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Martin and Roy tie managerial knot, a vote on gay marriage on way and missing girl identified

Ronan McGreevy Wed, Nov 6
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  • 09:27
    Hi, I'm Ronan McGreevy and I'll be driving the Daily Wire bus today. Destination, who knows. You can Tweet me at @rmcgreevy1301 or email suggestions here and I'll try and include them.
  • 09:30

    The main topic of conversation in Ireland remains the appointment of Martin O'Neill and Roy Keane as manager and assistant manager of the Republic of Ireland football team. For better or worse, the next few years are going to be very interesting. For those who missed it, here's a clip of them talking about their appointments on ITV last night.

  • 09:36
    Here's a really interesting exchange at the Oxford Union last night involving Martin McGuinness as reported by Mark Hennessy. The Oxford Union is a bear pit at the best of times, but is famous for those who attend it making off-the-cuff comments such as this one by the Deputy First Minister that the IRA could have killed thousands of people in London during the Troubles.
  • 10:19
    ITV's decision to set up a dedicated television service in the Republic in 2015 is potentially huge news for Irish broadcasting. A new news service will be a welcome addition to the Irish broadcasting landscape, but what are the consequences for TV3 if the crown jewels of their schedule, Coronation Street and Emmerdale, are taken away from them and put on the new channel.
  • 10:38
    All gay people will be in favour of gay marriage, right? Wrong, according to this fascinating ding-dong on Morning Ireland between Labour TD and gay man John Lyons and Paddy Manning from Preserve Marriage, an organisation set up by gay people to oppose gay marriage. "I really resent this victim culture around gay people. I think it is hilarious," said Paddy Manning. Presenter Rachael English struggled to keep them civil. You can hear it here.  
  • 11:44
  • 12:05
    Ever wondered what a heavy metal version of Michael Jackson would sound like? I bet you didn't, but hear it is anyway.
  • 12:08
    A jewel thief runs out of a shop and is caught by four gardaí who also happen to be marathon runners. You couldn't make it up.
  • 12:30
  • 12:34
    Sinn Féin claim to have new Anglo tapes, but finance spokesman Pearse Doherty said they cannot release them at this stage, but have instead handed them over to gardaí. Why not publish and be damned?
  • 12:37
  • 12:57
    Big news here for Irish language speakers. The new Mayor of Boston is Martin Walsh, the son of Irish-speaking emigrants who left Connemara in the 1950s and he too speaks irish. He beat another Irish-American candidate John Connolly by 52 per cent to 48 per cent. Walsh (46) has had some life being a university dropout and ex-alcoholic.


  • 13:30
    Will this recession ever end? The latest purchasing managers' index indicates that growth is slowing again in the Eurozone. Read it here.
  • 13:40
    Geri Halliwell, remember her?, has made another attempt to resurrect her career, this time on Australia's Got Talent. She's just released her new single Half of Me which sold the sum total of 393 copies in Australia last week. It is hardly surprising as it contains such lyrical delights as "I gave you the finger, you took me to dinner", "you're better than chocolate, you're right in my pocket" and the pièce de résistance "I want to have your baby, I want to have you like crazy". Judge for yourself.
  • 14:31
    The levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere continue to rise at an alarming rate according to this report by the World Meterological Organisation. Read it here.
  • 16:04
    That mystery Australian teenager who went missing and could not be identified has turned out be 25. Read the story here.
  • 16:30
    Irish troops serving with the United Nations mission in Syria have been caught up in fighting between the Syrian forces and anti-government armed groups, with 15 artillery rounds landing within 200 metres of a convoy of Irish vehicles. Conor Lally reports from Lebanon.

  • 16:56
    Here's video of the Toronto mayor Rob Ford admitting that he really did smoke crack cocaine. It's riveting stuff. Watch it here.
  • 16:58
    Here's another sensational foreign story that might be of interest. Palestinian leader Yassar Arafat was poisoned to death, according to his widow. She stopped short of blaming the most obvious suspects, the Israelis. Read it here.
  • 16:59
    And that's all for today. Thanks for stopping by.