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  • 09:04
    Good morning everyone. My name is Colin Gleeson and I will be with you until 5pm on today's Daily Wire.
  • 09:13

    On the front page of today’s Irish Times, you can read about how the National Treasury Management Agency has lowered the target of how much it will raise for the State this year to €8 billion. This follows its success in raising €3.75 billion yesterday from the issuance of a syndicated 10-year Treasury Bond.

    It was Ireland’s first entry into international debt markets since exiting the EU-IMF bailout programme on December 15th. The funds were raised at 3.543 per cent and followed orders of €14 billion from investors.

  • 09:19
    "It isn’t so much the elephant in the room but a herd of elephants."

    What do you think former President Mary McAleese is talking about?
  • 09:22

    She was talking about the Catholic Church’s position on homosexuality.

    “I don’t like my church’s attitude to gay people. I don’t like ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’. If you are the so-called sinner, who likes to be called that? We also know that within the priesthood a very large number of priests are gay.”

    You can read more here.

  • 09:31

    On a similar note, a former member of the elite division of Swiss Guards has revealed that, besides protecting the pontiff, he spent his two years in the Vatican rebuffing unwanted sexual advances from priests, bishops and even a high-ranking cardinal.

    The unnamed guard told a Swiss newspaper that he was the subject of 20 “unambiguous sexual requests”.

    “As the spinach and steak were served, the priest said to me: ‘And you are the dessert’.”

    Derek Scally has more here.

  • 09:36

    Gardai in Tullamore, Co Offaly, investigating the discovery of the body of Christy Daly at Bog road, Killbride, Clara, on January 7th have upgraded their investigation to a murder enquiry.

  • 09:47

    The picture at the top of this blog is of students competing in this year’s BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. It is the competition’s 50th anniversary.

    Judging gets under way today as almost 1,200 students aged from 12 to 18 descend on the RDS in Dublin.

    President Michael D Higgins officially opens the exhibition this afternoon amidst a heightened air of expectation in this important anniversary year.

  • 10:02

    Jennifer O’Connell’s column on “ten phrases we could live without” is the most read article on irishtimes.com this morning.

    Totes couldn’t agree more.

  • 10:09
    What do you think is the most annoying phrase?

    You can comment at the top of the blog and I'll publish some of them.
  • 10:17
  • 10:22

    Jaysus you'd want a shotgun under the bed if you had to deal with those on any sort of regular basis.

  • 10:23
    Oona Carmody Most annoying phrase "to be honest" - implies that the speaker is not honest the rest of the time.
  • 10:23

    Twitter going a little mad at the moment with news that American guitarist Bo Diddley has died aged 79.

    I would say Rest in Peace but something tells me he’s fairly well rested at this stage.

    He died in 2008.

  • 10:29
  • 10:35
    Eh, well apparently not Jim.
  • 10:36
    Dominique McMullan 'Literally' is literally the most annoying and overused word in Ireland. Like, literally.
  • 10:42

    The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) has just welcomed those comments made by Mary McAleese on the need for church to change its position on LGBT issues.

    GLEN chair Kieran Rose said: “Mary McAleese continues to be a wonderful advocate for lesbian and gay people out of office just as she was as president. The comments by the former president will send a profoundly positive message to all lesbian and gay people.”

  • 11:00
    Gerry Mc Donald Apparently basically is literally the most annoying and overused word in Ireland, like.
  • 11:16

    If you still haven’t disposed of your Christmas tree yet and are wondering what to do with it, look no further.

    A zoo in Cambridgeshire in the UK has appealed to people to donate their old trees rather than throwing them out - because their lions like to play with them.

    "Christmas trees can now provide hours of fun for our animals, so please spare us a thought before you throw your tree on the rubbish pile," a spokesperson for Linton Zoo said.

    There’s a YouTube clip of the lions playing with the trees here.

  • 11:19

    The 2022 World Cup in Qatar will not be played during the summer months, FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke has said.

    "The dates of the World Cup will not be in June or July. I think it will be played between November 15 and January 15 the latest," he told France Inter Radio.

  • 11:35
    Footage from a camera on Michael Schumacher's ski helmet has showed he was well off a groomed trail when he lost his balance and crashed.
  • 11:49

    A hundred shoppers in Paris stripped down to their underwear and ran a race today to win free clothes, as winter sales began in France.

    In the event, organised by Spanish brand Desigual, participants in their undergarments queued up in the cold to be able to rush into the store as it opened and win an outfit for free.

  • 12:07
  • 12:24
    Former US basketball star Dennis Rodman led an auditorium of North Koreans in singing “Happy Birthday” to their leader today, a day after he sparked controversy by appearing to suggest a Korean-American was to blame for his captivity in North Korea.

    Apparently Kim Jong Un "appeared to smile".

    More here.
  • 12:29
    You'd think Kim would be more grateful.

    He normally carries himself with such humility.
  • 12:33
    On the annoying phrases thing again, one of mine has to be when people say "one hundred and X per cent" in order to emphasise certainty or effort.

    Doesn't make any sense!
  • 12:35
    Sigh.
  • 12:39

    Pamela Newenham reports that five young Irishmen have been listed in the influential Forbes ‘30 under 30’ lists of people to watch.

    They are Limerick entrepreneurs Patrick and John Collison, golfer Rory McIlroy, gaming firm founder Terry Cavanagh and Niall Horan of boyband One Direction.

  • 12:39
    So Niall Horan and Rory McIlroy are "ones to watch".

    Fair play Forbes.

    Quick off the mark there.
  • 12:55

    Former Premiership footballer Thomas Hitzlsperger has become the most high-profile player to announce he is gay.

    The former Aston Villa, West Ham and Everton player has told German paper Die Zeit he is talking about his sexuality because he wants "to further the debate about homosexuality among sports professionals".

  • 13:07

    The niece of fashion designer Ralph Lauren has been fined €2,000 euros for pushing an air hostess and swearing at airline staff.

    The 41-year-old appeared before Ennis District Court in Co Clare, where her solicitor claimed Lauren’s actions were out of character and caused by a reaction to alcohol mixed with medication.

    Ah, the old “alcohol mixed with medication” excuse.

    It’s a classic.

  • 13:19

    Somebody in the Daily Telegraph obviously has too much time on their hands.

    An item on the paper’s website entitled “Do you use cling film and aluminium foil correctly?” will show you “a simple trick that you probably never realised could make using cling film and aluminium foil in the kitchen much easier”.

    Riveting stuff.

  • 13:27
  • 13:49

    The post-mortem on the remains of Christy Daly has revealed he was shot in the upper body.

    The investigating team believes he was most likely killed close the time of his last known sighting of 8.30pm in Tullamore, Co Offaly, on Saturday, December 28th or into the next day.

    His body was found submerged in water in a large drain in Co Offaly yesterday. Gardaí believe the remains of the 47-year-old from Clara, Co Offaly, lay for around 10 days in the spot where they were discovered by a Garda search team just before 9am.

    More here.

  • 13:54
  • 14:01

    Apparently Jennifer Lauren lost the plot over some problem with her reclining seat.

    It’s a hard life.

  • 14:21
  • 14:59
    The Duchess of Cambridge will celebrate her 32nd birthday tomorrow.
  • 14:59
    Alan "Just Saying" is one phrase that really annoys me, followed by the still overused "fact", but pedants annoy me equally as much.
  • 15:25
    Here is a video of Rodman's rendition of Happy Birthday to Kim Jong Un.

    It was a pretty meek rendition really.

    He'd want to buck up his ideas or he could find himself getting purged.
  • 15:28
    Alan G GRAHAM I have a problem with "NO PROBLEM".
  • 15:32

     Gardaí suspect foul play in the death of a pensioner who was found at his home in an old folks apartment block in Dublin’s south inner city in the early hours of Monday, writes Conor Lally.

    The dead man, a 63-year-old originally from Westmeath was discovered by a woman known to him at his home in Cambridge Court off Cambridge Road in Ringsend, south Dublin, at 4am on Monday.

  • 15:53

    Pope Francis just keeps pulling them out of the bag.

    Apparently, he has broken with papal protocol once again, inviting a friend for a spin in his Popemobile.

    Fabian Baez, a priest from Francis’ hometown in Buenos Aires, did not have a VIP ticket for the pope’s weekly general audience. But as soon as Francis saw him in the crowd, the pope signalled for the Vatican guards to help him jump the barricade and approach.

    Francis then invited him to hop aboard, and Father Baez accompanied Francis on his tour through St. Peter’s Square as the pope waved to well-wishers and kissed babies handed up to him.

    He said he was shocked by Francis’ invitation: “I said to myself ‘What am I doing here? Mamma mia!’”

  • 15:55
  • 16:40

    An 88-year-old former SS soldier has been charged in Germany over the Second World War massacre of an entire French village in which 642 men, women and children were slaughtered.

    The man, who has not been named, faces 25 counts of murder. Cologne state court said he was also charged with hundreds of counts of accessory to murder in connection with the 1944 atrocity in Oradour-sur-Glane in south-western France.

    Prosecutors say he shot 25 men as part of a firing squad, and then helped as troops blockaded and then set fire to a church, in which dozens of women and children were burned alive.

  • 16:46
  • 17:04
    Right well that's where we will leave it for today. The Daily Wire will be back with you at 9am tomorrow. Thanks for reading.