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Sorcha Pollak Mon, Feb 10
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  • 09:32
    Good morning, it’s Sorcha Pollak here on this frosty morning with all of the day’s top stories. The sun is finally shining in the east of the country, and with these marginally brighter mornings I detect a definite sense of spring in the air.
  • 09:48
    I’m sorry to begin today’s stories on a rather sad note – Two-year-old Marius the giraffe was put down yesterday at Copenhagen Zoo in Denmark.   Administrators at the zoo decided to kill the animal despite nearly 30,000 online signatures calling for the giraffe to be saved.
    Marius, who was a reticulated giraffe, a species native to Africa, was born in captivity at the Copenhagen zoo. To read more and watch a video about the zoo’s decision to put him down, click here.
  • 10:02


    Fine Gael TD Jerry Buttimer has said he would “prefer” if Taoiseach Enda Kenny did not take part in the New York St Patrick’s Day parade. Mr Kenny has agreed to take part in the Fifth Avenue procession, which does not allow banners or displays for gay causes or gay pride. Fiach Kelly has more on the story here.

     Mr Buttimer told the Dáil last week of how he had been “beaten, spat at, chased, harassed, and mocked” for being gay. Click here to watch Mr Buttimer tell the Dáil why, as a member of Irish society, he should be treated equally.

  • 10:15
    New York Mayor Bill De Blasio has confirmed that he will not march in the city’s 2014 St Patrick’s Day parade due its exclusion of openly gay and lesbian groups. Click here to watch a video of the group Irish Queers who organise a yearly protest at the NYC St Patrick’s Day Parade.
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  • 10:39

    Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. But it doesn’t have to be all about chocolates and roses this year. For a more historical angle, take a trip down to Our Lady of Mount Carmel on Whitefriar Street in Dublin. Not only are the saint’s relics kept here, you can also read the love letters of Dubliners through the ages.

    Molly Bloom’s daughter wrote to the saint: “Dear Valentine May I find a nice man to settle down with and marry tall dark handsome be a nice man.” Meanwhile, others ask the saint to look after family members and close friends. Click here to read Ann Marie Hourihane’s piece on love, Dublin style.

    Maybe we in the chocolate and greeting card saturated countries should take some advice from Latin America. In Peru, Valentine’s day is celebrated as Día del Amor y de la Amistad – the day of love and friendship. How about buying a card for your best friend, sibling or even pet dog this year?

  • 10:43
    Enough of the love, back to today’s news. Taoiseach Enda Kenny is to ask Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to brief the Cabinet about revelations that the offices of the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC) were bugged. Fianna Fáil and Sinn Féin have insisted Mr Shatter make a statement today.
  • 10:54

    This may just look like a cute monkey pic, but it’s actually the small animal that was wrapped up around a man’s waist and brought into a Dubai night club last week. Owning exotic pets in the United Arab Emirates has become the norm it seems. In 2012 a tiger was photographed peering out of a car, while in 2011 a cheetah was seen on a lead.

  • 11:04

    While Cork and Limerick begin the long recovery period following last week’s heavy rain and flooding, thousands of homes along the River Thames in the south of England have been told to prepare for “significant flooding.” The Environment Agency has issued 14 warnings of danger to life along the Thames and the Thames flood barrier has been closed for the 28th time this winter.

    Flooding in Somerset has left farmlands and businesses under water and forced residents to evacuate their homes. Click here to see how locals have been living with the floodwaters since the start of 2014.

  • 11:08
    Today’s paper reports that climate change almost certainly lies behind the storms that have been lashing Britain, according to the Met Office’s chief scientist. Dame Julia Slingo said the country has seen “exceptional weather.” “We cannot say it’s unprecedented, but it is certainly exceptional,” she said.   She added that the country should prepare itself for more similar events in the future.
  • 11:23
    Ukip leader Nigel Farage looking at the floodwater in Burrowbridge, Somerset. Mr Farage had said it was 'basic common sense' to suspend international aid while the country was dealing with the aftermath of recent extreme weather. He said: 'I think
    Ukip leader Nigel Farage looking at the floodwater in Burrowbridge, Somerset. Mr Farage had said it was "basic common sense" to suspend international aid while the country was dealing with the aftermath of recent extreme weather. He said: "I think
  • 11:28
    One Direction singer Niall Horan from Mullingar has become caught up in an online Twitter battle of words with Welsh scrum-half Mike Phillips. During the Six Nations game between Ireland and Wales on Saturday, the singer tweeted the following:
  • 11:31
    Mike Phillips responded by inviting the One Direction star to come to training with the Welsh rugby team:
  • 11:37
    Suddenly Irish rugby player Rob Kearney was in the mix, defending his fellow Irishman. No doubt Niall and his fellow "Beatles" were grateful not to have to face up to a Mike Phillips training session.
  • 11:44

    I couldn’t have said it better myself. Click here to read Una Mullally’s article on why we need more “bolshie women journalists” as role models.

    “Gender equality in the media is often misinterpreted as an exercise in bumping women up the ranks for the sake of a ratio. But the journalists themselves are almost incidental. We need more women in high-ranking positions in journalism not so media organisations can high-five each other about how right-on they are but so the readers and viewers and listeners can see themselves reflected. It is about the audience, not the actors.”

  • 12:26
    Tánaiste Eamon Gimore has described claims that offices of the Garda watchdog, GSOC, were bugged as “sinister” and “unacceptable”. Speaking in Brussels this morning, Mr Gilmore said he is waiting to see what Minister Alan Shatter has to say about the issue. For more on the story, click here.
  • 12:31
    Olympic medallist Kenny Egan has been named as Fine Gael’s latest candidate for the local elections. Mr Egan, who was unveiled as a party candidate at noon today, previously said he gave “serious consideration” to an earlier Fianna Fáil offer to run for the part.

    “My motto is and always has been to ‘Keep it Real’ and I intend to follow this on my political journey,” said Mr Egan.


  • 12:32
  • 12:43

    In international news, a new round of UN-brokered peace talks will begin today between Syrian government and opposition delegates 10 days after the first session ended. UN and Arab League mediator Lakhdar Brahimi was scheduled to hold talks with the opposition at 10am (0900 GMT) in Geneva this morning. These were to be followed by a meeting between Mr Brahimi and the Syrian government delegation, led by the foreign minister, Walid Muallem.

    The aim of the Geneva II talks is to build on an international conference held in the Swiss city in 2012 when world powers call for political transition in Syria.

    Last week Lara Marlowe wrote in the Irish Times about the twenty-two western journalists that are currently held hostage in Syria.

    “At least 20 Syrian, Lebanese and Turkish journalists have also been kidnapped. More than a dozen other westerners, including an Italian priest, seven employees of the International Committee of the Red Cross and five employees of Doctors Without Borders, are captives.”

    To read more on journalists in captivity in Syria, click here.

  • 13:13

    Back to our opening news and the sad story of Marius the giraffe. Dublin Zoo has said it did not agree with the euthanasia of the young healthy giraffe at Copenhagen Zoo on Saturday. It said it was saddened to hear about the giraffe’s death given the fact there were other zoos willing to take the animal.

    Marius was shot to death, and after a public autopsy, the animal, who was 11 feet 6 inches, was fed to the zoo’s lions and other big cats.

  • 13:26

    I think it’s time for some news updates from Sochi. The latest   is that Sochi Winter Olympics organisers have admitted to asking volunteers to fill empty seats.

    “It depends on the events. If we see that there is not a turnout and there are seats available then, yes, we invite some of the volunteers to join in,” Sochi Games spokeswoman Alexandra Kosterina told reporters.

    Meanwhile, sunny skies and 15C temperatures are causing slushy snow. Many of the competitors in the Nordic combined training were unable to complete their practice rounds today due to mild temperatures.

  • 13:33
    Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel competes in the slalom run of the women's alpine skiing super combined event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters<br><br>
    Norway's Ragnhild Mowinckel competes in the slalom run of the women's alpine skiing super combined event at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Photograph: Stefano Rellandini/Reuters

  • 13:40

    While Syrian peace talks continue in Geneva, there's another big news story coming from the European neutral state. Switzerland voted on Sunday to impose quotas on newcomers to the country. The referendum, which was mobilised by far-right populists demanding caps on immigration in a country where almost one in four of the population are immigrants, 50.4% of voters supported the measure, in a relatively high turnout of 56%.

    Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has described the decision to reintroduce caps as “disturbing” and “worrying”. Speaking at a meeting of foreign affairs ministers in Brussels this morning, the Tánaiste said he expects the vote to have “serious consequences” on the free movement of people and the variety of agreements that govern relations between the EU and Switzerland. For more on yesterday’s vote in Switzerland, click here.

  • 13:41
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  • 14:10

    A survey of over 12,000 Catholics across five continents has found most disagree with some of the fundamental tenets of church teaching, primarily those on sexual morality.
    The survey found 78 per cent of Catholics favoured the use of condoms, 50 per cent were in favour of priests marrying while 58 per cent disagreed with the ban on divorcees and remarried couples receiving communion.

    Click here to read more of Paddy Agnew’s coverage of the US-based Spanish language TV Univision survey on Catholicism.

  • 14:14
  • 14:26

    Is Paris the ultimate city? I have to say that for me, a croissant-addicted Francophile, the answer is a resounding yes. Paris has given me exactly what it says on the tin – delectable delicacies, romantic liaisons and late-night smoky jazz clubs. As I’ve never spent longer than a few months in the city I will admit my glasses may be marginally rose-tinted, but as far as I’m concerned, Paris is the most beautiful city on earth. I even like Parisians...

    Ok, the gushing is over. Click here to listen to the lovers and haters of the French capital on the latest instalment of the Irish Times Travel show.

  • 14:35
    US Company American Eagle has (finally) taken a big step for our image-obsessed society and decided to photograph models as they really are in its spring 2014 collection. That means no air-brushing and a small bit more body fat for the company’s lingerie models.

    As Susan Hunter, a lingerie-shop owner in Dublin says: “I thought the unairbrushed approach was a brilliant idea, but on the site they are using the most naturally beautiful girls. It’s still putting it up to young people, but it’s a move in the right direction.”

    For more on the story from Kate Holmquist, click here.

  • 14:43

    This Amnesty International blogpost makes an interesting point.

  • 14:49

    A 58-year-old woman and witness to the inquiry investigating historical institutional abuse in Northern Ireland has recounted how nuns refused to believe her when she told them she was sexually abused as a young girl. The same woman has been trying for almost 50 years to locate her older sister who was with her in the Sisters of Nazareth home in Derry.

    The woman, who is married with five children, said she wanted an apology from the nuns and she also didn’t “want anyone else to go through what I went through”.

  • 14:56

    Businessman Sean Quinn told the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank directors this morning he thought the bank was “marvellous” but didn’t mean to “get in as deep” as he did in investing with it. He said he believed the bank was a “blue chip Irish bank regulated by the State” in 2007.

    For more on the latest in the Anglo Trial, you can follow the Irish Times live-blog here.

  • 15:10
  • 15:11

    Despite police warnings, people are still taking risks to grab a photo of the treacherous waves on coasts around Ireland and the UK. Below you can see some of the massive waves that hit the south coast of Wales over the weekend. Click here for the video.

  • 15:34
  • 15:41

    Rescuers have found a body believed to be one of the two men missing from Sheep’s Head peninsula in West Cork. The body was spotted around 12.30pm by members of the Irish Coastguard teams searching the cliffs on the northern side of the peninsula. The men, aged 33 and 31, were regular visitors to the area and arrived in Ireland last Wednesday. They were staying in a holiday home belonging to the mother of one of the men.  

  • 15:48

    How does the “average” Irish woman make it into space? Actor and scientist Niamh Shaw will dedicate 2014 to finding out exactly what it takes to become an astronaut. As she says, she doesn’t feel too bad about not having made much headway in her childhood ambition.

    “In the 1980s it was hardly like there were astronauts hanging around Dundalk shopping centre on a Saturday who you could casually approach and ask “well, hae, Mr Astronaut. Could you please tell me how you did it?”

  • 15:52
  • 16:05
    If you think rush-hour in Dublin or Cork is noisy, try an afternoon on the streets of Mumbai. For anyone who’s ever been to this large Indian metropolis, you’ll understand why drivers in Mumbai are being asked to stop honking their horns. A campaign has been launched across the city encouraging drivers to break the honking habit and reduce noise pollution. Will it work? This short video takes a test run.
  • 16:10
    Here’s a little more on Marius the giraffe. I can’t help myself, he looks so sad.
  • 16:20
    It has not been a good day for the European-based exotic animal kingdom - an English safari park has destroyed five of its lions because they had serious genetic defects caused by inbreeding. The Longleat Safari Park near Warminster in Wiltshire said it had no choice but to put down Louisa and her cubs because they displayed “odd aggressive behaviour.”   Read more here.
  • 16:46

    Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, have been named the most generous American philanthropists in 2013. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the young couple made a donation of 18 million shares of Facebook stock valued at more than $970 million to a Silicon Valley non-profit organisation. The young couple were placed at the top of a list of the 50 most generous Americans in 2013.

    These top 50 contributors made donations in 2013 totalling $7.7 billion, plus pledges of $2.9 billion. To read the full list, click here.

  • 16:54

    News from today’s paper – suicide deaths in Northern Ireland since 1998 are almost equal to those who were killed during the Troubles. It is estimated that around 3,600 people were killed in Northern Ireland’s bloody conflict between 1969 and 1997.

    Northern Ireland Statistic and Research Agency (NISRA) figures show that a total of 3,288 suicides were registered in Northern Ireland from the beginning of 1998 to the end of 2012 - 77% were men. The 2012 figures are provisional. The highest number of deaths registered between 1998 and 2012 was in Belfast where 718 people took their own lives over the 15 year period.

  • 17:31

    It was mentioned earlier that Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore described the Swiss decision to reintroduce caps as “disturbing” and “worrying”.   It seems he’s not the only one worried about Switzerland’s recent announcement.

    The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, has said Europe will review its relations with Switzerland. "It's a worrying vote because it means Switzerland wants to withdraw into itself," Mr Fabius told RTL radio. "In my opinion it's bad news both for Europe and for the Swiss because Switzerland will be penalised,” he added.

  • 17:52
    Take a look at this incredible video of fifteen-year-old Russian Yulia Lipnitskaya who has become Russia’s youngest athlete ever to win a gold medal at the Winter Olympics in the team figure skating event. She was the youngest skater in the competition.
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  • 18:03
    That's all from the Daily Wire. We'll be be back tomorrow morning with all the latest updates.