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  • 08:41
    Good morning. Éanna Ó Caollaí (@eocaollai) here with today's Daily Wire news blog. This morning's lead story in The Irish Times looks at the publication of the Hiqa report into the circumstances surrounding the death last year of Savita Halappanavar in University Hospital Galway.
  • 08:51
    A crisp autumnal morning in Dublin today - and according to our friends in Met Éireann, the day will start cold, dry and sunny. Expect some cloud to build during the day, but it will stay mainly dry with further sunny spells this afternoon with just the risk of a few light showers affecting east coasts. Maximum temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees. Probably no need for an umbrella - but the usual caveats apply!
  • 08:59
    A nice piece with a memorable headline from Michael Harding: 'Making love to the sound of Sunday Miscellany'
  • 09:04
  • 09:17
  • 09:25
    The Guardian is reporting that  X Factor guru Simon Cowell has taunted Sinéad O'Connor with the offer a job as guest judge on his show after she called him a 'murderer of music'.
  • 09:44
    Conor Brady on Love/Hate's capacity to "reduce to riveting, small-screen entertainment a set of realities that are sordid, brutal, depraved and a shameful reflection on a society that considers itself civilised and generally law-abiding."
  • 09:58
    At least we count the votes after they have been cast - Azerbaijan has hit the headlines following the release of election results before voting had even started
  • 10:23
    In line with Michael O’Leary promise to transform Ryanair’s culture to a more customer-focused approach, the airline is to hire a new senior executive to spearhead efforts to create a new, softer image.
  • 10:32
    BREAKING: Libyan PM Ali Zeidan has been freed...more to follow
  • 10:36
    The Smiths were originally going to called The Ryans until Mike Joyce objected....Jim Carroll's 'preview' of Morrissey’s “Autobiography” due for publication next week
  • 10:48
    A Council of Europe report has found that austerity is breaching the human rights of vulnerable groups in Spain. Read about it here.
  • 10:56
    As Wikileaks publishes correspondence between Julian Assange and actor Benedict Cumberbatch who plays him in The Fifth Estate, our own Laura Slattery shares her thoughts on the new movie.
  • 11:16
  • 11:44
    Facts about the Nobel prize:

    Number: 105 Prizes to 109 Laureates
    Average age of a Literature Laureate: 64
    Awarded women: 12
  • 11:53
    And, the bookies favourites for the 2013 prize are:

    Haruki Murakami 4/1
    Alice Munro 8/1
    Peter Nadas 25/1
    Joyce Carol Oates 7/1
    Jon Fosse 16/1
    Ko Un 25/1
  • 11:56
    Some more interesting facts and figures:

    105 Nobel Prizes in Literature have been awarded 1901-2012.

    12 women have been awarded the Literature Prize so far.

    4
    Literature Prizes have been divided between two persons.

    42 years was the age of the youngest Literature Laureate ever, Rudyard Kipling, best known for The Jungle Book.

    88 years was the age of the oldest Literature Laureate ever, Doris Lessing, when she was awarded the Prize in 2007.

    64 is the average age of the Nobel Laureates in Literature the year they were awarded the prize.
  • 12:02
    The 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature has been awarded to Canadian author Alice Munro "master of the contemporary short story".
  • 12:05
    ...and to prove it, here's the tweet...
  • 12:37
  • 12:46
    After Saul Bellow, who won the award in 1976, Alice Munro is the second Canadian writer to win the award. The 82-year-old also won the Man Booker International Prize in 2009.  In statement on its website as it awarded the prize of 8 million crowns ($1.25 million), the Swedish Academy said "some critics consider her the Canadian Chekhov".
  • 13:00
    Munro’s writing has brought her numerous awards. She won a National Book Critics Circle prize for Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage, and is a three-time winner of the Governor General’s prize, Canada’s highest literary honour. Read about her here.
  • 13:01
    A new British study has raised the prospect of a pill that can treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s by halting the death of neurons.
  • 13:39
    A paediatrician has warned parents and teenagers about the danger of an activity called the choking, or fainting game, after it emerged that a teenage boy was seriously ill in Temple Street Children’s Hospital following the activity. Read about it here
  • 14:14
    Someone with some media and PR nous really needs to brief Twitter chief executive Dick Costolo on the use of, er, Twitter, writes Karlin Lillington
  • 14:29
  • 14:38
    Fianna Fáil has said the adjustment in next week’s budget should be €2.4 billion and that a 50/50 mix of spending cuts and tax hikes should be pursued to reach the target - Steven Carroll reports...
  • 14:50
    Story of the day so far has got to be the camels that were found wandering around north Dublin after escaping from a circus
  • 14:51
  • 15:42
    Marie O'Halloran reports on sharp exchanges in the Dáil today between Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore and Fianna Fáil health spokesman Billy Kelleher, in a row over the removal of former Labour TD Colm Keaveney from the agriculture committee.

  • 16:20
    Good news for Co Tyrone where a US manufacturing company has announced the creation of 260 new jobs
  • 16:26
    An organisation calling itself “the IRA” admitted shooting father-of-four Kevin Kearney in north Belfast while local politicians said they were in no doubt that dissidents were responsible for the murder of a man in Derry this morning. Gerry Moriarty reports
  • 16:34
    Here's an interesting read on the Dublin GAA's latest win - a €4m sponsorship deal with AIG
  • 16:38
    That's it from me for today folks - thanks for popping by!