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  • 09:37
    This is Sorcha Pollak covering the Daily Wire on this cold, frosty morning. You can find me on Twitter handle @SorchaPollak if you have any comments or would like to make suggestions of topics we should be covering today.
  • 09:49
    Let’s start this morning with a click through some of the best images (here) from last night’s Grammy music awards in LA. Fire seemed to be the theme, with both Katy Perry and pianist Lang Lang taking to the flames. The real show stopper was when 34 gay couples were wed live on stage during Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ performance of the same sex marriage anthem Same Love. Plenty more videos and pictures of this star-studded musical event to come in this afternoon’s Daily Wire.
     
  • 10:00
    American singer Pink reaches out to the crowd, hanging in the air from a sling as she performs 'Try' at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
    American singer Pink reaches out to the crowd, hanging in the air from a sling as she performs "Try" at the 56th annual Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, California. Photograph: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
  • 10:15

    Prof John FitzGerald of the Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) has said the way the new utility company Irish Water is being staffed will waste up to €2 billion and will add to the level of water charges for Irish households and businesses. Prof Fitzgerald said that even though the new utility only needs 1,700 staff, there will be around 4,000 people involved.


    The leading economist added that despite the large cost involved, the creation of Irish Water will free up an extra €500 million in Budget2015 as the State will no longer have to spend these funds on water.


    For more on this story click here.

  • 10:32
    Monday, January 27th marks Holocaust Memorial Day. Freddie Knoller, Sophie Masereka and Sokphal Din, who lived through mass killings during the Second World War, the Rwandan genocide and the Cambodian Killing Fields, tell the Guardian of the harrowing experiences they went through in their battle for survival. Watch the video here.
  • 10:39
    A Polish man, now living in Mexico, talks about his experience of living in Auschwitz.
  • 10:53
    News back home in Ireland - it’s been announced this morning that the Arctic Monkeys will play in Marlay Park on Saturday July 12th. They’ll be joined by special guests Jake Bugg, Miles Kane and Royal Blood. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 9am.
  • 11:09

    Staying with music, I have to put a mention in today’s blog for the fantastic musicians behind The Gloaming who raised the rafters last night with their traditional musical fusion. Martin Hayes, Dennis Cahill, Iarla Ó Lionaird, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh and Thomas Bartlett mesmerised a packed-out National Concert Hall with their jazz-infused, traditional tunes.

    It didn’t matter where you were sitting (I was in the cheap seats), their melodies seeped into your body causing feet to tap, heads to bob and smiles to spread across every face in the audience.


    Jim Carroll sums it up perfectly when writing about last night’s show; “This is music which has taken hundreds of years to reach this point and there’s no need when you’re dealing with such time spans for hurry or haste. Hurry and haste are not in this vocabulary. It’s taken a considerable amount of time for The Gloaming to reach this juncture on their travels, but, man, it has been time well worth taking.” To read Carroll’s review in full, click here.

  • 11:10
  • 11:28

     “You can’t stop hunger and poverty with razors and blood,” said Manuel Soria of the Melilla Coalition, an opposition group in the north-African city assembly. Mr Soria is talking about the razor sharp, heavily guarded, six-metre-high fences that separate Morocco from the Spanish cities of Melilla and Ceuta in North Africa. Despite Spain’s economic woes, immigrants continue to put their lives at risk to enter the country’s offshore territories.

    Meanwhile, others drown as they try to cross the sea that separates southern Europe from Morocco. During the first nine months of 2013, Spanish authorities intercepted or rescued about 1,400 migrants travelling by boat.


    For more on this article from Guy Hedgecoe, click here.

  • 11:34
    Irish Water has responded to Prof John FitzGerald’s claim that overstaffing will cost the newly established company up to €2 billion, saying the number of staff will reduce over time as a result of natural retirement and voluntary redundancy schemes. For more on the latest news on Irish Water, click here.  
  • 11:46
    While the Gloaming were creating musical magic in the NCH last night, musicians a few thousands kms to the west were preparing for the 56th annual Grammy music awards. Click here to watch Macklemore and Ryan Lewis's performance of Same Love, during which Queen Latifah officiated 33 marriages. It is Hollywood after all, what would the Grammys be without some impromptu ‘I dos’?

  • 11:47
  • 11:58
    The Syrian government has come under pressure today from negotiators to allow aid trucks into the besieged rebel city of Homs. The government has said that women and children could leave Homs, and government and opposition delegates have also spoken of releasing prisoners. For the latest on the Syrian peace talks in Geneva click here.
  • 12:06

    Human Rights Watch are calling on the Ukrainian authorities to locate one of the leaders of Kiev’s protest, Dmitri Bulatov, who has been missing since January 22, 2014.

  • 12:16
    Where in Dublin do you buy your coffee? Conor Pope checks out the top spots and gives his taste on the best cuppa in town (here).
  • 12:25
    Ryanair has announced on its website this morning that it will create more than 50 new “web-star” positions at the airline’s new offices in Dublin. The company is calling for web-developers, designers, analysts, software engineers, SEP and content, CRM and email specialists to work on the Ryanair.com website and “develop a world leading digital marketing platform”.
  • 12:33
    It looks like Michael O’Leary is a bit confused about how to go about developing <a href='http://ryanair.com' target='_blank' >ryanair.com</a> as a “leading digital marketing platform”. Bring on those 50 new web-stars. Photograph: Yves Herma
    It looks like Michael O’Leary is a bit confused about how to go about developing ryanair.com as a “leading digital marketing platform”. Bring on those 50 new web-stars. Photograph: Yves Herma
  • 12:38

    According to Reuters, thieves broke into a small church in the mountains east of Rome over the weekend and stole a reliquary with the blood of the late Pope John Paul II.


    John Paul, who died in 2005, loved the mountains in the Abruzzo region east of Rome and would sometimes slip away from the Vatican secretly to hike or ski there and pray in the church.
    The Polish-born former Pope, who reigned for 27 years, is due to be made a saint of the Roman Catholic Church in May, which means the relic will automatically become more valuable.

  • 12:53
    Meanwhile back at the Vatican, two white doves released as a peace gesture by children accompanied by Pope Francis on Sunday, were attacked by other birds. The above photo depicts the calm before the storm – soon after flying from the window, th
    Meanwhile back at the Vatican, two white doves released as a peace gesture by children accompanied by Pope Francis on Sunday, were attacked by other birds. The above photo depicts the calm before the storm – soon after flying from the window, th
  • 13:03
    This two-year-old has some sweet skateboarding moves, and his nappy isn't about to stop him making those jumps. Click here to see the video.
  • 13:31
  • 13:59
    Brokeback Mountain will jump from screen to stage when it opens as an opera at Madrid’s Teatro Real on Tuesday. Annie Proulx, author of the original short-story, told the Associated Press that opera presents “an opportunity to explore the complexities of the tale” in a way neither her story nor Ang Lee’s movie were able to do. Charles Wuorinen, who composed the music for the opera, says the show is not sentimental or romantic, but that it creates a “deadly” and “dangerous” landscape.
    Click here to watch some clips from the show.

  • 14:13

    Pope Francis has denounced the killing of a three-year-old boy by the Calabrian Mafia last week. Coco Campolongo was sitting in his baby seat in the back of the car when mafia killers shot his grandfather Giuseppe Iannicelli, and his partner. Police say the car was immediately burnt in a remote rural zone with a 50 cent coin left on the roof of the burnt-out car, the trademark of the ‘ndrangheta Calabrian Mafia group. Click here for more on the story.

  • 14:23
  • 14:24

    A little more from last night's Grammy Awards - Stevie Wonder joined Pharrell Williams on stage for Daft Punk's performance of 'Get Lucky'. They certainly were feeling lucky after winning five Grammys, including album of the year.


    Watch the video here.

  • 14:28
  • 14:38
    Tyco, a multinational fire protection and security company, is to establish a business services centre in Cork which is expected to create 500 jobs over the next three years. For more on the story, click here.
  • 14:54

    Could Daddy bloggers be the next big thing? To all the Irish papas out there, it’s time to get online and start blogging about those dirty nappies, healthy lunches and One Direction obsessed teenage girls (cue perfect moment to bring in ‘Dads enduring One Direction concert’ link).
    Click here to read more on Conor Pope’s look at the 21st century Irish daidí .

  • 14:54
  • 15:41
    Gardaí have said the blaze at the Marywell Industrial Estate in Ballymount, which has been ongoing since a fire broke out at the recycling plant on Saturday, will not be fully extinguished until Wednesday or Thursday. According to Sharon Cosgrove, chief executive of the Environmental Protection Agency, high winds over the weekend helped “disperse the pollutants”.

    I’m not quite sure myself, it’s looking pretty dark and smokey outside the Irish Times office windows right now. Let’s be honest, that’s most likely just the never-ending, northern-European, winter darkness. Springtime, sunlight, please!

     
  • 15:43
  • 16:03

    Let’s step over to the ongoing phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey in London. Actor Jude Law has told the courtroom he had no idea an immediate family member allegedly sold information about his private life to the News of the World. Law was questioned about his knowledge of the News of the World’s 2005 revelations that his then girlfriend, Sienna Miller, was having an affair with James Bond star Daniel Craig.

    Former news of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are on trial accused of conspiracy to hack mobile phones.

  • 16:18
    Officials have confirmed the Egyptian death toll has risen to 49 following nationwide protests over the weekend against the regime installed last July by army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi. A further 1,079 supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi were arrested. Meanwhile, the interim president Adly Mansour, announced plans to hold presidential elections before parliamentary ones. You can read more from Patrick Kingsley on the situation in Egypt here.    
  • 16:19
  • 16:28
    Posters of Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi adorn the walls of an area of Cairo's Gamaliya district, where he spent his childhood. General Sisi is expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency of Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Re
    Posters of Army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi adorn the walls of an area of Cairo's Gamaliya district, where he spent his childhood. General Sisi is expected to announce his candidacy for the presidency of Egypt. Photograph: Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Re
  • 16:46
    Staying international, UN mediator Lakhdar Brahimi is giving a news briefing at the Geneva II peace talks on Syria. You can watch the live-briefing here.  
  • 16:57
    FINALLY, flat footwear has been given the thumbs up by the fashion world. My ankles are over the moon to hear that the real Haute Couture at this week’s Paris Fashion Week was trainers. Models at Karl Lagerfeld’s Chanel show wore comfortable trainers, showing the world what most women have always known, flat shoes are fashionable. Even the models were happier, as Maggie Armstrong reports; “The walk was different: there was spring and hope instead of the usual fatalistic tread.”
    The models like them, the fashion designers like them - this must mean good-bye to teetering ladies on Camden St on a Friday night (I hope).  

  • 17:04
  • 17:09
    Breaking news this afternoon – Limerick GAA referee Shane Hourigan died this morning following a two car collision at Reens Pike in Limerick. Hourigan, who was in his early fourties, was a highly respected hurling referee at both a local and national level. A statement is expected later this evening from Limerick GAA.
  • 17:30

    The latest Irish Times Travel Show is all about the gem of the US western-coast, San Francisco. I visited this wonderful city nearly three years ago and am still counting the seconds till I get the chance to go back. Countless scrumptious restaurants, a vibrant music scene, and that lovely old-school tram bumbling up and down the city streets, give an almost European-feel to that misty town.

    The problem is, listening to Fionn Davenport’s show is only going to make me long for my backpack and send me online searching for flights heading out west. I guess I’ll take that risk. Click here to listen.

  • 17:37
    What is the percentage of Irish young people aged between 25-34 living with their parents? I'm surprised to see Ireland placed in the middle of the list. It seems despite the rising rent prices, young people in Ireland are still making the effort to move out.
  • 17:40
    That's all from me for today folks. It's time to pull on the rain jacket and brave those icy cold winds on the cycle home. We'll be back tomorrow from 9am with all the day's news and events.