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Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

IRELAND

The Irish ticketing executive at the heart of the Olympic touting investigation last night refused to answer questions from police in Brazil, according to the detective leading the probe.

Pat Hickey is due to speak with police in Rio later today. The former President of the Olympic council of Ireland is one of two Irish men being investigated in connection with alleged ticket touting at the summer games.

The young woman who died when the car she was in was hit by a truck on the M8 motorway yesterday  had just taken a call giving her good news about her newborn baby.

The education sector is starting to crack at the edges according to the Union of Students in Ireland. USI President Annie Hoey was speaking as new ranks showed all but one of our universities slipping down international rankings.

He got the public googling after his performance during the seven-person TV debate of the general election campaign, putting the Social Democrats firmly on the political stage. Stephen Donnelly — now formerly a joint-leader of the Social Democrats — came out as a winner of the second televised political debate of the election campaign and was the most searched leader on Google that night. In fact, yesterday after his announcement to leave the party — just 14 months after he helped found it — many in the party said they were “not at all surprised” with Catherine Murphy accusing him of being “disengaged for some time”.

Patients needing urgent brain surgery are being turned away from Beaumont Hospital in Dublin. The national neurosurgical centre had no beds for nine patients with malignant brain tumours last Friday.

In the wake of the Cavan murder-suicide, there has been a 30% increase in traffic to the Women’s Aid website.

Latest figures show more than 6,000 patients were waiting on trolleys in our hospitals last month.

WORLD 

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Seven people have been arrested following an airport protest - though passengers remain grounded, with disruptions to flights in and out. The activists were from the nine-strong Black Lives Matter group who stormed the runway at London City Airport shortly before 6am.

Hate preacher Anjem Choudary is facing up to 10 years in jail when he is sentenced later for drumming up support for Islamic State (IS).

SPORT

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An inability to retain possession remains Ireland’s Achilles heel... according to Ger McCarthy

Éamonn Fitzmaurice is set to be ratified as Kerry senior football manager for the next two years  at a county board meeting this evening, writes John Fogarty.

As satisfied as Rassie Erasmus was to savour the winning start to his reign as Munster director of rugby, there was enough to concern him from Saturday’s Guinness Pro12 victory at Scarlets to keep both his and his squad’s feet firmly planted on terra firma.

BUSINESS

The amount paid out in professional, management, and receiver fees for the receivership of Treasury Holdings’ main Spencer Dock firm now total €12.4m for work for more than four years.

British retailer Marks and Spencer plans to cut a net 525 jobs from its London head office, it confirmed yesterday, as new CEO Steve Rowe seeks to simplify the business and reduce costs.

LIFESTYLE

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WE ARE just coming out of one of the most expensive times in the year for families — back to school — and soon it will be time to start planning for Christmas.

ANALYSIS

With requests for exorcism on the rise, Louise Roseingrave looks back at an incident in Inchigeela, Co Cork, 30 years ago.

VIRAL

An Irish magician has performed his best trick yet with the help of three Italians, some bolt cutters and a seemingly unlimited supply of ingenuity.

Here's a great quiz to put your general knowledge to the test.

VIDEO

For all the hundreds of live acts that played Electric Picnic over the weekend, it was the spectre a man who died earlier this year that was omnipresent across Stradbally.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The King is dead, long live the King! For the first time in seven years, Messi will not be the highest rated player in FIFA. This year, Cristiano Ronaldo has taken that prestigious spot, which is sure to be a subject of much debate.

MOVIES/TV: A trailer for the upcoming Oasis documentary, Supersonic, has been released online.

TECH: The new iPhone will be announced tomorrow, but some last minute rumours have emerged.

SHOWBIZ

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Coronation Street actor Daniel Brocklebank has responded to critics who slammed his gay kiss with co-star Bruno Langley on Monday night’s episode.

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The education sector is starting to crack at the edges according to the Union of Students in Ireland. USI President Annie Hoey was speaking as new ranks showed all but one of our universities slipping down international rankings.


Lifestyle

Food news with Joe McNamee.The Menu: All the food news of the week

Though the Killarney tourism sector has been at it for the bones of 150 years or more, operating with an innate skill and efficiency that is compelling to observe, its food offering has tended to play it safe in the teeth of a largely conservative visiting clientele, top-heavy with ageing Americans.Restaurant Review: Mallarkey, Killarney

We know porridge is one of the best ways to start the day but being virtuous day in, day out can be boring.The Shape I'm In: Food blogger Indy Power

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