Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

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


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 man who was caught cycling the wrong way down a city centre street  with a stolen phone box under his jacket has been jailed for three years.

Government efforts to fix rents amid escalating rates in Dublin  and elsewhere have been declared “unconstitutional” and an “attack on the property rights” of landlords, TDs and senators have been told.

Gardaí have urged people to contact them immediately after claims that children set dogs on a kitten  and tore it to pieces.


Two Libyans have been identified as suspects in the ongoing investigation into the Lockerbie bombing  , Scottish prosecutors have confirmed.

Left-wing prime minister Alexis Tsipras today faces his first test in the Greek parliament since a bailout rebellion  split his party and triggered a snap general election last month.


Kieran Donaghy revealed he is seriously considering his future as a Kerry footballer.

Arsene Wenger has spoken for the first time  about the manner in which he wants to end his reign as Arsenal manager.


Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

There was a significant injury boost for the  Irish rugby side this morning,  as both Keith Earls and Jonathan Sexton took part in training ahead of Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final.

Given the events of the past week, the latest release is unexpectedly poignant.

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


Kerry Group has boosted its core ingredients and flavours business in the growing nutritional solutions market,  via the purchase of three US businesses for a combined $735m (€645m).

Niall Horan and the other four members of boy band One Direction last year more than doubled their company’s cashpile to £42m (€57m).


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


Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

Got an issue?  ask Audrey.  She’s been sorting out Cork people for years.


President Michael D Higgins and Taoiseach Enda Kenny joined thousands of mourners and gardaí in Blackrock,  Co Louth for the State funeral of Garda Tony Golden yesterday afternoon. Video by Niall Carroll Photography company


Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

This is the post from a German police force which has gone viral. It calls on parents   to stop posting pictures of their children on social media.

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


GAMING: Is the Ratchet and Clank franchise big and popular enough  for people to care about a major animated movie?

MOVIES: Ant-Man was a surprise hit when it arrived in cinemas this summer,  actually managing to be more entertaining than Age of Ultron with a mix of heist stuff, shrinking stuff and silly stuff.

TECH: Pebble Time is out, so is Pebble Time Steel and there’s even a Pebble Time Round on the way. So the company can move on to improving their software now that the hardware side is sorted.


Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

Actor Chris O’Dowd has revealed his wife Dawn O’Porter  stole a fork that Hollywood actor Bradley Cooper had eaten with – saying she planned to auction it off for charity.


This is the post from a German police force which has gone viral. It calls on parents   to stop posting pictures of their children on social media.


THE number of children with mental health issues presenting to the paediatric emergency department in Temple Street has increased dramatically, according to a study by Dr Eoin Fitzgerald.Learning Points: Light at the end of the tunnel for mental health?

Cooking in the MasterChef kitchen is just as scary as you’d imagine, writes Georgia Humphreys.Sweet 16 as Masterchef returns

Martin Hayes doesn’t like to stand still. The fiddle virtuoso from East Clare has made it a hallmark of his career to seek out creative ideas from beyond his musical tradition.Martin Hayes: Breaking new ground

At this point, if we are talking about a collective consciousness and how to move forward, lets go back to basics and talk about what we teach our children and what we were taught ourselves, writes Alison Curtis.Mum's the Word: Children remind us, in a world where we can be anything, be kind

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