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  • 08:39
    News is breaking this morning of the deaths of two people following a fire in a flat in Gort, Co Galway early this morning. One of the victims is a woman in her 60s, the other is a 38-year-old man.
  • 08:42
    The other big story this morning is the crisis in Crimea. The European Union and Nato have pledged support for Ukraine and intensified pressure on Russia to end its military incursion in Crimea. Brussels promised at least €11 billion “to assist a committed, inclusive and reforms-oriented Ukrainian government”, said European Commission president Jose Manuel Barroso ahead of an EU crisis summit today. EU leaders will most likely discuss sanctions on Russia. Kiev’s new prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will also be in Brussels and he warned that President Vladimir Putin may push forces into other largely Russian-speaking areas of southern and eastern Ukraine.
  • 08:43
    Good morning. I am Conor Pope and I am on Wire detail this morning.
  • 08:44
    Bad news for Muammar Gadafy’s son Saadi. Niger has just extradited him and he has arrived in Tripoli and is now in prison Saadi, one of Gadafy’s seven sons, was being held by judiciary police forces, the Libyan government said. It thanked Niger for its cooperation and said Saadi would be treated according to international justice standards for prisoners. Saadi, who had a career as businessman and professional footballer, is not wanted by the International Criminal Court, as is Gadafy’s most prominent son Saif al-Islam. But Libya wants to try him for allegedly misappropriating property by force and for alleged armed intimidation when he headed the Libyan Football Federation.
  • 08:49
    Never mind what the song says, you will, as it turns out, beat the Irish. Martin O’Neill saw it happen last night. He’s not too glum though. “I was pleased with a lot of aspects of the game. We started off very brightly, had a goal disallowed – not the person who put the ball in the net – and then we got a goal, a really good goal. We could have made it 2-0, and at international level that would have been big for us. But we started off a little bit hesitantly in the second half. But we had moments in the game against a very, very decent side, I thought there was lots of the game that I was very pleased with. I’m genuinely pleased with a lot of the game. Disappointed of course to lose the match but genuinely there were some things there that I was delighted with.”
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  • 09:00
    If you ever wondered what Twitter was for, I reckon that sequence of tweets explains it pretty well.
  • 09:01
    Sugar’s not great for you. That’s the message from the clever boffins at the World Health Organisation. Adults should eat less than the equivalent of 6 teaspoons of sugar a day if they are to avoid weight gain and tooth decay. They issued draft guidelines yesterday calling for a new sugar limit of less than 5 per cent of daily energy intake. Its recommendations are based on “the totality of evidence regarding the relationship between free sugars intake and body weight and dental caries”.
  • 09:09
    Paddy Power has been ordered to pull the ad which offers odds on the trial of Oscar Pistorius for murder after it became the most complained-about ad in Britain. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has received 5,200 complaints so far about the newspaper ad and described this as an “unprecedented number of complaints”.
  • 09:33
    Trying to buy a house in Dublin? This might be of interest... Or it might just depress you.
  • 09:34

    Angela’s clashes are likely to continue after it emerged that the Rehab chief executive did not disclose her husband’s large shareholding in a company when she told the Public Accounts Committee that its dealings with Rehab prompted him to resign his directorship of the company.

    Engagements between Rehab and Complete Eco Solutions Ltd are the subject of outstanding questions from the PAC to Rehab, which is considering its response. The disabilities charity Rehab is likely to be raised at the PAC again today, according to committee members. At the committee one week ago, Ms Kerins attributed Seán Kerins’s resignation as director to the firm’s “pilot” work with Rehab on a coffin venture. However, she never mentioned his ownership of 50 of the 150 shares in the business. “My husband was a director of Eco Solutions Limited, but once this activity started, he stood down.”

     

     

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    Just came across this...

     


     

    Shocking. And true.  

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  • 10:21
    Did you buy a Lotto ticket in Kilrush last Saturday night? If you did you may well have won €8.3m.

    Well done you.

    I'm not at all jealous.

    Nope.

    Not at all.

    I am delighted for you.

    *punches hand through cubicle wall *
  • 10:54
    The cost of getting married in Ireland has fallen by over 20 per cent since the bubble burst but the cost of getting an invitation remains too much for many to bear with nearly 50 per cent of those polled in a new survey admitting to turning down an invite because they could not afford it.

    The survey from the One4All voucher company indicates that 72 per cent of Irish people plan to go to a wedding this year while just under a third say they will be invited to two weddings this year.

    These invitations will not come cheap for many people with 25 per cent saying they will spend between €150 and €200 on a wedding present. Cash is the most popular option with 57 per cent saying it was their gift of choice. Just over two thirds of those polled said they would give a marrying couple a present even if they did attend the wedding

    The survey suggests that 40 per cent of those polled always buy a new outfit for a wedding with 60 per cent of that cohort admitting to spending up to €150 on the clothes. Just 22 per cent said they normally recycled something that was already in their wardrobe with 40 per cent saying they were more likely to buy a new outfit if they knew that someone attending the wedding had already seen them wearing the clothes they had planned to wear.

    Almost a third said they always book into a hotel or B&B when attending a wedding and typically spend over €100 on accommodation.

    The costs are taking their toll on many people with 41 per cent saying they had declined an invitation at least once due to the cost of the day.

    All expenses paid honeymoon, cash and a washing machine topped the list of the best wedding presents while towels, bedding, canteens of cutlery and kitchen clock were declared to be the worst of gifts.
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  • 11:21
    It's World Book Day.

    This gives me a reason to publish this rather wonderful opening paragraph.

    You're welcome.

    A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy balloon of a head. The green earflaps, full of large ears and uncut hair and the fine bristles that grew in the ears themselves, stuck out on either side like turn signals indicating two directions at once. Full, pursed lips protruded beneath the bushy black moustache and, at their corners, sank into little folds filled with disapproval and potato chip crumbs. In the shadow under the green visor of the cap Ignatius J. Reilly’s supercilious blue and yellow eyes looked down upon the other people waiting under the clock at the D. H. Holmes department store, studying the crowd of people for signs of bad taste and dress. Several of the outfits, Ignatius noticed, were new enough and expensive enough to be properly considered offenses against taste and decency. Possession of anything new or expensive only reflected a person’s lack of theology and geometry; it could even cast doubts upon one’s soul.
  • 11:26
    There is a growing sense that EU leaders are unlikely to adopt targeted sanctions against Russia at an emergency meeting of EU leaders today in Brussels.

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  • 12:38

    Everything is not awesome in Legoland

    Far from it.

    Far-right extremists targeted the resort in Windsor because it agreed  to host a Muslim fun day.

    More than 1,000 Muslim families were due to attend a private event at the resort on Sunday.



  • 12:39

    This is the statement from Legoland.

    "Unfortunately, the Legoland Windsor resort has had to close the hotel on Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 March 2014 after threats from rightwing groups made against the resort.

    "The hotel closure follows the cancellation of a private event that was due to take place on Sunday 9 March prior to the theme park reopening for the 2014 season on Friday 14 March.

    "We are extremely sorry that we've had to cancel guest bookings and wholeheartedly understand the disappointment of those families that will be unable to attend, particularly as we haven't been able to give them more notification because of the dynamic nature of this situation.

    "The safety and security of our guests and our members of staff has to be our number one priority, which is why we've made the difficult decision to close the hotel. All guests that were booked in to stay will be given a full refund."

  • 12:52

    So, the British far right has ruined a day of fun for thousands of kids?


    If swearing was allowed on our blog, I'd be swearing right now.  



  • 13:15

    Who is responsible for Bitcoin?

     

    This man.  

     

    Apprently.  

  • 13:20

    A fancy restaurant close to Leinster House was among those forced to close for breaches of food safety legislation last month.
    Town Bar and Grill on Kildare Street  was one of 10 food businesses served with closure orders, the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) said.  

  • 13:22

    Minister for Health James Reilly has said the health service has listened to and learned from revelations about failings in maternity services at Portlaoise hospital.


    Dr Reilly told the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Health and Children that he had directed HIQA to investigate such services at the hospital.


    This follows an RTÉ Prime Time investigation which found four babies died at the hospital between 2007 and 2012

     

     

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  • 14:04

    The rugby ream to play Italy...

     

     

    Player/Club/Province/Caps

    15. Rob Kearney (UCD/Leinster) 52
    14. Andrew Trimble (Ballymena/Ulster) 53
    13. Brian O'Driscoll (UCD/Leinster) 131
    12. Gordon D'Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 77
    11. Dave Kearney (Lansdowne/Leinster) 5
    10. Jonathan Sexton (Racing Metro 92) 41
    9. Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster) 25

    1. Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster) 45
    2. Rory Best (Banbridge/Ulster) 73
    3. Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster) 37
    4. Devin Toner (Lansdowne/Leinster) 13
    5. Paul O'Connell (Young Munster/Munster) 90 capt
    6. Iain Henderson (Ballinahinch/Ulster) 8
    7. Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster) 12
    8. Jamie Heaslip (Dublin University/Leinster) 63

    Replacements

    16. Sean Cronin (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 33
    17. Jack McGrath (St. Mary's College/Leinster) 6
    18. Martin Moore (Lansdowne/Leinster) 3
    19.   Rhys Ruddock (St Mary’s College/Leinster) 1
    20. Jordi Murphy (Lansdowne/Leinster) 1
    21. Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster) 52
    22. Paddy Jackson (Dungannon/Ulster) 8
    23. Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster) 24

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  • 14:21

    The European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged today, holding its nerve in the face of uncomfortably low inflation.  The decision was generally expected by markets.

  • 14:30

    Lawyers representing a woman who claims she injured her ribs when she was knocked down at an Ann  Summers lingerie party is entitled to exemplary damages because “false evidence” has been given about her. However lawyers for the pub which hosted the party have said Slyvia Deehan’s claim “flies in the face of common sense,” and should be dismissed.

     

    More as it comes in...  

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  • 14:52
    I have juet been in touch with Spar and a spokeswoman told me that  “as soon as the poster "was brought to SPAR Ireland’s attention we contacted the independent retailer and asked them to take the sign down immediately.   The retailer has taken down the sign and has apologised for the error and any offence caused.   SPAR Ireland is an equal opportunities employer.”