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  • 09:22
    Hi, this is Ronan McGreevy here and my hand will be on the tiller of the good ship The Daily Wire on this rainy October morning. Feel free to contact us or contact me at @rmcgreevy1301
  • 09:24
    Who watched the Seanad debate last night? It will be interesting to see if RTÉ release audience figures this morning as there seems to be a degree of apathy out there surrounding the whole issue. The big talking point about last night was not what was said or who said it, but who was not there. "Why isn't the Taoiseach here?," Miriam O'Callaghan asked Richard Bruton. "Because this is not a personality contest," he responded.
  • 09:34
    The top story on our site makes for grim reading. it surrounds the views of Dr Pippa Malmgren, a former adviser to President George W Bush, who is predicting the Irish economy will not grow for 20 years.
  • 09:43
    For those who are following the controversy over The Daily Mail and its hatchet job on Ed Miliband's late father Ralph Miliband, here's a fascinating discussion on Newsnight last night between former Labour spindoctor Alastair Campbell and Daily Mail deputy editor Jon Steafel. Where was The Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre?
  • 09:59
  • 10:04
  • 10:21
    The Irish Catholic has an exclusive story that Fr Kevin Doran has resigned from the board of the Mater Hospital over its decision to support the Government's abortion legislation. You can read the story here.
  • 10:31
    It is an ill-wind that does not blow some good. The American Government shutdown has led to the cancellation of a rally involving the Ku Klux Klan (yes they still exist). Here's the story.
  • 10:50
  • 11:21
    The latest live register figures would appear to offer a modicum of good news for the Government. The number of those signing on in September was down 1,800 on August and down 20,665 on September 2012. The total number out of work has gone from 416,100 in August to 414,300 last month or from 13.4 per cent to 13.3 per cent.
  • 11:31
    Considering that he was instrumental in appointing him in the first place, it is hardly a shock that Sir Alex Ferguson is backing his successor David Moyes to succeed at Old Trafford. A 2-1 home defeat to West Brom has increased the pressure on Moyes even at this early stage. In an interview on PBS in the United States, Ferguson also revealed that he was approached by Chelsea to be manager in 2003 but refused. You can read our story here.
  • 11:51

    The Central Bank is cutting the growth forecast from an already enemic 0.7 per cent to 0.5 per cent this year. It also says that there should be "no easing off in adjustments" - a message that will go down like a lead balloon with the Labour party who are on just 6 per cent in the polls.

  • 12:05
    This is the top story on our site at the moment. It involves the driver of a Range Rover and a gang of motorcyclists. It appears that the Range Rover driver knocked over one of the motorcyclists and was attacked  viciously in front of his wife and daughter. The most disturbing part of the footage is at the very end.
  • 13:04
  • 13:38
    Minister for Social Protection Joan Burton is putting a positive spin on today's modest adjustment downward in the live register figures. She said the 1,800 drop in September was the 15th successive month in which the numbers went down. There are now 408,670 people on the live register and she expects that to be below the psychological 400,000 mark by the end of the year.
  • 13:43
  • 13:52
    Actor Gerry McCann's body was found yesterday afternoon on Dollymount beach. His sister is on Liveline now and described him as "beautiful inside and out. He couldn't bring himself to say a bad word about anybody". He disappeared last Thursday. McCann had been in Raw and Fair City.
  • 14:43
  • 15:23
    Turkish waiter  Recep  Cetin has been given two life sentences for the murder of Northern Irishwomen Marion Graham (54) and Cathy Dinsmore (53) in 2011. Cetin stabbed both women to death having become besotted with Mrs Graham's 15-year-old daughter Shannon. Read the story here.
     
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  • 16:15
    Tom Clancy was Irish-American as was his main protagonist CIA man Jack Ryan. He named his third movie Patriot Games after the Dominic Behan song of the same name. It was a successful novel and film starring Harrison Ford and Sean Bean who had an atrocious Oirish accent. If memory serves me right, a scene in the novel is set in Flanagan's restaurant in O'Connell Street.
  • 16:17
    Here's the trailer for Patriot Games.
  • 16:47
    Ronan Farrow with his mother Mia. What do you think: does he look like Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra?
    Ronan Farrow with his mother Mia. What do you think: does he look like Woody Allen or Frank Sinatra?
  • 16:47
    There's another Ronan making the news today. Ronan Farrow is the son of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow or so we thought. Now Mia Farrow has spawned a bushfire of rumours in this interview with Vanity Fair in which she gives credence to the long-held rumour in Hollywood circles that Ronan Farrow is actually Frank Sinatra's son.
  • 17:06

    The Exchequer returns are quite a mixed bag. The headline figure is a 2.7 per cent increase in tax revenues in the year to September. Both income tax and VAT were slightly below expectations, but Corporation Tax was €239 million ahead of the €2.4 billion target for the first nine months of the year and the local property tax brought in €200 more than was expected. Eoin Burke-Kennedy has all the details here.

  • 17:07

    And on that slightly cheery note, I will call it a day. Have a good evening. Smile