Tuesday morning briefing: Doors remain closed at over 500 schools today. Catch up on all the headlines

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


Hundreds of secondary schools will be shut for a second day in a row as teachers stage the latest in a series of planned strikes over equal pay.

Trade union leaders have demanded that Public Expenditure Minister Paschal Donohoe opens discussions on a new public sector pay deal immediately or he will face a free-for-all pay war with workers.

Gardaí have taken the unusual step of visiting homes in the Irishtown area of South Mayo to reassure shocked locals that no third party was involved in the horrific deaths of an elderly couple and the serious assault on their son last week.

Rents are rising in double digits and are now higher than at the height of the Celtic Tiger, with “disastrous” consequences for renters, communities, and the country’s competitiveness.


Tuesday morning briefing: Doors remain closed at over 500 schools today. Catch up on all the headlines

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ended their presidential campaigns with visits to battleground states in a final bid to energise supporters.

Whoever becomes 45th president of the United Stateswill be expected to deliver a unifying speech, saying that they will work for all Americans, both those who voted for them and those who voted against.

At the Rockefeller Centre in midtown Manhattan, the resident NBC news station has completed its traditional election night take-over of the ice rink and covered it with a giant map of the states that will light up blue or red as each result is declared.

Winning won’t be enough tonight, because the thing that has become clear is how broken America is, writes Fergus Finlay


A third body has been found at the property of a South Carolina man linked to seven deaths and the kidnapping of a woman who was found chained inside a storage container.

Parts of a main street collapsed in the heart of a major city in southern Japan, creating a massive sinkhole and cutting off power, water and gas supplies.


Tuesday morning briefing: Doors remain closed at over 500 schools today. Catch up on all the headlines

Cork footballer Fintan Goold last night announced his inter-county retirement, admitting that “the hunger wasn’t there to do it again.

In the aftermath of Cork City’s stunning FAI Cup final victory, John Caulfield hinted that goalscoring hero Seán Maguire could do worse than hang around Turner’s Cross a while longer. Meanwhile, Kevin O’Connor is ready to put pen to paper again to stay on Leeside.

History was made in Chicago last Saturday, but it was put to bed last night. There was no time limit set but professional sport can only humour so much celebration and Joe Schmidt’s tight schedule had the expanded 39-man Ireland squad scanning profiles on Canada.

Munster Director of Rugby Rassie Erasmus yesterday paid tribute to Joe Schmidt’s Ireland following their sensational victory over the All Blacks in Chicago on Saturday night.


Plans are still up in the air on immigration controls, access to the single market, as well as passporting rights for financial services, writes Daniel Gros

Jude Law stars as the first US pope in a series with the tagline ‘His religion is revolution’. It recalls many real-life figures who tried to revolutionise the Church, says TP O’Mahony


The FBI’s latest intervention and opinion polls on the eve of the US election favouring Hillary Clinton have soothed jitters of financial markets which deeply fear the unknown quantity of a Donald Trump presidency, and sent world stock markets soaring.

Ryanair shares jumped more than 5% yesterday after the company offered an upbeat outlook, despite Brexit uncertainties, and approved a plan to return another €550m to shareholders.


Tuesday morning briefing: Doors remain closed at over 500 schools today. Catch up on all the headlines

When budgeting for Christmas most of us are focused on how we can have the holiday season we want for ourselves and our loved ones and still save some moneyGráinne McGuinness offers some consumer advice.


Richard Hammond said he and James May never had any doubts about leaving the BBC to join Jeremy Clarkson after he was let go from Top Gear, and that ending their union would have been “stupid”.


The thought of living in an America in which Donald Trump is president is a rather daunting one, so it’s no wonder many citizens have threatened to flee their homeland should he get into office.


In the morning sun near Cork city centre, staff of St Aloysius’ College lined the footpath along the school wall as the gates were closed throughout yesterday.


GAMINGFun feels like a strangely undervalued commodity in modern gaming. The industry has become this huge and serious thing, with emotional stories, a blitzkrieg of features and an avalanche of technological wonders.

MOVIES/TVToday's a big day in America, in case you didn't know and everyone is being urged to get out and vote and make their voice heard.

TECHSelfies are still all the rage, proving that having more cameras is just a way to make the human race extra vain.


A Limerick man was yesterday found guilty of an attempted robbery in which an 80-year-old retired taximan, recovering from heart by-pass surgery, was slashed across the forehead.


Is there a natural treatment I could use instead of steroids and antibiotic drops for dry eye?Natural health: I suffer from chronic dry eye

Denise O’Donoghue checks in with several expats affected by the cancellation of shows in BritainIrish actors on the crisis the West End theatre industry faces

This month marks four decades since the release of the classic record that would also be Ian Curtis’s final album with Joy Division. Ed Power chats to a number of Cork music fans about what it meant to themJoy Division: Forty years on from Closer

Last week, I shared my lockdown experience. I asked for a more uniform approach, should there be another lockdown. I explained that I worked mornings. Maybe I should have been more specific: working 8am to 1pm without a break, I gave feedback and covered the curriculum, using our school’s online platform. In the afternoons, I looked after my three kids (all under ten) while my husband worked. It was a challenging time for everyone and the uncertainty around what I should have been doing as a teacher made it harder.Diary of an Irish teacher: I want to get back to work. But I would like to do it safely

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