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  • 09:27
    Good morning, Áine McMahon here on Thursday's Daily Wire.

  • 09:30
    The most read story on the site this morning, is a report by Fiona Gartland about a stay at home dad who had his maintenance doubled.

    The counsel for his ex-wife asked the man why he didn't work "outside the home" and the man asked whether woman at home would be asked the same question.

    Full report here.
  • 09:32

    Dublin City Council issued a flood warning for this weekend and our weather woes show no sign of abating with the Atlantic ocean set to batter he coastline.  

    Genevieve Carbery reports.  

  • 09:35

    The Taoiseach Enda  Kenny is today launching the new Child and Family Agency, which will bring child services into one centralised regime.

    The agency will take over child protection from the Health Service Executive (HSE). Previously three separate agencies, the HSE, the Family Support Agency and the National Education Welfare Board were over the area of child welfare.

    Carl O'Brien reports that ahead of the launch more than 200 social worker jobs are vacant despite child referrals  on the increase.  

  • 09:35

    Good news for Garth Brooks fans..........  



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    The agony and the ecstasy....  


  • 09:45

    Amanda Knox, the American student who became tabloid fodder, will not be in court today to hear Italian judges give their verdict in her retrial for the murder of Briton Meredith Kercher when the two were roommates studying abroad in 2007.

    Ms Knox, who is living in Seattle, is standing trial alongside her Italian former boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito. She denies any involvement in the brutal killing and has declared she will remain a “fugitive” if found guilty.

    More here.  

  • 09:50

    Paul Kimmage sensationally quit as Brian O'Driscoll's ghost writer and is set to be replace by former Sunday Times sport editor, Alan English.  

    Kimmage told the Irish Independent:  

    "I am enduring a lot of pain – it is similar to the break-up of a loving relationship, which is what I had with Brian. A break-up is sad and it's never easy and it's never fun. I've a deep hole in myself now, which is going to take a while to fill."

    He also told the Independent that he had just finished a draft of 20,000 words of the autobiography and had planned to present it to O'Driscoll this week.  

    Kimmage said last night that he was disappointed that O'Driscoll had agreed to do an interview with a rival newspaper.  

    "I called him up and I said, 'Listen, Brian, if you're not doing interviews, that's fine, but if you are doing interviews, it would really help me if you gave it to the 'Sunday Independent' because they have been extremely generous to me in allowing me the time I need to do this (write the book)," according to a report in the Irish Independent.  

    Brian O'Driscoll has yet to make any comment on the matter,  

  • 09:51
  • 10:06
    Legendary Dubliners singer Luke Kelly is being remembered on the 30th anniversary of his death with a special gig taking place tonight in Vicar Street. Nice pieceS on his legacy 30 years on by Una Mullally here  and by Jim Carroll here.  


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  • 10:13

    Families of the 11 people shot dead by the British Army in Ballymurphy, west Belfast in 1971 are to meet with Taoiseach Enda Kenny today.

    The incident, known as the “Ballymurphy Massacre”, saw 11 local people including a mother of eight and a parish priest shot dead by the British Parachute regiment in August, shortly before the same regiment was involved in Bloody Sunday in Derry.

    The families have been calling for years for an independent inquiry into the killings, but this was ruled out by former Northern Secretary Owen Paterson in 2012. Ciara Kenny reports.  

  • 10:16
    Canadian pop brat Justin Bieber  has been charged with assault in connection with an alleged altercation with a limousine driver in Toronto last month. Report and video here.
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  • 10:28

    The Danish government has collapsed following the exit of the Socialist People's Party.

    The Socialist People's Party, a junior member of the Danish government, has left the country's ruling coalition, party leader Annette Vilhemsen said today, citing party divisions over plans to sell a stake in state-owned energy group Dong to a US investment bank.

    Earlier today, it was  reported that the government was not expected to fall, as the prime minister was seeking the support from alternative parties.

    The row  follows disagreement over a planned sale of a quarter of state-owned utility DONG Energy to a group of investors lead by Goldman Sachs. The government also consists of the Social Liberal Party and Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt's Social Democrats.  

  • 10:31
    Members of the Anti-Austerity Alliance will stage a protest today at the headquarters of Irish Water. They say they are "protesting the gravy train which Irish Water has shown itself to be. They add that  "the water charge is another austerity tax they will not pay."  
  • 10:42

    Did RTE Prime Time presenter David McCullagh call our esteemed Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte, "Fat Rabbit" last night?  We're sure it was a slip of the tongue.  


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  • 11:03
    Ticketmaster have just confirmed that all THREE dates for Garth Brooks have now SOLD OUT.  
  • 11:06
  • 11:09

    Over 70 per cent of posts allocated across the mental health services have not been filled according to information released to Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Mental Health Colm Keaveney.

    The figures also reveal just 30 per cent of posts for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have been filled. Deputy Keaveney said: “These are very worrying figures and show our mental health services are stretched to the limit with just 137 or 459 posts filled at the end of November last. At the end of September last, 413 children were over a year on a waiting list for a first appointment. That is 413 children in some level of mental distress waiting over a year to be seen.

    “The demand on Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) is running at 13 per cent above the anticipated level and the information released to me shows that only 24 posts have been filled out of 79 specifically allocated for the CAMHS. This government is cherry picking from ‘A Vision for Change’, selecting aspects that save money and dragging its feet on areas that require extra investment.

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    And so it begins....  



  • 11:28

    Lawyers for US student Amanda Knox urged a Florence court to find her and her former Italian boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito innocent of the 2007 murder of Briton Meredith Kercher as judges retired to decide a verdict on Thursday.

    Kercher, 21, was found stabbed to death in her bedroom in the apartment she shared with Knox in the Umbrian city of Perugia in 2007, where the two were students. Investigators quickly pointed to

    Knox and Sollecito as suspects, building a narrative that the two killed Kercher in a sex game gone awry. Both were convicted in an initial trial and spent four years in prison. They were cleared on appeal, but Italy's highest court last year quashed that verdict due to "inconsistencies" and ordered a repeat of the appeal trial.

    Prosecutors have asked for 26 years in prison for both
    Knox and Sollecito for the murder. A verdict is expected on Thursday night.

  • 11:42

    Taoiseach Enda Kenny has apologised for the abuse experienced by Louise O’Keeffe as a young pupil, Carl O'Brien reports.  

    Speaking at the launch of the new Child and Family Agency today, Mr Kenny said what happened to Ms O’Keeffe was sadly indicative of a long litany of other child abuse cases. While the ruling by the European Court of a Human Rights was “exceptionally complex”, Mr Kenny said he wished to apologise to her for what happened.

  • 11:46

    In golf news,  Ireland’s Damien McGrane has carded four birdies and one bogey on the front nine and then eagled the par-five 10th to move to five under par, four behind McIlroy.

    European number one Henrik Stenson has also been battling back after a terrible start. The Swede dropped three shots in his first five holes before making birdies at the seventh, eighth and ninth to reach the turn in level par.  

  • 11:47
    Just in on the wires -  


  • 11:54

    Some more info on the news today that 'Politics and Society' is to be made a Leaving Cert subject.

    The subject, first announced in 2011 is aimed at making young people more active citizens.

    Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn says he has written to the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment for their advice ahead of introducing the subject.

    No timeframe has been given for its inclusion on the syllabus but it was reported in February 2011 that a consulatation process had already begun. No rush there, lads.  

  • 12:05

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    Actor Scarlett Johansson has quit her role as an ambassador for Oxfam, the charity said today, after she fell out with the group for endorsing an Israeli firm operating in the occupied West Bank.

    The Hollywood star has become the public face for soda-maker SodaStream and is due to appear in an advert for the company that is set to air during the Super Bowl on Sunday. However, the multi-million dollar deal has caused a backlash amongst activists and humanitarian groups because SodaStream’s largest factory is based in a Jewish settlement in the occupied West Bank.  

    Report and video here.  

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  • 12:30

    Bank of Ireland will reopen its branch in Tubbercurry tomorrow Friday 31st January and has scheduled the installation of a new ATM for the town for early next week. The ATM machine was ripped from the wall earlier this week, giving a new meaning to hole in the wall.  

    Bank of Ireland said today "As a result of an unsuccessful criminal attack on Wednesday 29th January 2014 the Bank of Ireland ATM at Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo, sustained severe and extensive structural damage rendering the branch and ATM temporarily inoperable. The branch continues to remain closed today."

  • 12:33

    Dublin City University is the only Irish university to feature in an influential international ranking of the top 50 young universities in the world, having been placed 44th in a table dominated mainly by Asian universities. For the third year in a row, DCU has been listed in the QS World Top 50 Under 50 which showcases the next generation of leading universities established since 1964. Universities are scored on research excellence, employability of graduates and international engagement.

  • 12:34

    Good news for Mark Zuckerberg  


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  • 13:10

    RTE have reported that The Minister for Health James Reilly has said he has asked the secretary general of the Department of Health to ask the chief medical officer to issue him with a report on the deaths of four babies at Midland Regional Hospital, Portlaoise.  

    The deaths at the hospital's maternity unit are the subject of an RTÉ Investigations Unit report due to be aired in a special Prime Time programme tonight.

    James Reilly said that following the medical officer's report he will take whatever actions have to be taken to make sure there is not a repeat of the situation.


  • 13:11
    Nobody shouted stop...
  • 13:19

    We're only halfway through the Daily Wire and I'm already suffering a self induced case Garth Brooks ennui. Anyway, here's a vid that was shown on Vin B last night.


  • 13:24

    "Garda Whistleblower not invited out with lads this weekend" -


    Here's another gem from satirical news website Waterford Whispers.  

  • 13:26

    If Garth Brooks isn't your thing, this SuperBowl ad from Budweiser is worth a look.  

    In the commercial, a puppy escapes from an animal shelter and strikes up a friendship with a neighbouring Clydesdale horse.

    Watch it here.  

  • 13:57
  • 14:04
    Alan Luke Kelly: Aside from the voice, that's a head of hair all redheads should aspire to!
  • 14:05
    Our technology correspondent Ciara O'Brien put the Go Pro Camera through the toughest test - the Hell and Back race. Have a look here .
  • 14:09
  • 14:26

    Ireland's Garth Brooks fever/obession has made the BBC.

    "Mickey from Derry/Londonderry, who queued from 14:00 GMT on Wednesday said: "It has been a long cold night, but God was on our side and Garth was looking down on us.

    "Garth is the man. He's the one and only."

    So there yis go.  

  • 14:30

    Spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Sports and Tourism, Sandra McLellan TD, has today urged Dublin City Council to commemorate Luke Kelly with a statue in the new Parnell Square cultural quarter.

    McLellan said:“Today marks the 30th anniversary of Luke Kelly’s death. He was on of Ireland’s best loved singers. His songs captured the mood of a generation.“I would ask  that Dublin City Council consider including a statue in Luke’s honour as part of the plans to refurbish Parnell Square. I think it would be appropriate to include a statue in the heart of the city to honour this famous son of Dublin. “

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    Minister for Justice Alan Shatter has published the General Scheme of the long-anticipated Children and Family Relationships Bill.

    The proposed legislation, which would clarify the legal status of children in in civil partnerships, surrogacy arrangements and assisted human reproduction, will now go forward for discussion at Oireachtas committee level.



    "We urgently need to reform and modernise our family and children’s law to cater for the growing number of families whose needs are not adequately addressed in current law. Legislation in this area cannot be a one-size fits all solution but must, in a creative and pragmatic way, reflect the needs of families and children in 21st century Ireland with the focus firmly fixed on the best interests of the child. Families not only include co-habiting married families and single parent families but also families where the care of children is provided by a parent together with a step parent, or by extended family members or families based on cohabiting couples and families based on civil partnerships. The draft Bill, published today, seeks to provide legal clarity for all families in terms of their parental rights and responsibilities with a central focus on the best interests of the child," the Minister said.  

    The new laws will allow civil partners to jointly adopt a child fror the first time. Mr Shatter said this measure "removes the current anomaly  where single lesbian and gay individuals can adopt children, but civil partners cannot jointly adopt”.

  • 15:24
  • 15:29

    Coronation Street actor William Roache used his fame to exploit "starstruck" girls, Preston Crown Court has heard.

    In her closing speech, prosecutor Anne Whyte QC said his "instant stardom" and resulting "adulation" had probably "massaged his sexual ego".

    Ms Whyte said Mr Roache was "sticking to his script" when saying he did not sexually abuse five young girls.

    Mr Roache, 81, of Wilmslow, Cheshire, denies two rapes and four indecent assaults against five women.

    The assaults are alleged to have happened between 1965 and 1971 with girls aged 16 or under.

  • 15:53

    If you're hitting a bit of a mid afternoon slump, hide under your desk and listen to this next video for eight minutes. Apparently it's the most relaxing song in the world.  

    Speaking to the Sean Moncreiff show earlier, Lyz Cooper, founder of the British Academy of Sound Therapy claims that she has created the most relaxing tune ever recorded. Have a listen.  

  • 15:58

  • 16:05

    Incidentally, Borgen starts from episode one on TG4 from 11pm tonight.  


  • 16:18

    "Snow was general all over Ireland," the noted Irish stage actor Barry McGovern intones while reading the famous line from James
    Joyce's "The Dead" in a free app for iPads that seeks to bring the heart-rending story to life for the high-tech age. In some quarters technology is seen as the death-knell of literature, but the
    Joyce app developed by University College Dublin (UCD) is a runaway hit. It was downloaded 5,000 times in 48 hours - five times the sales of Ireland's best-selling work of fiction that week, Donal Ryan's "The Spinning Heart".

  • 16:21

    Johnny Watterson has chosen six up and coming rugby starlets set to wipe the eyes of the likes of Tommy Bowe and Sean O'Brien in the future.  



  • 16:33

    The New York Times has a piece about dining out in Dublin featuring reviews of L.Mulligan's in Stoneybatter, Hatch and Sons Irish Kitchen, Fade Street Social and The Hot Stove, Brasserie at The Marker.  

    "Cuisine in post-Celtic-Tiger Dublin has adopted an inward gaze, with new restaurants, both pubs and upscale bistros, emphasizing locally sourced ingredients and offering creative takes that celebrate Irish cooking in a variety of ways."  

    Read it and drool.  

  • 16:45

    Stuck for chat in the lift or with a taxi driver? Donal Mulligan has created a "begrudgery generator" that generates trypically Irish gripes and complaints.  

    Examples include - "We now live in a world where queer-looking beyors indefinitely conspired against The Late Late Toy Show.”


    “Ah here, David Quinn blatantly made a mockery of Garth Brooks tickets.”  

    Give it a go.  

  • 16:59

    Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Michael Moynihan TD, has called for clarity on whether the North-South interconnector will be included in the Government’s review of high voltage electricity cables.

    Mr Moynihan says that conflicting statements from Minister Pat Rabbitte and the Taoiseach have led to confusion, uncertainty and anger in communities likely to be affected by the North-South Interconnector, which runs from Meath to Tyrone.

    “There is a considerable amount of confusion as to what the Government’s position is on the North-South interconnector. Will the plan be included in the EirGrid report on whether some of the electricity cables can be put underground?

    “The Minister saying that he will discuss the issue with the Chair of the new committee is not good enough. The Taoiseach has said he would like to the see the North-South project as part of the review, despite it being at an advanced stage. This seems like a badly disguised attempt to make soothing noises to communities in the North East without actually doing anything."  

    Over to you Pat Rabbitte.  

  • 17:08
    RTE's Sean O'Rourke  gained 6,000 people on his Today show compared to Pat Kenny's figures a year ago. More as we get it on the latest JNLR figures.  
  • 17:14

    Laya Healthcare has announced plans to increase premiums by an average of 20 per cent with effect from March 1st.  

    Earlier today, we reported that the increase was likely to be over ten per cent.  

    The company said the cost increase is being driven by changes to Government policy and the rising cost of claims.

  • 17:19

    Former RTE  stalwart Pat Kenny has been dethroned by ex-colleague Sean O'Rourke in the radio ratings war.

    The new Today Show presenter has 327,000 people tuning in to the programme every morning despite fears that his loyal listeners would move the dial over to rival station Newstalk.  

    Official JNLR radio figures show O'Rourke is sitting pretty by gaining 6,000 extra listeners since a year ago when Pat Kenny used to present the same show.  

    It's not all bad news for Pat since departing Montrose though, he has 96,000 people tuning into his Newstalk show – up an impressive 43,000 from when Tom Dunne was in the slot last year.  

  • 17:26
    That's all from the Daily Wire today; apologies for the saturation Garth Brooks coverage, normal service shall resume tomorrow. Back tomorrow from 9am.