Your Friday evening catch-up

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

The Taoiseach said today that he will not abolish the 8th Amendment without considering what may replace it.

A Cork man, whose sister and niece were killed in the 9/11 attacks, has said he is “bitterly frustrated” that five suspects, who were captured a decade ago, have still not been tried.

President Michael D Higgins has suggesting local authorities should apologise for the lack of social housing.

British pub chain JD Wetherspoons has defended charging Cork punters more for a pint of the city’s famous Beamish stout than in two of its bars in the capital.


A woman has said that she is still in shock following racist abuse she suffered when putting a Kerry flag on her car. 

Ronan O’Gara suggests it is not so much the no 10 who is pivotal to Rugby World Cup success, but the goal-kicker.

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A Polish explorer has claimed to have found a massive underground structure in south-western Poland that he claims was built by the Nazis as a nuclear shelter for Adolf Hitler.

Your Friday evening catch-up

Humanity’s claim to uniqueness just suffered a major setback: scientists reported that a newly discovered ancient species related to humans also appeared to bury its dead.


Sterling advanced yesterday approaching its strongest level in three weeks against the euro, after Bank of England policymakers said China’s slowdown hasn’t shaken their conviction that the time for the first UK interest-rate increase since 2007 is coming nearer.

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon had record sales last year but its profits dropped by 25%.


Anybody out there with a few bob interested in picking up 14 houses for half a million quid? Michael Clifford attends an auction for Celtic Tiger era properties.


Whether you choose to be at home with your children or just can’t afford childcare, life as a stay-at-home mum can devour your identity and sense of self-worth, writes Andrea Mara


Benedict Cumberbatch lends a hand to the refugee crisis by introducing this video by ’Save the Children’ where he quotes a poem by a Somali-British writer Warsan Shire.


Serena Williams let reporters in no doubt about how she felt at a recent press conference when a reporter asked her why she wasn’t smiling.

A memorial is being held today in New York for the tragedy that took place 14 years ago when two planes crashed into the World Trade Centre’s twin towers.


GAMING: Mirror’s Edge Catalyst is already one of our most anticipated games of 2016, and now fans can celebrate with a collector’s edition.

MOVIES: Tom Hiddleton is playing Hank Williams in new biopic I Saw the Light and the excitable gent has shared the first clip from the film on Twitter.

TECH: Apparently octa-core processors are too humdrum these days. HTC could be pushing the boat out even further with the inclusion of a deca-core MediaTek Helio X20 SoC in the upcoming HTC One A9.


Former X Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has reportedly been arrested on suspicion of drink driving after crashing a Ferrari.


Elon Musk has become synonymous with his Tesla cars, but there’s a lot more to the 44-year-old entrepreneur. We’re about to hit you with some knowledge.


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The A-Listers hiding in plain sight: As Rihanna is spotted at the cricket, who are the celebs who have been living under our noses in Ireland? Ed Power reports.Celebs in plain sight: The A-Listers living under our noses in Ireland

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