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Ash Wednesday, Ukraine and John Le Carre

Ronan McGreevy Wed, Mar 5
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  • 09:28
    Hi, this is Ronan McGreevy here and I will be piloting the good ship The Daily Wire through the tempest-tossed travails of today. I can be followed at @rmcgreevy1301
  • 09:31
    Today is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. What are you giving up? Or have you given up giving up? Easter Sunday is on April 20th this year in case you were wondering.
  • 09:38
    The Ukraine crisis rumbles on though the immediate crisis seems to have passed. US Secretary of State John Kerry was forthright in his condemnation yesterday of the Russian annexation of Crimea and the Obama administration's support for the new Ukraine Government. The latest development is that he and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov are due to hold talks to try to ease tensions over the Ukraine crisis.
    President Obama has already put forward a set of proposals to resolve the crisis.
    In return for Russian troops surrendering control of Crimea, Mr Obama proposes sending a group of international monitors to Ukraine to ensure the rights of ethnic Russians are protected.

  • 09:40
  • 09:40
    Remember Fr Neil Horan, the man who disrupted various events including the Olympic marathon and a Formula 1 Grand Prix? He hasn't gone away you know.
  • 10:05
    The Russian Foreign Minister Sergeny Lavrov has reiterated his  Government's stance that  the overthrow of the Ukraine President Viktor Vanukovych was illegal and the Americans were setting a bad example.
  • 10:18
    Richard Boyd-Barrett has been a bad boy again. "Mumble, mumble, mumble, blah, blah, blah, bullshit," he said in the Dáil last night. You can watch it here.
  • 10:36
    The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly is attempting to bring in a law banning smoking in cars where children are present. His case is likely to be immeasurably strengthened by a new study which suggest that exposure to second-hand smoke in childhood causes irreversible damage to children's arteries leading to an increased risk of stroke and heart disease in later life. The research was carried out at the University of Tasmania.


  • 10:42
  • 11:03

    Hozier may have lost out for Meteor song of the year to the Original Rudeboys, but there are compensations for the Wicklow-born singer-songwriter.
    Tickets  for tomorrow's show at Whelan's sold out in less than a minute this morning and  he has not even released his debut album yet.
    Hozier kicks off his debut US tour in New York next  Monday. Hozier, aka Andrew Hozier-Byrne,  is one of the most exciting young talents to emerge from these shores in many a year.

  • 11:18
    Here's a remarkable story about Albert Einstein and some physicists from Waterford Institute of Technology.  
    In the course of research into early cosmology, Waterford physicist  Cormac O’Raifeartaigh came across a  four-page handwritten manuscript in the Albert Einstein Archives of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
    It had been neglected because it was believed to be an early draft of a published paper, but  it turned out to be something that had never been  examined before - a completely different paper in which Einstein toyed with the idea of the universe being  eternal and never changing, a theory which became known as the Steady State theory in subsequent cosmology.  Einstein never published the paper and Dr O’Raifeartaigh concluded that he  did not have faith in his own conclusions. Dr O’Raifeartaigh and his team published their own paper on Einstein in this month's Nature journal. You can read it here  but, if you wish to understand it, you might need a PhD  in physics.                                  
  • 11:42
    Unemployment has ducked below the psychological 400,000 barrier. The latest live register figures for February 2014 reveal that 398,300 people were on register, down by 2,500 from January.  This represents a 7.2 per cent annual decrease in the Llive Register. Unemployment is down from 12 per cent to 11.9 per cent.


  • 12:19
    Merryn Lacy is a four-year-old girl with a form of childhood cancer called Neuroblastoma. She is receiving treatment in Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin and is making a recovery, but there is a high chance of a relapse. Her parents are trying to raise money for her to receive treatment abroad.  Yesterday, she met the Irish team including assistant manager Roy Keane. You can find out more at https://www.facebook.com/merrynlacy If you wish to donate, you can do so at www.idonate.ie/merryn.
  • 12:21
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  • 13:00
    Pope Francis has just given an interview to Corriere della Sera which has been published today. In it he speaks of being an ordinary person "who laughs, cries, sleeps peacefully, and has friends like everyone else. A normal person.
    Speaking about the horrific abuse of children by priests, Francis said “the cases of abuse are terrible because they leave very deep wounds”. Benedict XVI “was very courageous and opened a road, and the Church has done a lot on this route, perhaps more than all others”, he stated. He noted that the statistics reveal the tremendous violence against children, but also that the vast majority of abuse takes place in the milieu of the family and those close to them. The Church is the only public institution to have moved “with transparency and responsibility”, he said; no one else has done as much as it, “but the Church is the only one to be attacked”.
  • 14:06
    Want to know what it is like to surf a 55 foot wave. Watch this. This was shot off the coast of Sligo on Monday. It should enhance Ireland's ever growing reputation as a place for extreme surfing. Read the report and see the video here.
  • 14:53
    The  European Commission preisdent  Jose Manuel Barroso is to receive an honorary doctorate from University College Cork tonight. Not everybody is happy though. Members of the Anti-AusterityAlliance plan to protest at the university with a member of Cork City Council Cllr Mick Barry  of the Socialist Party denouncing the decision by UCC to honour Mr Barroso as an insult to those who have suffered from austerity measures.
  • 15:26

    Here's that story about the Waterford scientists who rediscovered a lost scientific paper by Albert Einstein. Read it here.

  • 15:33
    How do you distinguish yourself in an overcrowded beer market? Robinson's brewery in the UK entered into a collaboration with the band Iron Maiden to produce Trooper beer in the summer of 2012. It has been a runaway success with 3.5 million pints sold to date. Furthermore, footfall in pubs which stock it, including several in Ireland, is up 8 per cent. All this has been achieved without the company spending a penny on marketing. Way to go!
  • 16:25
    Dublin is to get a new gaeilscoil. Loreto Abbey in Rathfarnham, which dates back to the 18th century, is to house Gaelcholáiste an Phiarsaigh, the first all-Irish secondary school to be established in south Dublin since Tallaght’s Coláiste de hÍde was founded in 1993.
    The former boarding school was recently purchased from Nama by the Department of Education for a reported €2.3m and will reopen for lessons in September.
    Schools plan adds 7,500 places Rathfarnham abbey for €2.5m The huge growth in demand for Irish language schooling has intensified the need for Irish language post-primary schools to accomodate the numerous Gaelscoileanna that have sprung up across Dublin city and county in recent years. You can read the full report here.

  • 16:42

    The terms on which oil and gas companies are allowed to drill in Irish waters is a contentious issue though there has been only two finds  of a commercial nature in recent decades.  
    The Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte T.D. has announced that his Department has, following a public procurement process, selected international oil and gas experts Wood Mackenzie to advise on the “fitness-for-purpose” of Ireland’s current oil and gas fiscal terms.

    Minister Rabbitte contrasted the situation in Ireland where only one well has been drilled with Norway where 172 wells were drilled, and seventy seven fields produced 114.8 billion cubic metres of gas and 694 million barrels of oil.
    He said:  “In setting our fiscal terms we need to strike the necessary balance between attracting the high-risk exploration investment needed to prove that promise whilst maximising the return to the State and its citizens from our natural resources."

  • 16:55

    Terrible news for all bird lovers. One of the only two Irish-bred white-tailed eagles has been shot and killed in what Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht  has described as a “shocking crime”.

    The bird’s carcass was found in a remote part of  Tipperary with 40-50 shotgun pellets in its body.

    The incident represents a serious blow to the country’s eagle reintroduction programme which has already been blighted by a series of poisoning incidents. Here's our report.

  • 16:56
    Thank you for tuning in today and have a good evening.