Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said:  “The nation and the world have lost one of the giants of theatre" upon hearing the news that Irish playwright Brian Friel has died at the age of 86.

An Post has advised customersnot to post any letters or parcels until further notice.  The company has blamed industrial action by members of the Communications Workers’ Union (CWU) in mails processing centres of supplier company IO Systems for the announcement.

Irish people are among the most tolerant people in Europe,  but despite this there has been an increase in the number of people saying they have been discriminated against in the past year.

It was literally a case of a criminal laundering money.When gardaí raided a farm at Portcrush, Montpellier, Co Limerick  they found convicted drug dealer John Duffy drying €1.5m in a spin-dryer and vacuum packing it in plastic.

The head of Paypal Ireland has said the rental crisis is so bad here that the company is now asking staff  to offer rooms to new employees.

The producers of Star Wars have donated €10,000 to the Valentia Lifeboat. 

WORLD

Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

A gunman who opened fire inside a classroom at a rural Oregon college has killed at least nine people before dying in a shoot-out with police.  One survivor said he demanded his victims state their religion before he started shooting.

Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

A gunman who killed nine people at a college in Oregon in the US may have been an IRA supporter.  Twenty-six-year-old Chris Harper Mercer was shot dead by police after he opened fire at a community college yesterday, killing nine people.

SPORT

Alex Ferguson is returning to the Old Trafford dugout next month to manage David Beckham and a host of other stars in a charity match. .

Mundo Deportivo have supposedly got their hands on the Ballon d’Or shortlist, and it’s notable for both who’s included as well as its omissions. 

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

Canada’s Jamie Cudmore isn’t afraid to get in opponents’ faces and try and throw them off their rhythm. So he grabbed an opportunity to annoy the French team last night during their clash at the Stadium MK in Milton Keynes.

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

BUSINESS

The Central Bank is urging the Government to focus on reducing debt levels  in the Budget, instead of tax cuts and spending increases.

Buoyant government tax receipts to be announced today will likely strengthen pressure for more give-aways in the looming budget.

ANALYSIS

The false dichotomy of governments versus markets must be dropped in favour of clear thought about desired market outcomes, writes Mariana Mazzucato

LIFESTYLE

Got an issue? Audrey has the answers . She’s been sorting out Cork’s problems for years.

VIDEO

Neville O’Donoghue, Shaun Cronin and Steve Neville look ahead to Ireland’s Pool clash with Italy  and ask whether or not Jared Payne should be starting.

VIRAL

We all like to think of ourselves as logical, reasonable human beings who go through a thought process before we make a decision. This quick quiz will determine how your brain comes to a decision based on a series of questions and teasers..

Ever wondered what Google suggests for anyone looking for information about your locality? Inspired by a similar ’Google autocomplete’ map by London-based Aaron Gillies, Omar Sarhan put together a graphic showing the first autocomplete suggestion Google offers when a county’s name is entered into its search bar.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Capcom’s special Brazil Games Show character announcement for Street Fighter V  has been spoiled, it seems. Laura, a brand new character, will be joining the playable roster, according to leaked screenshots. 

MOVIES: Future Terminator movies are reportedly on hold as a result of Genisys’ poor showing at the US box office..

TECH: Google announced a lot of new hardware and updates this week,including some additions to the Google Photos lineup.  

SHOWBIZ

The nominations for this year’s Irish Film and Television awards have been announced today,  leaving bosses over at RTÉ very happy and others in shock.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A lost drug shipment was suspected of sparking the appalling violence that resulted in a hard-working and loving family “losing everything”. 

Detectives gathered information suggesting the gang behind the aggravated burglary of Emma and Mark Corcoran’s home in rural Tipperary almost two years ago needed to recoup money to get their drug business back on track.


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