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Pressure is growing on the Government to act immediately to take in refugees risking death to reach mainland Europe instead of waiting for instructions to come from the EU.

Renua Ireland leader Lucinda Creighton is to make a formal complaint to gardaí over revelations that potentially vital files belonging to ex-Garda commissioner Martin Callinan were destroyed before they could be examined by the Fennelly report.

A Galway mother whose home has been broken into four times in as many months has taken to arming herself with a nailgun to protect her family.


Interview: This is Brian Cody. This is what he does.

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.

Your Friday morning catch-up

The father of the 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.

The boys’ aunt, who lives in Canada, where the family wanted to go, said she spoke to her sister-in-law before the family set off on their journey.


As the refugee crisis in Europe reaches breaking point, Brian O’Flynn appeals to the sense of nationalism that is hardening so many hearts towards the desperate migrants. He points out that anti-immigrant sentiment is largely a British import and that our true Irish identity is much more generous.


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 continued importance of the business hub in Little Island outside Cork City was the catalyst for AIB’s decision to open a new branch with longer opening hours in the area, as well as two further outlets in Dublin.



With the feast of fun kicking off in Stradbally today, Ed Power goes behind the scenes with three of the Electric Picnic organisers


Fadi Hamwi survived a shooting, a lethal Mediterranean crossing, and over a day in the back of a Britain-bound lorry. This is his story.

Barbie should be put back in her box to make way for more “creative” toys such as Lego and Meccano that are traditionally given to boys, according to a top women scientists.


A community council has restored a once-derelict cottage which was the birthplace of the first patron of the GAA, Archbishop Thomas William Croke, and plans to turn it into a museum.


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.


Rob Kardashian, who has retreated from the public eye over the last few years because of his unhappiness with his size, is working hard to get back in shape and is really "taking care of himself".


Interview: This is Brian Cody. This is what he does.


Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance on how to cope when your husband is pushing boundaries.Ask a counsellor: ‘My husband is playing games with another woman – what should I do?’

We take a trip down memory lane and check out what happened on this day in years gone by by looking back at some Irish Examiner front pages and highlighting other events which went down in history across the world.August 20, 2019: A look back at what happened on this day in years gone by

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