Your Friday morning catch-up

Good morning. Here’s everything you need to know before you start your day.


Focus Ireland said it dealt with a record number of homeless families in Dublin last month, most of which said they had never been homeless before. Figures released this morning show 466 families have become homeless so far this year.

A Garda investigation has been launched into how information about plans to charge over 20 water protesters was leaked to the media. Those involved in the case - which is in connection with the Jobstown water demonstration last year - said they learned of the potential charges from television news.

The student grants body is warning of an email scam. SUSI says it’s received reports of fraudulent emails being received by some people claiming that their applications have been suspended.

The Government has confirmed the remains exhumed at Cork Prison last June were those of Republican Thomas Kent, who was executed in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising, clearing the way for a State funeral. Mr Kent was due to take part in the Rising but received orders to stand down. Despite this, RIC officers raided Mr Kent’s home in Castlelyons, Co Cork, on May 2, 1916, with a view to arresting the Republican sympathiser.



Your Friday morning catch-up

Rory McIlroy will begin Friday’s PGA Championship second round five shots off the pace but satisfied to have come through a testing examination of the left ankle he injured just five weeks ago. Dustin Johnson leads the final major of the season having set the pace at Whistling Straits with an opening round of 66, six under par, good enough for a one-stroke advantage over Sweden’s David Lingmerth.

Closer to home, Footballer of the year James O’Donoghue is a long shot to be fit for Kerry’s All-Ireland semi final against Tyrone on Sunday week - but his fellow attacker Mikey Geaney’s season is already over, manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice revealed last night.


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Rescuers have pulled out a firefighter trapped for 32 hours after responding to the massive explosions in Tianjin. Meanwhile authorities moved forward gingerly in dealing with a fire still smouldering amid potentially dangerous chemicals. The two explosions late on Wednesday at the Chinese port city – one of them the equivalent of 21 tons of TNT – killed at least 50 people and injured more than 700.



In her column today, Alison O’Connor talks about Donald Trump and his misogynistic comments saying "Donal Trump has set the bar so low that even remarks like ‘legitimate rape’ seem less outrageous now."


Robert McNamara is a card carrying member of the bald brothers fraternity. But his struggle with losing his hair at a young age took him through various stages of denial until he was finally liberated.


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As we all know, opening that Leaving Cert results envelope is a pretty nerve-wracking experience.  And for one Tipp girl, she couldn’t bring herself to even look at her results without the help of her mam and a lucky plant. No really.

A motorway in the States was awash with beer on Tuesday after a beer lorry overturned and dumped its cargo all over the road. The lorry driver, Malcolm Jamal Wilcox, blamed his dog for the accident saying he became distracted by the pooch which caused him to lose control of the truck.


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Scientist, Frank Fenner, believes that this era has had a greater impact on the world than the Ice Age or any destructive comet combined. He claims that if we continue in this manner, humanity could be extinct in the year 2110.


In the world of gaming,The Elder Scrolls V Skyrim famously launched on 11/11/11. That’s already almost four years ago and there’s no word on a sequel to the long-running series. And don’t count on there being one soon.

Over in Hollywood, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been starring in movies for well over 30 years and in all that time the Austrian action star has blown up a lot of sh*t. And it’s about time that cinematic carnage was captured for all time. And so it has come to pass, with over 30 minutes of footage documenting every significant boom from Hercules in New York to Sabotage. And he’s definitely got a few more in him.

For all the ’techys’ out there, Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC said that it would cut more than 2000 jobs slashing its workforce by 15 percent after posting its biggest ever quarterly loss.


Cork has all the attributes to position itself as the world’s premier location for biotech startups, with the IndieBio accelerator programme having set the foundation for success. Much like the Silicon Valley tech hub in San Francisco, Cork’s ability to offer world-leading expertise at a cost premium could have a transformational effect.

The cost of renting is approaching record levels even as the cost of paying down a mortgage tumbles, official figures published yesterday show. The chronic shortage of homes has again sent rents soaring to stand only a whisker short of matching their boom-time levels in early 2008, CSO figures showed, even though household incomes are a fraction of their pre-crash levels.


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A diamond and gold pendant Elvis Presley gave Sammy Davis Jr is just one of 160 artefacts that has gone under the hammer during an auction at the King of Rock ’n’ Roll’s Memphis, Tennessee, home. The auction at Graceland was part of Elvis Week, the annual commemoration of his death.


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Not to send you into a meltdown or anything but octopuses are basically ‘aliens’ – according to scientists.  Researchers have found a new map of the octopus genetic code that is so strange that it could be actually be an “alien”. The first whole cephalopod genome sequence shows a striking level of complexity with 33,000 protein-coding genes identified – more than in a human.


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Tougher plants, smaller plots and more communal spaces will grow in popularity, says Hannah Stephenson.What will gardens of the future look like?

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Allowing your children to lead the way is the key to fun outdoor play, and there are many things you can build or buy to help them along, says Kya deLongchampsGarden adventures: Allowing your children to lead the way is the key to fun outdoor play

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