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  • 09:11
    Good morning Aine McMahon here. Welcome along to Tuesday's Daily Wire.

  • 09:15
    According to Met Eireann today will be mostly dry. Any fog will lift during the morning and sunny spells will develop widely, though it will stay rather cloudy in the northwest and north. Later in the day, a few isolated showers will develop, and light rain or drizzle will reach the southwest during the evening.
    Fairly warm in many areas with highest temperatures between 15 and 18 degrees, but cooler in southern and eastern coastal areas with highest temperatures of 11 to 14 degrees.
  • 09:36

    "Keane can certainly be humble, humorous and insightful when he wants to be but his capacity for self awareness still seems to be on a trip switch that sometimes clicks to the off position mid-conversation without the Corkman appearing to realise."

    Emmet Malone's piece on Roy Keane is most read on the site this morning.  

  • 09:40

    The Garda Representative Association says up to 1,000 officers are being assaulted every year.

    The figure was revealed ahead of today's GRA annual conference in Killarney in Co. Kerry.

    The rank and file garda body is calling for new legislation with tougher penalties to prevent people from attacking gardaí.

    They have also called on the Department of Justice and garda management to publish details on the number and severity of incidents annually.

  • 09:42

    A Dublin man is suing singer Rihanna for defamation and the legal action is to take place in the High Court in Dublin.

    Geoffrey Keating with an address at Woodbank Drive, Valley Park in Finglas was the former head of security for the 26 year old singer when she was on tour from October 2012 to July 2013.

    It is alleged Rihanna sent a number of e-mails containing highly defamatory comments which Mr. Keating claims have hurt his reputation. More here.  

  • 09:46

    Tanaiste Eamon Gilmore is set to meet with MEP Phil Prendergast later, after she called for him to be resign as Labour leader.

    Yesterday, she said an urgent change is needed if the Labour party is to avoid decimation at the European and local elections next month.

    Speaking to Newstalk this morning, Eamon Gilmore says he won't get drawn into a 'family row'.

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  • 10:03
    The famous Molly Malone Statue is set to be moved to Suffolk Street temporarily when Luas works get underway. Conor Pope has more here.
  • 10:27

    The second day of the sentencing hearing for two former executives of Anglo Irish Bank begins today.

    Former Finance Director William McAteer and former head of lending in Ireland Patrick Whelan were found guilty of allowing €450 million in illegal loans to be issued to the so-called Maple Ten to buy Anglo shares in July of 2008.

    They are facing up to five years in jail for breaching Section 60 of the Companies Act.

    Yesterday, solicitor Robert Heron told the court he was not aware Anglo would be lending to the ten individuals when the bank sought legal advice from him in 2008.

    Yesterday, a solicitor who advised Anglo Irish Bank as it planned the “Project Maple” share-buying deal in July 2008 has denied he told the bank it was legal.

    Robert Heron, formerly of Matheson Ormsby Prentice, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court he was not aware money was being lent to 10 wealthy clients – the Maple 10 – to buy the bank’s shares in a plan to unwind businessman Seán Quinn’s stake in Anglo. More here.  

  • 10:39
    Never mind Jaws it's the mosquitos we should fear
  • 10:45

    A leader of the Ku Klux Klan in the US was arrested for having sex with a cross-dressing black man.

    Frazier Glenn Miller, who stands accused of killing three people outside a Jewish centre in Kansas earlier this month, was arrested in the 1980s.

    The former KKK ‘Grand Dragon’, is accused of killing a doctor, his teenage grandson and a mother of three.
    Miller was reportedly caught by officers with his trousers down in the back seat of a car engaged in a sex act with a black male prostitute who was dressed as a woman in 1987.

    Miller the self-proclaimed "white supremacist, anti-Semite and anti-homosexual" was reportedly caught by officers with his trousers down in the back seat of a car engaged in a sex act with a black male prostitute who was dressed as a woman in 1987.

  • 10:51

    Billy Connolly has revealed that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease on the same day. The 71-year-old comedian describes how he received the diagnosis in a new ITV programme in which he looks at customs and beliefs surrounding death.  The Scottish star tells the programme: “It was a funny week I had. On the Monday I got hearing aids, on the Tuesday I got pills for heartburn which I have to take all the time. “And on the Wednesday I got news that I had prostate cancer and Parkinson’s disease. “They told me on the phone, they said, ‘Look we’ve had the result and it’s cancer.‘ And I said, ‘Oh nobody’s ever said that to me before’.”

    In the Radio Times interview, Connolly refused to say whether he would vote for Scottish independence — but said that he is “deeply suspicious of patriotism”. “I don’t have great belief in the Union of England and Scotland. But I have a great belief in the union of the human race,” he said. “I’m not gonna say. It’s too important for people like me to put in their tuppenceworth,” he said on the referendum. But he said: “I’m really tired of people saying England won the war and calling Britain England. I think that does more harm...” He added: “But you must remember that the Union saved Scotland. Scotland was bankrupt and the English opened us up to their American and Canadian markets, from which we just flowered. “And I dislike patriots. I’m deeply suspicious of patriotism. People following the band, you know? I don’t want to be part of it... It’s paved with fools.”

  • 10:59

    Following her sudden and unexplained death earlier this month, there will be a short hearing later this week that will reveal the cause of death of Peaches Geldof.
    The short hearing will last around 10 minutes and will be held in Gravesend on Thursday. A senior police officer will read out a statement before the coroner, Roger Hatch, reveals how the daughter of Bob Geldof died.
    A full inquest is then likely to take place in late July. Earlier this month, a post-mortem examination took place, but the results came back as “inconclusive.”
    The results of subsequent toxicology tests have not been released, but there are understood to have been returned to the coroner.

  • 11:14

    Gardai searching for two missing Dublin men are focusing their operation in Mountnugent, an area on the Cavan-Meath border.

    Eoin O'Connor (32) and Anthony Keegan (33) who are both from Coolock in north Dublin have been missing for almost a week.

  • 11:21
    A 'zonkey' has been born at a Mexican zoo. The animal - which is a cross between a zebra and a donkey - was born with the characteristics of a donkey on its upper body and tail but has clear white and black stripes, like that of a zebra, on its le
    A "zonkey" has been born at a Mexican zoo. The animal - which is a cross between a zebra and a donkey - was born with the characteristics of a donkey on its upper body and tail but has clear white and black stripes, like that of a zebra, on its le
  • 11:26

    Calls for an independent re-examination of a British Army operation that left 11 people dead in west Belfast more than 40 years ago has been rejected.

    Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers had been asked to establish a review panel to assess the evidence related to an episode in 1971 that bereaved relatives refer to as the Ballymurphy massacre.

    Reacting to today's decision, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said "I am disappointed to learn of this decision. I met with the Ballymurphy families in Dublin in January as part of my series of meetings with victims and relatives affected by the Northern Ireland troubles. The families explained their proposals for an independent panel review of the events that took place in Belfast in August 1971 when 11 people were killed. I told the families that the Government supported their case, and that I intend to visit Ballymurphy and meet with the families there during a future visit to Belfast. Following our meeting in January, I wrote to Prime Minister Cameron asking that the families request for a limited review be granted. I also raised the matter with him at our meeting in London on 11 March. Consequently, I am disappointed with today’s news, which I know will come as a blow to the families. Notwithstanding this setback, I hope that it will still be possible to find a way for the families to get the truth and to vindicate fully the good names of their loved ones."

  • 11:43

    Tipperary man Oliver Moroney divided the Britain’s Got Talent judges when he brought traditional Irish Sean Nós brush dancing to the Britain’s Got Talent stage.
    Oliver took to the stage with is sweeping brush prompting Simon Cowell to ask “is this an act?” See for yourself how he got on.  

  • 11:50

    Today is all about LEO! Not Vardkar but the newly established nationwide system of Local Enterprise Offices (LEOs).

    According to the press release , the network of 31 LEOs will deliver "an improved system of local enterprise supports to start-ups and small businesses across the country – with more staff, more funding, and more services being provided. Today’s announcement means that from today, people thinking of starting or expanding a business in every part of the country will be able to access the full range of State supports provided by different Government bodies – for example local authorities, Enterprise Ireland, Revenue, the Department of Social Protection, the Credit Review Office, training bodies – in one easily accessible location within the local authority." More on that, later.

  • 11:56
  • 12:01

    The High Court will today hear a judicial review of a decision by the Data Protection Commissioner’s (DPC) not to investigate claims that Facebook allows US intelligence services access to data generated by its European users. Austrian data privacy campaigner
    Max Schrems lodged a complaint with the DPC after US whistleblower Edward Snowden claimed the social network shared European user data with US authorities as part of a surveillance programme called Prism. Derek Scally has  More here.

  • 12:13

    Politics is often called showbusiness for ugly people but a new Irish blog 'Irish Election Rides' has put paid to that notion.

    Now, The Irish Times would never. ever, ever endorse the sexual objectification of men or women but if you're undecided on how to vote in the upcoming elections, check out the Irish Election Rides Tumblr  here

  • 12:16
    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has confirmed the Government will consider the issue of the Longford -  Westmeath by election at Cabinet tomorrow. More as we get it.  
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  • 12:48

    Just when you though the odious Max Clifford couldn't get any more obnoxious, here he is creeping up behind a Sky News reporter trying to do his job.  

    Earlier this week he was  found guilty of eight charges of indecent assault against women and girls as young as 15 by a jury at Southwark Crown Court in London.

  • 12:53
  • 13:04

    Popular on the site this lunchtime -  

    "Here the State tells trainee teachers that however brilliantly qualified they may be, they will probably not get a job in 90 per cent of State-funded primary schools," Fintan O'Toole writes.  

  • 13:10

    Delegates at Garda Represntative Association conference are currently debating issues about uniform. They want a special shirt for the summer months, comfortable shoes for indoor use and no tie in the summer. A look that will take you from the barracks to Coppers presumably.  

  • 13:12
  • 13:17

    Your lunchtime link - Jimmy Fallon's epic lip sync battle with actor Emma Stone.  


  • 14:23

    The trial of a Dublin man charged with the alleged sexual assault of two teenage girls is to begin on May 23rd.
    The 50-year-old accused is facing a total of 50 charges under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, 1998 dating as far back as 15 March 2007.
    Seven of the charges relate to alleged sexual acts with a child under the age of 17 on dates in 2011.
    Three charges of sexual assault against the same female in 2007 were also detailed, including alleged sexual assaults at a Dublin airport hotel carpark, Croke Park and a location in Letterkenny.

    Judge Cormac Dunne noted the DPP had consented to the accused being returned for trial on indictment. Judge Dunne made an order sending him forward for trial to the Dublin Circuit Criminal Court where he will face his next hearing on May 23rd. The judge also gave him the standard warning that if he intended to use an alibi in his defence he must inform the prosecution, including the relevant names and addresses, within 14 days.  

    The man, who has has not yet indicated how he will plead, was accompanied to the hearing by his solicitor Michael Hennessy, and he replied “yes judge”. Under the terms of bail he has to sign on daily at a north Dublin garda station two days each week; he has already surrendered his passport but cannot apply for duplicate travel documents and the Department of Foreign Affairs has been notified of this condition.

  • 14:24
  • 14:28

    Saxaphones, guitars and top of the range bikes are among the selection of lost and found items that Gardai have posted on line. Sorcha Pollak has more here.  

  • 14:48

    the Irish Water Safety Association has warned people to take care in the water this May Bank Holiday weekend.

    "There are 140 drownings in Ireland every year — that’s more than five per fortnight. As we approach the May Bank Holiday weekend, water safety should be prioritised by anyone coming close to coastline or inland waterways and when pursuing water-based or waterside activities to avoid the dangers of cold shock, hypothermia and drowning."

  • 14:50
    Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "To Kill a Mockingbird," has agreed to release the novel - one of the few literary classics available only in print - as an e-book, her publisher has said. The announcement coincided with the 88th birthday of the reclusive author, who described the digital version set to be released on July 8th as "Mockingbird for a new generation."
  • 14:53
    99 problems but a campaign ain't one etc
  • 15:01
    Dani Alves has hit out at Spain for being "very backward" in its approach towards racism and believes the fan who hurled a banana on the pitch in Barcelona's game away to Villarreal on Sunday should be publicly shamed. Images of the Brazilian picking up the banana and taking a bite were beamed around the world and he was widely backed by the football community and celebrities. Villarreal subsequently announced they had given the supporter a life ban but A lves, who has criticised the level of racism in Spain before, felt it was not enough. "If I could, I would put a photo of the fan on the internet so that he would be shamed," Alves told Brazil's Radio Globo. "There is racism against foreigners. They sell the country as being first world but in certain things they are very backward." Dozens of footballers and Brazilian celebrities backed a campaign launched within moments of the incident by Alves's Barcelona and Brazil team mate Neymar. Neymar has also been the target of racists and had prepared an internet campaign in anticipation of another incident. He quickly pushed the button on the campaign using the hashtag #weareallmonkeys in Spanish, Portuguese and English. He sent a picture of himself and his son eating bananas via Instagram and Twitter and thousands of fans followed suit. Brazil team mates David Luiz, Hulk and Oscar all posted pictures, as did Italian coach Cesare Prandelli and Claudia Leitte, the singer who will perform at the World Cup's closing ceremony in July.
  • 15:20
    The world's fattest woman pictured here with her fiance says she's determined to wed.  
    The world's fattest woman pictured here with her fiance says she's determined to wed.  
  • 15:20

    The world’s fattest woman is determined to walk up the aisle to marry her toyboy lover despite weighing twice as much as him. Housebound Charity Pierce (38), who weighs in at 56.4 stone, needs to lose 20 stone before her wedding so she can have a life-saving gastric bypass operation.

    She has already reduced her calorie intake from 10,000 to just 1,200 per day in the hope she can enjoy her first dance with fiancé Tony Saur, 22. Charity said: "I’m determined not to have to get married at home – I want to be able to walk up the aisle. We both love country music so I plan to wear a wedding dress, cowboy boots and cowgirl hat and Tony will be in jeans and cowboy boots."

    Doctors have warned Charity, who has been housebound since 2001, that without significant weight loss she could die. "I’m worried about having a heart attack or a stroke and dying in my sleep. My dream goal is to be 14st and get married to my fiancé."

  • 15:25
  • 15:45
    William McAteer and Patrick Whelan will find out shortly if they are to face a jail term. Court 19 is filling up as the two men await the verdict. More as we get it.
  • 15:56
    Lorcan O'Snodaigh, son of Sinn Fein TD Aengus O'Snodaigh has been missing since Sunday morning.  
    Lorcan O'Snodaigh, son of Sinn Fein TD Aengus O'Snodaigh has been missing since Sunday morning.  
  • 15:56

    Sinn Fein TD Aengus O’Snodaigh has appealed for information on his missing teenage son, Lorcan. Lorcan O’Snodaigh has been missing from his home since the early hours of Sunday morning.
    The Dublin South Central TD wrote a post on his Facebook Pahe this morning appealing for information about his son's whereabouts.
    “If anyone sees Lorcan, let me know. He is probably still around Dublin,” he wrote.
    Lorcan’s older brother Fearghal (18) was stabbed on Sunday during an incident at his home. He  received stab wounds to his upper arm and chest, but is said to be recovering well.

  • 16:04
    Anglo Trial
    Sentences will not be custodial for former Anglo Irish Bank executives Patrick Whelan and William McAteer. More to follow
  • 16:05
  • 16:06
    Anglo Trial
    Judge Martin Nolan says that Mr McAteer and Mr Whelan are \"not deserving of prison sentences\" and that they may be given community service.
  • 16:10

    Two former directors of Anglo Irish Bank will not be jailed following their conviction for engaging in an illegal share support. Judge Martin Nolan adjourned the sentencing of former director of finance William McAteer and former head of Irish lending Pat Whelan until July 21 to assess their suitability for community service. Referring to the role of the Financial Regulator’s office in the Maple scheme the judge said: “It would be most unjust to jail these two men when I feel that a State agency had led the two men into error and illegality”. Former director of finance William McAteer (63) and former head of Irish lending,


    Pat Whelan (52), were convicted by a jury on April 17 last, following a 48-day trial, of providing the loans to the group known as the Maple Ten. Judge Martin Nolan made his ruling this afternoon following a sentencing hearing this morning. Earlier today counsel for the men made their pleas in mitigation. they said their clients acted in the best interests of the bank and with the approval of the Financial Regulator. Counsel also said the men acted in the belief that the bank’s board and compliance department had approved the deal and that legal advice had been taken stating that it was above board. Brendan Grehan SC, for Mr Whelan said his client “didn’t for one moment think he was involving himself in something that was unlawful, something that would find himself before a court on indictment.”

  • 16:11
    Anglo Trial
    Referring to the role of the Financial Regulator’s office in the Maple scheme Judge Martin Nolan said: “It would be most unjust to jail these two men when I feel that a State agency had led the two men into error and illegality”.
  • 16:14
    Anglo Trial
    Judge Martin Nolan has adjourned the sentencing of former Anglo executives until July 31st to assess William McAteer and Patrick Whelan\'s suitability for community service.
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    Political reaction so far -
  • 16:49

    Getting away from the Anglo Trial for a bit - here's some good news.  

    A spell of good weather is on the way according to forecasters.

    Many parts of the country are being treated to sunshine and pleasant conditions today, but  Met Éireann  says next week will be even warmer. More on that fantastic news here.  

  • 16:51
    There are reports that a man has been arrested and taken to Pearse Street Garda station this afternoon after entering Leinster House with knives and a sword.  
  • 17:21
    That's all from the Daily Wire today, we're back again tomorrow morning.