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  • 09:37
    Good morning and welcome to Thursday’s Daily Wire with all the latest news and events. If you have any suggestions or stories you’d like to see in today’s blog you can tweet me @SorchaPollak.
  • 09:48

    It looks like One Direction fever will never end.   Last night was the 2014 Brit awards which saw David Bowie winning best British male, becoming the oldest artist ever to receive a Brit. He last won the same award 30 years ago.


    However, the real story making the headlines is that One Direction member Harry Styles nearly missed accepting his Brit award because he was “having a wee”. The Twitter waves, of course, immediately went crazy.  

     

  • 09:52

    Dan McLaughlin has just filed the latest news from the violent clashes in Kiev, Ukraine. He’s reported that several people have been killed in fresh clashes between protesters and riot police, just hours after president Viktor Yanukovich and opposition leaders agreed a “truce” to halt bloodshed and facilitate crisis talks.


    Several bodies were lying under blankets this morning beside Independence Square, and Bohdan Soloviy, a medic for the protesters, said eight people had been killed by gunfire. To read more of Dan McLaughlin’s latest report, click here.

  • 09:55
  • 10:15
    A study from Bar-Ilan University in Israel has found that working mothers are trapped in a cycle of guilt where they feel pressure to be ‘good’ mothers and ‘good’ workers at the same time. Professor Shira Offer who conducted the study, said that mothers are usually the ones to adjust their work schedule to meet family demands. As a result, mothers often feel they do not devote enough time to their job and have to ‘catch up’, leaving them preoccupied with job-related matters outside the workplace. To read more about the study, click here.
  • 10:25

    Charlie Bird has packed his bags and is headed to the Arctic Circle to report for The Irish Times from the top of the world. The former RTÉ journalist will spend a month with an Inuit community in the Canadian Arctic to document what it’s like to live in one of the coldest places on Earth.


    His trip will give Irish Times readers the chance to learn about the region, its complicated history and the communities that live up there. The series is a follow-up to Bird’s RTÉ television documentary about the region in 2008 when he first met the Inuit people. Click here to watch Bird’s first video diary as he packs up his Aran sweater and prepares to begin his adventure.

  • 10:27
  • 10:34
    Reports are coming in that police have used firearms in the latest clashes in Kiev. Sweden’s foreign minister, Carl Bildt, says European observers have confirmed that live ammunition has been used.
  • 10:34
  • 10:41
    Dead bodies lie on the pavement in Independence Square after clashes with riot police in Kiev this morning. Ukrainian anti-government protesters have taken control of Kiev's Independence Square, television pictures showed, after fresh clashes brok
    Dead bodies lie on the pavement in Independence Square after clashes with riot police in Kiev this morning. Ukrainian anti-government protesters have taken control of Kiev's Independence Square, television pictures showed, after fresh clashes brok
  • 10:49

    Suicide by middle-aged men is growing at a faster rate than amongst younger men, reports Kitty Holland. Gerry Raleigh has said that reducing suicide among the middle-aged will be a key priority for the HSE’s Office of Suicide Prevention this year.


    “Ten people this week will lose their lives by suicide. Eight of those will be men and six of those people will be over 40 years of age. The loss of life of young men, particularly young men in their 20s, is very high by international standards and it often attracts the most media attention,” he said.


    “However, the loss of life of middle-aged men and women is a priority because these are our highest-risk groups . . . In 2011, just over 550 deaths were officially recorded as ‘death by suicide’. Figures over the last two to three years are remarkably stable. We see a relatively consistent pattern for people under 30. However, there has been an increase in the trend graph for middle-aged men. For middle-aged women it is relatively consistent.”

  • 10:57

    Ukrainian athletes in the Olympic village in Sochi have added black armbands to the Ukrainian flags hanging from their balconies, a day after the International Olympic Committee told them they were not allowed to wear the armbands in competition.


    A Ukrainian skier, Bogdana Matsotka, and her coach have pulled out of the games in protest at the use of force in Kiev.

  • 11:03

    Facebook agreed yesterday to acquire mobile-messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion in cash and stock. Mark Zuckerberg has become close friends with the chief executive of WhatsApp Jan Koum over the past two years.


    The purchase would be the biggest Internet deal since Time Warner’s $124 billion merger with AOL in 2001. The accord includes $12 billion in stock, $4 billion in cash and $3 billion in restricted shares, Facebook said yesterday.


    WhatsApp has more than 450 million members, with 1 million users being added daily, Facebook said. For more on the story, click here.

  • 11:12
    Earlier this week I stepped into a taxi only to hear a Backstreet Boys classic playing on the radio. It turned out the driver was once a fan – he would have had a lot to talk about with my 13-year-old self. Let’s face it though, we all know hearing Nick Carter's enthusiastic singing voice would lift most people out of a dark cloud and transport them back to better times of matching denim jackets and jeans. Where am I going with this? It’s former Backstreet boy member Brian Littrell’s 39th birthday today. Here’s a video to celebrate.
  • 11:12
  • 11:23

    Opposition parties will step up calls in the Dáil today for an inquiry into grave new allegations that gardaí failed to properly investigate murder, rape and serious assault cases. The Government is now facing calls for a commission of investigation to be established into a dossier of documents on nine cases compiled by Garda whistleblower Maurice McCabe.


    Fianna Fáil leader Mícheál Martin urged Taoiseach Enda Kenny this morning to set up an independent commission of investigation to inquire into the allegations made by Sergeant McCabe. He said he hoped the Taoiseach would “concur they are of very serious import” and that he would not just send them to the Minister for Justice [Alan Shatter] and then get them back. To read more of Harry McGee’s coverage of calls for an inquiry, click here.

  • 11:38
  • 11:56

    At least 21 people have been reportedly killed in fresh clashes this morning between protesters and riot police in Kiev, just hours after president Victor Yanukovich and opposition leaders agreed a “truce” to halt bloodshed and facilitate crisis talks.


    A Reuters photographer counted 21 bodies in civilian clothes in three places on the square, a few hundred yards from the presidency. That raised the death toll since Tuesday to at least 43, by far the bloodiest hours of Ukraine’s 22-year post-Soviet history.


    You can watch Dan McLaughlin’s latest video coverage and analysis of the clashes here.

  • 12:18

    This week’s free Irish Times podcast Inside Politics asks whether Irish politics have been affected by the advances in digital media. Digital development editor Hugh Linehan explores whether the traditional concepts of how to hold power are being changed by data journalism, social media and the democratisation of publishing with Fiach Kelly, David Cochrane and Pamela Duncan.


    Harry McGee and Arthur Beesley also discuss the continuing reverberations, accusations and counter-accusations arising from the alleged bugging of the offices of the Garda Siochana Ombudsman’s Office.


    Click here to listen to the show.

  • 12:30
  • 12:55

    While the violence continues in Kiev, unrest is also ongoing in Venezuela. A local beauty queen died of a bullet wound on Wednesday in the fifth fatality from Venezuela’s political unrest. Meanwhile, imprisoned protest leader Leopoldo Lopez is urging supporters to keep fighting for the departure of the socialist government.


    College student and model Genesis Carmona, 22, was shot in the head during a protest on Tuesday in the central city of Valencia, and died in a clinic.


    Tensions have risen in Venezuela since Mr Lopez, a 42-year-old Harvard-educated economist, surrendered to troops on Tuesday after spearheading three weeks of often rowdy demonstrations against President Nicolas Maduro's government.


    Click here to watch the video of Mr Lopez calling on fellow anti-government demonstrators to carry on despite his arrest.

  • 13:00
    Mobile Travel Technologies (MTT), the Dublin-based travel mobile solutions provider, opened its office today in the Grand Canal Docks in Dublin. MTT has begun a recruitment drive that could see employee numbers jump from 70-120. For more on the story, click here.
  • 13:07
    Taking a break from the Wire for some lunch, I'll be back to you all in an hour.
  • 14:15

    In preparation for International Women’s Day on 8th March, the Guardian has launched a campaign calling on women and men to “remember the importance of knowing who you are and what you bring to the table.” Using the #BeYourselfAtWork they’re asking people to tell them the one piece of advice you’d give a woman in your life. “Whether it's a colleague, friend, wife or sister, perhaps your daughter or your younger self” take a picture of yourself at work and then send it into the cloud accompanied by #BeYourselfAtWork.


    So start taking those pics, I’ve already got a list of things I want to tell my self-conscious teenage self.

  • 14:31

    The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport Michael Ring has criticised the Lord Mayor of Dublin Oisín Quinn’s recent comments that the St Patrick’s Day Festival was “tacky” and designed for those who want to drink alcohol and “throw on leprechaun hats”.
    Speaking at the launch of the festival programme in St Stephen’s Green today, Mr Ring said the festival was worth €122 million to the city and he was “surprised” at Mr Quinn’s critique of this year’s programme.


    The St Patrick’s Festival Programme will kick off on Friday March 14 and includes an “I Love My City” cultural programme now in its third year with events at the National Gallery, National Concert Hall, National Library, Dublin City Gallery, The Royal Hibernian Academy (RHA), The Little Museum, Earlsfort Terrace.

  • 14:37
    We've put together a gallery of all the winners at last night's Brit music awards. Click here to see all the stars at the glitzy London awards ceremony.
  • 14:40
  • 14:50
    Here’s a beautiful animated song from Peter O’Malley as part of our Generation Emigration forum. The Limerick songwriter was inspired by the experience of watching his daughter emigrate to Canada a few years ago and dedicates the song to “those who were forced to leave and those forced to stay.” Click here to watch.
  • 14:51
  • 15:08
    The Kiev Post is reporting as many as 42 killed in today’s clashes in the Ukraine. It wrote that Kiev Post journalists saw or had body counts confirmed by medical personnel. It also reported that Dr Olha Bohomolets, one of the attending physicians to 12 fatal gunshot victims at Ukraine Hotel, said that the victims were shot with high-precision rifles and powerful ammunition that broke their bones.
  • 15:11
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  • 15:38
    The Polish foreign minister Radosław Sikorski has said he is about to meet Ukranian opposition leaders “to test propaganda agreement” with Yanukovich, says Reuters.
  • 15:41
  • 15:51
    We’ve been running the Anglo Trial live blog this afternoon. You can read all the latest updates from the trial by clicking here.
  • 15:59
    It’s great to see 28-year-old designer Simone Rocha from Dublin going from strength to strength in the fashion world. Click here to read about Rocha’s autumn-winter 14 collection which was launched at London’s Tate Modern earlier this week.
  • 16:26
  • 16:41
    Sunny skies, warm breezes, not a drop of rain in the sky. Could spring actually be on the way?
  • 16:46
    Ignore that latest update, it's now pouring rain in Dublin. I knew I'd jinx it.
  • 16:48

    Domesticated honeybees are spreading diseases from their managed hives to bee populations in the wild, says a study published in the journal Nature.

    There is international trade in honeybees (Apis mellifera) and their hives need constant management to keep diseases under control. Despite this, researchers from the Royal Holloway University of London have shown at least two diseases are actively being spread from domesticated bees to wild species.


    To learn more on the study, click here to read Dick Ahlstrom’s article.

  • 17:00

    Before I finish up with the Daily Wire for today, here are some of the latest updates from the situation in Kiev.


    European Union foreign ministers are meeting now in Brussels to discuss possible sanctions on Ukraine.


    The Obama administration has released a statement condemning Ukranian security forces for firing on protesters. Press secretary Jay Carney said the administration urges President Yanukovych “to immediately withdraw his security forces from downtown Kyiv and to respect the right of peaceful protest, and we urge protesters to express themselves peacefully.”

    Russian president Vladimir Putin is sending an envoy to Ukraine at the request of president Viktor Yanukovich, Reuters reports.

  • 17:07
    Take a look at this shocking animation which shows 15 years of Arctic ice melt. Click here to watch.  
  • 17:10
    That's all from today's Daily Wire. Tune in tomorrow morning from 9am for all the latest news and events. Thanks for reading!