Your Friday evening catch-up

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


The residents at the centre of a stand-off over temporary accommodation for survivors of the Carrickmines fire say they are not “the bad guys”. The locals have blockaded Rockville Drive since Tuesday over plans to move four mobile homes onto adjoining land to house 14 people affected by Saturday’s blaze, which killed 10 people.

Lawyers for Denis O’Brien have been granted access to a PR firm’s computers in the High Court today.

The full extent of the Guard of Honour at Tony Golden’s funeral was demonstrated in this short clip of drone footage taken on the day.

The mother of a boy with autism is chaining herself to the gates of the Department of Education offices in Athlone in a bid to highlight her campaign to have her son educated in a specialised setting close to home.

A convicted killer who held a pregnant woman at knifepoint during a petrol station robbery has been sentenced to six years in prison with three suspended.

A senior cabinet minister should have been sent to meet with the organisers of the Web Summit to deal with their concerns about staying in Dublin. That is according to Fianna Fáil, which has accused the government of complacency over the prospect of the event leaving Ireland.


Hungary is to close its border with Croatia, where it has built a razor-wire fence, in order to stop the free flow of refugees.

UN Secretary-General Ban-Ki moon called hunger “a terrible injustice” as he marked World Food Day with a visit to the Milan Expo World’s Fair, which is focusing on food security and nutrition.


Conor McGregor is going to donate €50,000 to help to fight the homeless crisis in Ireland. The UFC star is currently on a promotional tour of Ireland and intends to make the donation from the proceeds of the events.

Conor Murray is adamant that the high-profile absentees from Ireland’s starting line-up aren’t a cause for panic.


Your Friday evening catch-up

Ronan O’Gara looks forward to what promises to be an exciting weekend of rugby action and warns that Ireland should not underestimate Argentina who, he suggests, are playing better than ever before.

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


One of the world’s biggest companies, the aircraft leasing arm of China Construction Bank, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with IDA Ireland. The deal is worth €439m to Ireland.

Volkswagen saw its market share in Europe drop fractionally in September, when its emissions scandal broke mid-month, as its sales growth lagged behind the wider market.


On the 125th anniversary of Michael Collins’s birth, Ryle Dwyer examines how attitudes to him have fluctuated through the decades, including a period when he was almost forgotten


As part our Breast Cancer Awareness Month coverage, we heard one woman’s personal account yesterday of her breast cancer hell. Today, Helen O’Callaghan talks to three survivors who are finding reasons to be positive in the face of an unexpected diagnosis.


A 20-year-old Venezuelan man has broken the Guinness World Record for the largest feet.


You would think one mouse wouldn’t be much of a match for three lads but, judging by this video, you would be wrong.

A size 6 model who was told by her agency she was “too big” and “out of shape” to work in the fashion industry just got payback.


GAMING: Parkour zombie game Dying Light has been out for a while now but the new content just keeps on coming.

MOVIES: Director Joe Wright is taking on his biggest project yet with a re-imagining of the Peter Pan story, and he’s talking about effects, characters and more

TECH: Drones are becoming increasingly popular for hobbyists and professional videographers but have you ever thought about how they’re put together?


Comedian Brendan O’Carroll to be honoured with Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s IFTA awards ceremony.


It’s World Food Day, a time to draw attention to the millions of people who endure poverty and chronic hunger and promote action from the rest of the world. Here’s what you need to know.


When Marisa Murphy went to play as a teenager on Dinish Island, she could still see the flowers growing among the ruins in her grandmother’Islands of Ireland: Barely inhabitated Dinish became an industrial zone

MAC make-up artist Lucy Bridge shares her tips backstage at Roland Mouret.How to create the perfect matte red lip, according to a backstage beauty expert

New trends include chunky heeled boots, silver belts and lots of plaid from the British designer.Victoria Beckham got ‘rebellious’ for her new collection – as David and family watched on

When horses were shown photographs of angry human faces, their hearts speeded up.Jackass penguin talk is similar to humans

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