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  • 08:55
    So there will be heavy rain, followed by 'showery weather', and then there will be more heavy rain. Prepare to get wet.

  • 08:57
    Good morning. It's Monday October 21st. Joanne Hunt here on the Daily Wire, with you until 5pm.
  • 09:00
    Anyone know where you can buy a pair of waterproof pants for the bike, that are actually waterproof?
  • 09:05
  • 09:09
    A Greek charity is pursuing at least 10 “promising leads” – many from parents whose children had gone missing – following a worldwide appeal to help identify a blonde, blue-eyed girl found living in a Roma camp in the country.

    Read more.
  • 09:13
     A poster of a four-year-old girl known as Maria, who was found living with a couple in a Roma camp in central Greece.
    A poster of a four-year-old girl known as Maria, who was found living with a couple in a Roma camp in central Greece.
  • 09:16
    “Through our hotline we’ve been contacted by thousands of people in the US, Canada, Australia, Scandinavia, South Africa and the UK,” says the charity operating the helpline to help find the girl's parents.

    “A lot of emails have come through from families whose own children went missing years ago."

    Hopefully one family out there is about to get their little girl back.
  • 09:33
    The Roma couple charged with her abduction are due in court this morning. We'll keep you up to date on how that goes.
  • 09:41
    Bushland west of Sydney is ablaze as wildfires tear through New South Wales, Australia's most populous state.

    State premier Barry O’Farrell signed an order late yesterday, giving emergency services personnel the power to forcibly evacuate people, tear down threatened buildings and cut off power and gas supplies.
  • 09:43
  • 09:50
    Residents in the Sydney region are being hit with air quality levels up to 50 times worse than normal as pollution from the state's bushfires casts a pall of smoke over the city and beyond, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    Joggers in affected suburbs are being told to stay indoors.



  • 09:55
    The Sydney Morning Herald, which operates a partial pay-wall on its news website is even taking measures:

    'NSW bushfires: In light of the current emergency, all bushfire articles are free."
  • 09:57
  • 10:01
    Well, did you watch Love/Hate last night? Trish's hair is spectacular.
  • 10:02
    Happy birthday Paul O'Connell. Now stop playing with your food.
  • 10:14

    Do you end up throwing bagged salad in the bin?

    Tesco has revealed food waste figures showing that 68 per cent of salad sold in bags is thrown out — 35 per cent of it in the home.

    A quarter of grapes are wasted between the vine and the fruit bowl and a fifth of all bananas are unused — with customers throwing one in 10 in the bin.

  • 10:21
    I made two litres of soup last night for about €2.

    Catherine Fulvio recipe comprising a cooking apple, two onions, a butternut squash (the self-service checkout scanned it as 4 cent. I wasn't going to argue), two chicken stock cubes, water, a pinch of sage, pepper and salt. 

    Yum.
  • 10:26
  • 10:28

    (In case, like me, you don't know what to do with a butternut squash).

  • 10:38
    Three Australian MPs together claimed more than $12,000 in “overseas study” allowances to pay for their flights home from a wedding in India in 2011.

    Another MP says it was legitimate to spend almost $13,000 of taxpayer funds on books and magazines over the past four years, along with $7,000 for a bookcase to hold them.

    Read more.
  • 10:46
    Maintaining drug addicts on the heroin-replacement drug methadone is a form of State-sponsored social control that substitutes one addictive drug for another, the head of a drug rehabilitation project has said.

    “For someone who wants to get clean, it’s very difficult. They’re going down to the clinics, congregating there. They’re bringing their children in prams, they’re selling tablets.”

    Read more.
  • 11:00

    Here's a little coincidence for you.

    The building of Britain’s first new nuclear plant in a generation is due to be announced today. The site of the project is Hinkley Point in Somerset.

    Remember the movie Erin Brokovich? It centred around a case against a power generation company in a southern California town, also called Hinkley.

  • 11:06
    "Sir Lecturealot, who hates selling, explaining, negotiating, cajoling and knocking noggins, always manages to convey tedium at the idea that he has to persuade people to come along with him, given the fact that he feels he’s doing what’s right."

    Read Maureen O'Dowd on Barack Obama.
  • 11:08
  • 11:19
    Are they together or are they split up? Rory Mcllroy keeps us guessing as he congratulates tennis player Caroline Wozniacki on her win at the Luxembourg Open on Sunday, the 21st win of her career.
  • 11:29
    The child was adopted, not abducted, says a lawyer for the couple found with a child who is not their own when police raided a Roma settlement 170 miles north of Athens.

    Watch the interview.
  • 11:38
    Have you noticed how government communications departments are going mad for infographics these days?

    See this British government infographic on the benefits of their new nuclear power station.

    And here's a rather dull one on Ireland's jobs strategy.
  • 11:46
    Goal of the season? Bend it like Stephanie Roche, the Dubliner's goal for Peamount Utd now has over 612k views on YouTube.
  • 11:46
  • 11:57
    Kapow! Belfast boxer Michael Conlan takes out Mexico's Brian Gonzalez at the World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazathstan today. (Photo: INPHO/Cathal Noonan).
    Kapow! Belfast boxer Michael Conlan takes out Mexico's Brian Gonzalez at the World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazathstan today. (Photo: INPHO/Cathal Noonan).
  • 12:17
    Michael Conlan won the fight comfortably and will now fight Russia’s Vladimir Nikitin in the quarter-finals on Wednesday where a win would guarantee him at least a bronze medal. Read more.
  • 12:22

    Approximately one in four primary school children in Ireland are overweight or obese, with 6 per cent of three-year-olds classed as being obese.

    Safefood says less time in front of the telly, 60 minutes a day physical activity and getting a good night’s sleep are needed to trim waists. 

    Read more.

  • 12:31
    Kermit woz ere. Like  five months ago people. Now he's gone.
    Kermit woz ere. Like  five months ago people. Now he's gone.
  • 12:34
    See more of Kermit's holiday snaps here.
  • 12:50
    A man has been taken to hospital with injuries after an aggravated burglary at a house in Dublin today. Read more.
  • 12:57
    Is the Celtic Tiger back?

     "One thing that feels dangerously familiar is the rental market. The days of queueing for viewings are back. Stories of prospective renters being gazumped by the competition turning up with wads of cash to secure apartments are plentiful."

     Una Mullally is seeing ghosts.
  • 13:01
    When's the last time you wrote a letter? Read some from our readers.
  • 13:04
  • 13:06

    Does you boyfriend/husband/father head off for a pint of milk and come back with an angle grinder/laminator/buzz saw?

    Then you'll relate  Mick McConnell's  Ballad of Lidl and Aldi.  

  • 13:09
    Read more about Stephanie Roche's Ronaldo-esque  goal.
  • 13:16
    Someone's got their apron in a twist.
  • 13:19
  • 13:29
    From Mary to Madison - this  map of the US  shows the most popular  names for girls born since 1960, state by state. Some scary group-think going on here.
  • 13:32
    The name 'Jennifer' absolutely dominated in America for a decade-and-a-half. If you were born between 1970 and 1984, you were  probably called Jennifer.
  • 13:33
    I once worked in an office where there were five Joannes, all of us born within a year or two of each other. All unique mind.
  • 13:36
    “I have no intention of resigning," says Minister for Health James Reilly in response to calls from  opposition leader Mícheál Martin for his resignation.

     "And I think it’s a bit rich for Mícheál Martin, the architect of the HSE, the man who, when we had more money than at any other time in the State, made a complete mess of the health service and the man who then presided for 716 weeks week in, week out, sitting at Cabinet with Bertie Ahern and Brian Cowen [WHO]bankrupted the country. It’s really just a bit tongue-in-cheek from my point of view coming from him.”
  • 13:42

    Of cuts to health spending the  Minister said, “There is no fat left in the system".  

    He was speaking at the launch of Safefood's childhood  obesity campaign.  

    Ahem.      
     

  • 13:46
    Now there's a stash of hash. Gardaí have seized 1,000 cannabis plants valued at over €1 million at a warehouse in Tralee, Co Kerry. <br /><br /><a href='http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/cannabis-worth-1m-seized-at-tralee-indust
    Now there's a stash of hash. Gardaí have seized 1,000 cannabis plants valued at over €1 million at a warehouse in Tralee, Co Kerry.

    13:53
  • 14:07
    El Presidente on tour in Mexico.
  • 14:09
    Did you know that Dublin has its own Mexican mariachi band? The Mariachi San Patricio are brill.
  • 14:09
  • 14:14
    “I’m not happy with the profundity of my rotundity," Minister for Health, Dr James Reilly has admitted of his struggles with his weight.

    Read more.  
  • 14:16
    A man who repeatedly raped a mother after abducting her and her four-year-old son has been jailed for 15 years at the Central Criminal Court.

    Read more.  
  • 14:24

    The Government has been asked by the United Nations whether it has considered the risks that will be created for Ireland by the construction and operation of a new multibillion euro nuclear power station in England.

    The  British government did not consult with the Irish Government over the “transboundary” risks from nuclear power before it granted approval earlier this year.

    Mark Hennessy reports.  

  • 14:27
    A new £160 million “state-of-the-art” children’s hospital is to be built on the site of the Royal hospital in Belfast it was announced today.

    Bet  you it will be built  before our one.  
  • 14:33
    A child found in Dublin city centre by gardaí last week has been taken into the care of health services. Genevieve Carbery reports.
  • 15:01
  • 15:10
    "You can publish all the glossy CSR reports you want, you can buy as much green energy as you can find and you can recycle the water in the canteen 50 times, but if you don’t pay tax it’s very hard to argue these days that you are a good corporate citizen."

    Irish Times Business editor John McManus talks about  phoney CSR.  
  • 15:12
    This story is about to get big.
  • 15:50
    A 39-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman of Roma background who have had a girl from an unknown background living with them in Greece have appeared in court. Read more.
  • 15:52
  • 15:57
    Did Michael Collins die a virgin? Perhaps so, if you're to believe this historian.
  • 16:01
    This man has no shame.
  • 16:03
    (By the way, that's a pic of Ryanair boss Michael O'Leary, who is responding to your complaints personally today on twitter from 4 - 5pm).
  • 16:15
    Three families have been granted leave to challenge the direct provision system of housing and allowances for asylum seekers.  

    Ruadhan Mac Cormaic has the story.
  • 16:43
    Answering questions on twitter  about why his cabin crew never smile, why his website is a head wreck and whether he has any plans to ditch that annoying fanfare sound when his planes  land - check out Michael O'Leary's first foray into customer service - go to Twitter #GrillMOL
  • 17:12
    I taud I taw a puddy tat.

    Our reporter  Ronan McGreevy visited the Siamese and All Breeds Cat Club of Ireland show.
  • 17:13
    That's it from The Daily Wire. Thanks for stopping by.

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    Stay dry.