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APPLE TAX RULING

CEO of Apple Tim Cook has written an open letter to the customers of Apple  regarding the recent decision of the European Commission.

EU's Competition Commission rules that Ireland gave illegal tax benefits to Apple worth up to €13bn. Asked whether British Prime Minister Theresa May welcomed the ruling, a Downing Street spokesman said: "This is clearly an issue for the Irish Government, Apple and the European Commission."  for former tánaiste Peter Barry. Asked whether the British Government would like to see Apple relocate in the UK post-Brexit, the No 10 spokesman said: "The narrative from the Government has been well set out."Britain is open for business, we would welcome any company wishing to invest in Britain."He stressed that all companies registered in the UK are expected to "pay the tax they owe".

An Apple windfall awaits us, so why won’t we shake the tree? Caroline O’Doherty looks at the tax sweetener that’s turned sour.  

IRELAND

Pat Hickey has been released from a Brazilian jail. Police in Rio have placed Mr Hickey on house arrest.  A judge in Rio ordered his release from Bangu Prison yesterday and it was decided that placing Mr Hickey under house arrest would not cause any risk to public order, or undermine the criminal investigation against him.

The community in County Cavan is today struggling to come to terms with the death of the Hawe family  in an apparent murder-suicide.

Gardaí are hunting a three-man gang who beat and robbed an elderly man in his home in Co Limerick.  The vicious assault occurred during an hour-long aggravated burglary at the man's house in Ballinhowen, near Kilmallock between 11pm last Thursday night and Friday morning.

Sinn Féin has said it is disappointed after a councillor and 17 activists quit the party.  The North Antrim members blamed the move on the treatment of former Assembly member Daithi McKay.

WORLD

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A police officer serving with the Met in London has been jailed for four years after having sex with  a child rape victim he met online. Pc James Evans, 26, who is attached to Ealing borough in west London, exchanged dozens of "sex talk" messages with the vulnerable 15-year-old schoolgirl on the Tinder dating app.

A Roman Catholic priest in England has denied accusations of fraud  and abusing a position of trust after £90,000 allegedly went missing from a parish church.

SPORT

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Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill has insisted his new contract will be signed soon  despite the agreement being announced almost three months ago.

For all the plaudits — dangerous ones before a final — swirling around Peter Keane’s Kerry minors, few in the Kingdom were looking to teenagers for succour yesterday,  writes Tony Leen

BUSINESS

Amazon Kindle users are reporting problems when connecting their e-readers to Windows 10 computers,  with many seeing their computers crash as a result.

The IDA has insisted Ireland remains an attractive location for overseas workers,  despite new research showing the country has slipped alarmingly down the pecking order in a global league table of desirable move locations for expatriates.

LIFESTYLE

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David Gilbert casts an eye over the laptops on the market  to work out which one is best for your needs.

ANALYSIS

European Commissioner for Competition Margarethe Vestager didn't hold back in her criticisms of Ireland and Apple in her statement on the findings  of the investigation into alleged breaches of state aid rules and their implications. Here's an edited summary of what she had to say. 

AT LEAST we got value for money. We, the citizens, forked out, on the last count, €776,000 in legal fees to fight  the EU competition commission’s attempts to give us money, writes Michael Clifford

VIRAL

Age is just a number and attitude is what really makes you young, but this test seeks to determine your psychological age.  

This five-day-old newborn is one of the over 6,500 refugees who have been rescued off the Libyan coast  in the last two days.

VIDEO

Olympic rowing heroes Gary and Paul O’Donovan went back to where it all began yesterday, telling a press conference at Skibbereen Rowing Club that they left their medals on the kitchen table on getting home and how the welcome they have received has taken them by surprise.

TECHNOW

GAMING: PlayStation VR is launching in October and Sony has been keen to get as many titles as possible ready  for release date.

MOVIES/TV: The Young Offenders is a new movie shot in Cork and all about two idiot youths who go off searching for a bale of cocaine in the Ireland of 2007.  Hijinks ensue, as you can see in this new trailer.

TECH: HTC announced a range of new handsets in mid 2016, including the 5 inch Desire 630 and the 5.5 inch Desire 825.  The 825 has recently been released on the Irish market through Meteor and we’re taking a look at it today.

SHOWBIZ

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Of all places we expected Ed Sheeran to pop up during his social media hiatus, playing at a wedding in Derry was not one of them. But it’s definitely something that will cheer you up after the world woke up to the news of Gene Wilder’s death. We pay our respects to the legendary actor as well as give you the lowdown in today’s showbiz catch-up. 

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

CEO of Apple Tim Cook has written an open letter to the customers of Apple  regarding the recent decision of the European Commission.


Lifestyle

These are the nail hues to choose this season, says Katie Wright.Perfectly polished: 5 autumn/winter nail trends you’ll actually want to wear

This early 19th-century table is one of a number of Irish lots at Sotheby’s Style, Furniture and Ceramics sale in New York on Thursday (October 24).Irish lots poised to add bite to Big Apple sale

Something for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon, says Des O’SullivanSomething for all at Hegarty’s auction in Bandon

Des O’Sullivan gives a preview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in DublinPreview of the Irish selection on offer at two sales in Dublin

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