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Sorcha Pollak Mon, Feb 17
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  • 09:46
    Good morning, it’s Sorcha Pollak here with all the latest news. It’s a dull and rainy morning out there, so why not brighten up your Monday with some adorable puppies. The Irish Times video team took a trip to the Irish Dog Trust on Friday to visit the centre’s owner-puppy matchmaking session. Click here to watch and prepare yourselves for plenty of ooohs and ahhhs.
  • 10:02

    Last night was the annual Bafta film awards in London where Gravity, directed by Alfonso Cuaron and starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, swept the board winning six prizes. 12 Years a Slave won best film and its lead actor Chiwetel Ejiofor walked home with the award for best actor. Cate Blanchett was awarded best actress while Captain Phillips star Barkhad Abdi won best supporting actor.

    Needless to say the Bafta red carpet was its own miniature London Fashion Week event, featuring plenty of sparkles and sequins. Click here to see the best dressed of the night.

  • 10:03
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  • 10:15
    It’s time for a break from all things Baftas to look at the latest stories in the news. The co-pilot of an Ethiopian Airlines plane has been arrested at Geneva airport after taking over the controls and hijacking the aircraft while the pilot took a toilet break. Fortunately none of the passengers or cabin crew were harmed. According to Ethiopian media most of the passengers were Italian. For more on the story click here.
  • 10:20
  • 10:36

    ESB has warned customers that all services may not be restored until the end of the week. 19,000 homes and businesses are still without power this morning with new faults discovered overnight in Wexford, Kerry and Limerick.

    Paul Mulvaney, head of customer services with ESB, said the worst affected areas were in the south, the south west and around Enniscorthy. Mr Mulvaney has asked customers using generators not to connect them to the central circuit in a building as the power could travel through the network and injure repair crews working on faults.

    For more on the latest news of ESB repairs around the country, click here.

  • 10:40

    The Government has indicated people may have to pay charges under its scheme to provide free GP care. Alex White, Minister of State at the Department of Health, said the fee would not apply to the scheme for free GP care for children under six.

    The Government plans to introduce free GP care for the entire population by the end of its term, in spring 2013. For more on the story from Fiach Kelly, click here.

  • 11:02

    Reporters without Borders has released the 2014 World Press Freedom Index and it looks like Ireland is doing okay for now (always room for improvement though). Ireland is rated 16 out of 180 countries for press freedom. Finland tops the list for the fourth year running followed by the Netherlands, Norway and Luxembourg. The last three positions are held by Turkmenistan, North Korea and Eritrea.

    The United States fell 13 places from 2013 to 46, amid “increased efforts to track down whistleblowers and the sources of leaks.” The trial and conviction of Private Bradley Manning and the pursuit of NSA analyst Edward Snowden have acted as a warning to those considering the release of sensitive information into the public domain.

    The United Kingdom has also dropped by three spots to 33, partly due to the pressure the British government has placed on the Guardian newspaper and the detention of David Miranda, journalist Glenn Greenwald’s partner and assistant, for nine hours in Heathrow airport.

    To read more on the 2014 index for press freedom, click here.

  • 11:16
  • 12:00
    News for anyone planning on heading into Dublin city centre this afternoon – The National Private Hire & Taxi Association (NPHTA) has called for a Ply for Hire rally which will take place between College Green and Leinster House. Christopher Humphreys from the NPHTA has said he expects 200-300 taxis to take part in the protest where vehicles will form a queue, driving very slowly through the city centre.  
  • 12:08

    Two gardaí had to be cut from their patrol car last night after it was rammed by a van in Co Louth. The van was travelling at high speed on the northbound lane of the motorway when it caught the attention of the garda traffic unit from Dundalk. The van refused to stop when pursued by gardaí and rammed the patrol car, causing it to spin a number of times before colliding with a barrier on the hard shoulder of the motorway.

    Both men were taken to Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda following the incident. Meanwhile, gardaí are investigating the vehicle that drove away from the scene. For more on the story, click here.

  • 12:27

    The really heart-warming story to come out of last night’s Bafta awards is that of Barkhad Abdi, the man who has risen from limousine driver to winner of best-supporting actor for his performance in Captain Phillips. Mr Abdi, who plays a Somali pirate captain in Paul Greengrass’s film, thanked the director on Sunday night “for believing in me before I believed in myself.” He then motioned to his fellow actors reminding them; “we came from nothing and we have this.”

    Mr Abdi was working as a limo driver in Minneapolis when he attended an open audition for the Captain Phillips role. The 28-year-old, who was born in Mogadishu, Somalia, had never acted before he went to the audition. He is also nominated for an Oscar in the same category.

    Click here to watch his Bafta acceptance speech.

  • 12:28
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  • 12:45
    While homes around Ireland are still without electricity following the latest run of stormy weather, the United Kingdom continues to battle the rising water levels. Here’s a comprehensive roundup of 10 key moments caused by the appalling weather the UK has endured since last October.
  • 13:00
    A group calling itself the IRA has claimed responsibility for suspect packages sent to armed forces recruitment centres in England last week. Four suspected explosive devices were discovered at Army career offices in Oxford, Brighton, Canterbury and the Oueensmere shopping centre in Slough last Thursday. For more on the story, click here.
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    Scottish leader Alex Salmond has warned that British politicians risk provoking a backlash in Scotland by running a negative campaign against independence and refusing to let Scots keep the pound. Scotland will hold a referendum for independence on September 18th 2014. Mr Salmond has accused Westminster of launching a “diplomatic offensive” against independence and of trying to “dictate from on high”. For the latest on the Scottish independence debate, click here.
  • 14:20

    The Twitter waves are going crazy with the one thing that could actually cause the site to go into overload and crash – One Direction dating gossip. Over the weekend two of the boys were seen gallivanting around in the wee hours with an array of different ladies. According to the millions of one direction gossip Twitter accounts, Irish boy band member Niall Horan was out with Selena Gomez on Sunday night... shock horror!  

    Meanwhile, Harry Styles is once again raising eyebrows by hanging out with another girl – Amy Willerton – when according to celebrity gossip he must remain by his girlfriend, Kendall Jenner’s side every second of every day. Where would One Direction fans be without the hashtag gossip of Twitter?

  • 14:34
    Another update on today's protest - taxi drivers are holding a rally from 2-3.30pm between College Green and Leinster House.
  • 14:37

    Venezuela has ordered three US officials to leave the country for allegedly conspiring against the government during meetings with students. Meanwhile, President Nicolás Maduro is blaming opposition leader Leopoldo López for three deaths at recent anti-government protests. For more on the story, click here.

  • 15:19
    Another update on the taxi rally in central Dublin. Taxi drivers are sticking to college Green and protesting between D'Olier Street and George's Street. I'd steer well clear of the area, I was just out there and it's getting pretty chaotic. The protest should be over before 4pm.
  • 15:26
    Are you sick of the Bafta coverage yet or would you like a little more? Here’s Donald Clarke’s analysis of all the glitz and glam of last night’s ceremony, including the moment when Tinie Tempah, the south London rapper, high-fived Prince William.

  • 15:50
  • 15:53

    Parents who complained of less-favourable treatment shown to their son by a Gaelscoil have been awarded €750 by the Equality Tribunal.

    The mother and father complained on behalf of the boy that he was discriminated against by the National School on religious grounds in contravention of Equal Status legislation. Read more on the story here.

  • 15:59

    I've only been to New York twice in my life yet I have fallen seriously in love with the place. Despite not being much of a city person and always opting for the outdoor, rural setting, there’s something about NY that draws me in. It could be the plethora of museums, theatres and restaurants, or maybe it’s just that feeling of taking a run in central park on a bright, Sunday morning. Whatever it is, I am determined to live in that concrete jungle at some point in my life.

    This week, the Irish Times travel show asks whether New York has peaked yet, speaking to Quentin Fottrell and Maeve Higgins, both of whom live there. Click here to listen to the show.

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  • 17:04

    Amnesty International has expressed concern at claims that the Catholic Church’s child protection watchdog is being undermined through funding cuts. Ian Elliott, the former Chief executive at the National Board for Safeguarding of Children (NBSC) said the Catholic Bishops, the Conference of Religious of Ireland and the Irish Misisonary Union, which together fund the board, were undermining its work by consistently cutting that funding.

    Patrick Corrigan, Amnesty International Programme Director for Northern Ireland has said: “From NSBC reports we know something of the horror of abuse suffered by children in Northern Ireland and the way the Church hierarchy permitted it. Any curtailment of its ability to protect children should be a matter of profound concern.”

    For more on the story, click here.

  • 17:10

    The Guardian has reported that the only survivor of an IRA massacre of 10 Protestant workmen in the 1970s has claimed state agents were involved in the atrocity. Alan Black was the only Protestant to survive the shooting at Kingsmill in 1976. His solicitor has told a new inquest into the murders that his client believed there were informers working for the security forces in the IRA unit that wounded him and killed his friends.

    The decision to hold the inquest came about after Northern Ireland's attorney general, John Larkin, agreed to re-open the case. The IRA never admitted responsibility for the sectarian massacre and instead used a nom de guerre – South Armagh Republican Action Force – to cover their involvement.

  • 17:13

    To finish up with today’s Daily Wire, here’s a photo of Leonardo Di Caprio at last night’s Bafta awards looking very dapper. You’re welcome.


  • 17:14
    That’s all for today’s Daily Wire. We’ll be back again tomorrow from 9am with all the day’s news and events.