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  • 09:00
    Good morning and welcome to The Daily Wire from the Irish Times newsroom in Dublin on Thursday, August 8th.
  • 09:01

    Our top story today is Carl O'Brien's report  on how the Clearing House Group – a controversial gathering of financial industry executives, accountants and senior civil servants – helped to secure at least a dozen separate measures in the Finance Act for 2013.
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  • 09:25
    You may have noticed the picture of Superquinn's famous sausages at the top of the page (unless you're reading this through the mobile app).

    There was something of a panic on social media yesterday about the demise of the much-loved pork product with Superquinn's impending absorption into Supervalu.

    However, Conor Pope reports that the sausage has not been what it used to be for a long time.

    'During the 1970s, after visiting Germany, Fergal Quinn set out to perfect a sausage to suit the Irish palate. For more than 30 years it was made in-store by Superquinn butchers and sold fresh to shoppers.
    Everything changed when Mr Quinn sold the brand to Select Retail Holdings in 2005 – since then the sausage has been made by the Larry Goodman-owned ABP Meats.'

     Supervalu claim the same 'secret recipe' is still used, however.
  • 09:32

    Arthur Fields was a street photographer who took pictures of passersby on O’Connell Bridge for over 50 years. It is estimated he took 182,500 photographs from the early 1930s until he stopped in 1985 at the age of 84.

    Public support is being sought for a project on Fields and his photographs. 

    Man on Bridge will be an online collection point for his work, enabling people who might have a Fields photograph buried away in their collection to contribute these to a web-based archive.

    Read Patsy McGarry's report and see the video here.

  • 09:33
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  • 10:47
    There's a lot of discussion about low (or no) standards online and in social media at the moment. For those late to the party, here are some helpful hints on HOW TO BE OUTRAGED ON THE INTERNET! The caps are obligatory.
  • 10:49
    Oh look. A food fight.

  • 11:10

    The College Times website has just deleted a 'one night stand guide for men' after the article, which included jokes about rapists, was attacked on Twitter and Facebook. At least one advertiser - 7UP - also stated it was withdrawing its ads from the site, which describes itself as '  a national varsity website for good humoured Irish students and young adults alike. '

  • 11:50
    Daft Punk, Jeff Bridges and Henry Kissinger. Together at last in this Stephen Colbert dance extravaganza...
  • 11:51
  • 12:07
    RTE has just launched its autumn TV schedule.

    In drama, Love/Hate is back.  Quirke, based on John Banville/Benjamin Black's 1950s Dublin-set thrillers, stars Gabriel Byrne as the titular hero. Amber is about a family's search for their missing teenage daughter.
  • 12:08
    There are documentaries about the 1913 lockout and about surrogacy.

    Doesn't sound very exciting, does it?
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  • 12:15
    They never go home. They never go home. They never go...

  • 12:23
    Liam Are all superquinns closing
  • 12:26
    Hi Liam,

    According to Ciaran Hancock's story today, the plan is to 'merge' Superquinn's 24 stores with Supervalu's 198. The implication is that the stores will continue, but under the Supervalu brand.
  • 12:33
    The most-read story on now is the report of court proceedings this morning, with US authorities seeking the extradition of Eric Eoin Marques, who  
    is alleged to be involved in the distribution of online child  
    The 28-year-old Irishman described by an FBI special agent as "the largest  facilitator of child porn on the planet," has been further remanded in custody by the High Court today.
    Following a brief appearance before Mr Justice Paul McDermott at the  
    High Court this morning Mr Marques was remanded in custody until Thursday  
    of next week.
    The US authorities are seeking his extradition on four charges. The  
    court heard that if convicted he faces sentences of up to 30 years in  
  • 12:41
    Further to that earlier post about negative reaction to an article on the College Times website, the site has now issued a statement:

    College Times would like to publicly apologise to our advertising partner 7UP for a technical failure that allowed advertisements for the brand to appear alongside an article in our ‘It’s all about sex section’. We have removed the brand from the particular section and would like to make it clear that 7UP would never be associated with content of this type.

    The article ‘One Night Stand – For Men’ was written by a woman to highlight, in a satirical fashion, behaviours that occur commonly within our society. The article was based on the observations of a student, College Times never intended to offend any of our readers. The author of the piece wrote a similar article for a Canadian website;, no plagiarism occurred.
  • 12:52

    Oh my.


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  • 14:24
     Ken Loach  starts shooting today  in Counties Leitrim and Sligo on his new film - his first in Ireland since The Wind That Shakes the Barley.
    Jimmy's Hall stars Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Jim Norton, Brían O’Byrne, and Andrew Scott.

    The story: In 1921 Jimmy Gralton's sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in Ireland where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream... but above all to dance and have fun. Jimmy's Hall celebrates the spirit of these free thinkers.  The film is set in 1932 and follows events when Jimmy returned from a decade in New York and re-opened the hall.  The film is freely inspired by Jimmy’s life and turbulent times.
  • 14:38
    Now, there have been a few spoof Irish tornado pics lately, but this footage seems to be legit and was apparently recorded yesterday in Co Carlow.

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  • 16:20
    Over on his Screenwriter blog, our Film Correspondent, Donald Clarke, has embarked on a series called 50 Years: 50 Films. He has now arrived at 1967 Here's a taste:

    What do Finnegan’s Wake and Don’t Look Back have in common? You will already have worked it out. Despite what I have done above, neither the James Joyce novel nor the Bob Dylan documentary included an apostrophe in its title. Oh, and they are both among the greatest entities in their field..

    And here's the Dont Look Back trailer, quite well known in its own right.

  • 16:40
    According to the Guardian, Cesc Fabregas has said he won't be leaving Barcelona for Manchester Utd. The former Arsenal captain said:  "My dream has always been to play at Barça and nothing has changed," he said. "I'm very happy here and I never thought about leaving. I never had any doubt."
    United responded by saying: "We appreciate Cesc is a contracted player at Barcelona and completely respect everything Cesc has said today.
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  • 17:47
    Jim Carroll lets the cat out of the bag.