Your Monday evening catch-up

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


A strong earthquake in northern Afghanistan has shaken buildings from Kabul to Delhi, cutting power and communications in some areas and causing more than 100 deaths, mainly in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


A search is underway in Co Clare for a man feared to have fallen into the sea. The 28-year-old man, from the Quilty area, was last seen late last night while the alarm was raised at around 11am this morning.

Around 140 gardaí and PSNI officers ran the Dublin City Marathon in memory of Garda Tony Golden. The “gentle giant” officer and father-of-three was shot dead while helping a woman during a domestic row in Omeath, Co Louth, earlier this month.

The average waiting time to see a GP has more than tripled in just five years, according to a survey carried out for the National Association of General Practitioners. The current waiting time for a patient seeking a routine appointment with their GP has soared from just under 10 hours in 2010 to over 34 hours this month.


Global health experts have found that processed meat such as bacon, ham and sausages can cause bowel cancer. Red meat is also “probably” carcinogenic, with associations mainly with bowel cancer, but also with pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer, according to a World Health Organisation (WHO) report.

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Five British nationals died when a whale watching boat with 27 people on board sank off Vancouver Island. One person is still missing and the rest were rescued, some by members of the local aboriginal community who rushed to the scene.


The Dublin City Marathon has been won in a time of two hours, 14 minutes and just one second. Alemu Gemechu of Ethiopia was the first man to cross the line. Ukranian runner Nataliya Lehonkova was victorious in the women’s race in two and half hours flat.

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Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has pulled off a remarkable coup by landing Dónal Óg Cusack as coach and selector for 2016. Three-time All-Ireland winner Cusack will relinquish his roles as GPA chairman and panellist with The Sunday Game to link up with his fellow former inter-county goalkeeper. He also announced he has ended his playing career with his club Cloyne.


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Welshman Nigel Owens has been appointed to referee next Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Twickenham. Owens, 44, will emulate fellow Welsh referee Derek Bevan, who controlled the 1991 final – also at Twickenham – when Australia beat England.

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


Betting firm Gala Coral has announced the sale of 130 bingo clubs for £241m. Gala said the sale will help pave the way for the proposed £2.3bn merger with Ladbrokes, which is still subject to regulatory approval.

Facebook users have been warned to check their privacy settings after the social network introduced a new search feature that added nearly two trillion old posts to its archive.


As he prepares to vacate his mastership of one of the world’s oldest maternity hospitals, Dr Sam Coulter Smith deliberates on the nation’s maternity services, saysCatherine Shanahan     


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Nuala Woulfe explores our need to be frightened out of our lives as Halloween comes round


The annual Pink Ribbon walk in aid of Action Breast Cancer took place at Fernhill House Hotel in Clonakilty, West Cork. 


Sausages, bacon, ham and other processed meats can cause bowel cancer, according to a report from the World Health Organisation (WHO). Global health experts have said red meat is also “probably” carcinogenic, potentially causing bowel cancer, pancreatic cancer and prostate cancer. These new findings, based on what the WHO says is “sufficient evidence”, could change the way we think about meat – but what exactly has been found and should we be worried?

David Bowie will be releasing a new album on his 69th birthday. The singer confirmed on his official Facebook page that the album, his 25th, and its lead track will both be called Blackstar.


GAMING: Payday 2 developer Overkill recently came under fire from fans after adding paid microtransactions. Producer Almir Listo has since defended the move saying that Overkill needs additional money to keep the game going.

MOVIES: More than 100 cinemas in the UK and Ireland will be screening the upcoming special episode of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, on January 1st, 2016.

TECH: Samsung first showed off the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic a few weeks ago, but is now ready to share pricing and availability details.


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Jared Leto says playing The Joker is ’Suicide Squad’ was a painful experience. The 43-year-old actor fully immersed himself in the role of the comic book super villain and admitted that, while it was fun, it was also extremely tough.


Your Monday evening catch-up

We think it is fair to say that The Ray D’Arcy Show has not gotten off to the best of starts, but last night’s horrific embarrassment was simply mortifying for all involved. In possibly the worst decision ever made on television, Ray D’Arcy announced a special Hollywood star coming on to the show with a lead up that whipped the crowd into a serious frenzy.


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Cork actor Eanna Hardwicke may have grown up with a Young Offenders star, but he is set to make a name for himself with a string of big roles, writes  Esther McCarthyEanna Hardwicke: Cork actor about to burst onto the big screen

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