Friday morning briefing: Garda strike would bring fear to the streets. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.

IRELAND

A Garda strike would bring fear to the streets and damage public confidence in the force, groups have warned.

Workers at Dublin Bus are to be balloted next week on whether to accept a pay deal reached at the WRC after marathon talks yesterday.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney is under mounting pressure from the Department of Finance to give a first-time buyers’ grant to all homes purchased — not just new builds.

We need to amend the Constitution to remove references to blasphemy and God, according to the Humanist Association of Ireland.

WORLD

Friday morning briefing: Garda strike would bring fear to the streets. Catch up on all the headlines

Donald Trump has denied a report that he explored business opportunities in Cuba in the late 1990s, apparently in violation of the US embargo.

Saudi Arabia has condemned the passing of a new law in the United States that allows 9/11 families sue the kingdom for damages.

A doctor will be sentenced for the second time later for having a stash of "extreme" pornography, including a video of a man having sex with a snake.

SPORT

Ryder Cup captains Darren Clarke and Davis Love have backed their two top partnerships to get their sides off to a good start at Hazeltine National on Friday.

Former Mayo footballer Trevor Mortimer says the series of negative comments from Dublin figures about Lee Keegan shows the champions are rattled going into tomorrow’s All-Ireland final replay.

Of the many things outside Dublin manager Jim Gavin’s control approaching tomorrow’s All-Ireland football final replay, the weather is at the very top of that list.

Peter O’Mahony’s excitement at returning to competitive rugby shone through this week as he edges to within touching distance of ending the most frustrating period of his career.

OPINION

Strike action may be problematic for gardaí but it is easy to have sympathy for them and they will change the industrial relations landscape.

The right response to past injustices is to recover sovereignty in a Europe where the powerful are prevented from preying on the weak.

BUSINESS

The Central Bank’s mortgage lending rules should be maintained to help head off the boom-bust economic cycles that have plagued Ireland and brought the country to its knees during the recession, the IMF has warned.

With less than two weeks to go to Budget 2017, the speculation about what it might contain is intensifying. Nothing terribly unusual in that, but some of the suggestions doing the rounds are somewhat bewildering.

LIFESTYLE

Friday morning briefing: Garda strike would bring fear to the streets. Catch up on all the headlines 

In terms of sound and sentiment, Mick Flannery has one foot in America for his excellent new album.

SHOWBIZ

Friday morning briefing: Garda strike would bring fear to the streets. Catch up on all the headlines

Lady Gaga has announced she will headline next year’s Super Bowl half time show.

VIRAL

Friday morning briefing: Garda strike would bring fear to the streets. Catch up on all the headlines

Final preparations are being made to crash a European spacecraft on to a comet, bringing a dramatic end to the £1 billion Rosetta mission.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

A Cork TD has criticised a “disgraceful” act of vandalism that saw a message protesting his views on abortion spray-painted onto his office.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Dishonored 2 is just a few short weeks away, and you can look forward to dealing out death just like this.

MOVIE/TV: Director Antoine Fuqua has been doing a great job in recent years with hits like The Equalizer and The Magnificent Seven, and his next project represents a whole new challenge.

TECHNOLOGY: Drones are all the rage these days, with the tiny craft being used to take breathtaking footage for anything you can think of including amateurs, sports and full on movies. Well you ain't seen nothing yet because DJI just debuted the Mavic.

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When two white coffins said to contain the embryos of twin brothers were searched by gardaí at a Kerry funeral home, no biological material was found in one. The revelation was made at Limerick Circuit Court, when Darren O’Shea, aged 36, of Casement Avenue, Tralee, sought bail, claiming that, as father of twins miscarried by his partner, he should get bail to attend their funeral ceremony, set for October 7.


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