Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.
The Health Minister Leo Varadkar says he expects objections to the planning application for the National Children’s Hospital, but there is also huge support for the plans.
Two people have been shot in protests in the US town of Ferguson where unarmed black teenager Michael Brown was killed by a white policeman a year ago.
The Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan says she is "not happy" that some children are being baptised just to get into schools.
In other Irish news,the former head of the Government commission on rural Ireland has pleaded for an end to the view of rural communities as a problem and burden on the rest of the country.
We highlight three talking points as Kilkenny advance to another All-Ireland hurling final.
Elsewhere, Leicester City will investigate a ”regrettable error in judgement” by forward Jamie Vardy, after the England international was filmed allegedly using racist language in a casino.
An explosion today at a busy roundabout near the entrance to Kabul’s international airport that wounded at least seven people appears to have been caused by a suicide car bomb.
Survivors of the US’s atomic bombing of Nagasaki, during World War 2, gathered to mark its 70th anniversary yesterday.
Retailers have hit out at a ’radical’ plan to restrict car access in Dublin city centre.
A major housing development planned by Cork developer Michael O’Flynn has been blocked amid concerns over flooding risks.
Across the country rural towns and villages have suffered the loss of services, infrastructure, and population, but one thing that is not in decline is community spirit. In the first of a five-part series, we visit Tournafulla, Co Limerick, and see unwavering local determination to keep the village on the map.
If the pen is mightier than the sword, then satire is the scimitar of political pomposity. Rita de Brún looks at the history of satire in Ireland.
A Kilkenny fan picked his spot beautifully during yesterday’s All-Ireland hurling semi-final. Check out the video here.
If you’re struggling after the weekend this Monday morning, just watch this adorable video of a little guy showing what he’s made of at a Tae Kwon Do class.
An update to Halo 5: Guardians’ beta has leaked a chunk of the upcoming title’s original soundtrack as well as screenshots of its multiplayer menus.
Sense8 is set to come back for a full second season - and the 8 sensates are really excited.
The latest rumours are suggesting a fancy unveiling for the new iPhone 6s on the 9th of September 2015.
BBC bosses are planning to demolish the ’EastEnders’ set, and Nick Gordon has hit back at claims he gave Bobbi Kristina Brown a "toxic cocktail".
We’ve seen many interpretations of everyone’s favourite postman but we think this new one from Co Clare is the best one we’ve stumbled across, although it’s best not to let the kids watch it.
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