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The World Wide Web’s birthday and all today’s latest rolling news from Hugh Linehan

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  • 09:11
    Good morning and welcome to The Daily Wire for August 23rd, 2013. It's Gene Kelly's birthday.

  • 09:14
    It's raining lightly across most of the country this morning. However Met Eireann predicts clearer weather will gradually spread from the west , as outbreaks of rain slowly clear eastwards. However the rain will be heavy at times, especially across Ulster and Leinster, before it finally clears. Highest temperatures today of 17 to 19 degrees in light to moderate breezes.
  • 09:26
    Today's lead stories across the main Irish news sites:

    In The Irish Times, Paul Cullen reports that the first termination of a pregnancy carried out under the provisions of new abortion legislation has taken place at the National Maternity Hospital on Holles Street, Dublin. leads with Michaella McCollum Connolly and Melissa Reid, who it reports will be locked up in the Virgen de Fatima jail, which houses some of Peru's most notorious killers, while they await a trial date.

    RTE says UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon renewed his push for Syria to
    allow UN inspectors immediate access to investigate allegations that
    the government carried out a chemical weapons attack.

  • 09:30
    Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland an hour ago, Dr Peter Boylan, the Clinical Director of  Holles Street, said he is outraged by a breach of patient confidentiality in this morning's Irish Times lead story.
    , Mr Boylan said there would be an investigation into who gave the information to the press and described it as absolutely unethical.
  • 09:40
    'It’s a long time since any major studio closed the silly season with a $115 million Marxist polemic.' Read Donald Clarke's review of Elysium here.

  • 09:51
    As you all know, today is National Potato Day. Events around the country include a Spud Fest on Dublin's South King Street, potato sampling in Dundalk and my favourite, a '5k/10k Run Followed by Potato Buffet and freebies' at  Clongeen GAA, Longraigue, Foulkmills, Co. Wexford. Just remember to make sure your Potato Day is a Safe Potato Day.

  • 09:53
  • 10:19
    As you can see from the top of the page, some people reckon today is the 23rd birthday of the World Wide Web. Some others disagree. And others believe the world is ruled by reptiles who faked 9/11. But remeber that, without Sir Tim Berners-Lee's invention, we wouldn't have the global meltdown which has occurred over the last 24 hours since the announcement that Ben Affleck was going to play Batman. Affleck, 40, has been confirmed to star opposite Henry Cavill's Superman in the as yet untitled forthcoming sequel to Zack Snyder's Man of Steel. Production on the new film is expected to begin next year, with a release date of 17 July 2015 planned, according to the Associated Press.

    Shortly after the announcement, #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck was trending across the world,...
  • 10:54
  • 11:08
    The most popular opinion column in today's Irish Times is by our Economics Editor, Dan O'Brien, who today touches on the Father Jack-esque subjects of sex and drink. Dan argues that proposals to criminalise the purchase of the former and impose a minimum price on the latter are misguided and doomed to failure.
  • 11:17
  • 11:43
    Syria: the New York Times reports the Obama administration is weighing up responses to the alleged chemical attack by the Assad regime on a Damascus suburb.

    'Senior officials from the Pentagon, the State Department and the intelligence agencies met for three and a half hours at the White House on Thursday to deliberate over options, which officials say could range from a cruise missile strike to a more sustained air campaign against Syria.

    The meeting broke up without any decision, according to senior officials, amid signs of a deepening division between those who advocate sending Mr. Assad a harsh message and those who argue that military action now would be reckless and ill timed. '
  • 12:01

    It's twelve o'clock. Time for the Angelus...


  • 12:52
    Further to today's Irish Times story about the termination of a pregnancy at the National Maternity Hospital in Holles Street, the Department of Health has issued the following statement:

    The Protection of Life during Pregnancy Act was signed into law by the President on 30 July 2013. It has not yet commenced. It will be commenced as soon as is practicable. There are operational issues which need to be addressed before it can be commenced. These include the establishment of a panel of medical practitioners for the purpose of the formal medical review provisions and administrative facilities to enable the review committee, drawn from the review panel, to perform its functions. As provided for in the Act, these operational issues will be addressed by the HSE. In order to respect patient confidentiality, the Department of 
    Health will be making no further comment on this issue. 
  • 13:01
    Breaking:  RaboDirect bank will end their sponsorship of the Pro 12 league at the end of this season, three years into a four year agreement after stating their “key business objectives have been achieved.”
  • 13:19
    Shane C The Waterford Angelus.........................way better
  • 14:19
    BREAKING:  Microsoft has announced that Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer has decided to retire as CEO within the next 12 months, upon the completion of a process to choose his successor. In the meantime, Ballmer will continue as CEO.
    “There is never a perfect time for this type of transition, but now is the right time,” Ballmer said. “We have embarked on a new strategy with a new organization and we have an amazing Senior Leadership Team. My original thoughts on timing would have had my retirement happen in the middle of our company’s transformation to a devices and services company. We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction.”
  • 14:36
  • 14:54
    Speaking of the World Wide Web's birthday, here's Sir Tim Berners-Lee.

  • 15:19
    Reports from Cairo indicate mass protests called by Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood mostly failed to materialise today
    Troops and police had taken relatively low-key security measures before the Friday of Martyrs processions that were to have begun from 28 mosques in the capital after weekly prayers.
  • 15:27
    Following his article this morning on a termination of pregnancy carried out at the National Maternity Hospital, Paul Cullen reports on the Department of Health's statement (reproduced earlier here), stating that the Protection of Pregnancy Act, which was signed into law by the President at the end of July, will be commenced as soon as practicable.
    The termination, which was carried out on the woman in view of the risk to her life, was the first since the legislation was enacted. The department declined to comment on the case, citing patient confidentiality.
    Dr Peter Boylan, clinical director of the hospital, had earlier described the leak of patient details in the original article as unacceptable and unethical. Patient confidentiality was absolutely critical in the hospital’s dealings with women, especially those in sensitive situations, he said.
    “Patients will get the care they deserve, and we will not let any woman die in Holles Street, we will give her the appropriate care. But we will not have her details splashed around the newspapers,” he said.
  • 16:47