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Ronan McGreevy Mon, Feb 24
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  • 09:47
    Hi this is Ronan McGreevy here. I'm on the The Daily Wire and I can be followed at @rmcgreevy1301
  • 09:51
    Two stories are dominating the agenda this morning, one domestic, the other foreign. Our lead story from Conor Lally and Harry McGee concerns the whistelblower Sgt Maurice McCabe who reported serious malpractice in An Garda Siochana as early as 2008. The story is here.
  • 09:55

    Ukraine has issued a warrant for the arrest of ousted President Viktor Yanukovych, the interim interior minister has announced.

    Arsen Avakov announced on his Facebook page that a criminal case had been opened against Mr Yanukovych and other officials over "mass murder of peaceful citizens".

    You can read his Facebook entry in translation here.

  • 10:08
    You've got to hand it to these two Irish guys. Kyryll Chulak and Salim Sebaoui managed to make it to Sydney without paying a  cent and they did it all in 36 hours as part of the Jailbreak challenge.  

  • 10:27
  • 10:36
    Think we have  had enough of the bad weather? Think again. Yet another Atlantic storm is on its way. Strong gales are expected in all coastal areas this evening with winds reaching stormforce in western areas. Tonight and tomorrow winds will reach speeds of between 50 and 60 km/h gusting to 90 to 100 km/h.
  • 10:43
    Here's the full text of Fr Brendan Hoban's entry on the Association of Catholic Priests' website about RTÉ's payout to the Iona Institute. Read it here in full.
  • 11:10

  • 11:14
    It never rains but it  pours.  Egypt has become the latest country where the Government has fallen.  Its military-backed interim government has resigned, according to the Prime Minister Hazem Beblawi who gave no reason for the abrupt change. Mr Beblawi was appointed prime minister in July after the military overthrew President Mohammed Morsi following mass protests against his one-year rule.


  • 11:26
    Say what you like about Piers Morgan and most people do, he took a brave and uncompromising stance on America's appalling gun culture. It would seem not to have helped his ratings with CNN as his prime-time show has been axed because of poor ratings. This analysis of Morgan's performance in The New York Times would suggest that Morgan no more liked or understood Americans than they liked or understood him. Read it here.
  • 11:50
    The pictures from ousted Ukranian President Viktor Yanukovych's palace outside Kiev are quite incredible.  

  • 12:00

    Is Yulia Tymoshenko the answer to Ukraine's woes? Not according to this profile which depicts her as a ruthless, arrogant woman who eventually falls out with her allies. Read it here.

  • 12:12
  • 12:23

    Why were the Irish First World War dead written out of Irish history for so long? Here's an excellent review by John Gibney the content manager of the Decade of Centenaries website.  Read it here.

  • 12:23
  • 12:36

    Pressure is once again mounting on the Minister for Justice Alan Shatter to apologise to garda whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe. Mr Shatter accused Sgt McCabe of not co-operating with the internal garda investigation into the penalty points controversy. Sgt McCabe says he has evidence that he had offered to cooperate. You can read Harry McGee's story here.

  • 12:47

    On one level the achievements of Kyryll Chulak and Salim Sebaoui in getting to Sydney in 36 hours  without spending a cent is some achievement, but it is not quite what it seems.  They simply called up a Dubai based tourism company who gave them free passage to Australia. They were the winners of Jailbreak 14 where the goal is to get  as far away from  Ireland as possible within  36 hours for charity without spending any money.  It hardly amounts to  a travel feat worthy of the discovery of the North West Passage when you  can simply get somebody else to pay your fare.


  • 13:03

    Ugandan President Museveni has just signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law. It is a draconian and damaging piece of legislation, Amnesty International said today.

    “This deeply offensive piece of legislation is an affront to the human rights of all Ugandans and should never have got this far,” said Michelle Kagari, Deputy Regional Director, Amnesty International.

    “This legislation will institutionalize hatred and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in Uganda. Its passage into law signals a very grave episode in the nation’s history.”  
    “The Anti-Homosexuality Bill will further criminalize consensual sexual activity between adults of the same sex, with some offences carrying life imprisonment. It also includes offences such as ‘promotion of homosexuality’, which will directly impact human rights defenders and healthcare providers. It makes a mockery of the rights enshrined in the Ugandan constitution.”  

  • 13:51
    Could we be on the brink of a Third World War? The BBC's venerable foreign correspondent John Simpson does not think so, but draws parallels between the calm that preceeded the First World War and the present situation. There are two particularly dangerous flashpoints, China and Japan, and Russia and Ukraine. You can read his article here.
  • 14:08

    Bank of Ireland  has announced  that it is making a new public exhibition space available to the State at its College Green premises for a period of ten years.  
    The new Cultural and Heritage Centre will be utilised by the State for the staging of exhibitions and other cultural events that will be open to the public.
    Visitors will access the new Cultural and Heritage Centre at College Green via a separate entrance on Westmoreland Street.  
    Once the proposal for the creation of the new centre is approved for planning the work will proceed immediately.  
    The  decision is something of a triumph for Jimmy Deenihan, the Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht who first floated the idea of having Bank of Ireland hand over the College Green site in return for the bank bailout.
    He was initially  refused and it was thought that the issue was dead, but it has now been resurrected in another guise.

  • 15:16
    RTÉ presenter Sharon Ni Bheolain has been giving out yards about the tabloid press in an interview on Liveline this afternoon. She is incensed that a photographer took pictures of her out walking a dog at the weekend on the pretext that she was putting on a brave face after being the victim of a stalking incident. Ni Bheolain told Joe Duffy that the paparazzi photographs which caught her unawares hurt her worse than the stalking incident. She condemned the papers involved as "rags" and said their behaviour was "disgraceful".
  • 15:16
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  • 16:26
    This Ukranian business is getting very serious. The Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has described events over the weekend as an "armed mutiny".
    He was speaking after Ukraine's interim interior minister said an arrest warrant had been issued for fugitive ousted President Viktor Yanukovych.
    What would happen, for instance, if Russia decided to invade Ukraine on the pretext of rescuing its Russian minority in the west?
    What would NATO do then? It is an unlikely scenario, but one that is surely being considered in Washington and Brussels at present.

  • 16:50
  • 16:55
    Remember the terrible events surrounding the Swedish House Mafia concert in the Phoenix Park 18 months ago? Two people were stabbed during the mayhem that surrounded the concert. The perpetrator Raymond Donnan (24) was sentenced today to four years in jail. He had consumed an entire bottle of rum before entering the arena and was "ferociously intoxicated". Here's the story.


  • 17:07

    A musical about Lough Derg and  a work of fiction based on the life of snooker star Alex “Hurricane” Higgins  are among four major artistic projects to receive £60,000 in funding from the Arts Council  of Northern Ireland. Read the story here.


  • 17:16
    A group of protestors has entered the offices of auctioneers Allsop Space in Dublin. A spokesman for Allsop Space said about 25 people, led by a developer, had come into the Ballsbridge office and demanded to speak to one of its senior shareholders – Stephen McCarthy.
  • 17:23
    Remember the sad case of Fiona Pender, the Offaly woman who disappeared on Friday, August 23rd 1996 when she was seven months pregnant? Tonight her disappearance will feature on Crimecall  when a renewed appeal for information will be issued by gardaí.
  • 17:39
    A 47-year-old man has been given a three year suspended sentence for attempting to murder his dying mother.
    Gerald Vollrath pleaded guilty to the attempted murder of 83-year-old Vera Vollrath at a nursing home in Killure, Co Waterford, but said he was motivated by compassion as she was in great pain.


  • 17:40
    That's all for today. Thanks for stopping by.