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  • 09:15
    Good morning, Aine McMahon here on the live news blog today. It's Friday and we're half way through November/Movember. Keep following for all the latest sports news and entertainment.
  • 09:20
    Our top stories on the site this morning: 

    Toronto Mayor sorry for crude outburst but says he won't resign

    In rugby news - No untouchables on Joe's watch

    Opinion piece by Ann Marie Hourihane  - In the transport hierarchy the bus is below the bicycle
  • 09:23
    A dull enough day in the capital. Met Eireann says today will be mostly cloudy with  very few bright or sunny spells. Most places will be dry, but some patches of mist and drizzle are likely mainly in coastal parts of the West and North. Top temperatures of 10 to 12 C with moderate to fresh southwest winds.
  • 09:26

    An Irish developer is planning to build a massive €1.2bn skyscraper in the heart of London.

    Tom Ryan wants to build a towering 74-storey property on a site in the centre of London's bustling business district, Ciara O'Brien has more.

    Imagine the property tax on that?!  

  • 09:31
    TV3's Ireland AM presenter Mark Cagney was last night recovering in hospital after a dramatic heart scare live on air.
    The broadcaster’s wife Audrey insisted he didn’t have a heart attack as viewers feared but was rushed to Tallaght Hospital for tests. 
  • 09:31
  • 09:36
    It's Irish Times Food Month and the lovely people from the Ian Dempsey radio show are with us downstairs today. Our Friday Food forum will be open this lunchtime so make sure and get your questions in here before 2pm.
  • 09:36
  • 09:42
    The scene of a fatal stabbing of a 55 year old man in Skerries remains sealed off this morning as a man (29) is held for questioning. Conor Lally has more here.
  • 09:48
  • 09:55
    A crisis at Shannon Airport looks set to be averted after overnight talks between the Labour Relations Commission and Aer Lingus.
    The airline had threatened to outsource jobs on three routes over the Atlantic that used smaller planes, after staff said they did not want to work with just four cabin crew on each flight.
    This could have lead to industrial action but proposals emerged at 5am to keep the Shannon crew base.
  • 10:05
  • 10:06
    mark Wishing Mario R a speedy recovery as we need him to guide us through Roy's comeback
  • 10:16
    Channel 4's Gogglebox - the tv show that is basically watching people watching television has captured people's reactions to the John Lewis Christmas ad. 

  • 10:23
    Here's Tony Clayton-Lea's guide to the best and worst music books of 2013, featuring tomes by Morrisey, David Byrne and fop haired One Directioner Harry Styles. Read it here.
  • 10:37
    Fine Gael TD Catherine Byrne has suggested giving free nicotine patches  to pregnant women, describing it as a "progressive step". 
    Byrne says it could  improve the health of newborn babies. The proposal will be brought before Minister for Health James Reilly for possible consideration. 
  • 10:37
    Pat Wishing Mario R a speedy recover? Did something happen to him? I thought it was Mark Cagney that was unwell! Speedy recoveries all round!
  • 10:44
    Three of the Halawa siblings are due to be released from prison in Egypt today.
    A judge has ordered the release of Omaima (20), Fatima (22) and Soumaia Halawa (27) who are being held in Cairo since they were arrested during a protest there in August.
    Their brother, Ibrahim (17), remains in custody and will appear in court in Cairo tomorrow. 

    The Halawa family spoke to Kitty Holland yesterday.  
  • 10:44
  • 10:50
    BAD WEATHER NEWS KLAXON - Now would be a good time to check the pipes; forecasters are predicting a sharp drop in temperatures and the possibilty of snow early next week. More here.
  • 11:13
  • 11:16
    State media in China are reporting that the country will ease its family planning policies and abolish a controversial labour camp system, according to a key document issued after a ruling Communist Party meeting.
  • 11:26

    Karaoke kings and queens of the world rejoice  - Simon Cowell has agreed a new deal with ITV which will see the X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent on screen for a further three years.  

    But as the new contract was announced, there was no word on an anticipated return by Cowell or indeed Cheryl Cole nee Tweedy to the X Factor panel. Since his departure after the 2010 series, there has been a dramatic slide as millions of viewers abandoned the "singing" show. 

    Previous winners Matt Cardle, Leon Jackson, Shayne Ward and er.. Steve Brookstein had their noses put out of joint earlier this week when they were excluded from the upcoming ten year anniversary show. 

  • 11:27
  • 11:31
    Job lossses may be on the cards for workers at Lufthansa Technik Airmotive plant in Rathcoole, Co Dublin.

    The company which employs over 400 staff have been called to a general meeting today. The meeting follows a recent dispute between staff over the funding of a pension deficit. 
    The aircraft maintenance company is a subsidiary of German firm Lufthansa Technik AG - the maintenance repair and overhaul arm of Lufthansa German Airlines.
  • 11:46
    The magazine of French newspaper Le Monde features a photo of German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande cosied up on a bed scoffing croissants on the front cover. 

    The magazine used lookalikes for the photo and it's set to create a bit of a buzz when it hits news stands later today. 

    The pair may have a strained relationship at times but the magazine wanted to show that Franco-German relations are actually quite well, danke. 

    I fully expect to see Merkel and Enda Kenny sharing a breakfast roll on the front cover next time around. 

  • 11:47
  • 11:54
    Thirteen people, including a one year old boy, have been rescued from a suspected arson attack at a block of flats in Derry.
    The fire broke out in a communal stairwell at a block of six flats in the Carnhill area at around 6.30 am this morning. 
  • 11:56
  • 12:14
    A report into child protection services in the Kildare and West Wicklow area has found that delays in assessing individual cases and staff shortages in the region presented a significant risk to the safety of children. Eanna O'Caollai has more here.
  • 12:24
    Bah Humbug - Ryan Tubridy has rejected a plea from a Cavan schoolboy to co host the Late Late Show.

    In the email, Fergal claims to have a common disability called "middle child syndrome" and laments the attention his older and younger brother receive. 

    In his email, he insists in untypical Cavan man style that he's not in it for the money but the "crack."  
    This morning on 2FM, Tubridy said  "I think anyone who writes an email like this needs to be met and congratulated", however he rejected Fergal's application saying all the children taking part in this year's Toy Show have already been chosen. 
    Fergal's mother Mairead appeared on the 2fm show shortly after her sons letter was read out. She said  Fergal is a "monkey" and said he wrote the entire email himself without her knowledge. A Facebook page - Fergal for Toy Show has over 2000 likes at time of writing. 
  • 12:25
  • 12:30
    Food company Nestlé is bringing 95 new jobs to Ireland, and most of the jobs will be targeted specifically at young people.
    It's part of the company's new Europe-wide initiative to improve youth employment. The Irish jobs will be based at the company's Dublin and Limerick plants.
    The positions will be created over the next three years, and they will include apprenticeships, paid work experience and a graduate programme in an effort to entice younger jobseekers.
  • 12:38
    The paedophile brother of Sinn Fein president Gerry Adams should not be subject to lengthy sex offender supervision measures on his eventual release from prison as he does not pose a serious risk to the public, his lawyer has urged.

    Belfast Crown Court today heard final legal submissions on the case of Liam 
    Adams before judge Corinne Philpott adjourned to commence her sentencing deliberations. 

    Liam Adams (58) from west Belfast, was convicted last month of raping and sexually assaulting his daughter Aine Dahlstrom in the late 1970s and early 1980s.
  • 12:42
  • 12:54
    Statistics on Irish use of antibiotics have been released in a new Eurobarometer report. 43 per cent of Irish respondents have taken oral antibiotics in the last twelve months compared to an European average of 35 per cent. The study also revealed that Irish females have much higher use of antibiotics than men. Of the Irish respondents, 51 per cent  of females have taken antibiotics in the last 12 months, compared to just 35 per cent of men.
  • 13:08
    Big news this lunch time - Deutsche Bank has announced that it will generate over 700 new jobs in Dublin over the coming years, bringing its Irish workforce to 1000. 

    The jobs will be in global technology, operations and transaction banking. 

    The German bank said it plans to significantly grow its operations in Dublin by moving to a new 10,000 sq foot office at Eastpoint Business Park. 

    The bank, which has had operations in Ireland since 1991, said it aims to create a regional hub and centre of excellence in the city.
  • 13:22
  • 13:29
    We've all been there - you head out to Ikea swinging your Allen key with great intentions of picking up a Billy bookcase and sampling some meatballs but more often that not, this is the harsh reality. H/T @ConorPope 

  • 13:30
  • 13:37
    There's still time to submit your questions on the Irish Times food forum here as part of The Irish Times food month. You can also follow the hashtag #ITFoodMonth on Twitter.
  • 13:39
  • 13:45
    The dreaded winter vomiting bug is back - Beaumont Hospital has confirmed that a prohibition on all visiting will be in place this weekend to stop the spread of Norovirus. The general public will not be allowed to visit patients in Beaumont Hospital and St Joseph’s Hospital Raheny. 
  • 13:57
    Paolo Di Canio continues his war of words with Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill. More here
  • 13:58
  • 14:10
    The general manager of Loyaltybuild, the Ennis based company at the centre of a large scale investigation into a data-breach affecting up to 1.5 million people has said the company deeply regrets “any distress” caused by the criminal attack.

    Peter Steenstrup said that his company is “committed to providing as much information as we are permitted and as quickly as possible, however, this incident is the subject of a serious investigation by the Garda Bureau of Fraud Investigation and we are not permitted to discuss specific details of the breach.”

    He said the company is no longer taking bookings via its website and by phone: “We have done this to enable our external data experts to complete their investigation into the attack and to put into place the necessary protections and certifications to give our customers the highest degree of confidence when booking with us in the future."
  • 14:19
  • 14:28
    Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland says it is to close Dublin facility with loss of 400 jobs.
  • 14:34
  • 15:09
    A judge has stated that an 18-year old Leaving Cert student guilty of ‘drunk-cycling’ “could have caused a terrible accident”.  At Ennis District Court, Judge Patrick Durcan made his comment after Ghanaian national, Sylvanus Akpaku pleaded guilty to the new offence of ‘drunk-cycling’ under the 2010 Road Traffic Act.

    In the case, Mr Akpaku of 4 Church View, Barefield, Ennis pleaded guilty to driving a pedal cycle under the influence to such an extent as to be incapable of having proper control of the bicycle at Barefield, Ennis on September 13th last.
    The charge is contrary to Section 6 and 2 of the 2010 Road Traffic Act and Insp Tom Kennedy, who prosecuted the case, said yesterday that in his 12 years of prosecuting offences in the district court, it is the first time that he has come across anyone charged with ‘drunk cycling’
  • 15:20
    Hitting a bit of a mid afternoon slump so this next clip comes courtesy of Conor Pope. On this day in 1990, Milli Vanilli's producer Frank Farian held a press conference to confirm that the two group members had never sung on any of their hit records. See below for some flawless lip synching and questionable dance moves. 



  • 15:24
    Self praise is no praise so Lionel Messi's brother tweeted this pic yesterday of Lionel just casually sitting on the floor with some of his trophy collection.
  • 15:24
  • 15:28
    Ireland’s decision to quit the EU-IMF troika programme is “uncluttered and shows the courage of the Irish people”, Taoiseach Enda Kenny said today. He's in Jersey today for a meeting of the British Irish council. 

    Our London Editor Mark Hennessy has more here. 
  • 15:31
  • 15:40
    Tim O'Brien has a guide to some events going on around the country this weekend here.
  • 16:02
    Crimestoppers have issued a renewed appeal for information on an armed robbery at Dundalk Rececourse over two years ago.A substantial amount of cash was taken from a bookmaker as he left the stadium on the night of 28 October, 2011.

    The raid took place in the car park, as he departed after the last race at 9.15pm with his night’s takings. The cash was in what’s described by gardaí as a “bookmaker’s leather holdall bag,” which was “new, in good condition and black in colour”.

    Two men wearing balaclavas ordered him to drop the bag. One was armed with a sawn-off shotgun, the other with an iron bar.Two other men appeared behind the bookmaker, pushing him towards the armed raiders.

    A man in his early 60s who heard what was happening then arrived at the scene, and the men made their escape with the cash. Two of them drove off in a dark-coloured car at speed using the back exit.

    Anonymous information can also be given via Crimestoppers at 1800 25 00 25.
  • 16:12
    Sinead O'Connor has told Time magazine that she welcomes the attention her feud with Miley Cyrus attracted  because it put mental health issues in the spotlight, even if she did feel the wrath of Miley Cyrus fans who told O'Connor to kill herself. 

    "I think what was more important really that came out of the Miley thing was this issue of being able to conversate about how mental health and human rights is now", O'Connor said. "I think she was actually very helpful. I think the two of us, without meaning to, did quite a good job in terms of creating a conversation about something really, really important." 

    Here's Miley earlier this week on BBC Radio One's Live Lounge doing a cover of Lana Del Rey's Summertime Sadness.

  • 16:20
    A man who impersonated a Garda to steal a pensioner's life savings in Cork has been given five years in prison. 

    Judge Sean O’Donnabhain said that it was “an appalling mean crime” which not only led to the injured party becoming a virtual prisoner in his own home but had a similar effect on older people across the community when they heard about it. Barry Roche reports

  • 16:26
    Gardai in Wexford have arrested two men following a seizure of cannabis herb with an estimated value of  €700,000.  It was discovered when Gardai searched a van at Ballymurn near Enniscorthy this morning. The search was carried out, as part of an ongoing investigation targeting the supply and distribution of drugs, by members from the Wexford Garda Division.
  • 16:29
  • 16:44
    European funding for a bridge at the site of one of the worst atrocities of the Troubles has been withdrawn.

    The Special European Union Programmes Body (SEUPB) had pledged €17.4m towards the Narrow Water project. However, it withdrew its offer because additional funding had not been found.

    Narrow Water was the place where a convoy of British paratroopers was blown up by a remote control roadside bomb in 1979.
  • 16:51
    Anne Doyle is set to return to television in December with a brand new quiz show called Division. Division sees thirty-two strangers "on a journey of survival where honesty and bravery are vital, but over-confidence can wipe out every one of your teammates in an instant." Indeed.

    Is there anything Anne won't turn to? See below.   

  • 17:00
  • 17:03
    It's been one of the most popular stories on the site today. And now it is being reported that Toronto’s City Council has voted overwhelmingly to strip mayor Rob Ford  who has resisted huge pressure to resign over his drinking and drug habits and erratic behaviour. More on that here. 
  • 17:10
    To win this fabulous luxury chocolate pyramid , tweet @IrishTimesFood with a photo of you with a copy of the Irish Times Food and Wine guide, free with today's paper. Make sure you include the #ITFoodMonth hashtag in your tweet. Good Luck!
  • 17:18
    We'll leave it there for today. Thanks for following and enjoy the weekend.