Your Friday evening catch-up

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


Fifa president Sepp Blatter has been questioned by Swiss federal police over alleged financial corruption. The attorney general’s office in Switzerland said it has opened criminal proceedings against Mr Blatter over possible criminal mismanagement and misappropriation of Fifa money.

A former council worker has admitted he unlawfully claimed almost €30,000 in dole payments after he repeatedly failed to declare a €90,000 inheritance. David Lawlor (age 55) of Achill Road, Ballybrack, Dublin, pleaded guilty at Dublin District Court to a charge under the Social Welfare Consolidation Act for making six false declarations relating to undisclosed finances when he was claiming the Jobseeker’s Allowance from December 2009 until January 2012.

Investigations are underway after a well-known Dublin criminal was shot dead on Spain’s Costa del Sol yesterday morning. Gary Hutch - the nephew of former Dublin criminal Gerry "the Monk" Hutch - died after a masked gunman shot him in an apartment complex in Miraflores near Marbella on the Costa del Sol.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that fewer than half of all farmers are happy with the level of broadband available to them in their area.

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.


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Almost a third of asylum seekers arriving in Germany who claim to be Syrian are not, according to officials. Hundreds of thousands of people have come to Germany since the start of the year, seeking refuge from poverty, persecution and war.

Iran has blamed rival Saudi Arabia over the disaster at the hajj that killed more than 700 pilgrims, as Muslims solemnly resumed the final rites of the annual pilgrimage. Thousands protested in the streets of Tehran as a senior cleric angrily demanded Saudi Arabia hand over control of the annual pilgrimage to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), the world’s largest body of Muslim nations.


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When Mary O’Connor lifted the Brendan Martin Cup in 2009, today’s captain Ciara O’Sullivan started at wing-back, aged 18. On Sunday, she’ll lead Cork into battle. A battle O’Connor believes the Rebels will win. "They’re in a better place than they were last year in terms of what they’ve come through, and regards the players they’ve lost. Mentally Dublin might be fragile if Cork get a run at them at the start.

Tyson Fury’s world heavyweight title fight with Wladimir Klitschko has been postponed after the Ukrainian suffered a calf injury in training. Klitschko told German newspaper Bild he was "incredibly sorry" for the delay, but vowed the fight would be re-arranged as soon as possible.


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Nathan White has said he is aiming to “push” Mike Ross after being handed a starting slot in Sunday’s Rugby World Cup tie with Romania. Find the full team named for Ireland’s game with Romania HERE.

For more latest news, views and banter visit our dedicated Rugby World Cup Centre HERE


Cork Airport has confirmed that Norwegian is to launch the city’s first ever scheduled transatlantic services. Norwegian has announced today that it plans to operate a direct Cork-Boston service from next May and that it also intends to launch a new Cork-New York service in 2017.

One of the world’s leading cyber security experts has called on the Government to invest heavily in combatting cyber attacks as new research reveals that more than eight in 10 Irish businesses have been targeted in the past 12 months.


The revelations about Volkswagen’s emissions fraud, added to recent scandals at Siemens and Deutsche Bank, show a German corporate establishment that is out of step with a society that is actively trying to atone for 20th-century sins, writes Leonid Bershidsy


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For many parents, school starting times pose a headache as their working day begins at the same time, writes Ailin Quinlan. But Sherpa Kids After School Care could be the solution to time-poor parents problems.


Neville O’Donoghue and Steve Neville discuss the Rugby World Cup and who will win itThey talk about whether New Zealand are too old to reclaim the Webb Ellis Cup and ask how far can Ireland go?


So TG4 launched an new dating show last night called ’Pioc do Ride’. And it’s certainly got a premise we’ve never seen beforeIt features three guys, three cars and one girl - and she must choose her date based on the car he drives.

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Introducing Ooho - the water bottle that feels like a fruit. Designed by Skipping Rocks Lab, it’s designed to be a sustainable replacement to plastic water bottles.


GAMING: For the first time in the Assassin’s Creed series you can play as two different characters in Syndicate - but which is better

MOVIES: 80s action TV series The A-Team looks set to be resurrected according to a new report, with Fox bringing it back to the small screen.

TECH: The iFixit guys got their paws on the new iPhone 6s. They actually flew to Australia to be one of the first folks to get the new model. Just so they could destroy it!


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Shane Filan’s has revealed that his Christian faith has helped him cope with bankruptcyThe former Westlife star was declared bankrupt in 2012 after his company Shafin Developments - a property development firm he ran with his eldest brother Finbar - went into receivership.


Your Friday evening catch-up

The revelations about Volkswagen’s emissions fraud, added to recent scandals at Siemens and Deutsche Bank, show a German corporate establishment that is out of step with a society that is actively trying to atone for 20th-century sins, writes Leonid Bershidsy


A parent coach says parents are often the best judge of how to care for their baby – and explains how they can learn to have faith in their intuition.Ask an expert: How can I know what’s best for my baby?

We take a trip down memory lane and check out what happened on this day in years gone by by looking back at some Irish Examiner front pages and highlighting other events which went down in history across the world.August 23, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

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RP O’Donnell says it is hard to find anywhere better than Boston to show your family a great time as he returns to a city he used to call homeA family friendly holiday guide to get the best out of beautiful Boston

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