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  • 09:23
    Good morning and Happy Pancake Tuesday. Aine McMahon with you on the Daily Wire today.

  • 09:29
    Pancake Tuesday / Shrove Tuesday / Paczki Day - whatever you want to call it - is a day to eat yourself into a carb incuded coma with a squeeze of lemon.

    And you might aswell as Pancake Tuesday is the day preceding Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent. It's religious connotations are often forgotten when you have your fist stuck in a jar of Nutella.

    Traditionally, it's a day of self-examination to consider which wrongs you should "repent" during the season of Lent.

    The term Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive, meaning to "confess".
  • 09:38

    The UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said there was “no pre-determined limit” on actions that could be taken against Russia short of military involvement. He said: “Whilst British military participation is clearly not on the cards, I want to be clear that Russia will face a range of diplomatic and political and economic consequences if it carries on its current course. “We are absolutely not ruling out now the kind of options we will look at in order to make it very clear to President Putin and the Russian Federation that there will be very real consequences. “So there is no pre-determined limit on the kinds of measures we will look at, envisage, entertain, in order to safeguard the territorial integrity of

    For more on the latest events in Ukraine, here's Daniel McLaughlin's latest report  from Simferopol.  

  • 09:39
  • 09:46

    The Government will not make any decision on implementing Minister for Health James Reilly’s universal health insurance (UHI) plan for at least a year until a “major costing exercise” is completed.
    The plan will not be given the go-ahead, it has emerged, until Ministers are given an estimate of the “average premium costs to be paid by individuals”, among other issues. Fiach Kelly and Martin Wall have more here.  

  • 09:55

    Very popular on the site this morning - former Labour spin doctor Alistair Campbell was in Dublin yesterday to promote minimum unit pricing and a ban on sponsorship of sports by alcohol brands,

    Campbell will speak today to the cross-party Oireachtas group on alcohol misuse, which aims to stop the sale of cheap alcohol in order to reduce the €3.7 billion annual cost of alcohol-related harm.

    “If alcohol didn’t exist and it was discovered, I don’t think there’s a government in the world that would allow it," he said.  

    In light of the GSOC controversy which is fading from the headlines after almost four weeks, (bit more on it here today) the Alistair Campbell rule was wheeled out consistently by commentators.  This refers to a supposed saying from the legendary former spin doctor about how long a story must remain in the headlines before its victim is finished.  

    Ten days is the headlines is the usual marker according to the oft quoted Campbell rule he  does not recall ever coming up with the rule.  

  • 09:59
  • 10:04

    Did anyone else see last night's bizarre gaffe on Prime Time last night? The words "Irish Ukrainians not Russians" repeated on a loop for around 10 minutes

    During last nights live broadcast a video segment got stuck in an audio loop with Russian ambassador Maxim Peshkov repeating the phrase "Irish Ukrainians not Russians".

    It confused and annoyed viewers in equal measures and kind of overshadowed. ya know, the whole discussion of the crisis in Ukraine.  


  • 10:05

    Altogether now - Irish Ukranians not Russians (repeat x 1000)  

  • 10:13

    NUI Galway is set to award 40 CAO points to a small number of athletes who meet criteria based on their sporting achievements and potential, on top of their academic achievement.

    Other Irish universities who offer similar schemes include UCD, DCU and UCC.

    In NUIG, students will get their additional points once they get at least 350 points in their Leaving Cert. Brian McDonald has more here.  

  • 10:15
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  • 10:37

    Rachel Flaherty has more on the "spectacular gaffe that left RTE bosses red faced" - (my words not theirs).

    Bemused and confused viewers took to Twitter last night with the hashtag #irishukrainiansnotrussians  



  • 10:41
    Don't be surprised if you spot a few Massey Fergusons in Dublin city today; farmers are set to take part in a protest over factory price cuts and beef specification changes.

    They’re calling on Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney to tackle the lack of competition in the beef sector and to take action to close the large price gap between Irish beef prices and those in the main export market in Great Britain.

  • 10:48
    Russian President Vladamir Putin is making a live statement here - this link is liable to break but here it is for now.
  • 10:51

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine endured an unconstitutional coup after months of anti-government protests prompted leader Viktor Yanukovych to flee.

    While Yanukovych had no chance of being re-elected, Ukrainian opposition immediately violated a Feb. 21 peace accord brokered by the European Union, Putin told a news conference today at his residence near Moscow.

    Russia yesterday justified its intervention in Ukraine's southern region of Crimea as a legitimate response to a request by its western neighbor's ousted president amid threats posed by extremists.

  • 10:56

    Ronan McGreevy is following Putin's live news conference this morning - Here's a few key quotes so far.  

    "We got an appeal form a legitimate Ukranian president in order to protect the health and lives of the citizens. We could see Neo-Nazis rearing their heads and anti-Semites in certain parts of Ukraine especially Kiev.  

    You can see one of the chiefs of administration in Ukraine was ramshackled on a city square. What is this is? Is this an expression of democracy? He was sent to that region in December and he did not have much time. How about the taking over of the ruling party headquarters in Kiev. There was nobody there except an engineer. He was shot. Is that a democracy?

    We have an appeal for a legitimately elected President of Ukraine. We reserve the right to protect those citizens and we think that is completely legitimate. It is an extreme measure. Ukraine is not only our closest neighbour, but it is our fraternal neighbour.

    Our armed forces know each other personally. I’m sure the Ukraine and Russia military are not going to be on other sides of the barricades. The unity is happening in Crimea now.
    All the citizens in Ukraine wherever they live, they have to same rights."  

  • 11:00

    The escalating crisis in Ukraine created turmoil in global markets yesetrday, hitting stocks from Wall Street to Ukraine and causing a spike in oil and natural gas prices.  

    Speaking at today's news conference Putin said: "The markets were shown certain nervousness before this. It is connected with a certain policy of the US which made investment in the economy quite attractive.

    Investors started to pull their money from the developing markets which is not connected to Ukraine. India suffered as well.  It is a tactical and temporary state of affairs."  

  • 11:18

    A journalist for Russian TV network RT has delivered a scathing attack on Moscow’s policies, describing Vladimir Putin’s military action in Ukraine as “wrong” and telling viewers that “military intervention is never the answer”.  

  • 11:20
    Lord of the Dance Michael Flatley will lead the Cork's St Patrick's Day parade.  
  • 11:21
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  • 11:28

    One for all you spoofers out there - A bluffer's guide that includes ten key phrases to get you through conversations about the Ukranian crisis. Chin stroking and glasses chewing is advisable.  

    Phrases include - "One must always be wary about unleashing ethno-nationalist forces" and "Yes, but Putin is in danger of over-playing his hand."  

  • 11:34

    The government is due to publish its third annual report today on the progress it’s made in the third year of the Fine Gael and Labour coalition.

    Harry McGee offers his assessment of the Fine Gael/Labour Government, three years on, here.  

  • 11:49

    President Vladimir Putin said today that Russia saw no need to use military force in the Crimea region of Ukraine for now, in remarks apparently intended to ease East-West tension over fears of war in the former Soviet republic. The use of force by Russia in Ukraine would be a choice of last resort, Putin said, and sanctions being considered against Moscow by the West would be counter-productive.

    Putin told a news conference at his state residence outside Moscow there had been an "unconstitutional coup" in Ukraine and ousted leader Viktor Yanukovich, an ally of Russia, was still the legitimate leader of the country despite giving up all power.


    Earlier today  Putin ordered troops involved in a military exercise in western Russia, close to the border with Ukraine, back to their bases. Russian financial markets rebounded after sharp falls on Monday, and the euro and dollar rose in Japan, though Moscow's forces remained in control of Ukraine's Crimea region, seized bloodlessly after Yanukovich was ousted last month. Russia paid a heavy financial price on Monday for its military intervention in Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as Putin's forces tightened their grip in Crimea, whose population is mainly ethnic Russian.

    The Moscow stock market fell more than 10 percent on Monday, wiping nearly $60 billion off the value of Russian firms, but Russian stock indexes rose more than 4 percent early on Tuesday before slipping back again slightly, though still up on the day.

    Putin said the turmoil in Russian markets was a "tactical, temporary" decision by investors. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will propose ways for a negotiation between Russia and Ukraine to be overseen by a multilateral organisation when he visits Kiev on Tuesday. NATO allies will hold emergency talks on the crisis on Tuesday, for the second time in three days.

  • 11:52

    Some good news on the consumer front - The numbers of people in mortgage arrears of more than 90 days has fallen for the first time since September 2009, according to new figures released by the Central Bank.

  • 11:56

    A teenage girl cost her father almost $10,000 after apparently breaching the confidentiality clause of his payout from work.

    Dana Snay, from Florida in the US, told her 1,200 Facebook friends: "Mama and Papa Snay won the case against Gulliver."

    "Gulliver is now officially paying for my vacation to Europe this summer. SUCK IT." What a charming young lady!

    Her father Patrick Snay (69) had days earlier won $10,000 in back pay and a settlement understood to be worth $80,000 (£47,800) – according to the Miami Herald – from Gulliver Preparatory School in Miami for age discrimination.

    But the school refused to pay up, and a judge backed its stance, on the grounds that Mr Snay was not meant to have told anyone the details of the settlement. Mr Snay, who is now a headteacher at another school, could still appeal at Florida’s supreme court.

  • 12:18

    Dublin is getting dearer again and is now just outside the top 20 most expensive city in the world according to the Worldwide Cost of Living survey which was published by the Economist Intelligence Unit this morning.  

    The survey compares over 400 individual prices across 160 products and services including food, drink, clothing, household supplies and personal care items, rents, transport, utility bills, private schools, domestic help and recreational costs in 131 cities across the globe.

    Dublin was ranked number 21, up 13 places from the 34th spot it held this time last year. In 2012 EIU researchers said Dublin was the 30th most expensive city in the world while at the height of the boom in 2006 it was found to be 16th most expensive place to live.

  • 12:34

    John Travolta caused a bit of a stir at the Oscars when he called Idina Menzel "Adele Dazeem" by mistake.  

    Travolta was onstage to introduce Menzel, who was performing Best Original Song "Let It Go" from "Frozen." However the teleprompter proved a bit of a challenge and for the former Danny Zuko and he gave her an entirely new name.  

    What's your Travoltified name? I got  Antoine Morzgan which makes me sound like Belgian art dealer. Find out your Travoltified name on here.  


  • 12:36
    Oliver Connolly, the man fired by Minister for Justice  Alan Shatter as Garda Confidential Recipient two weeks ago is set to break his silence later today - we'll keep you posted.  
  • 12:52
    A senior US official has told Reuters that the US is ready to impose sanctions against Russia "most likely very soon", in a matter of days, not weeks. Meanwhile,  US Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in the Kiev for talks with the new government.
  • 12:55
    Ah sure they're easily confused...  
  • 12:58

    Ireland is about to get its first Bitcoin ATM, RTE have reported.

    "The machine is currently being installed in a cafe in Temple Bar in Dublin and is expected to be online in the next couple of days.

    The machine will allow users to exchange cash for Bitcoins. Users will have to have a digital wallet set up in which to store their virtual currency.

    They will scan their digital wallet, insert cash into the machine, and then have their purchased Bitcoins placed into their digital wallet.

    Bitcoins are currently not recognised or regulated by the Central Bank here, and so anyone buying the virtual currency is not entitled to any protection.

    The ATM is being placed in Hippety's Cafe, Wine Bar and Gallery on Fownes Street by a company called Bitvendo," reads the RTE report.  

  • 12:59
  • 13:08

    The former Garda confidential recipient has broken his silence following his dismissal by Minister for Justice Alan Shatter two weeks ago.  

    Mr Connolly said he feels a “personal sense of betrayal” that Sgt Maurice McCabe taped conversations with him and then released the transcripts.  

    Fiach Kelly has more here.  

  • 13:30

    the first witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial has broken down in tears, saying she still remembers the terrified screams of a woman on the night the double-amputee Olympic athlete killed his girlfriend by shooting four times through a toilet door. Michelle Burger, who lives near Pistorius’ home and who had been composed through two days of gruelling cross-examination at the high court in Pretoria, wept as she finished giving evidence. Earlier the trial was interrupted and the judge ordered an investigation into allegations that a South African TV channel was broadcasting a photograph of Ms Burger — against a court order guaranteeing privacy to witnesses who request it.

    Prosecutor Gerrie Nel asked Ms Burger about her emotions at the time when she made her statement to police. “It was quite raw,” she said, her voice breaking. “When I’m in the shower, I relive her shouts,” Ms Burger said of hearing the woman screaming before the sound of gunshots in the pre-dawn hours of Valentine’s Day last year. Ms Burger lives about 193 yards (177m) from Pistorius’ house. Mr Nel asked her how she was coping. “I’m coping fine,” Ms Burger said. “It’s been a year.” Ms Burger’s testimony about events on the night of February 14, 2013, contradicts the Olympian’s story.

    During cross-examination of Ms Burger, Pistorius lawyer Barry Roux insisted the university lecturer was mistaken in saying that she heard a woman screaming and that she actually had heard Pistorius screaming for help in a high voice after accidentally shooting his girlfriend.

  • 13:37
  • 13:46

    An Italian news site is reporting that a Milan court has refused to give Silvio Berlusconi permission to leave Italy for the congress of the European People's Party (EPP), which the ex-premier's Forza Italia (FI) party belongs to, in Dublin on Thursday and Friday,

     Berlusconi's passport was confiscated after a definitive tax-fraud conviction last year so there'll be no post congress bunga bunga parties or what have you, held in Dublin.  

    Berlusconi faces several other legal tangles and was also denied a request to leave Italy for a meeting of the EPP in Brussels in December.

  • 13:52

    Right, I'm off for lunch - Speaking of Italians here's an old video of a song made up of lyrics of what English sounds like to Italians. Bizarre.  

  • 14:30
  • 14:34

    Here's Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul who will be appearing in an upcoming episode of Top Gear.  

  • 14:44

    New Zealand’s Maori king is refusing to meet Prince William during a royal tour because he says the 90 minutes set aside for the visit isn’t long enough.

    New Zealand's Prime Minister John Key said Kensington Palace had hoped Prince William would visit King Tuheitia at the Turangawaewae marae, or meeting place, during his April trip to New Zealand with wife Kate and baby son Prince George.

    However, King Tuheitia’s office rejected the offer, arguing the 90 minutes allotted for the visit to the Maori leader’s base in the North Island was not long enough for proper protocols to be observed.

    Mr Key said 90 minutes was a “quite generous’’ amount of time, given the royals’ busy schedule, and it was a shame the visit would not go ahead.

    Key continued: “But it was King Tuheitia’s people who said 90 minutes is not long enough. If you look at (the royals’) program, there are very few places where they’re there for an hour, let alone 90 minutes.

    “Of course he has to travel, he has to fit different things in. So in the end King Tuheitia’s people said ‘If you can’t make it longer than 90 minutes then don’t come’ -- so they’re not coming.’’

  • 14:51

    Evidence has resumed at the trial of three former Anglo Irish Bank officials with the jury hearing that businessman Sean Quinn continued to gamble on Anglo’s stock after the share price started to collapse. Fiona Gartland reports.  

  • 14:54
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  • 15:11

    Ahead of International Women’s Day this Saturday, Fiona Reddan has taken a female specific view on personal finance to see where women are winning – and where they still need to catch up with their male counterparts.  Read it  here.

    Ireland still has a gender pay gap of 13.9 per cent. While it's not as high as the European average of 16 per cent,  there's plenty of catching up to do.  



  • 15:17

    President Obama's Irish born US ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power grilling Russia's stance on Ukraine.  

  • 15:53
    With over 3 million or 3,113,629,(currently) rewteets, Ellen de Generes Oscar group selfie (grelfie?!) has been retweeted more times than Obama's inauguration tweet but the spontaneous looking photo may be little more than cynical advertising for Samsung. Here's the Wall Street Journal's take on the tweet.  
  • 16:05
    Our farming and food correspondent Alison Healy was at the IFA protest in Dublin earlier, See below for report and video.
  • 16:11

    Clare Hurling boss Davey Fitzgerald has opened up about being bullied as a youngster.  

    “They’d hit me on the back of the head. They would pull my hair. They put egg on my head. They would pull me back to the back seat – the bus driver wouldn’t know anything about it – they’d open my shirt and start painting on my body. I got my shoes thrown out the bus window. I felt absolutely so low and I tried to figure out what this was all about.

    “I went home with a black eye and bruised ribs. I never told my mam or dad anything. To this day, I don’t understand bullying. I cannot understand how people are so insensitive. I cannot understand how you would single someone out and do that. It just doesn’t make sense.”  

    While we're on the subject - here's how to do a Clare accent -  

    1) Take the word 'enjoyment'.  

    2) Remove the letter o.  

  • 16:31

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has insisted that the Government has not put off making a decision on the introduction of Universal Health Insurance (UHI) until next year.

    Under Opposition pressure in the Dáil this afternoon, he said the White Paper on UHI would be published “in the next couple of weeks’’.

    Mr Kenny said the Government had today confirmed the concept and principle of UHI, but there was clearly a need for consultation with people so everybody understood what was involved.

    He added that under UHI a package of services would be available to people, including access to primary and GP care.

  • 16:46

    Catherine Fulvio has a lovely recipe for pancakes here but I'm giving you some of my own tips to ensure your pancakes aren't total crepe. Sorry.  

    Do a test run with your first pancake. A sacrificial pancake - if you will. It's not gonna be very good so give to your dog or your least favourite child.

    There's no harm in adding a pinch of salt and sugar to your pancake mix - depending on how savoury or sweet you like your filling.

    If your pancake is black outside and raw inside - adjust the heat. Some people have no patience and try and flame grill the things but a medium heat is key.

    A pancake is ready to be turned over when it's dry around the edges and bubbles have formed over the top.

    You can have a peek to see if the bottom is golden brown underneath before you turn it over. Don't bother flipping the frying pan -  your showboating is only going to lead to pancakes in the sink/bin/walls. A spatula is grand.  

    While you're waiting for the second side to cook, resist the urge to press down the pancake with your spatula. You're not grilling a sirloin steak here, so calm down. Pressing will not cook it any faster and will ruin the light fluffy texture you're after.

    The second batch of pancakes are always better - Reasons? The batter has a chance to get going, you finally hit your stride and your pan is on the perfect heat.  


  • 16:48
    BREAKING -  SIPTU says strike action at Aer Lingus and DAA will go ahead but it will co-operate with expert panel to resolve pensions dispute.  
  • 17:01

    There may be trouble ahead....  

    In a strongly worded statement this afternoon, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) said it is "astonished and taken aback" by SIPTU's decision to proceed with its planned industrial action at Dublin and Cork airports despite a Government-sponsored initiative to resolve the current pension issues.

    It reads - "SIPTU has said it will proceed with a four hour work stoppage on Friday, March 14th despite the Expert Panel established jointly yesterday by the Department of Transport, Tourism and; Sport and the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, and fully supported by both ICTU and Ibec. DAA position from the outset has been that the threat of industrial action by SIPTU has been both unnecessary and unwarranted.

    Given the establishment of a high level independent body to examine the pension issue, SIPTUs decision to continue with industrial action also flies in the face of ICTUs position on this matter.The Government, Ibec and ICTU said yesterday that they are all of the view that a final effort should be made to resolve this dispute without recourse to industrial action.

    DAA will continue to discuss the implications of SIPTUs decision with its airline customers and apologises to its passengers for the inconvenience that SIPTU's unacceptable action will cause. We will communicate further with passengers as soon as possible."  

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    That's all from today's Daily Wire, Enjoy your pancakes now because if you practice Lent; its starts tomorrow. We're back again tomorrow morning.