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Joanne Hunt Fri, Oct 4
 
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  • 08:45
    Today's the day you go back and find that your primary school smells just the same as it did 30 years ago. Go vote.
  • 08:48
    Mist and fog patches this morning and any lingering rain in the east will clear to give a day of cloud and sunny intervals, with some scattered showers.

    Fresher than of late with highest temperatures of 14 to 17 degrees.
  • 08:50
    Good morning. It's Friday October 4th, welcome to The Daily Wire. Joanne Hunt here, keeping you up to date on all things referendum and more.
  • 08:54
  • 09:01
    President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina Higgins had the breakfast early this morning. They cast their votes at St Mary’s Hospital Voting Centre, Phoenix Park, Dublin at 8am.
  • 09:07
  • 09:09
    So you've got between now and 10pm to vote.

    You'll be asked to show proof identity  - a passport, driving licence or employee identity card will do fine.
  • 09:13

    So what are you being asked to vote on?

    Two things -  whether you want to abolish the Seanad and whether to establish a court of appeal.

    If the Seanad referendum is passed, the Seanad will be abolished after the next General Election.

    If the Court of Appeal referendum is passed, a new Court of Appeal will be set up at a level between the High Court and the Supreme Court.

    Simples.

  • 09:22
  • 09:22
    Oh, and you don't need a polling card.
  • 09:38

    €2.85 million for a horse? Montjeu!

  • 09:38
  • 10:02
    Miley Cyrus gets nasty on Sinead O'Connor. Not cool.

  • 10:14
    What's piqued the twerking popstrel's ire? Well, Sinead has written a THIRD open letter to Miley.

    I can't link to it as Sinead's site has crashed due to the sheer volume of readers, but this is what Sinead said in letter one:

    "I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way “cool” to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos."
  • 10:16
    And frankly, Miley's too busy being amazing to be civil.

  • 10:18
  • 10:29

    Here's Sinead's THIRD open letter to Miley, where she asks her to take time between g-string changes to apologise for the hurt she has caused to sufferers of mental health problems and those abused by priests.

  • 10:33
    President Higgins among early voters to cast ballot on Seanad and Court of Appeal .
    President Higgins among early voters to cast ballot on Seanad and Court of Appeal .
  • 10:37
    President Higgins makes it look easy. For those still feeling some trepidation, read Ruadhan's guide to voting.
  • 10:37
    marty A developer lands another big one with a windfall from a horse ....ohhh to be a developer.
  • 10:49

    Kate and Gerry McCann are to make a significant television appeal in light of “fresh, substantive” material unearthed as part of a British police investigation into their daughter’s disappearance.

    Scotland Yard is for the first time trawling through a vast log of mobile phone traffic identified in Praia da Luz, in Portugal, at the time of Madeleine McCann's disappearance. Read more.

  • 10:56
    More than 300 people, mainly Somalian or Eritrean, yesterday drowned or were feared dead less than half a mile off the Sicilian island of Lampedusa.

    Italian coast guard authorities estimate that at least 20,000 migrants – men, women and children – have perished in attempted crossings between Africa and Italy over the last 20 years, a crossing for which they are likely to have paid between $8,000 and $12,000 dollars.

    Our reporter Paddy Agnew is in Italy.

  • 11:00
    You won't get stories like this in any other Irish newspaper.
  • 11:12
  • 11:12

    'Who's takin' the horse to France?' No one. But watch this anyway.

  • 11:22
    'You go into a pub in Ireland and they'd nearly go up in your arse to find out who you are. Name, address and creamery number nearly before you'd get a drink."

    Saw The Irish Pub the other night and liked it a lot.
  • 11:22
  • 11:28

    The Government is creating a “disapora advisory group” to advise it on how best to strengthen links with Irish overseas, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore announced at the Global Irish Economic Forum this morning.

    This is the third meeting of the forum, which sees 270 members from 40 countries discussing job creation plans and other initiatives to boost the Irish economy. Reporter Joe Humphreys is there.

  • 11:36
    Big thumbs up to Limerick from the world's travel bloggers who were in Ireland this week for a travel blogging conference. They say Limerick's great. I could have told you that.
  • 11:45
    'Referendums' or 'referenda'? The Referendum Commission can answer that.
  • 11:54
    I saw them in Lidl the other night, between the chorizo and the broccoli, and they're not bad actually.
  • 12:11
    "Menstruating is normal. Sex (of many varieties) is normal. Pregnancy is normal. Preventing pregnancy is normal. Failing to prevent pregnancy is normal. Facing a pregnancy you didn’t intend is normal. Having a child is normal. Having an abortion is normal. This is 2013. It is normal to be a woman of reproductive age. It was always normal."

    Read Anthea McTeirnan's opinion in today's Irish Times about how many women are not hurt by abortion but relieved by it.
  • 12:22

    Publicist Max Clifford arrived at court today to enter pleas on charges of indecent assault on teenage girls and women.  The PR man faces 11 counts relating to seven alleged victims, aged from 14 to 19, between 1966 and 1985.

    “I’m OK. Obviously I am totally innocent of these charges," he said as he arrived at court.

    “It’s been a very hard time for myself, my wife, my family, loved ones.

    “I have been helped tremendously by the public support, everywhere I go. That obviously has made a huge difference.”

    A trial is expected to last up to four weeks and is scheduled to be held in March.

  • 12:37
  • 12:46
    Have you actually read the Bill to abolish the Seanad before voting on it? Michael McDowell makes the case for why you should.
  • 12:48
  • 12:56
    Does the electronic voice of your iPhone sometimes sound like she's got attitude? Here's the woman behind it.
  • 12:59
  • 13:05

    The body of a young female has been recovered from the river Shannon as part of the search for missing Limerick teenager Chloe Kinsella.

    The 15-year-old was last seen at her home in Kenyan Avenue, Kileely last Saturday. Kathryn Hayes is in Limerick.

  • 13:19
    Recognise anyone?

    The 12 types of people you find commenting on news websites, according to BuzzFeed.

  • 13:23
    Have you voted yet? Are you going to?

    Some three million people are eligible to vote in today's referendums. Reports from around the country suggest that voter turn-out so far is low.
     
    It's expected to pick up later however as people head home from work.
  • 13:30
    The battle for votes is kicking on Twitter.
  • 13:34

    Fine Gael's 'Abolish the Seanad' video has had a whopping 49 views.

  • 13:42

    A man who is in custody on charges of raping two girls in Athlone last Saturday is seeking a change of prison.

    The 30 year-old had been remanded in custody to Castlerea Prison but today, at a scheduled remand appearance in court, he sought a transfer to Clover Hill Prison in Dublin.

    Read more.

  • 13:47
    A mother who challenged a decision to take her newborn baby into care shortly after he was born was has been reunited with the infant.

    Read more.
  • 13:53
    Voter turnout in Kerry is ‘low’ this lunchtime, says Radio Kerry.

     Polling stations in Tralee, Killarney and Listowel are reporting turnouts of 9 to 10 per cent. Rural areas in north Kerry are coming in at between 4 and 7 per cent.

    One polling station in Glin in west Limerick had a 9 per cent turnout by 12 noon. In south Kerry, the situation is broadly similar with polling running at between 7 and 10 per cent in most polling booths.
  • 14:02
    Clare FM reports voter turnout is 'low' in many areas of the county. Clare has 151 polling stations, that's 24 fewer than in previous elections.
  • 14:13
    Tipp FM reports that at  11am this morning,  turnout across the county had been slow with polling booths in Borrisoleigh  seeing  just a 1 -  2.5 per cent turn out.
     
    Toomevara and Thurles both reported   a 6 per cent turn out.  Polling booths in Nenagh  were running at between 4 and  7 per cent.
  • 14:21
    Reports that voter turn out in Co Meath is running at about 9 per cent.
  • 14:32
  • 14:40
    Minister for Finance Michael Noonan says the final budget adjustment will be ‘whatever is necessary’.

    He doesn't sugar it does he.
  • 14:49
    "No one’s mental health should be taunted or used as a punchline, no matter how they vocalise personal issues."

    Una Mullally wades in on the debacle between pen-pals Miley Cyrus and Sinead O'Connor.
  • 14:58
  • 15:00

    A man in his 60s was killed when his van collided with an articulated truck in Co Monaghan today.

    Gardaí have appealed for witnesses to the crash which took place on the N2 south of Emyvale.

  • 15:08
  • 15:17

    The rate of twin births has increased significantly over the last 20 years, the Central Statistics Office has said.

    In 2011, there were 18 twins born for every 1,000 successful deliveries in Ireland, compared to just below 12 in 1991.

    Just over 1,300 sets of twins were born in 2011.

    That's alot of twins.

  • 15:20

    Mammies are getting older too, says the CSO.

    Mothers under 30 years old accounted for almost 35 per cent of births in 2011, compared to 2001 when they accounted for 44 per cent.

    The number of births to teenage mothers continues to reduce, with only 1,690 births to mothers under 20 in 2011. The figures have not been as low since 1963.

    Read more.

  • 15:24
    Reports of 15 per cent voter turn out in Ballyconnell, Co. Cavan so far today.
  • 15:34
    Hilary Fannin read bestseller 'Gone Girl' and wasn't impressed:

    "The author seems to suggest that the devil you know is better than the devil you might meet if you got your head out of your waxed and buffed ass, and that couples may as well just suck up each other’s vileness and get on with pursuing the imperfect dream of the perfect lifestyle."

    There's more.
  • 15:49
  • 15:55
    The level of foreign direct investment into Ireland increased during 2012 by €33 billion, with the bulk of the money coming by way of the Netherlands (€22 billion) and Asia (€5 billion), Colm Keena reports.

    Dutch Gold? Read more.
  • 16:10
    Warm fuzzy images of The Gathering, as shown at the opening of the Global Economic Forum this morning. With music from The Fat Lady Sings.
  • 16:10
  • 16:21
  • 16:30
  • 16:45

    Fifa president Sepp Blatter says football cannot “turn a blind eye” to the deaths of hundreds of construction workers in Qatar as the country prepares to host the 2022 World Cup.

    Too right Sepp.

  • 16:55
    Right, I'm off to do my civic duty. Be sure to do the same.

    Remember you don't need a polling card - just some form of ID like a work identity badge or driver's licence.

    There should be a fair idea of the result by mid-afternoon tomorrow. It's exciting isn't it?
  • 17:00
    Tonight will be mainly dry. Tomorrow will be dry and bright with sunny spells with highest temperatures 17 - 19 degrees. 

    The Daily Wire is back on Monday. Bon weekend.