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Enda in Japan, the Central Remedial Clinic and tourism launch

Ronan McGreevy Mon, Dec 2
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  • 09:25
    Hi, I'm Ronan McGreevy and my hand is on the tiller of the good ship The Daily Wire today as we sail through the oceans of ignorance and doubt to the land of knowledge. You can follow me at @rmcgreevy1301
  • 09:28
    Our most read item this morning is Miriam Lord's report from Japan on Taoiseach Enda Kenny's visit. Like a Duracell bunny, Enda never seems to lose his energy even with jet lag and being delayed for five hours in Amsterdam Airport. Read it here.
  • 09:32
    Who enjoyed the Toy Show on Friday night. It was one of the best by common  consensus and featured  a star  turn from Ryan Tubridy in an opening  which was  supercalifragilisticexpialidocious. Another highlight was this performance by AGE (aged between 9 and 12) of AC/DC's Highway to Hell.
  • 09:53
    The legendary songwriter that is James Taylor is coming to the O2 on September 23rd next year. Check this out.
  • 10:42
    How do you follow up something as successful as The Gathering? Despite Gabriel Byrne's gloomy prognostications that The Gathering would be a "shakedown and a scam" it has turned out to be a big success and appears to be on course to help boost tourism numbers by at least 5 per cent this year. As a follow-up, Tourism Ireland has unveiled its marketing campaign for 2014. The promotion of the  Wild Atlantic Way from Inishowen to Kinsale will be the central plank of next year's tourism drive which will also include  Limerick City of Culture, the ‘Grande Partenza’ or ‘Big Start’ of the Giro d’Italia, as well as the Croke Park Classic, when the University of Central Florida takes on Penn State in their college football season opener. With more routes opening up both by sea and air, the year ahead looks promising for Irish tourism.
  • 10:46

    It is said that you should never meet your heroes, but what if you do? This unforgettable encounter between Domhnall and his idol Robbie Keane has already had more than 250,000 views on YouTube.

  • 11:07
  • 11:31
    Des Peelo is on Today with Sean O'Rourke at the moment. He was chairman of the Central Remedial Clinic until four years ago and an old friend of Bertie Ahern and Charles Haughey. He's been defending the conduct of the board of the CRC and says all "top-up payments" were approved.
  • 11:42

    The former chairman of the Central Remedial Clinic Des Peelo has come out fighting in the controversy over top-up payments. He's just been on Today with Sean O'Rourke. Essentially, he has said that the HSE ordered there be paycuts within the CRC in line with paycuts across the public service. However, as an independent organisation, the CRC could not make the pay cuts because they would have been sued for breach of contract. "All we were doing was addressing a problem. We think we did the right thing," he said. "So it is your basic contention there was no top-ups," asked Sean O'Rourke, "there was simply a substitution of one type of funding for another?" "Yes," replied Mr Peelo. "And the HSE was allowed by virtue of the agreement that you made with them to reduce its contribution towards these salaries to the across the board level across the health service," asked Sean O'Rourke. Mr Peelo said that was what was agreed. Watch this space. An old friend of Bertie Ahern and Charles Haughey, Mr Peelo revealed on the programme that he is actually a member of Fine Gael.

  • 11:55
    All you legions of Bruce Springsteen fans out there will enjoy this interview by Jim Carroll with Jake Clemons, the nephew of the late great Clarence Clemons. Read it here.
  • 12:43
    Movember is hardly over, but a rather breathless press release proclaiming Veganuary landed in our inboxes. "Everyone's going vegan for January," it proclaims. Everyone, really? Don't mind if I don't. Anyway, the idea is that people sign up to Veganuary and go off meat, dairy and poultry for the month of January and save the lives of 10 animals. The website is
  • 12:49
    The organisers of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition have signed up Cmdr Chris Hadfield to visit the exhibitors on January 11th. Cmdr Hadfield became a global celebrity and the first astronaut to use social media to communicate with his followers back on Earth. He endeared himself to our little corner of the globe with his St Patrick's Day rendition of Danny Boy and his tweets as gaeilge and who will forget his parting gift from the International Space Station.
  • 14:03
    The weather has been quite extraordinarily mild for December to date, but that is about to end. Met Éireann is predicting "much colder" weather towards the end of the week with sub-zero temperatures , night frosts and wintry showers forecast.
    The frosty weather will begin tomorrow night when temperatures fall to zero and icy patches may develop.
    There will be subzero temperatures by Wednesday night as the freezing weather takes hold. The coldest areas will be the midlands where temperatures are forecast to drop to between zero and -2 degrees accompanied by a “sharp or severe frost”, Met Eireann said.
    Areas of higher ground and Ulster will bear the brunt of the wintery weather on Thursday night when met Eireann warns of “very cold and windy weather” with some wintry showers as well as frosty and icy patches. So wrap up well.
  • 14:12
    He has not gone away, you know. Giovanni Trapattoni is back in the news this morning. He has given an interview with Radio Anch'lo Sport in Italy saying that he still has the "enthusiasmus" as he famously put it for football management and has had offers from both American and Japan. As for his time with Ireland which mercifully ended in September, he said: “We parted amicably after four years together".
  • 14:43
    RTÉ has just released the audience figures for the Late Late Toy Show and, as expected, they can be very happy with the outcome. It was the most watched programme of the year to date with 1.4 million viewers. At one stage or another almost two million people tuned into some part of it. The RTÉ Player received over 120,000 stream requests for the show between Friday night and Sunday. There was over 100,000 mentions on Facebook and 52,000 tweets around the show. Late Late Show executive producer Kathy Fox said she was "absolutely thrilled" at the success of the programme. "So many people tuning in on the night is testament to the fact that The Late Late Toy Show continues to be a national event which has become a huge part of our culture. We have also been overwhelmed by the feedback from viewers who were watching from all over the world.
    "The Toy Show team pulled out all the stops to make this a truly memorable production. We pushed Ryan in ways he hasn’t been pushed before, but he didn’t disappoint. He was very brave, a little bit bold but absolutely brilliant."
  • 15:24
    Breaking News: Rogue solicitor Thomas Byrne has been sentenced to 16 years in jail for multiple counts of fraud.
    He was convicted of stealing €52 million from the banks and defrauding 13 clients out of their houses or money.The trial, which lasted 27 days, is the largest theft case in the history of the State and the jury was unanimous in convicting Byrne on all counts.
    Judge McCartan said the evidence was overwhelming against Byrne and that the jurors’ decision was “almost inevitable”. It is the most serious conviction for offences arising out of the excesses of the Celtic Tiger. Hopefully, it will not be the last.
  • 16:59
    Here's our legal correspondent Ruadhan Mac Cormaic's take on Thomas Byrne, the solicitor whose hubris and greed eventually led him to becoming a poster child for the excesses of the Celtic Tiger. Read it here.
  • 17:07

    The British-based company Johnston Press is another story of Celtic Tiger excess. It spent years building up provincial titles on the back of revenue from property advertising which disappeared when the crash came. Johnston valued its Republic of Ireland titles at €152 million in 2007. Now it is trying to sell its remaining titles for €8.5 million. Here's Laura Slattery's story.

  • 17:16
    This is amazing if they ever pull it off. Drones get a bad rap given their association with the US clandestine war on terror, but this would transform so much about how we get goods from A to B if it ever makes it passed the prototype stage. Hats off to Amazon for coming up with the idea.
  • 17:33
    There is more good news for the economy. The Minister for Finance Michael Noonan said taxation revenue for November, which will be published tomorrow, is stronger than expected. He believes it is a sign that the economy is building up a head of steam. Tomorrow's figures, he says, "underpins all the anecdotes that we hear about the recovery in the economy".
  • 17:33
    And on that upbeat note, I'll say goodbye for the evening. Have a good one.