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  • 09:12
    All the leaves are brown, and the sky is grey. Some showers, north-westerly winds increasing and it will become much cooler than recently. Is this the beginning of winter?
  • 09:14
    Good morning. It's Wednesday October 9th. Joanne Hunt here on The Daily Wire, with you until 5pm.
  • 09:19
  • 09:25

    Trying to find the perfect gift for that special lady in your life?

  • 09:26
  • 09:31

    Look no further. This ladies' Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch could be yours.

    The Criminal Assets Bureau is holding its first online auction of seized property and has put the watch up for sale on eBay. Purchased new for over €9,000, bidding started at € 6,000 yesterday. By 9am, there had been 12 offers, the highest totalling € 7,400.

  • 09:35

    Every piece of good jewellery should come with a story, something with which to regale those who admire it.

    It is understood the watch was seized from a property in the Moyross area of Limerick last month (during which an Audi Q7 car and cash were also recovered).  See what your friends make of that.

  • 09:46
  • 09:53
    Right, enough gangsta.
  • 09:55
    "I think the mob are always wrong, so it’s not hard to be a contrarian if you’re true to your own passion, your own intellect"

    Eamon Dunphy opens up to John Waters about his many personas, disappointing his parents, how he broke down in tears after finding himself on the outside during the Charlton era, and the modern journalistic ‘wasteland’.

    Check out the interview.
  • 10:04
    "Mary Harney rang me up and told me to stop making a fool of myself! Mary Harney!" recalls Dunphy. Imagine.
  • 10:11
    Are you being served?

    "We've seen it everywhere this year, from pubs and cafes to five-start hotels and leading restaurants," says food writer Georgina Campbell of the poor service she says is blighting Ireland's hospitality industry. "Something has got to be done about it."

    Read Alison Healy's report.
  • 10:17
    The winners of food writer Georgina Campbell's annual awards included:

    Hotel of the Year: Dunraven Arms, Adare, Co. Limerick

    Restaurant of the Year: VM Restaurant, Viewmount House, Longford.

    Pet-friendly Hotel of the Year: Echo Lodge, Ballingarry, Co.Limerick.

    Find out who else took gongs.
  • 10:26

    Gardai are trying to establish if a man who was abducted by a gang that rammed his car had fallen foul of an organised criminals based in the Midlands and west of the country.

    The man has been named as 31-year-old Richard O'Donovan. Garda sources said there are now serious concerns for his safety, with the missing man not seen since his apparent abduction at around 3.30pm yesterday in a residential area at Swiftbrook Glen, Virginia, Co Cavan.

  • 10:28

    Picture the scene.

    Mr O’Donovan was in a blue/grey BMW 3 Series car at the entrance to the Swiftbrook Glen estate when he was rammed by a number of other men in a silver BMW X5 4X4.

    The men in the 4X4 then got out of their vehicle, beat their victim and then bundled Mr O’Donovan into the 4X4 before speeding from the scene.

    All in broad daylight.

    Read more.

  • 10:32

    Millwall player Andy Keogh has had his car nicked. 

  • 10:47
    So did the HSE make savings from the cancellation of outpatient appointments and elective surgery caused by the junior doctors strike yesterday?

    At at time when there are tensions over health spend overruns, maybe the strike helped save some cash.
  • 10:48
  • 10:55
    HIQA’s report on the death of Savita Halappanavar is due at 3pm today. We'll bring you more on that as it breaks.
  • 11:02

    Property auctioneers Allsop Space are charging punters a partially refundable  registration fee of €200  to attend its next auction of distressed property at the RDS  on Tuesday.

    That should weed out the tyre-kickers and protestors. See for yourself.

  • 11:04
    Constant Markievicz can rest easy so.
  • 11:05
  • 11:08
    Postcode anxiety.

  • 11:10
    Ireland is the only State in the European Union or among OECD countries that does not have a national postcode system in place. I always thought that was kind of cute.
  • 11:12

    But the new postcodes, to be in place by 2015, won't be the death knell for Dublin’s most prestigious property districts such as D4 and D6. Read Mary Minihan's report.

  • 11:16
    The ubiquitous Countess Markievicz and the even more ubiquitous Miriam O'Callaghan.
  • 11:21
    When are we going to see plans for the new National Children's Hospital, Gerry Adams asks the Taoiseach in the Dail right now.

    Enda Kenny admits there's "been slippage in the past 12 months" and "time has been lost".
  • 11:29
    Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne joined Twitter 18 hours ago and already has 268,449 followers. Go Gazza.
  • 11:32
    Have you learned nothing, Paddy??!
  • 12:01
    Gardaí have said a a 31-year-old man reportedly abducted in Cavan yesterday has been located “safe and well”.
  • 12:11
    Almost 40 per cent of the perpetrators of sexual violence against children were themselves under the age of 18, a groundbreaking report from the Rape Crisis Network of Ireland (RCNI) finds.

    “While 10-12 year olds account for 4 per cent of child abusers, from the age of 13 the likelihood of a sexual crime being perpetrated by a child increases such that 13 and 14 year olds account for 14 per cent of all child perpetrators, 15 and 16 year olds account for almost 39 per cent . . . and 17 year olds account for 43 per cent of child perpetrators.”

    Shocking findings. Read Kitty Holland's report.
  • 12:19
    Under 13s are most vulnerable to sexual assualt by a male family member. Be that 'believing and furious' adult. Minister for Children Frances Fitzgerald was at the report launch.
  • 12:45
    What makes Ireland a great place to do business? Here's some Government-sponsored blarney.  
  • 12:45
  • 12:51
    A North Dublin-based GP who allegedly failed to diagnose a patient with a life-threatening abdominal infection that created a mass the size of a melon is facing allegations of poor professional performance at a Medical Council fitness-to-practise inquiry this morning.

    Fiona Gartland is there.
  • 13:00
    Holy God.
  • 13:14
    See our gallery of the bridges of Dublin. Some great old photos of the capital. Thanks to Éanna Ó Caollaí.
  • 13:21

    Coming up to the first anniversary of the death of Savita Halappanavar, who died in University Hospital Galway on October 28th last year, the last official report into her death will be published this afternoon.

    The 250-page report from the Health Information and Quality Authority is the third report into her death and follows a coroner’s inquest and an inquiry by the HSE.

    The long-awaited report was presented to the Hiqa board on Monday evening and a copy was furnished to Minister for Health Dr James Reilly yesterday.

    Ms Halappanavar’s husband Praveen, who did not co-operate with the inquiry, is also being furnished with a copy of the report through his solicitor.

    We'll have more when the report is published after 3pm

  • 13:27
    A new picture of a possible suspect connected to the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is to be released by police, it has been claimed.

    Read more.
  • 13:37
    The Irish Medical Organisation (IMO) has said further industrial action in the dispute over working hours of non- consultant hospital doctors has not been taken off the table.

    Industry correspondent, Martin Wall reports.
  • 13:46
    "Unhygienic food preparation, overcrowded rooms, rotting floorboards, serious cleanliness issues, blocked emergency exits, fire doors wedged open, faulty showers and fire alarms."

    Ireland's treatment of asylum seekers - is this the next report waiting to happen?

    Read more.
  • 13:53

    John Thomas McNamara, the Limerick jockey who suffered serious neck injury at the Cheltenham Festival which resulted in paralysis makes progress.

  • 14:03
    Our politial correspondent's ode to autumn.
  • 14:07

    Technology reporter Ciara O'Brien test drives the new Samsung Galaxy camera.

    Priced at €1,500, is it worth it?

    Watch her video.

  • 14:12

    Three in five young people eat fast food at least weekly and almost one-third say they eat “a lot” of junk food, a survey of 500 teenagers shows.

    One in three teenagers has soft drinks at least daily while only half eat the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables each day.

    (I'm actually quite impresed that half eat their five day).

    Read Paul Cullen's report.

  • 14:34
    A reduced budgetary target of €2.5 billion, signalled by Minister for Finance Michael Noonan yesterday, could trigger another round of austerity measures in next year’s budget if the Government’s growth forecasts fail to materialise, says the ESRI.

    Read why the ESRI thinks the Minister for Finance should stick with a budgetary adjustment of €3.1 billion.
  • 14:43
    Hen parties are no party either.
  • 14:52
    Warnings have been issued about possible flight disruptions tomorrow as French Air Traffic controllers threaten strike action. 

    Flights from Ireland to France, Spain, Portugal and Northern Africa may be disrupted due to the action. Disruptions are likely to go on all day until 8pm.  Ryanair has already cancelled 70 flights to or overflying France tomorrow.

    Find out more.
  • 14:55
    "The 1970s-style newspaper publishing process – making incremental changes to multiple editions through the night – is dead," says the Financial Times. "In future, our print product will derive from the web offering – not vice versa."

    Read the memo to Financial Times staff.
  • 14:59
    Your bra is 100 years old. And is still holding up.
  • 15:16
    “The investigation findings reflect a failure in the provision of the most basic elements of patient care to Savita Halappanavar," says HIQA’s Director of Regulation, Phelim Quinn of the latest report on Ms Halappanavar's death.
  • 15:17
    "The investigation also identified a number of missed opportunities to intervene in her care which, if they had been acted upon, may have resulted in a different outcome for Savita Halappanavar," HIQA has said.
  • 15:18
    "Our investigation uncovered a series of failures in the management, governance and delivery of maternity services at University Hospital Galway which were not consistent with best practice.”
  • 15:20
    "As a result of the findings of the investigation, the Authority makes a series of 34 recommendations that focus on the improvements required in the Hospital and across all maternity hospitals in Ireland, as well as at national level," the HIQA report into Ms Halappanavar's death says.
  • 15:21
    “The findings and recommendations from this investigation focus on the substantial and significant failures in the most basic care provided to Savita Halappanavar and also point to improvements that are required in the delivery of maternity services in Galway, and in similar hospitals nationally.”
  • 15:24
    Read health correspondent Paul Cullen's report on the latest inquiry into Savita Halappanavar's death.
  • 15:28
    The full HIQA report - 'Patient Safety Investigation report into services at University Hospital Galway (UHG) and as reflected in the care provided to Savita Halappanavar' - is available here.
  • 15:33
    "The fact that six years on from the Tania McCabe report  [The HSE held an inquiry into the death of Tania McCabe and her son Zach in 2007, the circumstances of which have a disturbing resemblance to the case of Savita Halappanavar], only 5 out of the 19 public maternity hospitals/units were able to provide a detailed status report on the implementation of the recommendations from that report is simply unacceptable," says HIQA.
  • 15:40
  • 15:45
    The sequence of events leading to Savita Halappanavar's death and the events that have unfolded since - see a timeline from Kitty Holland.
  • 15:55
    A 57-year-old Co Westmeath woman and her 18-year-old son are missing since last month.
    Carmel Williams and her son Alexander Williams were last seen leaving their home in Ashfield, Ashe Road, Mullingar, on the morning September 14th last.

    Read more.  
  • 16:02
    A passenger has landed a plane at Humberside airport after the pilot fell ill.
  • 16:03
  • 16:10
    The Irish Fiscal Advisory Council said it maintains the view that the fiscal adjustment in next week’s budget should be €3.1 billion.
    The statement comes after an appearance by Labour Party TD Arthur Spring on RTÉ’s Prime Time programme last night, where he said the council “are now ok” with a lower budget adjustment of €2.5 billion.

    Read more. 
  • 16:14
  • 16:40
    Ryanair is cancelling some flights tomorrow with delays to others as a result of a strike by Air Traffic Controllers in France. 

    Read more.  
  • 16:47
  • 16:50
    A Co Cork man has appeared in court charged over an alleged fraud in which people inquiring about filing their Local Property Tax returns were asked questions about their bank details.
    Gardaí in Bishopstown in Cork began the investigation after management at call centre Abtran, which was operating a tax helpline for the Revenue Commissioners, became conerned over the behaviour of an employee.

    Barry Roche reports. 
  • 16:55
    The Dublin Web Summit. It's nearly bigger than The Gathering.
  • 16:57
    Right, that's it from The Daily Wire for today. Thanks for stopping by.

    We're back tomorrow at 9am. You can keep up to date over night on IrishTimes.com.
  • 17:01
    Turning cold later tonight, with the winds moderating in most places. Lowest temperatures of 3 to 7 C, with some grass frost in sheltered rural areas. Brrrr.