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  • 09:06
    Good morning, Aine McMahon here on Wednesday's Daily Wire.
  • 09:20

    Most popular on the site this morning is a column by Jennifer O'Connell - 'Loneliness is the last taboo."


    I'm ever so lonely on the live blog too *gets out violin* so please feel free to comment or tweet me your feedback today.

  • 09:21
    Some inspiration from Ross as you head into work today...
  • 09:22
  • 09:24

    Five men and a woman have been released by gardaí investigating claims that the mother of a young girl allowed her to be sexually abused.

    The six - arrested in Dublin and Wexford yesterday - were released without charge. A file is to be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

    A woman, aged in her 40s, remains in custody in Dublin in connection with the case.

    It is understood the investigation was initiated after the child was taken into State care last year over concerns of neglect. More here.  

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  • 09:36

    Homeowners whose properties have been severely damaged by pyrite will be able to apply to
    a €10 million State-funded remediation programme from next week, seven years after the problem first emerged.
    More than 10,000 homes were identified by the Pyrite Resolution Board as having been damaged by “pyritic heave”, where the presence of the mineral in the foundations has caused subsidence and cracks in the structure.
    However, it is expected that fewer than 1,000 cases – the most severe – will qualify for repairs, which have been estimated to cost €40,000 to €50,000 per property. Our Dublin Correspondent Olivia Kelly reports.  

  • 09:46

    We're now entering day 10 of the GSOC bugging/not bugging/allegedly bugging ontroversy.

    The Minister for Justice Alan Shatter is to face questions later today over the reported bugging at the Garda Síochána Ombudsman Commission (GSOC).

    Read Miriam Lord's take on the story so far here.  

    For the past week, the Minister for Justice tried his best to convince us that the Garda ombugsman spying controversy was nothing to be worried about. He came into the Dáil and insisted it was much ado about nothing.
    Bugs? That’s Looney Tunes stuff, huffed the Minister, performing his homage to the aforementioned Mr Bunny.
    “That’s all folks!”
    But it was far from all.  

  • 09:56

    Today marks the one year anniversary of the apology from the Taoiseach Enda Kenny to the Magdalene survivors, but many of the women are “yet to receive a penny“.

    A wreath will be laid at the gates of Leinster House at midday today and a second wreath will be laid at Glasnevin cemetery on the graves of undocumented Magdalene women buried there this afternoon. Our Religious Affairs correspondent Patsy McGarry has more here.  

  • 09:59
  • 10:00
    Don't mess with the artist formerly know as Prince...
  • 10:04

    The family of an Irish teacher killed by a high speed train while on skiing holiday in Austria is to make arrangements to bring his remains home, Mark Hilliard reports.  
    Paul Kilgarriff (35), originally from Ballygar, Co Galway, was killed when he stepped onto train tracks near his accommodation in the resort of Zell am See in Salzburg.
    It is understood that Mr Kilgarriff was on holiday with a number of friends but Austrian police say he appeared to be on his own when struck by the train at around 3am on Monday morning.

    Mr Kilgarriff, a teacher at the Educate Together school in Adamstown, Dublin, was believed to have been at the beginning of his holiday when the tragedy occurred.

  • 10:11
    Women’s Aid will appear before the Oireachtas committee today along with other organisations to call for a change in domestic abuse legislation.  
  • 10:23

    France and Germany will discuss the political crisis in Ukraine today with EU sanctions on individuals "probable", French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said, a day after 25 people were killed in the country. "We are not going to remain indifferent. France intends to act," he said. "(There will be) deliberations with the German delegation and probably sanctions," he said, referring to the possibility of European measures. France and Germany were already scheduled to hold a joint meeting of their cabinets in Paris later in the day. "There can be a range of sanctions, notably individual ones against those behind the violence ... Those responsible cannot remain unpunished. We'd like to work with the Germans on the idea of sanctions at EU level," he added. Fabius called on both sides to resume dialogue and ensure the situation returned to calm as quickly as possible. President Francois Hollande and Chancellor Angela Merkel are due to hold a news conference later.

  • 11:10
  • 11:12
    'Kissing Coppers' by Banksy  
    "Kissing Coppers" by Banksy  
  • 11:12

    This undated photo provided by Keszler Gallery in New York, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, shows "Kissing Coppers," a black-and-white stencil of two uniformed English "bobbies" (police officers) in a passionate clinch. The image was spray-painted in 2005 on the Prince Albert Pub in Brighton, England. Three works by the elusive British street artist Banksy, including two that had to be removed from the sides of buildings, are expected to bring hundreds of thousands of dollars Tuesday night at the Fine Art Auctions Miami.

  • 11:15

    An estimated 5,000 homes and businesses remain without power one week after a storm which cut services to more than 260,000 customers.
    ESB Networks said it was dealing with 2,000 faults – having already dealt with more than 6,000 – and hoped to have reconnected the majority of these customers by the end of the week.
    It some customers who have had services restored may lose power for a period as lines are disabled to allow for additional repairs.

  • 11:17
    Sub editing fail of the day......#itchy  
  • 11:34

    The organisers of tonight’s Brit Awards have reportedly asked journalists covering the event to guarantee mentioning Brit Awards sponsor MasterCard as the price of attending.

    Press Gazzette report that before providing journalists with accreditation to attend the event House PR  asked journalists to agree to a number of requests about the coverage they will give it and even drafting tweets that promote MasterCard at the event.

    As one hack on Twitter quipped -"Good press coverage is hard to bribe. For everything else there's Mastercard." More here.  


  • 11:44

    Day 11 of The Anglo Trial is getting underway today.  

    Seanie Fitz, Willie McAteer and Pat Whelan are all in today.  

    You can follow today's proceedings on our Anglo Trial live blog here.  

  • 11:54

    Doing the rounds on social media today - This Ukranian woman has stepped in front of the camera with filmmaker Ben Moses, to record an international plea for support and assistance.

  • 12:02

    There are unconfirmed reports that a musical about Harcourt Street night club Copper Face Jack's will be made.  

    Rumours abound that Paul Howard, the writer behind the Ross O'Carroll Kelly series has been linked to the project.  

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  • 12:08

    A Donegal man has pleased guilty to seven counts of cruelty to dogs.  

    Mr. George Cavanagh, aged 77, with an address at Carrowhugh, Greencastle, Co. Donegal pled guilty to seven counts of cruelty to a number of dogs on his property in January and February 2011.

    At that time, ISPCA Officer Kevin McGinley and Gardai inspected Mr. Cavanagh’s home place and an out farm where they found 18 dogs living in poor conditions. Some were tied on short tethers and others confined in sheds and a stationary jeep with inadequate ventilation.  

    Many were deprived access to water and suitable shelter and bedding. In addition, they discovered the decomposing and unburied carcasses of three other dogs. The court heard how Inspector McGinley tried to persuade Mr. Cavanagh to voluntarily surrender the majority of the dogs to the care of the ISPCA, but that Mr. Cavanagh refused to cooperate.  

    Judge Paul Kelly banned Mr. Cavanagh from keeping dogs for ten years and fined him a total of €500. He also ordered that Mr. Cavanagh pay costs of €400 to a vet that accompanied the Gardai and ISPCA on an inspection. The vet, Stuart Johnston, kindly requested that his fee be paid to the ISPCA.  

  • 12:27
    BREAKING - Garda Confidential recipient Oliver Connolly has been "dismissed of his duties". More to follow.  
  • 12:29
  • 12:39

    Don't worry MasterCard, all publicity is good publicty so mission accomplished.  


  • 12:40
  • 12:55

    Making your mind up: Lucinda Creighton was reported to have renewed her membership of Fine Gael but has now responded to the speculation on her Twitter account.  It begs the question. Is she in or out? A bit like politcal hokey pokey.  Fascinating stuff dear readers....AHEM

  • 13:07

    The confidential recipient in the Garda who hears complaints of malpractice from serving officers has been sacked. Solicitor Oliver Connolly has been let go following reports that he told a whistleblower he was “finished” if Minister for Justice Alan Shatter thought he was being “screwed” over claims of rogue policing.

    A line from a transcript of a conversation between Mr Connolly and whistleblower Garda Maurice McCabe was read into the record in the Dail last week by Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin. “I’ll tell you something, Maurice — and this is just personal advice to you — if Shatter thinks you’re screwing him, you’re finished,” Mr Martin said.

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny revealed in the Dail that the go-between had been relieved of his duties. “There were a number of contacts with the confidential recipient,” Mr Kenny said. “This is a very serious matter.” Mr Connolly was appointed in 2011. His dismissal is the latest in a long line of controversies the Garda and the Minister have been embroiled in.  

    The Taoiseach told the Dail that a report had been written by the secretary general of the Department of Justice amid publication of extracts from the meeting between Mr Connolly and Mr McCabe.

    A full transcript has since been leaked. Mr Kenny said a number of discussions have been held with Mr Connolly over the allegations in the last two weeks. “Following publication of the full element of what is alleged to have happened, I did not have the opportunity to listen to audio tape personally, having read all the statement made having been in contact with the Minister for Justice, who’s very concerned about this, he has this morning relieved Mr Connolly of his duties,” he said

  • 13:09
    The plot thickens
  • 13:23
    MT-USA (Music Television USA) was Vincent Hanley's ground-breaking show that lit up the lives of Irish teenagers with its three hours of pop videos every Sunday afternoon on RTE2.
  • 13:24
  • 14:21

    Tony Blair offered to unofficially advise Rebekah Brooks and News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch at the height of the phone-hacking scandal in 2011 that led to the closure of the News of the World tabloid, prosecutors said.
    Rebekah Brooks, then the head of News Corp.'s U.K. unit, had an hour-long discussion with Blair, a former British prime minister, in which he also proposed an independent inquiry into allegations the newspaper accessed voice-mail messages of celebrities, politicians and murder victims, according to an e- mail disclosed at a criminal trial in London today.

    Brooks sent the e-mail describing the conversation to Murdoch's son James, then the New York-based company's deputy chief operating officer on July 11, 2011, the day after the final issue of the News of the World was published. The scandal deepened a week earlier after the discovery that News Corp. journalists had hacked the phone of a murdered school girl.
    Brooks is one of seven people are on trial for charges related to phone hacking, bribery of public officials and hiding evidence. Andy Coulson, another former editor of the weekly tabloid and who later advised current U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, is also on trial in the case. Blair also told

    Brooks to keep a clear head and "tough up," according to her e-mail. Keep Strong "Keep strong and definitely sleeping pills," Blair said, according to the e-mail submitted by prosecutors on their final day of presenting evidence at the more than three-month-old trial. "Need to have clear heads and remember no rash short term solutions as they only give you long term headaches."

  • 14:22
  • 14:23
    Anthony Foley is Munster's new Head Coach. He has agreed a 2 year deal with the province.
  • 14:28
  • 14:33

    Good news pop pickers - Independent record store Tower Records has moved over to a brand new shop on Dublin's Dawson street.

    The new  Tower Records will be situated in the former Waterstones bookshop building and will have over 100,000 CD’s,DVD’s and LPs and an extended vinyl area.

    There also will be a dedicated classical room, the only one of its kind in Ireland.  

  • 14:37
    Bit of genius morkeshing/pr there from Insomnia re GSOC affair
  • 14:41
    Number 34...woo hoo. We're ahead of London and Tokyo though so well done us.
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  • 15:03

    An eleven year old boy, who has had cancer for more than half of his life, used a Facebook status update to announce he had decided to refuse potentially life-prolonging drugs in order to accept his fate and make the most of his final days, at home with his family.

    Reece Puddington from Kent, England, was diagnosed in 2008 with neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system. told friends he could no longer face the demands of gruelling treatment and wished to let "nature take its course".

    He wrote: "My mum had always hoped over the last five to six years that she would have the courage to know when enough was enough. After careful consideration, my mum thought that if she was doing it for herself she would keep sending me for treatment as she wouldn't want to let me go, but if she was doing it for me she'd let me go. Well, she's letting me go?..."  

    You can have a look at his Facebook page here.  

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  • 15:40

    The Seanad have agreed to formally invite Pope Francis to Ireland.  

    Will there be Pope fever like what was seen in 1979? Will thousands of babies be called Francine or Francis next year? Will he get to cruise round Dublin in a Pope mobile? Does the current Pope Mobile need an NCT?  

    All we know so far is that it is expected to be an official state visit and that he'll get to meet Michael D.  

  • 16:04

    US producer and music artist Pharrell Williams has compared the topless models in the video for last year's No 1 summer smash hit (pardon the journalese) Blurred Lines; with nude sculptures you see in a museum.  

    Williams, who is set to perform at the Brit Awards tonight told Time Out: “Is it sexist when you walk around in a museum and a lot of the statues have their boobs out?” he asked. “The women in that video weren’t doing anything sexual: they were only dancing. Just because they had their boobs out, that was ‘sexist’.

    “I didn’t do anything sexually suggestive to any of those women, I wouldn’t allow it. I have respect and I know the message that I want to put. I’m a fun guy.”

    However Williams hasn't ruled out more raunch (more terrtible journalese) in future videos.   “I want to support women, but that doesn’t mean I won’t make another song where girls’ behinds are everywhere.”

  • 16:09
    Over on the Guardian: German artist Simon Menner has photographed a camouflaged sniper in several images. It's like a grown up version of Where's Wally. Can you spot them? I have 20/20 vision and haven't spotted one.
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  • 16:17

    Alan Shatter will be making an appearance before the Oireachtas committee shortly, updates to follow  

  • 16:25
  • 16:30
    You can watch Alan Shatter speaking at the Oireachtas committee meeting here if you're so inclined.
  • 16:36
    Committee chair Padraig MacLochlainn has asked Alan Shatter to be “sharper with your answers” after a lengthy response to the first question from Michele Mulherin. So now he has been informed that's he's on the clock, eight mins max to give response to committee members and six minutes for non committee members.  
  • 16:42

    Chuggers beware: Charities seeking direct debit agreements on the street from potential donors, should have to state how the money is divided, the Dáil has been told.

    Fine Gael TD Patrick O’Donovan said the Government should encourage non-governmental organisations (NGOs) in receipt of State funding to “spell out from the start” the division of funding, “similar to the terms and conditions of a telephone contract”.  

    Marie O'Halloran and Michael O'Regan have more here.  

  • 16:46
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  • 17:12

    With questions and answers session with Alan Shatter re GSOC controversy going way over time, it seems like this Oireachtas meeting may generate more heat than light. Stay following or @IrishTimes on Twitter for the story later.  

    That's all from the Daily Wire today, thanks for following.