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  • 09:00
    'Sweet day so cool, so calm, so bright,
    The bridal of the earth and sky...'

    Good morning. It's Tuesday October 29th, welcome to The Daily Wire.
  • 09:04
    This morning, Dublin is mostly wearing hats and scarves.

    It will be a bright day today with sunny spells. Some scattered showers in the south-west and west but the east will be dry. Top temperatures 10 to 12 Celsius, with fresh to strong westerly winds easing later.
  • 09:05
    Joanne Hunt here on the Daily Wire, with you until 5pm.
  • 09:08
  • 09:13
    Some 55 per cent of Irish adults say they take a lunch to work more often than previously, writes food correspondent Alison Healy of a new Bord Bia survey.

    (By my calculations, if lunch was say, a fiver a pop, and they worked 49 weeks a year, they'd be saving themselves about €1,700).
  • 09:20

    Other tit bits from the survey?

    Only 18 per cent of Irish adults said they would enjoy  hosting a dinner party, compared to 27 per cent of British people.    

    (It's not clear whether our aversion to dinner parties is anything to do with the cooking or the fact that we'd have to clean the bathroom).      

  • 09:26
    In other news, the troika's back in town today.

    Inspectors are due in Merrion Street right about now  for their 12th and final mission before the bailout ends in mid-December.  

    Discussions about whether we get an emergency credit line or not are bound to be on the cards.
  • 09:31
  • 09:41
    And what about those storms across  Europe?  

    More than a dozen people were killed as the hurricane-strength winds battered northern Europe, cutting power and forcing the cancellation of hundreds of flights and train journeys.

    Dreadfully sad news about 51-year-old Irishman Donal Drohan, originally from Waterford, who died after a tree fell on his car as he drove through Watford north of London shortly before 7am yesterday. Mr Drohan had been living in Harrow.

    Read more.        
  • 09:44
    The scene  at Francis Road, Leyton, east London after the storm.
    The scene  at Francis Road, Leyton, east London after the storm.
  • 09:48
    Meanwhile, as the US marks one year since Superstorm Sandy which hit the East Coast killing 117 people, storm damaged Ellis Island in New York has reopened.
  • 09:54
    Didn't know you were a fan Gemma.
  • 10:01

    "As with [Paul] O’Connell, Keith Earls (patella tendonitis) and Cian Healy (knee cartilage) are sidelined again this week and will be re-assessed when they come back into camp next Sunday. Seán O’Brien (ankle soreness and inflammation) won’t train until Thursday.

    "Robbie Henshaw (hip flexor strain) will be re-assessed pending the outcome of a scan yesterday, as will Declan Fitzpatrick (calf strain). Mike Ross (hamstring) ought to resume training today, while despite rolling his ankle in Ulster’s win over Cardiff, Rory Best was expected to train yesterday afternoon."

    Read correspondent Gerry Thornley's assessment of the Ireland rugby team's casualty list.

  • 10:13
    Artist Grayson Perry to organise a march in Derry during marching season? Yes please.
  • 10:17
    Pottering around town, buying stuff you don't need? You've got 14 minutes to get to the excellent National Gallery for a free talk on the Turner Prize 2013 nominiees.
  • 10:28
    "All those long miles of training, can't waste them now."

    Irish Times health correspondent Paul Cullen did the marathon.
  • 10:33
    “Hey you, yes you, aren’t you the pure ride?”

    From her morning  porridge to the finish line, Liagh Miller writes her marathon.
  • 10:38
    'Run like you're late for Mass.' Joyce Downey along with Cathal, Odhran and Lorcan Kelly cheer the runners at Terenure village yesterday.
    "Run like you're late for Mass." Joyce Downey along with Cathal, Odhran and Lorcan Kelly cheer the runners at Terenure village yesterday.
  • 10:51
    “Yup, the fit people are finally taking over,” I think, as I stand on the sidelines chewing a Twix.  

    Features writer Patrick Freyne captures the atmosphere of yesterday's event.  
  • 10:58
    Google has a system in place that diverts British profits through Ireland to the Bermuda tax haven, a former executive at the company has claimed.

    The UK's tax authority is now investigating  the internet giant  over the claims. Read more.  
  • 11:11

    Complicated deals of another sort at Gort night mart. It sells cattle from 6pm - 11pm on Thursdays. Late night shopping of sorts.

    “It’s a social occasion for some people,” says one farmer. “It’s a night out. You’d often see the same fellows sitting beside each other every week.”

    Rosita Boland was there.

  • 11:25
  • 11:31
    In Dublin, residential property prices grew by 3.9 per cent  in September and were 12.3 per cent  higher than a year ago, according to CSO figures just released.
  • 11:32
    Dublin house prices grew by 4.2 per cent  in the month and were 12.2 per cent higher compared to a year earlier.

    Dublin apartment prices were 11. per cent  higher when compared with the same month of 2012.
  • 11:34
    In the year to September, residential property prices at a national level, increased by 3.6 per cent. It compares with an increase of 2.8 per cent  in August and a decrease of 9.6 per cent  recorded in the twelve months to September 2012.
  • 11:36
    But before you get too excited -

    House prices in Dublin are 49 per cent  lower than at their highest level in early 2007. Apartments in Dublin are 59 per cent  lower than they were in February 2007.

    The CSO report, which is an easy read, is here.
  • 11:42
    Beware,  the increase in apartment prices is based on lower transaction levels. Fiona Reddan reports.
  • 11:56
    This Dublin woman can probably lift you over her head.
    This Dublin woman can probably lift you over her head.
  • 11:58
    "All that societal stuff of what you look like, what you weigh, what you wear, all that just drops away. Weightlifting can bring you to this amazing, calm, centred, meditative state.”  

    Weightlifter Alex Craig, the  top-ranked woman in Irish weightlifting, wants you to give her sport a try.      
  • 12:11
    So a  review into the Murphy Commission, commissioned by the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), says the commission “veered off the tight rails imposed by the 2004 Commissions of Investigation Act and wandered into an adversarial arena that concentrated, to an alarming degree, on ‘naming and shaming’ those clerics whom the Commission found wanting in child protection at that time".
  • 12:14
    Author of the review, barrister Fergal Sweeney says the commission “dismisses out of hand any reasons, explanations or mitigating circumstances put forward by those clerics whom it ‘names and shames’.”  

    Patsy McGarry reports.    
  • 12:36
    This one's going to be a weepy. The film opens on Friday. Flawless Irish accent Dame Judi.
  • 12:37
  • 12:43
    The Dublin Web Summit is back. And you're all invited.
  • 13:00
    US president Barack Obama is poised to order the National Security Agency to stop eavesdropping on the leaders of American allies, administration and congressional officials said yesterday.

    Listening in on phone calls? That's just rude.
  • 13:12
    "Has the dating game become like a giant supermarket, with so many products to choose from that ultimately we continue to search for the perfect and the unachievable?"

    That's a tough question. But agony aunt Kate Holmquist has some answers.  
  • 13:14
  • 13:21
    Fuel, food, beverages, tobacco, paint - you've  been shopping, haven't you?

    Retail sales for September are up 1 per cent on last year, says the CSO.  
  • 13:22
    Sales of furniture and lighting together with books, newspapers and stationery were the sectors with the largest monthly volume decrease, with both categories falling by 6.7 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively.
  • 13:38
    A little lunchtime musical interlude from The Boss, as he rounds off his concert in Kilkenny on July 28th this year.
  • 13:43
    “There is a tendency to assume English is enough, that we don’t need other languages. However, in Europe, the English language is like the European Computer Driving Licence. Everyone has it. Irish people competing for jobs in Europe are up against applicants with English, their own native language and often a third language as well.” Louise Holden explores the case for learning another language.
  • 13:56
    Building more houses is not the answer to Dublin's emerging property bubble, writes business editor John McManus.

    "The best way to increase the supply of housing in Dublin is to keep up the pressure on the banks to do deals with people in arrears and develop negative equity mortgages and similar products." Read more.
  • 14:03
  • 14:04
  • 14:15
    Whatever about modern languages, the Irish are masters of 'doublespeak', writes Fintan O'Toole today.  

    "Emigration is a tragedy – but the real tragedy would be if all these unwanted parasites hung around to cause trouble. Young people are our greatest asset – especially if they feck off out of here. A united Ireland is our dream – if it didn’t have any Protestants in it."

  • 14:24
    Headline of the day goes to the New York Post: 'Britney Spears' songs used to fight Somali pirates'.
    Headline of the day goes to the New York Post: 'Britney Spears' songs used to fight Somali pirates'.
  • 14:26
    I skit you not. Read about it here.
  • 14:45
    This football  ref is never again going to get another gig. You'd hope.
  • 14:49
    The straight-talking online bank?

    Rabobank is fined €774 million over Libor scandal. Read more.
  • 15:17
    Maith an buachaill Leo.
  • 15:34
    The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport as well as the Department of Education were the most prompt  Government departments  in paying their bills  - paying 100 per cent and 98 per cent of the amounts they owed within 15 days - while the Department of Social Protection was the most tardy, paying 63 per cent (about €54 million) within 15 days.
  • 15:42
    “You do get this sense across the spectrum that [Northern Ireland]  is not a priority. They have got to be careful about that," Labour's former spin doctor Alistair Campbell tells Mark Hennessy.

    “[John] Major made it a priority, Blair made it an absolute priority. He was like a dog with a bone. I do get a sense that it is not on the current government’s radar".

    Read more.          
  • 15:49
    "The non-existent Irish tax loophole being used By Microsoft, Google, Linked In, Twitter and Apple..."

    This article in Forbes posits that it's not Ireland's tax laws that are  to blame for corporate tax avoidance but those in the US.
  • 16:07

    Gardaí in Dublin are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 6-month-old baby girl at her home this morning.

    The child died at the family home on Sherard Avenue in Dublin’s north inner city. Conor Lally reports.

  • 16:22
    <p>Are you dressing your pet for Halloween?</p>

    Are you dressing your pet for Halloween?

  • 16:27
    Americans are spending millions on pet Halloween costumes. But why are we spending more and more on our pets? has some answers.

    (In short, pets fill our 'connection and friendship vacuums', pets are 'stress busters', they 'fulfill our desire to nurture' and pets have more status than ever before).
  • 16:31
  • 16:37
    Oops, it might be a slow commute home this evening.
  • 16:50
    Some tips on how to stop your kids from going nuts on trick-or-treat junk this Halloween.  

    (But surely a scary amount of sweets is the  whole point?)    

  • 16:55
    Cannabis and cocaine worth an estimated €370,000 were seized at Dublin airport over the bank holiday weekend. The drugs were found in the baggage of a 42 year-old South African man yesterday.

  • 16:59
    Former  Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)  president Pat McQuaid was paid a salary of just less than €365,000 in his final year in office, cycling’s world governing body announced this afternoon.

    The  Dubliner had previously refused to give details of his remuneration.  

  • 17:01
    That's it from the Daily Wire for today. Thanks for stopping by.

    We're back tomorrow at 9am. Keep up to date over night on and on  twitter  @IrishTimesLive.      

    Oíche mhaith.

  • 17:07
    Scattered showers this evening and early tonight with clear spells. Turning cold as temperatures fall to between 2 and 5 degrees, giving a touch of ground frost and some mist or fog patches as the winds ease. Brrrr.