Your Friday evening catch-up

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


Children’s Minister James Reilly was forced to flee a community centre under Garda protection after dozens of protesters surrounded his car and attacked it with missiles and eggs.

Fine Gael MEP Brian Hayes has said the EU needs to do more to deal with the refugee crisis.

Pressure needs to be kept on the Government to ensure they deliver on their many promises on homelessness.

The Government is continuing to oppose calls for a special public holiday next year for the centenary of 1916.


A shooting at Northern Arizona University that killed one student and wounded three others began as a fight between two groups, police have said.

A fire has destroyed a dormitory at a maximum-security prison in the central Philippines, killing 10 inmates, officials have said.


Rob Elliot has been called up to the Republic of Ireland squad for their crucial final Euro 2016 qualifying game against Poland in Warsaw on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp gave his first press conference as Liverpool manager and now all of England is in love with him. That’s right, even United fans.


Your Friday evening catch-up

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt is backing his centre partnership against the might of French powerhouse Mathieu Bastareaud.

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Irish Rail has said it hopes talks with trade unions next week will help to avoid threatened train strikes.

Irish airspace saw an increase of over 5% in traffic during the third quarter of the year, when compared to 12 months previously.


Just as big tobacco deliberately misled the public on the cancer-causing effects of smoking, big oil attacked scientists who warned of the impending climate disaster and their attempts now to help ‘solve’ the problem should be shunned by governments, write Kelle Louaillier and Bill McKibben


Michael Palin’s live show will mix tales of his travels with memories of those halcyon days with Monty Python, writes Noel Baker

VIDEO Inc’s cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has launched a service to help customers build applications to connect devices through the cloud, the so-called "Internet of Things".


Facebook has finally answered it’s users’ prayers – but instead of a “Dislike” button, they’ve given us “Reactions”.

Patricia Storey shares her story of a random act of kindness she experienced in Cork last Friday.


GAMING: Lego Dimensions is an amazing concept for a game and it’s brought to life with a lot of great attention to detail

MOVIES: An all new film called Ant-Man and the Wasp will be coming in July 2016 as part of Phase 3.

TECH: Microsoft kept the Lumia brand and has stayed true to its design principles to date, but is it currently working on a Surface-inspired handset?


Bosses at TV3 have apologised to viewers for ‘a joke’ concerning 9/11 on The Seven O’Clock Show.


Here are 8 Tinder horror stories that will make you want to cancel tonight’s Tinder date and hurl your phone into the sea.


Keep chomping on those carrots so your eyes will be in perfect working order for that prolonged annual gaze through the keyhole as Home of the Year returns for a sixth series next week.Home of the Year offers a good excuse for a bit of good-natured interiors voyeurism

They differ from the more prevalent oranges we eat because their flesh, and often the skin, is crimson or deep red in colour.Michelle Darmody: The best time of year to buy blood oranges

The annual Members Exhibition now underway at the Lavit Gallery in Cork features 92 works from 72 artists.The exhibition runs until March 7.Under the hammer: Your guide to upcoming auctions

There’s an oriental theme at the James Adam ‘At Home’ auction in Dublin, says Des O’SullivanAuctions: Sale full of eastern promise

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