Your Friday evening catch-up

Good evening. Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.


Sources close to Independent TDs Clare Daly and Mick Wallace have said they expect to be jailed next month over a security breach at Shannon Airport. Wallace, of Clontarf Road, Dublin, and Daly, of Elmwood Drive, Swords, north Dublin, were found guilty of entering a restricted zone in July last year in a failed attempt to inspect a US Hercules C-130 and another military plane.

The Army Bomb Disposal team has declared a suspect package sent to the office of Environment Minister Alan Kelly a hoax. The parcel arrived in the post at Minister Kelly’s office in Nenagh this morning, prompting an evacuation of the building.

The High Court will decide tomorrow whether Sean Fitzpatrick’s criminal trial, set for October, can go ahead. Lawyers for the former Anglo chairman are seeking to overturn a decision in the Circuit Court earlier this month not to postpone the trial.

Former workers of Clerys department store have staged a lunchtime protest outside the offices of the new owners Natrium, demanding a meeting. Former supervisor at Clerys Gerry Markey said the company was treating the workers with "total disrespect".


In rugby, Dave Kearney will go into battle against Wales on Saturday knowing that he could hardly have landed a tougher final World Cup audition. With the countdown continuing to Ireland coach Joe Schmidt’s 31-man World Cup squad announcement next week, Leinster wing Kearney is among those hoping to make a statement in a tournament warm-up Test at the Aviva Stadium.

While in football, Tottenham have been handed a daunting group in the Europa League including a long haul trip to Azerbaijan. Liverpool’s task is also not straightforward with games against Russian side Rubin Kazan, Bordeaux and Swiss club Sion in Group B.


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In the US, a state of emergency has been declared in Florida as tropical storm Erika nears. [The storm could hit the peninsula on Monday. Governor Rick Scott made his declaration shortly after forecasters adjusted the trajectory of the storm to show that it is predicted to go through the middle of the state.

Elsewhere, Buzz Aldrin is teaming up with the Florida Institute of Technology to develop “a master plan” for colonising Mars within 25 years. The second man to walk on the moon took part in a signing ceremony at the university, less than an hour’s drive from Nasa’s Kennedy Space Centre. The Buzz Aldrin Space Institute is set to open in the autumn.


The CEO of adultery website Ashley Madison is stepping down in the wake of the massive breach of the company’s computer systems and outing of millions of its members. Avid Life Media, Ashley Madison’s parent company, said Noel Biderman’s departure was a mutual decision and is in the best interests of the company.

UPC, one of the country’s leading broadband and entertainment companies, announced plans today to rebrand under the Virgin Media banner. Richard Branson , Virgin Group Founder, said: "We are delighted to bring the Virgin Media brand to Ireland," said Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group.


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Michael Clifford says the existence or otherwise of the IRA is a real issue, despite what the Shinners might claim and Gerry Adams’ best efforts to blame ‘cynical’ political opponents.


With a week to go to the annual extravaganza in Stradbally, Ed Power selects the top 10 acts he’s most looking forward to catching at Electric Picnic.


In July 2015, 77 families became homeless in Ireland. 155 were children and 70 of those families had never experienced homelessness before. A documentary film highlights the crisis beyond crisis.


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The parents of an Irish four-year-old have made an emotional plea on TV in Boston for donations to help to save their son’s life. Cian McDonnell-Lynch, from Carlanstown in Co Meath, suffers from dyskeratosis congenita, a rare bone marrow failure syndrome that affects only about one in one million people. He’s now desperately in need of lung transplant because he also has microscopic pulmonary arteriovenous malformation, which is linked to his condition.

On Thursday Facebook celebrated a truly mind-boggling milestone. For the first time ever, one billion people worldwide used the social media site in a single dayFacebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted his excitement, calling it “just the beginning of connecting the whole world”.


GAMING - We’ve had teasers, a live action promo and plenty of chat but now its time for the first proper gameplay footage from LawBreakers. And it’s looking pretty good.

MOVIES - Paul Bettany has been discussing his role as Vision in the latest Avengers movie, Avengers Age Of Ultron.

TECH - Huawei continues its push in Europe with the release of the Honor 7 handset - which you can now buy straight from the company exclusively online.


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If you haven’t found that Friday feeling yet, this is bound to do it - Louis Walsh throwing the best possible shapes around an empty kitchen in a purple shirt and matching socks. Or like us, it will at least have you cringing under the nearest table.


Your Friday evening catch-up

Kevin Miller was flying his drone up to the top of the wind turbine in Rhone Island and as the drone reached the summit he unbelievably found a man sunbathing up there.


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