Your Friday evening catch-up

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


It was a sombre day in Wexford today as the funerals of the Carrickmines victims took place at the Church of The Assumption on Bride Street. Hundreds of mourners turned up to pay their respects to the family of Thomas and Syliva Connors who were laid to rest today along with their three children Jim, aged five, Christy, aged two and Mary, aged just five months.

Trade union chiefs have threatened a repeat today’s train drivers’ strike as the row over pay became increasingly bitter. Both Siptu and the National Bus and Rail Union (NBRU) warned commuters to expect a second three-hour stoppage on the morning of November 6 after negotiations broke down lastnight, sparking travel chaos.

US investment fund Cerberus is to buy the massive Project Arrow portfolio from the National Assets Management Agency (Nama). While the price has not been revealed, although Nama stated weeks ago that it had a reserve value in the region of €1bn - one fifth of what was originally borrowed by developers, investors and speculators.

Two men who took part in an attempted “predatory gang rape” of a woman in a van with a mattress in the back have had their jail terms cut on appeal.  The two men aged 22 and 24, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, along with a third man (aged 22) ultimately found not guilty on all counts, had denied the rape, attempted rape, oral rape and sexual assault of the woman at an unknown location in Cork on September 13 2009.


At least 42 people, mostly elderly tourists starting off on a day trip, have been killed after a bus and truck collided on a rural road in wine country in south-west France.

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Thousands of South African university students have converged at the country’s main government complex to protest over tuition fee rises. The students gathered on a large lawn at the foot of the Union Buildings in South Africa’s administrative capital, Pretoria.


The Republic of Ireland will take on Switzerland in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Friday March 25 2016. Switzerland, who are currently 12th in the FIFA World Rankings, will arrive in Dublin as Ireland’s first opponents of 2016 and provide a difficult test for Martin O’Neill’s team.

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The Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) have broken their silence about the resignation of Billy Walsh, a day after the coach flew to the US to take up his new role with Boxing USA. The organisation has been at the centre of a storm of controversy since Walsh stepped down as head of Irish boxing’s High Performance Unit on Monday.


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Ronan O’Gara explains that Patrick ’Rala’ O’Reilly has been his precious friend and confidante over the past 21 years and he will be a huge loss for the Irish rugby internationals

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Dublin benefitting from the significant economic upturn despite increasing pressure in the area of housing supply, a new report has found. The findings were published in the third issue of the Dublin Economic Monitor, which was launched today.

The European Investment Bank is to provide a €100m loan for redevelopment of Dublin Port. The funding will part-finance the €280m Alexandra Basin project which aims to allow the capital’s port handle 60 million tonnes of cargo by 2040.


The truth is no matter how the numbers stack up after polling day entering into a coaltion with Sinn Féin would be a disastrous move, writes Alison O’Connor.


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Suzanne Harrington volunteered for three days at a refugee camp in Calais and found the dire conditions, and the indifference of officialdom, are shameful


Ireland may not be in the competition anymore but there are still two exciting matches to look forward to this weekend. With New Zealand taking on South Africa and Argentina squaring off against Australia, which two teams will make the final?


Videographer Ethan Copage admired the architecture around Cork city so much he decided to capture it on film. Ethan is from Galway but moved to Cork three months ago and felt that much of architecture around the city, in particular the churches were particularly beautiful.

How many people do we pass on a daily basis without knowing that person’s background, where they come from or what their story is. We live in a society where we blank people without even realising it. We are constantly busy and in a rushed state of mind. We are lacking true connection. Over 100,000 people across the globe took part in the world’s largest eye contact experiment recently, organised to highlight such lack of connection.


GAMING: Bethesda and Carlsberg UK have teamed up on a very special brew. From November 5th, it will be possible to purchase Fallout beer from Amazon.

MOVIES: Many Hollywood movies have played on the dad and step-dad scenario, but Daddy’s Home is shaping up to be the funniest of the lot.

TECH: What’s better than word prediction? Double-word prediction! SwiftKey’s new feature is currently in the beta version of SwiftKey 6.0 and could double your typing speed.


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The Irish Film and Academy (IFTA) held its annual award ceremony last night with a star-studded red carpet line-upOne of the biggest winners from the night was Brendan O’Carroll who received a Lifetime achievement award for Comedy and a standing ovation.


Your Friday evening catch-up

Ronan O’Gara explains that Patrick ’Rala’ O’Reilly has been his precious friend and confidante over the past 21 years and he will be a huge loss for the Irish rugby internationals.


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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