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  • 09:09
    Good morning, Aine McMahon here on the Daily Wire this Spy Wednesday.

  • 09:20
    Your five word weather - No need for a jacket.

    More from Met Eireann - "West and northwest counties will be mostly cloudy today with some outbreaks of rain, but longer drier spells likely too, with the chance of a few brief sunny spells. Elsewhere (midlands, Munster and Leinster) it will stay dry for much of the day with a mix of cloud and good sunny spells, and still feeling very mild. Highest temperatures of 13 to 17 degrees Celsius (warmest across the midlands), in moderate southerly breezes. Temperatures will tend to be coolest in the northwest with nearby frontal cloud and rain, and across parts of the south coast due to onshore breezes."
  • 09:23
    The dreaded water charges are expected to be signed off on today but there's trouble afoot in the Labour camp.

    Fiach Kelly and Dan Griffin report this morning that the Labour Party is indicating it will not sign off on a final plan for water charges at this morning’s special Cabinet meeting.

    Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan is bringing a memo on charges to this morning’s meeting, the last before the Easter break.

    The Government proposals would mean an average yearly bill of below €300, including an annual standing charge of less than €50. More on that here.
  • 09:25
    Still or sparkling?
  • 09:27

    More than 300 people are missing after a ferry sank off South Korea, the coastguard said today, with a three-fold increase in the number of passengers unaccounted for put down to a miscalculation by officials.
    The ferry was carrying 477 people, of whom 164 were confirmed rescued, coastguard officials said. Two people were confirmed dead after the ferry listed heavily onto its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast.
    The Ministry of Security and Public Administration had reported that 368 people had been rescued and that about 100 were missing. More here.  

  • 09:28
    Meanwhile, a robotic submarine looking for the lost Malaysian jet has continued its second seabed search as up to 14 planes are taking to the skies for some of the final sweeps of the Indian Ocean for floating debris.

    The US Navy’s Bluefin 21 submarine began its second 20-hour underwater mission after cutting short its first because the ocean waters where it was sent were too deep, officials said.

    The unmanned sub is programmed to hover 100ft above the seabed, but it started searching in a patch that was deeper than the sub’s maximum operating depth of 15,000ft, the search co-ordination centre said.

  • 09:35

    The UN has issued a stark warning against arming protestors in the Ukraine, CNN report this morning.  

    U.N. Assistant Secretary General for Human Rights, Ivan Simonovic said:  “Whoever arms protesters can be held accountable for potential tragic consequences.”

    “What is at the moment, I would say, most important, it is to prevent arming of protesters and transforming them into paramilitary troops.”

  • 09:36
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    The jury in the Anglo Trial are now on their fourth day of deliberations in the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank executives accused of illegally lending money to investors to buy shares in the bank.

    William McAteer, Patrick Whelan and Sean FitzPatrick deny the charges.

    The jury has spent 11 hours over three days considering the 42 charges against the three men.

  • 09:54

    The judge in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has ruled that proceedings will adjourn for more than two weeks after tomorrow and resume on May 5th.
    Judge Thokozile Masipa said today that she was responding to a request for a break from the chief prosecutor, which was supported by the defence.
    Pistorius's trial started on March 3rd and Judge Masipa said the case had lasted longer than expected.

  • 10:03

    More on the news this morning that the Labour Party may not sign off on a final plan for water charges at this morning’s special Cabinet meeting.

    "Sources within the Labour Party said there was “acute dissatisfaction within the party at what is seen as an attempt by Fine Gael to railroad the charges through Cabinet today.

    This has been cast by Labour figures as “the most serious disagreement yet” between the parties.

    Another Labour source said Fine Gael has not thought the proposal through. “The thing is half-baked, they have not thought through details of key issues like metering, standing charge, ability to pay, pensioners, conservation.

    It would not survive public scrutiny if left out in its current form.”

    The sources said Fine Gael has been blinded “to a lack of detail on critical issues”."

    Might be time for Big Phil to pull rank.

  • 10:06
    Ukrainian soldiers clash with pro-Russia protesters on the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 16, 2014. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield fro
    Ukrainian soldiers clash with pro-Russia protesters on the field near Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine April 16, 2014. Ukrainian forces tightened their grip on the eastern town of Kramatorsk on Wednesday after securing control over an airfield fro
  • 10:17
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  • 10:36
    Sheryl Sandberg is in Dublin today, here's Kate Holmquist's piece on her "no nonsense" dress sense.  
  • 10:40
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  • 10:56
    Eyes on the prize - Child found safe and sound after being trapped in claw machine.  
    Eyes on the prize - Child found safe and sound after being trapped in claw machine.  
  • 10:56

    A child who was reported missing by his mother has been found safe and unharmed inside an arcade claw machine.

    Police in Lincoln, Nebraska, were called when the three-year-old boy walked out of his mother's house while she was in the bathroom.

    Employers at Madsen's Bowling Alley found the toddler inside one of their claw machines, happily playing with the toy prizes insides. It is believed the child crawled up into the machine via the prize deposit door and into the pit. Emergency services and a vending machine company were called to free the child, who was unharmed throughout the incident.

    The child, who was reunited with his mother, even got to keep one of the stuffed toys as a souvenir of his adventure. Police said they would not be taking any action against the mother.

  • 11:18
  • 11:23
    Temple Bar has incurred the wrath of the Huffington Post. The stag/hen party favourite is listed among the world's top ten most disappointing destinations. More here.  
  • 11:27
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  • 11:35

    Startling press release from who claim that half of Irish households are forced into debt by paying essential bills. found that 63 per cent of people have used their savings or asked for money from friends and family to get by, up from 57 per cent on the 2012 figure.

    Some 10 per cent are borrowing money from their bank to pay bills while 50 per cent of those surveyed say they are resorting to using credit cards and overdrafts to pay their bills.  

    Meanwhile, water charges are expected to be confirmed today.  

  • 11:43

    Nine out of ten teachers do not believe their school is ready for the new Junior Cert programme according to a Millward Brown survey.

    However, the majority of teachers surveyed (77 per cent) believe it should be deferred for one year to give schools time to plan.

    ASTI General Secretary Pat King said: “Schools and teachers are also adapting to additional work demands in the form of approximately 20 new Department of Education and Skills’ initiatives and reforms. These include the literacy and numeracy strategy and a range of new procedures and guidelines covering mental health, child protection, special needs education and more. Today’s research clearly demonstrates that schools are experiencing system overload and that teaching and learning are under threat.”

  • 11:48
    There may be trouble ahead....
  • 12:02

    A 12-year-old girl has given birth to her 13-year-old boyfriend’s baby, making them Britain’s youngest parents.

    The girl, at 12 years, three months, is the UK’s youngest mother, after giving birth to a 7lb baby girl last weekend.

    She became pregnant at 11, while still at primary school, shortly after starting a relationship with a boy who lives near her family home in north London.

    The parents, who cannot be identified due to legal reasons, have the lowest combined age of any British parents in history.

  • 12:13

    The Cabinet has finished its special meeting on water charges this morning without reaching agreement.
    Minister for Environment Phil Hogan will work on the proposals and come back with updated plans at the next Cabinet after the Easter break.
    The Labour Party earlier indicated it would not sign off on a final plan for water charges at the meeting.

  • 12:36
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  • 14:03
    Landmark Media, which includes the Irish Examiner among its titles, is to shed to 50-60 jobs as part of a restructuring of the group. Staff were told of the redundancies at a meeting in the newspaper’s Cork offices earlier today. The jobs losses are to be shared across equally between the Cork offices and the group’s regional titles. A total of 560 people are employed by the group, which acquired the newspapers as part of a restructuring at Thomas Crosbie Holdings last year. Consultations with other members of staff are ongoing.
  • 14:17

    A lucky midlands man has spoken of his shock after winning €200,000 on a Winning Streak scratch card.

    The man, who did not wish to reveal his identity, purchased his lucky scratch card in Hanlon’s Filling Station in Longford when he was passing through the county.

    "I was at home on Saturday night last, watching ‘Winning Streak’ as a matter of fact, when I realised that I had the scratch card in my pocket. When I scratched it, I couldn’t believe my eyes, because I thought that I’d won €20,000. By the time Monday came, I was wondering if it was really the case that I had won this much money on a scratch card, so I got a friend to check it for me. She looked at the card and said: ‘That’s fantastic news – you’ve won €200,000!’ I had to sit down with the shock I got," he said.  We can only imagine!

  • 14:18
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  • 14:34

    Pro-Russia separatists seized six armoured personnel carriers from the Ukrainian armed forces with the help of Russian agents earlier today, Ukraine's defence ministry said.

    "A column was blocked by a crowd of local people in Kramatorsk with members of a Russian diversionary-terrorist group among them," the statement said. "As a result of the blocking, extremists seized the equipment." The statement said the troop carriers were now in Slaviansk, guarded by "people in uniforms who have no relation to Ukraine's armed forces.

  • 15:05

    The jury in the trial of three former directors of Anglo Irish Bank has been told they can agree a majority verdict in the case.

    Shortly after 2.30pm today, after more than 11 hours of deliberation, the registrar of the court asked the jury if they had reached a verdict on which they were all agreed. The jury foreman responded no and Judge Martin Nolan then addressed them.

    He said he was directing them that they could bring in a verdict on which at least 10 of them were agreed. The jury then retired to continue their deliberations.

  • 15:11
    The Huffington Post have included Temple Bar on its list of the world's most disappointing destinations. Our intrepid video reporter Bryan O'Brien went down to Temple Bar earlier today to see what the tourists make of it.
  • 15:24

    Sir Alex Ferguson is to auction the extensive collection of vintage wines which he assembled during his career to "distract from the intensity and pressure" of managing Manchester United, Reuters report.

    The collection of about 5,000 bottles, along with signed memorabilia, will be sold at auctions starting in May, and has a pre-sale estimated value of £3m, according to Christie's.

    Almost two thirds of the cellar consists of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti, a French Burgundy which is "in vogue", according to the auction company.

    The cellar spans every year of Ferguson's career with United from 1986 until he retired in 2013. It includes lots from 1999, the year United won a treble of the Premier League, the Champions League and the FA Cup, a feat never previously accomplished and not matched since.

    Ferguson said he had taken up wine collecting in 1991 during a visit to France and it developed into a way to relieve the stress of his job. "Taking an interest in wine allowed me to have an interest outside the game. You have to have outside interests to distract you from the intensity and the pressure you come under as a football manager," he said.

  • 15:28

    Some 90 per cent of householders have paid the property tax for this year, the Revenue Commissioners has said.
    A total of €319 million has been collected so far for 2014. Compliance rates for last year’s property tax, which was a half year, was 94 per cent, with 76 per cent of returns being filed online.
    Revenue Commissioners’ chairwoman Josephine Feehily said rates of compliance have been “maintained and even marginally improved, at a time when the opposite might have been expected. Ronan McGreevy has more here.  

  • 16:04

    The position you take while asleep in bed provides clues about the quality of the relationship with your partner, Dick Ahlstrom reports.  

    The researcher behind this claim also believes he can separate the extroverts from the creative types simply by seeing where you end up in the bed while snoozing.

    University of Hertfordshire psychologist Prof Richard Wiseman revealed the results at the Edinburgh International Science Festival.

    He advises you to get out your ruler if you want to see how your relationship measures up.
    According to the boffins; sleeping close is good, while far apart is bad, he found.
    Some 86 per cent of those who slept less than an inch apart described themselves as being happy with their relationship. This figure dropped to 66 per cent for those who sleep more than 30 inches apart, a possible argument for downsizing the king-sized bed.

  • 16:08

    Sometimes selfies can go wrong. So very, very wrong. Don't try this at home folks.  

  • 16:12
    *sub editing fail of the day8
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  • 16:21

    Quirky story from BBC NI about a Belfast man who fulfilled one of his dying wishes from beyond the grave.

    Kevin Dorothy, 53, who died in December, had wanted to take part in the comedy night at the city's Pavilion Bar.

    On Monday night, one of his friends, Stephen Mullan, took to the stage at the Ormeau Road venue complete with Kevin's ashes in an urn.

    The routine consisted of jokes Kevin had texted to Stephen and other friends.

    "Kevin had a habit of texting the most cringe-inducing jokes to all his pals," said another of Kevin's friends, Tom Sweeney.

    "I always read them, groaned and deleted them right away - they were awful. Stephen, however, kept them - five years' worth. And that's what the audience was treated to. Nobody had seen anything like it. You hear about comedians dying on stage. Well, Kevin jumped the gun."

  • 16:52

    A seven-year-old boy is in a critical condition after being knocked down by a car near Youghal, Co Cork.

    The boy was out playing with friends when the incident happened in Ballymacoda in the Cork earlier today.

    He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being brought to Cork University Hospital.

  • 17:06