 14:54

    Russian President Vladimir Putin's spokesman has said there are no Russian military forces in eastern Ukraine and that any claims of their presence there are absurd.

    "This is an absurd assertion, there are no Russian troops there," the spokesman, Dmitry Peskov told a conference call.

  • 14:55
    Eh, sorry Dmitry, but...
  • 14:56
    Pro-Russian armed men stand guard as pro-Russian supporters gather outside the mayor's office in Slaviansk April 14, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists who said they were part of a new 'Donetsk People's Republic' in eastern Ukraine appealed on Monday
    Pro-Russian armed men stand guard as pro-Russian supporters gather outside the mayor's office in Slaviansk April 14, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists who said they were part of a new "Donetsk People's Republic" in eastern Ukraine appealed on Monday
  • 14:59
    They look awfully official to be randomers..
  • 15:02
    It's almost time for the main Hillsborough commemorations. In five minutes or so, public transport in the city of Liverpool will ground to a halt and the bells will toll 96 times - once for each of the victims of the catastrophe.
  • 15:02
    Stewards open the Shankly Gates at Anfield, before the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service. Martin Rickett/PA Wire  
    Stewards open the Shankly Gates at Anfield, before the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service. Martin Rickett/PA Wire  
  • 15:17
    A minute's silence is impeccably observed at Anfield, 25 years on at the exact moment the FA Cup semi-final match was stopped at Hillsborough.
  • 15:18
    96, made up of fans scarves, fills the centre circle before the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. Martin Rickett/PA Wire  
    96, made up of fans scarves, fills the centre circle before the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. Martin Rickett/PA Wire  
  • 15:23

    Roberto Martinez, the manager of Liverpool’s bitter rivals Everton, has just delivered the first reading of the service.

    "The way you fight for justice is incredible,” he said. “Everton are with you, I don't need to tell you - you know that."

    A touch of class.

    He also said Everton will have a permanent Hillsborough memorial at Goodison Park, their home ground, unveiled later in the year. "Everton remembers, we always will," he added.

  • 15:24
    Now it's Liverpool manager's Brendan Rodgers' turn.
  • 15:25
    He thanks Martinez for his "wonderful" speech and says it shows the city is together.
  • 15:28
    Another great touch from Everton who are screening the service at Goodison Park.
  • 15:28
    Young fans during the screening of the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service at Goodison Park, Liverpool: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
    Young fans during the screening of the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service at Goodison Park, Liverpool: Lynne Cameron/PA Wire
  • 15:32
    "Every day I'm inspired when I come to work,” says Brendan Rodgers. “You don't struggle for inspiration when you're Liverpool FC manager. But without doubt the single biggest source of inspiration when I arrive I see the memorial of the 96 names who were lost that day. That is the source of true inspiration."
  • 15:54

    Of course, there are memorials also taking place in Boston following last year’s marathon bomb attack, which killed three people and injured 264.

    Mayor Martin Walsh and cardinal Sean O’Malley have laid wreaths at the spots where the two bombs went off.

    Accompanied by an honour guard of local police, a group of dignitaries that also included Massachusetts governor Deval Patrick and the family of the youngest victim, eight-year-old Martin Richard, stopped twice along Boylston Street near the race’s finish line.

    They embraced and spoke softly as bagpipes played, but made no public remarks ahead of a memorial where US vice president Joe Biden is due to speak.

  • 15:56
    Boston Fire Department honor guards (R) relieve Cambridge Police honor guards at the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Dominick R
    Boston Fire Department honor guards (R) relieve Cambridge Police honor guards at the site of one of the two bomb blasts on the one-year anniversary of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings in Boston, Massachusetts, April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Dominick R
  • 16:02
  • 16:10

    Ah here. They’ve done it again.

    First the Brits tried to claim Katie Taylor was theirs – now they’re after our authors too.

    The London-based Telegraph newspaper has now named its top 20 British novels and included a few unlikely (Irish) candidates.

    Some of our most famous literary exports get a mention: James Joyce’s Ulysses, Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds, Iris Murdoch’s The Sea, The Sea and John Banville’s The Sea all make it into the list.

  • 16:26
    Fantastic scenes at Anfield now as the crowd rises as one, scarves aloft, to join Gerry Marsden in a rendition of You’ll never Walk Alone, while red balloons released in the centre circle fill the sky.
  • 16:29

    "We love you Liverpool, we do," chants the crowd as the ceremony draws to a close.

    Fair play to Liverpool. Hopefully they go on and win the league now.

  • 16:35

    Old Bailey bomber Dolours Price-Rea died as a result of the toxic effect of a mix of prescribed sedative and anti-depressant medications, an inquest has heard.

    Ms Price-Rea (62) was found dead in bed by her son at their home at St Margaret’s Road in Malahide, Co Dublin on January 23rd, 2013.

    She achieved public notoriety as a member of the Provisional IRA unit which carried out the bombing of the Old Bailey in London in 1973.

  • 16:47
    A Liverpool fan wipes away tears during the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
    A Liverpool fan wipes away tears during the Hillsborough 25th Anniversary Memorial Service at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool. Martin Rickett/PA Wire
  • 16:52

    Detectives are investigating the killing of a window cleaner as he cycled to work during this morning's rush hour.

    The victim has been named locally as John O’Regan (48).

    He was a father of one who had moved to nearby Barnewall Gardens from Finglas, also on Dublin’s northside, in recent years.

    Mr O’Regan, who had also worked as a security guard, was not known to gardaí for any involvement in organised or serious crime.

    Local Fine Gael representative Noel Rock said the victim might have been targeted as he had recently witnessed two murders in the capital.

    “He was a decent fellow who had been living there for a few years with his wife and a young enough child,” he said.

    “Unfortunately, he had witnessed two murders in the past and seems to have been the victim of a targeted killing. He found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time. It is dreadfully sad.”

  • 16:55

    Ukrainian airborne troops have landed in a town in the east of the country after the defence ministry announced it was launching a "special operation" there against pro-Russian separatists.

    The town of Kramatorsk is one of 10 localities in Ukraine's Russian-speaking east where separatist rebellions have broken out and the move suggested Ukraine's authorities were going ahead with a plan for a broad military crackdown to end the unrest which began 10 days ago.

  • 17:02
    The jury in the Anglo trial have just retired for another evening and will resume deliberations in the morning.
  • 17:14

    That is where we will leave it for today on the Daily Wire.

    Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed.

    We will be back up and running at 9am tomorrow. Here’s hoping for another cracker of a day weather-wise!