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IRELAND

Frontline gardaí have given the Government five weeks to restore their pay or face  “unprecedented”  strike action on four days.

Michael Lowry has dismissed Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s denial of a special understanding with the Independent TD and claimed he has a direct line to the Government.  Mr Lowry, whose support the Government relies on, said he meets the Government chief whip regularly and supports Mr Kenny’s administration to “do what is right” for his Tipperary constituency.

Children who spend more time on computer games, watching TV or online have poorer maths and reading skills.  A study of 8,000 Irish primary pupils also found those who spend more time with their friends performed poorest on the national assessments of reading in 2014.

Gardaí are investigating a robbery at a bingo hall in [url=http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/ireland/bingo-hall-robbed-by-four-armed-men-756945.html?utm_source=news&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=newsbriefing]Louth on Wednesday evening. /url] Four men armed with a hammer entered the premises on Racecourse Road, Dundalk just after 9pm.

Former president Mary Robinson has called on developed nations to cut their consumption levels.  Mrs Robinson, 72, negotiated with world leaders ahead of the Paris Agreement on climate change, arguing strongly for "climate justice", and speaking at the One Young World Summit in Ottawa, Canada, she once again stressed the need for change.

WORLD

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A teenager killed his father at their South Carolina home before going to a nearby primary school and  opening fire with a handgun,  wounding two pupils and a teacher.

Michelle Obama has told a diverse and enthusiastic crowd in Philadelphia that candidates do not change once they become president and that America "needs an adult in the White House".  

SPORT

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Manchester City came from behind three times to draw 3-3 with Celtic  in a breathtaking Champions League encounter at Parkhead last night.

The world of National Hunt racing has been rocked by the announcement by Willie Mullins hat he would no longer be training for Gigginstown House Stud.  

BUSINESS

Slowing car sales last month following an initial surge in demand for 162 number plates  in July contributed to a 4.7% decline in retail sales during August.

Members of Opec have reached a preliminary agreement to curb oil production  for the first time since the global financial crisis eight years ago, immediately pushing up prices.

LIFESTYLE

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Space Week is coming up and offers the perfect opportunity to stoke a child’s interest,  writes Mark Evans

ANALYSIS

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Shimon Peres was a gifted leader, an eloquent speaker, and a source of ideas.  But most important, he was a leader who had a vision and a message, writes Itamar Rabinovich

VIDEO

The latest video from CCCahoots productions is the most awkward audition you'll ever see  at their team's homecoming.

VIRAL

Ireland’s most important celebration is about to begin and no,  it’s not St Patrick’s Day.  National Potato Day is fast approaching and Bord Bia are urging everyone to join in the celebrations of the fourth annual National Potato Day on October 7.

An Garda Siochana have carefully crafted a witty online persona for themselves over the past few years with a number of notable puntastic tweets, but the facade appears to be crumbling  if this post is anything to go by.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Firewatch is a game about walking and talking set in the wilderness of a great American park in the 1980s.  The developers at Campo Santo have formed a deal with movie production company Good Universe, who have worked on the likes of Last Vegas, Oldboy (the remake), The Night Before, Bad Neighbours and recent horror hit Don't Breathe.

MOVIES/TV: As October approaches folks might be getting their brains in gear for Halloween, but we really just care about Horrorthon.  The annual festival held at the IFI in Dublin is essential for genre fans and it's a real endurance test with dozens of films screening over an intense long weekend from the 27th to the 31st of October.

TECH: Elon Musk said a lot of things about turning the human race into a multi-planetary species last night in a very inspiring and elequont speech, but really it boils down to this:  Get your ass to Mars!

SHOWBIZ

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Bob Geldof isn’t known for holding back his thoughts and he certainly didn’t while speaking at the opening ceremony of the One Young World Summit  in Ottawa, Canada. The activist and musician set his sights on not just Donald Trump, who he labelled a “racist” and a “liar”, but the “commanders of the armies of stupidity” that also included British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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A young man flew into a rage in the family home and broke a table across his mother’s back,  a Garda Inspector said at Cork District Court yesterday.


Lifestyle

Ciara McDonnell talks to four high-profile people about their festive traditions and favourite tracksHere's what has these famous faces rockin’ around the Christmas tree

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