Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

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

TOP STORIES - Migrant crisis

Bob Geldof says he is ashamed of Europe’s handling of the refugee crisis and he has offered to take in four families to assist in the growing crisis. .

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The photographer who shot the haunting images of three-year-old Aylan Kurdi on a beach in Turkey has spoken of feeling "petrified" when she saw his body. 

The Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has indicated Ireland will accept in the region of 1,800 refugees in response to the current crisis.


The government minister who has pledged to deliver a multimillion-euro events centre for Cork  has urged people to be patient amid growing concerns over the apparent lack of progress on the project.

The Health and Safety Authority’s special investigations unit is proceedingwith a major inquiry into the deaths last Saturday of two men carrying out work on Thomond Bridge in Limerick. However, it is unlikely their families will get a copy of the final report into the accident.

The retired bishop of Kerry was punched in the face on a train by a man believed to have been angered by the diocese’s response to child sexual abuse.



Ahead of Ireland’s European Championship qualifier against Gibraltar in Faro tonight,   James McClean has paid tribute to Martin O’Neill for helping to accelerate the former Derry City man’s career in England – and continuing to be a source of inspiration to the player as his international manager.  

Paul O’Connell believes long-time second-row partner Donncha O’Callaghan will give new club Worcester unbelievable value for money following the veteran’s decision to leave Munster.  


Refugees forced from a train in Hungary scuffled with helmeted riot police and some clung to railway tracks yesterday, as politicians across Europe struggled to respond to public opinion appalled by images of a drowned 3-year-old boy.

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The father of two toddlers who drowned with their mother and several other migrants as they tried to reach Greece identified   their bodies yesterday and prepared to take them back to their home town of Kobani.


Ryanair has reiterated that it wants to develop services out of Cork Airport   and remains in talks with the airport and its owner, the DAA, over landing charges.

The Dalata Group has secured planning permission for a €36m plan to transform its Clayton Hotel Dublin Airport   into one of the largest in the country.


The Fennelly Report this week showed up how badly An Garda Síochána  was being mismanaged. The Coalition has no appetite for justice reform, writes Clare Daly  .


Kanye West announced his intention to run for the White House at this week’s VMA awards, Ed Power predicts a strange future .


Ireland head into the weekend knowing any chance of qualifying for the 2016 European Championships will rely heavily on six points from the next two games.

The BallTalk team take a look at the Ireland team, the management and the up-coming fixtures.


Brandon Stanton, the photographer behind the hugely popular Humans of New York Facebook page, has been in Iran for the last few weeks taking photos and sharing stories of ordinary Iranians.

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Whether you swear by your horoscope or think it’s all bunkum, we all get a laugh out of what our star signs say about us. Take this quiz and find out if your star sign is true to you. .



GAMING: Last week on his show, Jimmy Kimmel featured a bit about the new YouTube game streaming service. He was a little down on the point of watching people playing games. Here’s how it went.

MOVIES: Terminator Genisys spent a lot of time toying with the events of 1984s The Terminator and this video shows how it was done

TECH: Samsung has unveiled a new line of smart products that will enable people to control and monitor their homes remotely.


Donald Trump has praised Kanye West as “so great”,  following the rapper’s intentions to run for president in 2020.


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Samsung didn’t have any new phones to show off at IFA this year but they did bring some funky smarthome products as well as their brand new Gear S2 smartwatch.


Timothy Grady is in Bantry this week to host a concert, and read from his classic book about the Irish in London, writes Don O'Mahony.Giving voice to the emigrant experience

A care home builds links with kids, writes Helen O’Callaghan.Inside out: Children learn what it's like to live with dementia.

When you think of someone who is “into skincare”, you probably imagine someone in a face mask.The Skin Nerd: Why face masks aren’t as important as you’d think

With the evenings closing in and a welcome chill in the air, it’s time to embrace the new season now.Make the Transition: Turn over a new leaf this fall

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