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  • 08:31
    Eddie Haughey, Northern Ireland’s wealthiest businessman and the head of Norbrook Laboratories, was among four victims of a helicopter crash in eastern England last night.

    The incident happened in thick fog in Norfolk at about 7.30pm. The helicopter was reported to be on its way to Northern Ireland and was carrying Dr Haughey, now Lord Ballyedmond of Mourne in Co Down.

    “It’s a civilian helicopter, and there were four occupants on board who are all thought to have died in the crash,” a police spokesman said

  • 08:31

    Veteran Labour politician and a persistant thorn in the right's side for generations, Tony Benn has died at the age of 88.

    The former cabinet minister died this morning at his home in west London surrounded by family members.

    In a statement, his children Stephen, Hilary, Melissa and Joshua said: “It is with great sadness that we announce that our father Tony Benn died peacefully early this morning at his home in west London surrounded by his family.
    “We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all the NHS staff and carers who have looked after him with such kindness in hospital and at home.
    “We will miss above all his love which has sustained us throughout our lives. But we are comforted by the memory of his long, full and inspiring life and so proud of his devotion to helping others as he sought to change the world for the better. Arrangements for his funeral will be announced in due course.”



  • 08:33

    A new search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean as authorities across the world are trying to work out what happened to the Malaysian airliner and where it is

    “It’s my understanding that based on some new information that‘s not necessarily conclusive - but new information - an additional search area may be opened in the Indian Ocean,“ White House spokesman Jay Carney said last nigt.

    “And we are consulting with international partners about the appropriate assets to deploy." He did not specify the nature of the “new information.“

  • 08:34

    La la la la la long weekend.  

    Yes, it is St Patty's Weekend - that's what we call it right?

    I am Conor Pope and I am here all day  

  • 08:35

    Here's a snapshot of what's happeneing around the place this weekend.  

    To be sure.  

  • 09:20
    Good morning to you Morgan... "First the boom, now the boomlet. Ireland really is growing again, with employment – the only reliable measure of activity in an economy like ours – up over 3 per cent in the past year. At the same time, the interest rate on Irish government debt has fallen sharply and house prices, in a few places anyway, have started to recover. Not only do we seem to be recovering modestly, but the economic collapse after the bubble, although pretty horrifying, was a lot smaller than expected. The gigantic building industry imploded but, beyond that, there was surprisingly little contraction in other sectors. This is all very puzzling. Conventional economic wisdom suggests it takes you about a decade to recover from a big credit bubble like ours. If you are lucky. And if you are like Japan you can still be floundering 25 years on. But here we are, hardly three years on from being cut from the wreckage of the Celtic tiger and requiring huge transfusions of European money, in something less than rude good health admittedly, but unquestionably back from the dead." Okay let's stop there... Reading Morgan Kelly pieces in one go is too terrifying.
  • 09:31
    Time for more Morgan Since Ireland popped down the green pipe into the world of Super Mario we have found ourselves effortlessly jumping over our crushing national debt, insolvent banks, a massively indebted private sector, and all the other obstacles to recovery. It is not because anyone believes the Government when it says that our national debt of 125 per cent of GDP is sustainable and that Ireland can now borrow at low rates, but because the market knows that Draghi has underwritten the value of our debt. In normal circumstances, no sane person would keep their money in banks haemorrhaging capital as fast as Ireland’s through mounting bad loans. But in a world where banks can effectively borrow unlimited amounts at near zero interest rates from the ECB, notions like capital adequacy become anachronistic.
  • 09:54
    Just read the whole Morgan Kelly article.  Never mind what he has to say about SMEs or mortgage debt, his take on our universaities is still more depressing  
  • 09:55
    Vietnam has downgraded its search for the missing airliner in the South China Sea and has been asked by Malaysian authorities to consider sending planes and ships to the Strait to Malacca.  It is a clear sign that the focus of the search effort is switching to the west of Malaysia, to the strait and further west into the Indian Ocean.
  • 10:15

    Horrible story from Limerick this morning. A six-year-lgirl is recovering in hospital after being savagely attacked by a Norwegian husky.  The girl had to have 17 stitches to her face after she was attacked.


  • 10:31

    Like most people I have a theory as to what happened to  Flight MH370 but as I have no knowledge of the inestigation other than what I have read in the papers, there is no point in airing my theory as it is entirely worthless.

    A strory breaking this morning rubbishes my therory.   Military radar-tracking evidence suggests a Malaysia Airlines jetliner missing for nearly a week was deliberately flown across the Malay peninsula towards the Andaman Islands.

    Two sources said an unidentified aircraft that investigators believe was Flight MH370 was following a route between navigational waypoints - indicating it was being flown by someone with aviation training - when it was last plotted on military radar off the country’s northwest coast.


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  • 10:52

    Seems like ages since a social media craze has caught on.  

    Today we have whaling.

    No, it doesn't involve harpoons and Japanese fisherman.  

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  • 12:01

    Does The Irish Times have pants?

    It does now.  


  • 12:02

    Oh Canada

    Many Irish people keen to emigrate to Canada were left disappointed last night after the first allocation of 3,750 working holiday visas were snapped up in less than 10 minutes.

  • 12:16

    Press release from Expedia...  

    "Ireland will have to provide even more than a thousand welcomes this St. Patrick’s Day, as figures from Expedia brand sites across the world show that holiday bookings to the country have increased by 50% for the week of the St. Patrick’s Day Festival, compared with the same week last year!

     "So where are tourists going? Dublin is still the number one destination, with 66% more tourists coming to Dublin in 2014, compared to 2013. Galway, which overtook Killarney as the number two county last year, has held its position and has grown at almost the same rate as Dublin, with 46% growth. Cork is holding third place from last year, with a 37% growth rate in tourism.

     "And who is visiting the Irish this year? As always our friends from America and Britain are our top tourists, with Irish domestic bookings maintaining third place from last year. Germany sits in fourth place, Canada in fifth place and Italy in sixth place – all maintaining their position from last year."        


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    What a sheltered life Donald Clarke has led



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  • 13:27
    Mortgage interest rates in the Republic remain below that of the euro area average, according to new figures from the Central Bank.
  • 13:31

    On this day Albert Einstein and  Taylor Hanson (from Hanson) were born.  

    Genuises both.  

  • 13:44

    On this day in 1991


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  • 15:00

    It's St Patty's (ha!) Weekend which means it must be time for this

  • 15:08

    Frank McNally has come up with 38 reasons we shoudl hate the French

    Theirry Henry is two of them.  

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  • 16:10

    Sorry, I was distracted by newspaper matters and failed to report on the Gold Cup.... Or indeed anythign else that may have happened in the last hour or so. Apparently the Gold Cup was won by a horse called Lord Windamere.... That sounds Irish to me.

    No. No it does not.  

  • 16:11

    I was completely wrong.  

    I have just come across this little snippet on our website.

    "Lord Windermere, ridden by Davy Russell for trainer Jim Culloty, won a thrilling Gold Cup for Ireland at the Cheltenham Festival, but the result is subject to a steward’s enquiry."

  • 16:44

    Okay we're off for now but will be back before you can say Top O' The Morning to Ya.