Your Friday morning catch-up

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


Peter Robinson has resigned as the North’s first minister and pulled all his party colleagues bar one from the powersharing administration. Here are some key questions and answers about the political crisis.

Preparations are underway to welcome 4,000 refugees to Ireland in the coming weeks and months. So far, thousands of people have offered beds and other forms of housing in a variety of campaigns through charities and social media groups.

A man in his 20s is in a critical condition in hospital after a serious assault in Dublin yesterday evening. The incident happened at Cow’s Lane in the Temple Bar area of the city at about 8.45pm.


Your Friday morning catch-up

Lee Keegan has admitted he provoked Diarmuid Connolly prior to the Dublin forward being sent off in last Sunday week’s drawn All-Ireland semi-final. The Mayo defender accepted he instigated the incident that led to referee Joe McQuillan dismissing Connolly.

Former Liverpool great Steven Gerrard has revealed he would not have left Anfield over the summer if he had been offered the chance to join manager Brendan Rodgers’ backroom team. Gerrard ended his long association with the Merseyside club, whom he had been with since joining the academy aged nine, to move to the Los Angeles Galaxy having been in and out of the first team over the course of the 2014/15 season.



Thousands of people seeking refuge in Europe have endured torrential rain as they cross the Greek border into Macedonia. An estimated 7,000 people have made their way past police in camouflage jackets as they contended with poor weather and muddy conditions.

A Florida man has been charged with trying to help plan an attack on an upcoming September 11 memorial in the US. The US attorney’s office said 20-year-old Joshua Ryne Goldberg was arrested and charged with distributing information relating to explosives, destructive devices and weapons of mass destruction.

A lack of sleep among teenagers who are spending the night hours on social media can cause depression and anxiety, according to a study. Scientists measured the sleep quality and social media use of 467 teenagers and found that pressure to be available online 24 hours a day and respond to messages impacted on mental health issues.


Anybody out there with a few bob interested in picking up 14 houses for half a million quid? Michael Clifford attends an auction for Celtic Tiger era properties


Sterling advanced yesterday approaching its strongest level in three weeks against the euro, after Bank of England policymakers said China’s slowdown hasn’t shaken their conviction that the time for the first UK interest-rate increase since 2007 is coming nearer.

The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution setting out nine principles to restructure national debts, calling on debtors and creditors “to act in good faith and with a cooperative spirit” to reach an agreement.


Your Friday morning catch-up

Whether you choose to be at home with your children or just can’t afford childcare, life as a stay-at-home mum can devour your identity and sense of self-worth, writes Andrea Mara


Ultimate fighting champion Ronda Rousey has landed the starring role in the remake of the 1989 Patrick Swayze movie Road House. Rousey will step into the role originated by Swasey and portray a bouncer hired to clean up a roudy bar in Misseuri.


Remember the romantic elderly man who was filmed reuniting with a lady in an airport? The loving couple have been tracked down, and their story is more romantic than we thought.

This is the beautiful note found in a bag of clothing in Scotland donated for refugees currently stranded in Calais. It was found by Angela Kerrigan as she sorted through the mass of items donated to the Killie To Calais group which will be travelling to France later this month.


GAMING: Pokemon Go is coming to iOS and Android very soon, and it’s going to help you catch them all in the real world.

MOVIES: The Preacher TV show has been in the works for years but we’re finally hearing that we’ll get at least one full series

TECH: Huawei looks to be taking a leaf out of Samsung’s book by working on a smartphone with a double-edged curved AMOLED smartphone. And it’s reportedly getting assistance from Samsung too.


Your Friday morning catch-up

Benedict Cumberbatch has lent his voice to the refugee crisis by fronting a short film in aid of Save The Children. The film, titled Help Is Coming, ties in with the release of a limited edition 7″ single and download of Crowded House’s song by the same name.


Your Friday morning catch-up

A woman whose husband killed their two daughters before taking his own life has expressed disappointment that a HSE review of his psychiatric care has failed to take on board her calls for greater family involvement in the care of people with mental illness.


A scientific study has found that the teatime treat is just as effective as shop-bought energy gels.You might want to swap your energy gels for mashed potato on your next run

We catch up with Bushmills’ master distiller, who tells Sam Wylie-Harris more about this liquid gold.Irish whiskey masterclass: 11 things you need to know

Temples, beaches, and several nations with new names.From Bhutan to Costa Rica, Lonely Planet reveals its top countries to visit in 2020

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s unsure how to manage her mother’s dying wishes.Ask a counsellor: ‘Is it appropriate to notify my mother’s friends of her death by email?’

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