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Sorcha Pollak Mon, Mar 24
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  • 09:58
    Good morning and welcome to Monday's edition of the Daily Wire. I'm Sorcha Pollak and I'll be bringing you all the day's news and events until 5pm.
  • 10:04

    For those of you following the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 mystery with bated breath, the latest news is a Chinese military aircraft has spotted several “suspicious” floating objects in remote seas of Australia.

    The latest sighting followed reports by an Australian crew over the weekend of a floating wooden pallet and strapping belts in an area of the icy southern Indian Ocean that was identified after satellites recorded images of potential debris.

    Flight MH370 vanished from civilian radar screens less than an hour after taking off from Kuala Lumpur for Beijing with 239 people on board on March 8th. No confirmed sighting of the plane has been made since and there is no clue what went wrong.

    For more on the story, click here.

  • 10:06
  • 10:11

    Almost 4,000 lives have been saved because of the introduction of the smoking ban in pubs 10 years ago, Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin told the audience in Killarney at the party’s 75th Ardfheis.

    As Ireland this week marks the anniversary of becoming the first country in the world to implement “this huge step forward for public health”, Mr Martin received sustained applause for his most significant achievement as then minister for health when he introduced the ban in March 2004.

    For more on Mícheál Martin’s Ardfheis speech, click here.

  • 10:13
  • 10:24

    Agence France-Presse has reported that a package sent to the Vatican in January contained 14 condoms filled with €40,000 worth of liquid cocaine.

    The condoms were seized at Leipzig international airport in Germany after they were posted from an unnamed South American country.

    The big question is, out of the 800 people living in Vatican City, who was the package for?

  • 10:27
  • 10:35

    Barack Obama arrives in Netherlands this morning for G7 talks where he is expected to call for increased pressure on Russia.

    President Obama, who will also visit Belgium, Italy and Saudi Arabia on his trip, has threatened US sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy. However, European allies have much closer economic ties to Russia than the US with Russia providing almost a third of the EU’s gas needs. About 40% of this gas is shipped through Ukraine.

    The US government has already imposed sanctions on 31 people in an attempt to target Russian officials with links to Putin.

  • 10:42
  • 10:43
    Steve McQueen, who died in 1980, would have celebrated his 84th birthday today. Here he is in The Great Escape.
  • 10:50

    A ceremony will take place in Poland this afternoon to commemorate the real Great Escape, the famous breakout from a German prisoner of war camp in 1944.

    Survivors, families and UK and Polish officials will gather to remember the escape plot which took place exactly 70 years ago.

    A group of men formed an escape committee at the Stalag Luft Three prisoner of war camp in the spring of 1943. On the night of 24 March 1944, around 200 prisoners prepared to escape through one of three tunnels that had been dug to a depth of 30ft.

    Only three of those who broke out of the camp reached safety. 73 men were recaptured and 50 of these were shot.

  • 10:54

    Around 30 people were injured after a train at the Chicago O’Hare airport derailed this morning. The Chicago Transit Authority train derailed after it struck the escalators that lead to the airport terminals just before 3am local time.

    None of the injuries are reported to be serious.

  • 11:00
  • 11:12

    The latest Eurobarometer survey on sport and physical activity has found that 59% of EU citizens never or seldom exercise or play sport. It found that 41% do so at least once a week.

    The survey reveals that Northern Europeans are more physically active than in the south, not surprising given the cooler climate conditions we experience here.

    70% in Sweden said they exercise or play sport at least once a week, just ahead of Denmark (68%), Finland (66%) and the Netherlands (58%).

    52% of Irish people said they exercise or play sport regularly.
    In Bulgaria 78% never exercise, followed by Malta (75%), Portugal (64%) and Italy (60%).

    The poll was carried out in the 28 Member States with 28,000 participants from different social population groups.

    To see the full table of results, click here.

  • 11:32
  • 11:33
  • 11:51

    At least 8 people are believed to have died following the mudslide that hit rural Washington state on Saturday morning. Rescue workers searched into the night on Sunday, pulling bodies from debris.

    Search and rescue teams heard voices calling for help from the trees, dirt and wreckage on Saturday night, but they were forced to turn back due to dangerous conditions.

    Around 30 homes were destroyed by the mudslide.

  • 12:07
    Like all other Madmen fans, I’m counting the seconds until Don Draper takes to our screens for the 7th and final season of the award winning TV show. Click here to watch the cast talk about the upcoming season.
  • 12:13

    Legislation to ban smoking in cars where children are present will be ready in the “next number of weeks”, Minister for Health James Reilly said today.

    Dr Reilly was speaking as he attended a conference at the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland to mark the 10 year anniversary of the introduction of workplace smoking legislation in Ireland.
    “Nobody has the right to harm a child,” he said. He had “no doubt” gardaí would be able to enforce the law and there would also be “peer pressure from other drivers.”

    The Royal College of Physicians called for the measure to be introduced to “prevent serious health problems for the next generation”.

  • 12:27
    The Central bank has announced the appointment of Sharon Donnery as the new director of credit institutions. Ms Donnery will assume the role from Fiona Muldoon, who is due to leave the Central Bank on May 1st.
  • 12:46

    The murder trial of Oscar Pistorias has begun its fourth week. The prosecution has said it will wrap up its case against the double-amputee runner at the High court in Pretoria this week after calling four or five more witnesses.

    Click here to watch the Pistorius trial live.

  • 12:58

    Does today’s date, 24th March, sound strangely familiar? That’s because it’s in the opening line of the hugely popular teen drama The Breakfast Club. The movie opens with the Simple Minds singing (Don’t You) Forget About Me” and the spoken words: “Saturday, March 24, 1984”, exactly 30 years ago today.

    Click here to watch the opening sequence.

  • 13:00
  • 13:27
    As the #nomakeupselfie craze continues, here's Ray d'Arcy looking only lovely in his mascara and lippy.
  • 13:30
    Keeping with #nomakeupselfie news, the latest figures from the Irish Cancer Society is that they've raised €750,000 in donations from the viral social media trend.
  • 13:46

    Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has said Minister for Justice Alan Shatter should withdraw his claim in the Dáil that Garda whistleblowers did not co-operate with an internal inquiry into the penalty points affair.

    Mr Gilmore’s remarks this morning in Dublin come amid tension in the Cabinet over claims that Garda commissioner Martin Callinan should apologise for describing the whistleblowers’ actions as “disgusting”.

  • 13:48
    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak will hold a press conference on the missing plane MH370 in 15 minutes time. Live updates to follow.
  • 13:50
  • 13:56
    Malaysia Airlines has released the following statement:
    “We deeply regret that we have to assume beyond any reasonable doubt that MH370 has been lost and that none of those on board have survived... we must now accept all evidence suggests the plane went down in the Southern Indian Ocean.”
  • 14:09

    Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak said UK experts have provided satellite data which indicates that the last position of the MH370 was in the South Indian Ocean.

    “With deep sadness and regret, according to this new data, we must conclude flight MH370 ended in the Southern Indian Ocean,” said Mr Razak.

  • 14:13
    Mr Najib has asked that the media respect the privacy of the relatives of the passengers on board the flight.
  • 14:46
    Click here to watch Tánaiste Eamonn Gilmore say that Minister Alan Shatter should withdraw his claim that Garda whistleblowers did not co-operate with an internal inquiry into the penalty points affair.
  • 15:00

    In recognition of World TB day, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders has called on governments, pharmaceutical companies and researchers to recognise the alarming spread of drug-resistant TB.

    Even though TB is a curable disease, an “inadequate” global response has allowed a drug-resistant strain to take hold, says the report. It adds that there were 384 new cases of TB in Ireland last year, representing an average one person being diagnosed with the disease every day.

    Meanwhile the WHO estimates there are 450,000 new cases of drug-resistant TB every year.

    For more information on the spread of TB worldwide and to watch a video on the treatment for the disease, click here.

  • 15:02
  • 15:08
    News just in about the fire engines parked outside the Shelbourne Hotel on Stephen’s Green – it was a chimney fire and fortunately no one was injured.
  • 15:19
    Malaysia Airlines has said the multinational search for the remains of the missing MH370 will continue, as will an investigation into the fate of the aircraft. 226 passengers and 13 crew members were aboard the Malaysia airline flight when it disappeared.
  • 15:21
  • 15:29
    Two people were killed yesterday after an avalanche swept down a slope at the Sochi ski resort where the 2014 Winter Olympics were held, reports Reuters. Rescuers found the bodies of two women under the snow after a midday avalanche. Four others who were on the slope at the time were unhurt.
  • 15:41

    In the latest developments from the Oscar Pistorius trial, text messages have revealed that Pistorius was a very jealous boyfriend who often snapped at his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

    In a Whatsapp conversation from 27th January 2013, Steenkamp wrote: "I'm scared of you sometimes and how you snap at me."
    She wrote that she felt "picked on" and "attacked" by the one person she "deserved protection from"(Pistorius) and was upset by his jealous tantrums.

    Steenkamp wrote that she was trying to make him happy but felt he “didn’t treat her like a lady.”

    Oscar Pistorius is on trial for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14th February 2013.

  • 15:44
  • 16:21
    Click here to watch the Malaysian prime minister tell families of missing jet passengers that plane is lost.
  • 16:22
  • 16:27

    Dan Healy, head of 2FM, has said that radio stations have to be destroyed before they can be rebuilt.   Mr Helay was speaking at the Radiodays conference taking place in Dublin this afternoon.

    “I believe you have to destroy a radio station in order to rebuild it and that’s what it’s about,” he said at the Convention Centre Dublin event, which is being attended by more than 1,300 representatives of the radio industry from across the world.

    Mr Healy, who is overseeing a radical overhaul of the loss-making RTÉ music station, said he had embarked on an eight-month process of “destroying” the underperforming 2fm in order to regain listeners lost following the death of Gerry Ryan.

    For more on the story, click here.

  • 16:29
  • 17:07

    Before we finish up with today’s Daily Wire, here’s an update of the latest news from Ukraine, Crime and Russia.

    Ukraine has withdrawn all its troops from Crimea after Russia launched another attack on a military base there. Russia says its flag is now flying over 189 military institutions in Crimea.

    The G7 leaders have said this year’s G8 meeting, which was due to be held in Sochi in June, is cancelled. G7 leaders have met in the Hague to discuss the possible permanent expulsion of Russia from the G8 group.

  • 17:07
  • 17:12
    Click here to watch the trailer for the movie No Limbs No Limits, which tells the inspiring story of Joanne O’Riordan.
  • 17:13
  • 17:15
    That's all from today's Daily Wire. We'll be back tomorrow from 9.30am with all the latest news. Slán go fóil.