Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

TOP STORIES

The public has been warned to be on the lookout for a host of new scams being used by fraudsters to con consumers out of their money.

The Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has denied there is a rift in the coalition about the water conservation grant.

Sean Fitzpatrick’s application for judicial review has been set for next Friday. The former Anglo chairman is seeking to overturn the decision by Judge Martin Nolan a fortnight ago not to postpone his trial due to negative publicity.

Millions of Ryanair passengers could be in line for a payout after a landmark court judgment in the UK ruled that the airline cannot limit the time allowed to claim compensation for flight delays.

SPORT

Irish Rail’s being asked to ensure there are enough trains for Mayo GAA supporters to travel to the All-Ireland football semi-final on Sunday week.

Elsewhere in the GAA, Dublin hurler Shane Durkin is officially the GAA’s most attractive player.

WORLD

Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

North Korea declared a “a quasi-state of war in frontline areas” facing the rival South and said it was ready for military operations.

A second wave of personal data alleged to have come from adultery website Ashley Madison has been published online by the site’s hackers.

BUSINESS

Only households in Denmark and Netherlands continue to carry heavier debt burdens than those in Ireland, despite falls in indebtedness here, Central Bank figures published yesterday showed as the economic recovery picks up pace.

The developers of the site where U2 recorded some of their best-loved albums have entered a battle with Dublin City Council over a disputed Luas Red Line payment of almost €500,000.

ANALYSIS

People with disabilities living in local authority housing and in need of a housing adaptation grant feel they are being discriminated as some local authorities have access officers while others don’t, with funds key to the matter, says Noel Baker.

LIFESTYLE

Since quitting her full-time job, Andrea Mara realised her kids have been living cossetted lives. And so she set about being a ‘free range parent’, trying to build kids that will be ‘can-do’ adults.

VIDEO

These videos show the human side of the European migrant crisis.

VIRAL

A guy filming the inclement weather at Atlanta Airport in Georgia on Tuesday managed to catch a bit of a scary moment on camera.

YouTube channel Facts have released a video of Irish people rating attempts at the Irish accent.

TECHNOW

GAMING - Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain is coming to consoles and PC from the 1st of September 2015. It’s the first fully fledged Metal Gear game since Guns of the Patriots all the way back in 2008. 

MOVIES - The Walking Dead on AMC is one of the biggest TV successes of the last few years, and now there’s even more to look forward to with a new spin off show.

TECH - Android users will be getting a little less bloatware in the near future thanks to some changes from Google. The tech company is relaxing its requirements over apps which have to be permanently installed in handsets running their OS.

SHOWBIZ

Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

If you were passing famous Irish pub Moran’s of the Weir in Galway over the last few days and thought “No, it couldn’t have been him”, you were wrong. Yup, Shaggy is in fact holidaying in Ireland.

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Lifestyle

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It's a typically Irish summer’s day of sunshine and occasional showers. Travel restrictions have been eased again and we venture forth to one of nature’s gems, Gougane Barra, deep in the mountains of West Cork.Donal Hickey: Gougane Barra has peace and wildness

When the ferryman pulls away from the pier and the salty spray of the sea hits your face the feeling of release from the mainland is deeply pleasurable. Your island awaits. Whether for a day trip or a holiday, the lure of the islands is as magnetic as ever.The Islands of Ireland: The lure of the less-visited

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