Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

TOP STORIES - Migrant crisis

The Tánaiste Joan Burton has said thousands of refugees expected to be taken in by Ireland will not be housed in direct provision centres.

Thousands of refugees yesterday streamed into Germany — many travelling through Austria from Hungary where they had been stranded against their will for days — while EU governments argue over how to respond.

French President Francois Hollande says his country will welcome 24,000 refugees.


Irish Water has refused to provide figures on how many people have cancelled their direct debits with the firm since the Eurostat figures were revealed in July.

Brendan Howlin says a vote transfer deal between his party and Fine Gael would be the best way to see the current coalition returned to power after the General Election.

There will be no further routine meetings of the powersharing Executive until the political crisis is resolved, Stormont’s First Minister Peter Robinson has said.

Simon Coveney has warned that a €20m taxpayer-funded kickstart package for Cork’s proposed events centre will not be on the table forever

A man who miraculously survived a freak double drowning tragedy on the River Shannon last month, has revealed he had a premonition something would go wrong.


Shane Williams has questioned Wales coach Warren Gatland’s decision to field Leigh Halfpenny against Italy on Saturday in a move that backfired, with the full-back suffering a suspected knee ligament injury.

Sky Sports were showing the All-Ireland yesterday, so we enjoyed an afternoon of British viewers reacting with fascination and alarm to the hurling match in Croker.


Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

France’s president says the country will send reconnaissance planes over Syria to help in the fight against the Islamic State group.

While the desperate flight of Syrians from their country’s war was dominating news bulletins, yet another diplomatic push to end the four-year-old conflict was quietly running into the sand.


The Government has achieved a turnaround in the economy. However, there is a major blot on its copybook in the form of a continuing failure to put in place a strategy aimed at reviving the country’s house-building sector.

More than 100,000 new cars were licenced in the first eight months of the year.


Europe has not, will not, and cannot stop the flow of humans seeking a better life. So they should deal with the situation humanely, legally and quickly, writes Robert Young.


Recent Crawford graduate Billy Dante is one of two Cork artists representing Ireland at a major festival showcasing new talent in Amsterdam, writes Alan O’Riordan


The Irish Examiner’s Colm O’Connor discovers why hundreds of children were buried in an ancient ring fort in West Clare.


This is the polar bear which had to be untangled from a fishing net by a team of people in Alaska.

A college marching band has apologised after an accidental X-rated show.


GAMING: Metal Gear Solid V The Phantom Pain debuted at number 1 in the game retail chart for last week -to the surprise of absolutely no one.

MOVIES: An interview with interview with M Night Shyamalan, who seems genuinely excited about his return to lower-budget filmmaking.

TECH: Canon has developed a new camera sensor, and it can take snaps at 250 megapixels


Manic Street Preachers faced the thankless task of rousing a main stage crowd surely flagging after three days of non-stop rock pyrotechnics at Electric Picnic.


Europe has not, will not, and cannot stop the flow of humans seeking a better life. So they should deal with the situation humanely, legally and quickly, writes Robert Young.


RP O’Donnell says it is hard to find anywhere better than Boston to show your family a great time as he returns to a city he used to call homeA family friendly holiday guide to get the best out of beautiful Boston

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