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Kurt Cobain, Twitter silenced and Martin Callinan

Ronan McGreevy Fri, Mar 21
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  • 09:25
    Hi this is Ronan McGreevy and I'm driving the Daily Wire bus today. You can follow me at @rmcgreevy1301
  • 09:28
    It's the end of the world as we know it, social media friends. Turkey’s courts have blocked access to Twitter days before elections as prime minister Tayyip Erdogan battles a corruption scandal that has seen social media platforms awash with alleged evidence of government wrongdoing. Read it here.
  • 09:36
    "He's gone to the stupid club", Kurt Cobain's mother famously remarked after he killed himself 20 years ago next month (can it really be that long). Now, after a hiatus of two decades, new evidence has emerged that may, just may, show there was foul play involved.
    The Seattle Police Department has  asked a detective to review the investigation in the light of the discovery of four rolls of unprocessed film. The film has been described as "underwhelming" and Seattle Police are at pains to state that they are not reopening the case. Nevertheless, it is causing quite a stir and is a fillup to those people who believe Cobain was murdered.  
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  • 09:41
    Everything is awesome for Lego at the moment. The movie has been a runaway success and the Lego company is back in the black again.
    Now one of the biggest Lego exhibitions in the world is coming to Dublin.    
    The Art of the Brick  contains  seventy art sculptures created from more than a million LEGObricks. It goes on  display at the Ambassador Theatre from April 5th.    The Art of the Brick has been proclaimed by CNN as one of the world’s 10 must-see exhibitions.
     The artworks on display will be large-scale sculptures, many of which are human figures, but also includes a T-Rex skeleton constructed from over 80,000 LEGO bricks that measures over six metres in length.
  • 10:09
    Kate Bush is touring for the first time in 35 years. This is very good news for her fans.
  • 10:15
    Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan is under increasing pressure all the time to withdraw his "disgusting" remarks about the penalty points whistleblowers. Two cabinet ministers, Leo Varadkar and Joan Burton, have called on him to apologise for the remarks. Commissioner Callinan has countered that his disgusting remarks did not pertain to Sgt Maurice McCabe and Sgt John Wilson. The Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore will be on the News at one and may well decide to heap the pressure further on Mr Callinan.
  • 10:31

    Sad news about the death of the Glasnevin cemetary historian Shane MacThomais. Mr MacThomais was also involved in the Save Moore Street campaign. Cllr Nial Ring said: "His death leaves a real void in historical circles and his energy and commitment towards ensuring that history remained alive will not be forgotten. His enthusiasm for history was infectious and hopefully part of his legacy will be a memorable celebration of the 1916 rising in two years time for which he has already done much background work."


    "Like his father Eamonn, Shane had a deep love of his city and his country and did his best to pass on this patriotism through education, writing and example" he concluded.

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  • 11:45

    The Crimean peninsula is a faraway place of which we knew little until its annexation by Russia, but it was once a place that Irish people knew only too well. Through conviction or economic necessity, the Irish were overrepresented in the British Army at the time accounting for between 30 per cent and 35 per cent of enlisted man.Thousands more joined up in the frenzy that followed Britain’s declaration of war on Russia in March 1854.
     The Crimean War lasted from March 1854 to the end of 1855. It cost the lives of some 21,000 British soldiers and 7,000 were Irish. The vast majority of deaths were caused, not in conflict, but by disease. Cholera, malaria and typhus were rife and sanitary conditions in field hospitals were appalling.
    Irish soldiers were prominent in action. The first Victoria Cross ever awarded was given to Master’s Mate Charles Davis Lucas from Co Armagh who threw a live shell overboard which had landed on the deck of the HMS Helca.
    The first soldier to receive the VC was Roscommon man Luke O’Connor who continued to carry the colours of his regiment despite being wounded at the Battle of the Alma.
    The biggest ever banquet held in Ireland was held 160 years ago today in honour of  Irish  soldiers who died in Crimea and it is remembered in this article. Read it here.  

  • 12:20

    Leading Irish and international specialists in Hepatitis C research are holding a conference in Dublin today to raise awareness of the infectious liver disease.

     Between 20,000 and 50,000 people in Ireland are chronically infected with the Hepatitis C virus, with some 1,200 cases notified each year.


    The virus is transmitted by blood contact with an infected person, which leaves intravenous drug users, who often share needles, at particular risk.


    One of the conference speakers, Mr Gary Gahan, says “in order to protect all, we need to address the health needs of the most marginalised. Assessing and treating those most at risk of developing advanced stage liver disease could prevent long-term harm and minimise costs to the Irish health service.”


    The conference is organised by

  • 12:34
    Manchester United have clearly got the hardest task in Champions League draw with their forthcoming quarter-final clash against the favourites and holders Bayern Munich. Bayern have struggled at times against English opposition this season losing to both Manchester City and Arsenal but beating them when it matters. Here's the full draw.              
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  • 13:24

    Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore  is the latest - and most senior - minister to call on Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan  to withdraw his remarks in which he described the actions of whistleblowers as “disgusting”.

    While Mr Gilmore has cancelled scheduled media appearances because of an illness, his spokeswoman said he shared the views o fLeo varadkar  and Joan Burton.  

    “The Labour  Party view was outlined by Joan Burton and that view is shared by Eamon Gilmore,” the spokeswoman said.

  • 13:26
    Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte said it would be helpful the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan apologised to the whistleblowers for describing their actions as "disgusting" - the latest Government minister to do so.  
  • 13:51

    De mortuis nil nisi bene (never speak ill of the dead) is a time-honoured saying which is well observed usually but not in the case of this scathing obituary of Fred Phelps, the founder of the gay-hating Westboro Baptist Church. A "collossal jerk," is how writer  David Von Drehle describes him in Time magazine. "He was the kind of person no one wanted to be around: a lawyer disbarred by his colleagues, a preacher disowned by every denomination he ever espoused, a father rejected by his children—even, in the end, the children who emulate his worst characteristics."


  • 13:54
    David Von Drehle's trashing of Fred Phelps in his obituary is not the most definitive filleting of a dead person. That belongs to Hunter S Thompson who had a bottomless loathing of President Richard Nixon and was not afraid to say so. Here's extracts from his obituary. "If the right people had been in charge of Nixon's funeral, his casket would have been launched into one of those open-sewage canals that empty into the ocean just south of Los Angeles. He was a swine of a man and a jabbering dupe of a president. Nixon was so crooked that he needed servants to help him screw his pants on every morning. Even his funeral was illegal. He was queer in the deepest way. His body should have been burned in a trash bin."
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  • 14:42

    The Teeling Whiskey Company, have won two accolades at the World Whiskies Award in London. The company, which was set up by Jack and Stephen Teeling, the sons of Cooley Distillery founder John Teeling won the world's best grain whiskey for their Teeling Single Grain Irish Whiskey. Though it might seem like a contradiction in terms given that Irish single malt whiskey can only be made in Ireland, they also won the World's Best Irish Single Malt whiskey for their 21-year-old Single Malt silver reserve.  


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  • 14:48
    Here's a wonderful tribute to the late historian Shane MacThomais. "I'm going to be buried beside my father," he says.  
  • 15:23

    The man who coined the term Celtic  Tiger has resigned from his role as chief investment officer for Europe at Barclays  bank.

    Kevin Gardener  is credited with first using the term in a report for Morgan Stanley  back in 1994, forecasting more than a decade of surging economic growth for the country.

    The Irish economy expanded at an average rate of 9.4 per cent between 1995 and 2000, fuelled by foreign direct investment most notably in the technology and pharmaceutical sectors.

  • 15:24
  • 15:41

    As fundraising ideas go, the Irish Cancer Society's 'nomakeupselfie' is one of the simplest and best in recent years. It has also been hugely successful raising over €400,000 for the society.  

     The phenomenon has gone viral across  Twitter  and  Facebook  newsfeeds in the UK and Ireland, with women posting fresh-faced photos of themselves without makeup to raise awareness for cancer research. The viral trend has witnessed an increased number of younger people showing support by nominating friends to follow suit and donate €4 by texting Pink to 50300.

    Irish Times home page editor Paddy Logue has made a montage of photographs which you can view here. Read it here.  

  • 15:48

    Superquinn may have gone away, but the Quinn family who founded haven't. Eamonn Quinn, the song of founder Feargal Quinn will be a new dragon on Dragon's Den. Eamonn was deputy chairman and marketing director of the supermarket chain and worked alongside his father Feargal Quinn until the company was sold in 2005.

    Eamonn Quinn will join the four existing Dragons, Ramona Nicholas, Barry O’Sullivan, Peter Casey and seasoned hand Gavin Duffy to put Ireland’s top entrepreneurs and inventors through their paces.  

  • 16:37

     Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been admonishing his ministers for airing their dirty linen in public. Speaking in Brussels about the public calls from various ministers for the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan to withdraw the word "disgusting" to describe the whistleblowers John Wilson and Maurice McCabe, the Taoiseach responded: "I certainly have a view that  as an issue to raise, they raise it at the cabinet, or raise it where we would have discussions and deal with them rather than have them aired in public. I’m not saying that people have to be restricted in their views on anything but there is a process by which these things should be dealt with.”

  • 16:57
    Love this - music characters made out of Lego.
  • 17:16

    The place where the missing Malaysian plane went down is probably the most remote on Earth in that it is furthest from land. Such a point was acknowledged by Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott who said of the search for Flight MH370: “It‘s about the most inaccessible spot that you can imagine on the face of the Earth, but if there is anything down there, we will find it.

    “Now it could just be a container that‘s fallen off a ship. We just don‘t know, but we owe it to the families, and the friends and the loved ones to do everything we can to try to resolve what is as yet an extraordinary riddle."

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  • 17:33

    Seven national heritage sites have been made available as venues for civil wedding ceremonies, the Government has announced.

    Couples can new request to have their wedding held at The Casino at Marino, Dublin; Castletown House, Co Kildare; Barryscourt Castle, Co Cork; Desmond Hall, Co Limerick; Kilkenny Castle, Kilkenny; the Blasket Island visitor centre, Co Kerry and the Ceide Fields visitor centre, Co Mayo.

    Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes  also expects a further nine heritage sites around the country to be available for civil ceremonies by the summer.

  • 17:33
    Have a great weekend and don't forget Brian O'Driscoll is to get the freedom of Dublin city tomorrow. Nobody deserves it more.