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  • 09:31
    Hi, this is Ronan McGreevy here and my steady hand will be on the tiller of the good ship The Daily Wire today. Tweet me at @rmcgreevy1301 if anything grabs your attention.
  • 09:36
    In a competition between Pope Francis and Miley Cyrus for word of the year, the Pope has won. Pope Francis's "selfie" with a group of teenagers in Vatican is the best known example of the trend where people take pictures of themselves with a mobile phone as against twerking, the bum-shaking craze that Cyrus has made her own.
  • 09:39
    The top story on our site is Ruadhán MacCormaic's excellent analysis of the madness that allowed solicitor Thomas Byrne to thrive during the Celtic Tiger. Read it here.
  • 09:49
    Martin Wall's excellent digging on the salaries paid to hospital executives has yielded some interesting figures including the fact that a quarter of health agencies are in breach of the Government's €200,000. Read it here.
  • 09:54
    What would Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain or John Lennon look like if they were still alive. A public relations company in the US have done a mock-up of what they might look like. The saddest thing is that many of them would or could still be alive. Judge for yourself.
  • 10:21
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  • 10:56
    Should philosophy be taught in the Irish classroom? Had it been, would the excesses of the Celtic Tiger really have happened? Joe Humphreys has written this critique of the subject in our education pages. Read it here.
     
  • 11:13
    Walmart's reputation as an appalling and low paying employer goes before it. This story about staff collecting for other staff at an Ohio store so they can enjoy Thanksgiving is covered here by Conor Pope. The chief executive of Walmart earns more than €20 million a year.
  • 11:30
    What's the difference between Ireland and Iceland?, goes the old joke. It is not just one letter and six months. It is the fact that they are potentially 90 minutes away from qualification for the World Cup, an incredible achievement for a country of 300,000 people. They got a credible 0-0 draw in Reykjavik and need a score draw in Zagreb tonight against Croatia to qualify. It's a big ask and they will be the underdogs, but there is already an Irish campaign for us to get behind them if the qualify.
  • 11:37
    Why have Iceland with just 300,000 people and six months of darkness suddenly become so good at football. Here's an analysis of how investment has paid off. John Delaney take note.
  • 11:38
    Fintan O'Toole is now on Today with Sean O'Rourke talking about his 25 years as a columnist. There is a supplement with his best columns in The Irish Times tomorrow.
  • 12:04
    Coheed and Cambria are playing The Academy tonight. Here's my interview with the band in advance of their concert. Read it here.
  • 12:34
    More clubs than Jack Nicklaus, as the saying goes. The latest addition to the Roddy Collins CV is Derry City. He take over there as manager having succeeded in getting Athlone Town in the Premier League for next season, though that club declined to offer him a new contraxct.
  • 13:33
    A sewage plant is to be located in Dublin 4. The residents have lost their appeal against it. Read it here.
  • 13:49
    Good news for Waterford people. The famous soft bread roll known as the Waterford Blaa is to be given Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) in the same way as Parma ham, Champagne and Camembert, among others, have designation. It's only the fifth Irish product to get it. The other four are Clare Island salmon, Connemara Hill lamb, Imokilly Regato and Timoleague Brown Pudding.  
  • 14:12
    Today is the 150th anniversary of one of the greatest speeches in history and also one of the shortest. It took Abraham Lincoln just 271 words to summon the ideals which led to the foundation of the United States and to the abolition of slavery. "The world will little note, nor long remember, what we say here," Lincoln told the crowds at the dedication of the battlefield at Gettysburg. How wrong could he be. The Gettysburg address remains as powerful a clarion call today as it did then.
    http://youtu.be/U2a-S3rjDBw
  • 14:16
    Here's the full text of the Gettysberg address delivered by President Abraham Lincoln at Gettysburg on November 19th, 1863. Long-winded speech makers take note.

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battlefield of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that this nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

    But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate, we can not consecrate, we can not hallow this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

     

  • 14:49
    The Minister for Health Dr James Reilly has spoken out about the top-up renumeration given to hospital chief executives which have been the subject of great controversy. He is not one bit happy. Read it here.
  • 15:03
    The movie Philomena is becoming a real sleeper hit in the UK. It has taken a phenomenal £7.1 million (€8.5 million) at the box office and remains the third most watched film in the UK last week despite fierce competition. The film, about an Irish mother's quest for her son who was given up for adoption, has done less well relatively speaking in Ireland with a box office take to date of €544,645. It has received a five star rating from Irish Times film critic Donald Clarke. Here's the trailer.
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  • 16:00
    The Man Booker Prize winning author Anne Enright has presented awards today at the Hot Press/Alcatel OneTouch The Write Touch writing competition for young people. A month ago, thousands of entries were whittled down to a shortlist of 40, across the four categories of the competition. The Third-Level winners were Siobhan Casey from Galway, attending DCU who wrote about Miley Cyrus and Robert Dalton from Dublin, attending NUI Galway who is writing his first novel 'Paint A Pretty Picture'.
    The Second-Level Winners were Maija Makela from Galway and Fionn Harrington from Clare.
  • 16:03
    Ever wonder about the appalling choices in many restaurants for children? A safefood survey has confirmed what would most people would know anecdotally. Sausages, beef burgers and chicken nuggets are the top three most widely available main courses. Only 42 per cent of eating establishments surveyed listed vegetables on any part of the children’s menu.
  • 16:49
    Morrissey is on the warpath again. He confesses that the now infamous picture of American television presenter Melissa Bachman posing beside a lion she had slain, brought him to tears. He also has a go at the royal family again in this blogpost on his website and praised Russell Brand. Read it here.
  • 17:23

    Public outrage is growing at the top-up payments paid to top executives in some of the country's voluntary hospitals. The story was first broken by The Irish Times' industrial correspondent Martin Wall. The Taoiseach has had his say too saying he will not accept it. Here's the story.

  • 17:23
    And on that note I will call it a day for the night. Thanks for stopping by.