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Áine McMahon Mon, Jan 6
 
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  • 08:55
    Good morning, and welcome along to the first Daily Wire of 2014 with me, Áine McMahon. It' a blustery day out there so we want your weather photos and videos. Send them to news@irishtimes.com or tweet me at @AineMcMahon and I'll put them on the blog.
  • 09:05
    Nollaig na mBan shona daoibh go léir! or Happy Woman's Christmas to non Irish speakers.

    In celebration of the feast of the Epiphany in Ireland, January 6th is marked by Nollaig na mBan or Women's Little Christmas.

    On this day it is the tradition in Ireland for the women to get together and enjoy their own Christmas, while the men folk stay at home and handle all the chores.
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  • 09:10
    Dirty Auld Town - Dublin’s north inner city is the dirtiest urban area in the State, the Irish Business Against Litter (Ibal) annual survey has found.
    “The worst-performing sites were not just littered but subjected to long- term dumping and neglect. Upper Buckingham Street and Marlborough Place [off O’Connell Street] were both in a terrible state,” An Taisce’s inspectors said.

    Our Dublin Correspondent Olivia Kelly has more here.  
  • 09:14
    In Galway, the River Corrib has burst its banks at Spanish Arch. 
    In Cork, the River Lee has broken it's banks - Morrison's Island, Union Quay, Wandesford Quay are now all impassable 

    In Clare, there is flooding on Lahinch /Lisdoonvarna Rd between Lahinch and Liscannor. Debris and rocks have also been washed up on this road.
  • 09:25
    The Limerick City of Culture saga continues to rumble on. A member of the board of the Limerick City of Culture project has said a new chief executive and artistic director will be in place "within a matter of weeks".

    Tim O'Connor said work was already under way to fill the positions left vacant following the resignations of chief executive Patricia Ryan and artistic director Karl Wallace.

    Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Mr O'Connor said transition arrangements were in place and that the positions would be advertised shortly.

    The row began after Mr Wallace said he was not being properly consulted. It also emerged that Ms Ryan was appointed without public consultation.
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  • 09:57
    There is a wide variation in Caesarean - section rates across the State with St Luke’s Hospital, Kilkenny showing the highest level country at 38 per cent of all deliveries, according to 2011 data released today.

    The lowest c-section rate was at Sligo General Hospital at 19 per cent of all births, followed by the National Maternity Holles Street, Dublin at 21.5 per cent. 

    Genevieve Carbery has more here.  
  • 10:10
    Update from Irish Ferries re cancellations - "Irish Ferries wish to advise that due to adverse weather forecasts on the Irish Sea for Monday 6th January all our Swift sailings are CANCELLED. All passengers can be accommodated on the following sailings : 
    Ex Dublin 0805hrs / 2055hrs 
    Ex Holyhead 0240hrs/1410hrs  

    More here
  • 10:25
  • 10:42
    To the beach!
  • 10:51
    Reports that Angela Merkel has been injured while skiing
  • 11:00
    Today FM has confirmed that Matt Cooper is travelling to North Korea with Dennis Rodman. Cooper interviewed the player recently on his radio programme.
    Rodman is heading to the state with retired NBA stars for a friendly match against North Korean players - which coincides with leader Kim Jung-Un's birthday.
    Today FM  confirmed the trip, however stressed Cooper was travelling in an independent capacity and not on a work assignment for the station.
  • 11:05
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    Gardaí in Dublin are investigating an attack on a young woman in Rathmines overnight.
    At around 12.30am the woman (22) was approached from behind and punched - she managed to free herself and raise the alarm.
    A man in his 40s was arrested close to the scene - he's being held at Terenure garda station under section 4 of the Criminal Justice Act.
    The woman was treated in hospital for minor injuries.
  • 11:27
    Unbelievable scenes in Lahinch, Co Clare. O'Looney's Bar Lahinch posted this video to Facebook.
  • 11:30
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has fractured her pelvis in a cross-country skiing accident and is walking with the help of crutches, forcing her to call off some foreign visits and official appointments. 

     Ms Merkel fell while skiing over the Christmas vacation. What she first thought was heavy bruising turned out to be a partial fracture, meaning she must take it easy for three weeks and work from home where possible, according to her spokesman Steffen Seibert. 
     
     "The chancellor is of course able to work and is in full communication," said Seibert. He added that Merkel's accident occurred "at low speed" but he declined to give further details.
  • 11:41
    The organisers of Wesley teenage disco in Dublin have said no new procedures have been put in place to detect underage drinking. 

    It follows reports at the weekend that a 'drunk tank' had been set up for drunk SoCoDu revellers at the infamous youth disco.  
    Organisers have defended the disco and said a First Aid room has always been in operation to deal with any inuries or anyone that was drinking. 

    Doni Bulger, event organiser for Old Wesley told SPIN 103.8 that it was unfair to say that all teenagers who attend the disco were there to get drunk. 
  • 11:59
    CEO of Rehab,  Angela Kerins has called for more transparency on salaries in the charity sector but has refused to say how much she is currently paid.
    During an interview with Morning Ireland on Radio One earlier this morning, Ms Kerins was asked whether she still earned €234,000 – her last publicly disclosed salary but would neither confirm nor deny. 
    Ms Kerins is currently in Saudi Arabia with the Taoiseach on a trade mission to the country. 
  • 12:01
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    Pat Cox has said he had nothing to do with former Limerick City of Culture CEO Patricia Ryan's appointment to the board. 

    Speaking to Pat Kenny on Newstalk this monring, Former President of the European Parliament, Pat Cox, said it is unlikely those who have resigned will return to the team
    Meanwhile, the Board of Limerick City of Culture will meet today to discuss replacing its Chief Executive as it is currently now operating without a Chief Executive or an artistic director. 

    The Minister for Arts Jimmy Deenihan says he will meet with members of the Board in the coming days and has also promised greater local artistic involvement in the project. 
  • 12:26
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    A Judge has called on the local council to demolish a footbridge in Tallaght in Dublin following an assault there that led to the death of 20 year old Dale Creighton (20).

    Mr. Creighton was seriously assaulted at the footbridge on St. Dominic's Road in Tallaght at around 4am on New Year's Day. He was hospitalised with head injuries and died the following day
    The comments from Judge Anthony Halpin were made as two more men were brought before the courts charged with violent disorder in connection with the attack.
    This morning Gerard Stevens (24) and Jason Beresford (20), both from the Tallaght area, became the 7th and 8th persons to be charged in connection with the incident.
  • 12:34
    JIm Kelly 'Infamous' disco? I think you meant 'famous'.
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  • 12:48
    Would you like to be buried with my people? : Newly engaged Caroline Wozniacki has revealed Rory McIlroy asked for her parents’ blessing before popping the question.
    The Danish tennis player was delighted on New Year’s Eve when the golfing hero proposed, saying it was “was the best possible way to start off the year”.
    Caroline (23) said she had "no clue" what was coming before he got down on one knee while in Sydney  – but was "delighted" Rory was traditional by getting her parents Piotr and Anna’s, approval.
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    A healthy two headed calf has been born in a tiny Moroccan mountain village, proving two heads are better than one. (sorry) 
    The calf was born on December 30th in the village of Sefrou. Locals named it Sana Saida, which means 'happy New Year' in Arabic.
    People have been flocking from around the region to see the calf, who can eat from both mouths.
    The condition is called polycephaly, which means having more than one head.
    It's thought the calf was supposed to be twins, but vets say the eggs did not separate as they should have done, which caused the unusual condition.
  • 13:11
    Two headed calf - Sana Saida
    Two headed calf - Sana Saida
  • 13:59
    An audit of pensioners who were in receipt of a State pension and private retirement income has yielded almost double the €45m originally expected. 

    Thousands of pensioners had presumed they did not need to declare their State pension to the Revenue Commissioners in addition to any private income. 

    However, in 2012 the Revenue Commissioners announced that it would write to 150,000 pensioners informing them that they were obliged to declare income even if it came from the Department of Social Protection. 
  • 14:10
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    Michael Schumacher's condition is stable but remains critical eight days after the German suffered brain injuries in a skiing accident in France.

    "The clinical state of Michael Schumacher is stable as he's under permanent care and treatment," Grenoble hospital said in a statement today. "However, the medical team in charge stresses that it continues to assess his situation as critical."

    The retired seven-times Formula One world champion slammed his head on a rock while skiing off-piste on December 27th.  Schumacher has been in an induced coma since then and has undergone two operations in Grenoble.
  • 14:26
    More than 4,000 homes have been left without power following the latest onslaught of stormy weather.

    ESB Networks said crews were working to repair faults caused by strong gales, with homes worst hit in Castlebar in Co Mayo, Ennis in Co Clare, Killarney in Co Kerry, Bandon in Co Cork, and some in Enniscorthy, Co Wexford. 
  • 14:36
    The corner of Sherman Crawford Street and Wandsford Quay in Cork, sent in by one of our readers, JJ Keating.
    The corner of Sherman Crawford Street and Wandsford Quay in Cork, sent in by one of our readers, JJ Keating.
  • 14:39
    Alan Hinchey sent this pic in from Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford.
    Alan Hinchey sent this pic in from Kilmore Quay, Co Wexford.
  • 14:46
    The National Treasury Management Agency has announced Ireland's return to the 10-year bond markets, more to follow. 
     
  • 15:05
    Last week it was reported that North Korea’s brutal dictator Kim Jong-Un fed his screaming uncle to 120 ravenous Alsatians then watched the attack dogs tear him to pieces.

    It was claimed that his uncle, Jang Song Thaek, (67) and five aides were stripped naked then pushed into a metal cage before the vicious hounds were unleashed to eat them alive. However, it is now believed the story may have been too good to be true and came from an unreliable source - a blog pretending to be another blog. 
    The story, which spread like wildfire after it was picked up by a Hong Kong-based newspaper, has created an image that Pyongyang's young ruler is even more brutal and unpredictable than previously believed.
  • 15:19
    It's January so everyone seems to be on a diet; from the juice detox to paleo or swallowing a tape worm. 

    However one man has ate nothing but McDonalds for three months and claims to have lost weight. 

    Science teacher John Cisna of Ankeny, Iowa, decided to repeat Morgan Spurlock's infamous 30 day experiment from the film 'Super Size Me'. 

    Cisna's said that rather than gorge himself with whichever menu item caught his eye, he made careful selections, and never surpassed 2,000 calories per day. 

    More here.  
  • 15:33
    China has held seven people in southern Guangdong province for injecting dirty pond water into lamb meat to swell its weight and raise its price, state television reported in the latest food scandal to hit the world's second largest economy. 
    The suspects slaughtered up to 100 sheep per day at an illegal warehouse, pumping bacteria-ridden water into the meat before it was sold at markets, food stalls and restaurants in major cities such as Guangzhou and Foshan. It's enough to put you off your horse burger. 
  • 15:34
  • 15:44
    The Junior Minister for Finance Brian Hayes has said that funds will be made available to help those worst hit by ongoing storms. Strong winds and high tides have combined to cause flooding along Atlantic coasts, with parts of Cork, Kerry, Clare and Galway among those worst affected. Mr Hayes said as soon as local authorities apply for money it will be fast tracked but they would need to wait until the bad weather abated to assess the damage. Have to hand it to people in Lahinch Co Clare for taking the storm in their stride. See below - 
  • 16:12
    Police in Australia have rescued a naked man who got stuck inside a washing machine while playing a game of hide-and-seek.

    The man reportedly hid inside the top-loading machine so he could surprise his partner. And you thought you were having a bad day. 

    He became stuck and it took 20 minutes for rescuers to dislodge him using olive oil as a lubricant. Firefighters, paramedics and a search-and-rescue squad (bit unnecessary, no?) were also called to help with the situation.

    The incident took place on Saturday in Mooroopna town, north of Melbourne, in Victoria state.Sergeant Michelle De Araugo said "it was just a game gone wrong", according to Agence-France Presse news agency.
    "It would be fair to say the gentleman was very embarrassed." Another officer cautioned against misusing household equipment. 
  • 16:15
    Officers from Revenue’s Customs Service today seized 16,600 cigarettes with an estimated retail value of over €7000 and a potential loss to the Exchequer of €4,731 at Dublin Airport.

    The “Benson & Hedges” cigarettes were concealed in the baggage of a 29 year old Malawian male who had arrived on a flight from Dubai.

    He was arrested and appeared before Judge Patricia McNamara in the Courts of Criminal Justice this afternoon where he was remanded in custody until Wednesday when he will appear again before Cloverhill District Court.
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  • 16:26
    Niall Mellon, the businessman best known for his volunteer housebuilding initiatives in South Africa has pleaded guilty in court to public drunkenness and breaching the peace at a pub in Rathfarnham, Dublin last July. 

    Mr Mellon, who told gardai that they were “bastards” when he was arrested at the pub, was placed on a peace bond by Tallaght Court. A solicitor for the Director of Public Prosecutions told the court that the DPP had directed summary disposal of the cases. 

    Mr Mellon, who said he was representing himself, told Judge Anthony Halpin that he does a lot of travelling and takes up to 300 flights a year. He said he would be willing to plead guilty to the public drunkenness charge but asked that the breach of the peace charge be struck out.
  • 16:42
    A mechanic has been banned from driving for a year in Britain after he was caught driving with his hands on his head. A mobile safety camera captured Richard Newton driving with no hands on the steering wheel on the A171 in North Yorkshire.
    In footage released by North Yorkshire Police, he is seen travelling at more than 60mph for around 25 seconds as cars pass him on the opposite side of the road. The 36-year-old was found guilty of dangerous driving at for the incident, which happened in August.

    Dave Brown, head of North Yorkshire Police's Mobile Safety Camera Team, said "This case demonstrates two things, one is the sheer stupidity of some people who put others in danger, and the other is the ability of our safety camera to capture a range of offences".
  • 16:46
    EirGrid has extended the third round of public consultation on the Grid Link Project until tomorrow - Tuesday, 7th January 2014 at 5pm. This extension is to allow all interested parties to make a submission on this vital upgrade to our electricity transmission network. More here
  • 16:51
    Proposals to resolve contentious issues would leave people in Northern Ireland "considerably better off," according to US diplomat Richard Haass.
    Months of negotiations about parades, flags and the legacy of the Troubles ended on New Year's Eve with no deal.
    Dr Haass and co-chair Prof Meghan O'Sullivan have published a two-page summary of their blueprint. They say the 40-page draft agreement tackles "the difficult issues that continue to divide society". A two page summary of their blueprint can be found here
    "It is the product of work informed by a sense of urgency given the tension and violence of the past year and the need to contend with the past before the passage of time makes this even more difficult," they said. 
  • 17:06
    Don't judge a (Face) book by its cover - Recruiters should not judge a person's Facebook as it has no bearing on their overall job performance. 

    The research, carried out by researchers at Florida State University, Old Dominion University, Clemson University and Accenture, found that the content on a person’s Facebook profiles has no bearing on their overall job performance.

    The study looked at 416 college students who were applying for full-time jobs. The students agreed to let the researchers capture screenshots of their Facebook walls, info pages, photos and interests.

    The study recommends against recruiters using social media for recruitment until it’s proven that it’s a reliable indicator for job performance.
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  • 17:17
    That's all today from the Daily Wire, we're back from 9am tomorrow. Windy this evening and tonight with clear spells and scattered heavy showers, the showers more frequent over the western half of the country. Lowest temperatures 4 to 8 degrees.