Your Monday evening catch-up

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

Hungarian MPs have approved legislation allowing the government to send troops to help police manage the refugee crisis. The bill lets soldiers carry out many of the same tasks as police, such as checking ID, detaining suspects and controlling the flow of traffic at the borders.


A Garda has been sentenced to 200 hours community service for attacking a drunk man in a Santa hat during an arrest in Dublin city-centre. Donal O’Neill (aged 31) who has been based at Pearse Garda Street station in Dublin since 2006, had denied assaulting Tim Dowling (aged 29) at Pearse Street in the early hours of December 16, 2012, but was found guilty following his trial in June.

Martin McGuinness
Martin McGuinness

Martin McGuinness has challenged political rivals making claims about Sinn Féin links to criminality to “put up or shut up”. As cross-party talks got under way in Belfast to save the power sharing administration amid a crisis over an IRA-linked murder, the Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister made a fiery defence of his party’s commitment to peace.

Three Cork students have won awards at the EU Contest for Young Scientists in Milan. Eimear Murphy and Ian O’Sullivan from Coláiste Treasa in Kanturk won the Irish BT Young Scientist competition this year with their project, examining the effects that parental alcohol consumption can have on their adolescent children.


Mike Dean had a pretty poor day at the office on Saturday, when he made what was generally agreed to be a complete hames of refereeing the Premier League match between Arsenal and Chelsea. The club’s fans have decided that enough is enough, and have launched a petition asking the FA to prevent Dean from refereeing another Arsenal game.

Chelsea defender Kurt Zouma has admitted that team-mate Diego Costa “likes to cheat a lot”. The Chelsea striker infuriated Arsenal with his antics during the 2-0 win on Saturday that saw Gunners defender Gabriel sent off after clashing with the Spain international.


In his exclusive online column Ronan O’Gara reflects on the opening weekend of Rugby World Cup 2015?

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


Downing Street has been forced to fend off claims that David Cameron participated in a bizarre student initiation ritual as a simmering row with a major Conservative party donor erupted into the open. The allegations concerning Mr Cameron’s supposed youthful excesses have been made by the billionaire businessman and former Conservative Party treasurer Lord Ashcroft.

German prosecutors have charged a 91-year-old woman with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder over allegations she was a member of the Nazi SS who served in the Auschwitz death camp complex. Schleswig-Holstein prosecutors’ spokesman Heinz Doellel said the woman, whose name was not disclosed due to German privacy laws, is alleged to have served as a radio operator for the camp commandant from April to July 1944.


Spain’s central bank says Catalonia would be automatically ejected from the European Union and the eurozone if it were to declare independence. Bank governor Luis Maria Linde said secession for economically powerful Catalonia would also close the door to European Central Bank financing.

A breakthrough into the US market for Dublin-based stove fan manufacturer IQ Design, has been triggered by a US distributor’s realisation that winter is coming. “It’s hard to get people to spend money on this type of product in the summer but business picks up as winter approaches,” says IQ’s sales and marketing manager Brian Byrne.


The Cork Local Government Review Group has split opinion, but we should wait for the establishment of an implementation group before we decide on the outcomes, says Tim Lucey


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We’ve spent years agonising about how to handle cyberbullying and now Facebook are to introduce a new button that could accelerate online hate or see a flowering of empathy, says Ed Power


Greek and Turkish coastguards reported the deaths of at least 13 people off the coast of Turkey on Sunday. A rubber boat carrying migrants headed for Lesbos collided with a ferry. Six children are believed to be among the dead.


You might have noticed that today’s Daily Mail has caused a bit of a stir. Last night, they shared their front page which features allegations contained in a new biography on Cameron by former Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft. And one part in particular caught everyone’s attention - a rather eye-watering account of an incident involving the Prime Minister, ’private parts’ and a pigs head. Twitter quickly found its voice and the jokes, memes and general silliness have been going ever since.

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No one likes being shouted at on the street especially by someone yelling incoherently into a microphone. So that’s why this video of a street preacher getting drowned out is so satisfying. Filmed in St, Andrews in Scotland, the man who was reported to be ’condemning’ people is confronted was confronted in the most Scottish way possible - to cheers from onlookers.


GAMING: Rainbow Six: Siege’s closed beta gets underway this week, and will offer three game modes.

MOVIES: The Taken series has proven pretty popular with three movies so far - naturally that means its spin off time.

TECH: Five months after its initial release, the Apple Watch will soon be available in Ireland.


Your Monday evening catch-up

If you were watching X Factor this weekend, you would have seen Anton Banaghan - the 21-year-old from Tipperary who wowed the crowd with his rendition of George Ezra’s ‘Budapest’. Since then, the X Factor hopeful has been inundated with fans and took the time this morning to chat to the crew over at 2FM’s Breakfast Republic about the whole experience.


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Having done her Leaving the year she was born , Suzanne Harrington hadn’t heard of the writer Louise O’Neill until she was mooching in a bookshop the other day. "I randomly picked up Asking For It — largely because of Jeanette Winterson’s recommendation on the cover — and read it almost in one go."


This Christmas remember that there is no such thing as cheap food.Buy local: Use your LOAF

As we wait, eager and giddy, a collective shudder of agitated ardor ripples through the theatre, like a Late, Late Toyshow audience when they KNOW Ryan’s going to give them another €150 voucher. Suddenly, a voice booms from the stage. Everyone erupts, whooping and cheering. And that was just for the safety announcement.Everyman's outstanding Jack and the Beanstalk ticks all panto boxes

Every band needs a Bez. In fact, there’s a case to be made that every workplace in the country could do with the Happy Mondays’ vibes man. Somebody to jump up with a pair of maracas and shake up the energy when things begin to flag.Happy Mondays create cheery Tuesday in Cork gig

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