Good evening. Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.
President Michael D Higgins has said the United Nations and European Union have failed tens of thousands of refugees and migrants dying and risking death for a new life. Elsewhere, an online campaign to offer support to refugees caught up in the current crisis has collected 6,090 bed pledges from all over Ireland in the last two days.
Bob Geldof says he is ashamed of Europe’s handling of the refugee crisis and he has offered to take in four families to assist in the growing crisis. The singer told Dave Fanning on RTE Radio 1 that that he is willing to accept four families into his homes in the UK to try to ease "this f***ing disgrace. This absolute, sickening disgrace".
More than five million cigarettes, with a retail value of €2.5m, have been seized by Revenue at the Port of Cork. The ’Eton’ brand cigarettes which were described on a ship’s manifest as "cardboard boxes" were uncovered in a container which had travelled from Malaysia via Singapore and Rotterdam.
Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton is to make a formal complaint to gardaí over revelations that potentially vital files belonging to ex-Garda commissioner Martin Callinan were destroyed before they could be examined by the Fennelly report.
Anthony Cunningham has fulfilled the promise he made in July to meet Brian Cody on Sunday in the All-Ireland SHC final – can his side now go one step further? Our expert panel stick their necks on the line and call what they believe the result will be between Kilkenny and Galway in Sunday’s All-Ireland final.
As Ireland prepare to take on Gibraltar, Robbie Keane has described himself as “fit and raring to go”.
Designer brand Hugo Boss has been fined £1.2m in England over the death of a four-year-old boy who was killed when an 18-stone mirror crushed him in a shop changing room. Austen Harrison died after suffering severe head injuries when the 7ft mirror, which had been left standing free rather than being attached to a wall, toppled on to him at a Hugo Boss pop-up store in Bicester Village, Oxfordshire.
People who have large followings on social networks like Facebook are at greater risk of psychological and reputational harm than those with a close circle of online friends, research has suggested. Experts at Nottingham Trent University in England have said those with a large number of online friends are more prone to harassment and exposure to inappropriate content.
It is being reported that Ireland is set to face censure from the EU authorities over its tax dealings with Apple. The news agency Bloomberg says the EU is set to find that Ireland had granted illegal State aid to the iPhone maker over several years, by striking special tax deals.
The continued importance of the business hub in Little Island outside Cork City was the catalyst for AIB’s decision to open a new branch with longer opening hours in the area, as well as two further outlets in Dublin.
Having read the full 350-page Fennelly report, in which the Taoiseach and the Attorney General take a pasting, Cormac O’Keeffe concludes that it is clear politics took over from due process.
With the feast of fun kicking off in Stradbally today, Ed Power goes behind the scenes with three of the organisers of Electric Picnic.
Ireland’s homelessness issue could be solved by Christmas if the political will existed to do it, Fr. Peter McVerry has suggested. In a documentary film on the housing crisis, which can be viewed below, Fr. McVerry also claims that a disconnect between rent supplements offered by the Department of Social Protection and current market rent rates are responsible for hundred of families living in hotels.
Everyone loves to receive a handwritten letter but they’re getting rarer and rarer these days. This postman clearly understood that and to mark his retirement, he wrote a letter to all the houses he had visited over the years.
Don’t let the soggy end to summer get you down! Experts have said the damp (but occasionally sunny) weather could be teeing us up for a beautifully colourful autumn.
GAMING - So YouTube Gaming launched a while back, essentially like Twitch but owned by Google instead of Amazon and talk show host Jimmy Kimmel did a sketch saying that watching people playing games was stoopid. The spelling is like that on purpose.
MOVIES - We review Owen Wilson’s new film, No Escape
TECH - Sony Mobile just announced a new suite of handsets at IFA 2015 - the Xperia Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium. They all come in different sizes with similar specs and features, including the companys’ first fingerprint scanner.
Miley Cyrus does it again: pushing the boundaries just a little bit further in a quest to shock to the world. For a new spread in Interview magazine, she is shown topless and with her hands down her pants in a group of photos captured during a sexting FaceTime session with fashion photographer Mert Alas. But it’s not her first controversial moment.
The trend towards a later school starting age is growing. What implications — if any — does this have have on policy and costs, asks Education Correspondent Niall Murray.
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