Your Monday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.

After a school bus with up to 52 children on board was overturned in Cork, Gardaí and school principals are also liaising to record the exact numbers of pupils from the respective schools who were on board at the time. One pupil is understood to have suffered a broken leg.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said that she expects payment rates for Irish Water bills to increase in the future. Irish Water claimed this morning that 51% of those billed are complying at the moment, after initial figures on the first billing cycle put the figure at 43%.

Ireland’s largest civil service union, the Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU), has today voted in favour of the Lansdowne Road agreement. Members voted to accept the deal on public service pay and conditions by a majority of more than two to one.

Micheál Martin has said that he is the only alternative to Enda Kenny for Taoiseach. Fianna Fáil leader also said that he wants ’no holds barred’ debate with Enda Kenny ahead of the election.


Fresh arrests and charges are likely as a result of the FBI investigations into the FIFA corruption scandal, US attorney general Loretta Lynch has announcedLynch, speaking in Zurich, said new charges and arrests against “individuals and entities” were anticipated.

Ireland have received a significant World Cup boost with prop Cian Healy passed fit to start after neck surgery. Loosehead prop Healy has battled neck problems since May, but has recovered just in time and will be available for Saturday’s Pool D opener against Canada.


They may not be household names now, but they could be after the Rugby World Cup. The Irish Examiner looks at five backs who could have a breakthrough tournament in England at the World Cup.

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


Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy says his ruling Popular Party will try to fend off a secession drive by Catalonia region separatists by arguing that breaking away “means abandoning Europe”. Catalonia holds regional elections on September 27 in which separatists are trying to win a majority of representatives in parliament to push their independence drive forward.

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Australia’s beleaguered prime minister has been ousted from his position by an internal government challenge. The party’s former leader has been elected to replace him. Tony Abbott lost a leadership ballot by members of his conservative party following the second challenge to his position this year.


UK-based discount chain Poundworld posted record annual sales todayThe company said that it plans to continue its rapid expansion by opening 60 new stores a year from next year.

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The Cliffs of Moher has clocked its one millionth visitor of the year this morning. The figures are 15% higher than this time last year and the million mark has come 36 days earlier than it did in 2014.


British Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s anti-austerity policies of a living wage and high taxation of the rich would be popular here, says Tom O’Connor.


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Just how did a Japanese artist begin drawing characters from Father Ted and publishing them every day? Noel Baker finds out from Dublin-based sketcher Shota Kotake


Dan Kelleher, Joe Kelly and Johnny McCarthy the three Irish farmers became internet sensations after a video of them celebrating the reopening of their local pub went viral.

Video by Dan Linehan


This poor little girl got an awful fright when she realised her shadow wouldn’t stop following herWhich, in fairness, is terribly rude of it.

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Justin Willman and his bride, Jillian Sipkins put on quite the show for guests at their wedding reception in Malibu last week. Justin is a magician so it was no bother to him to inject a bit of magic into their first dance to (what else?) "I’ve put a spell on you".


GAMING: More than five years ago, StarCraft II was first released on PC. The subtitle was Wings of Liberty and it focussed on the human side of the seemingly eternal conflict in the stars also encompassing the forces of Zerg and Protoss.

MOVIES: Check out the first proper trailer for a new movie, Hardcore, which unfolds completely from a first person perspective - its nuts

TECH: The GoPro that went to space and was lost for 2 years has been found and has some amazing footage.


Your Monday evening catch-up

After all the rumours, after all the excitement followed by a long wait, they finally did it - The Corrs reformed! The Irish siblings performed at yesterday’s Live in Hyde Park in London and it was like they never left.


After a school bus with up to 52 children on board was overturned in Cork, Gardaí and school principals are also liaising to record the exact numbers of pupils from the respective schools who were on board at the time. One pupil is understood to have suffered a broken leg.


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?’

‘The Big Yin’ talks to Luke Rix-Standing about living with Parkinson’s, the power of forgiveness, and why he will never, ever stop swearing.Billy Connolly: ‘You don’t wake up famous, you wake up scratching yourself like everybody else’

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