Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.
Families of homicide victims are calling for mandatory sentences for unlawful possession of knives after an almost 60% jump in knife murders last year. Figures provided to the Irish Examiner show that 19 people were murdered with knives or sharp objects in 2014, compared to 12 in 2013.
Authorities in Croatia have set up a refugee reception centre in the eastern Croatian village of Opatovac, hoping to inject order into the unrelenting chaos that has gripped the country overwhelmed by thousands seeking sanctuary in Europe. Croatian authorities said that some 27,000 people fleeing conflict and poverty in the Middle East, Africa and Asia had entered the country since Hungary shut its border with Serbia on September 15.
Alexis Tsipras vowed to continue fighting for his country’s pride after his left-wing Syriza party comfortably won Greece’s third national vote this year. With more than 80% of the vote counted, Syriza stood at 35.5% of the vote and 145 seats in the 300-member parliament.
All participants engaged in talks to save the North’s power-sharing political institutions must adopt a spirit of generosity, Sinn Féin’s Martin McGuinness said today. The Deputy First Minister said there was a “huge responsibility” resting on the five parties in the coalition Executive in Belfast and the British and Irish governments to push themselves to find a resolution.
Missing Cork man John O’Sullivan has been located safe and well. Aged 36, he had been missing from his family home in the city since last Friday morning.
Donald Trump has responded to a question from CNN about whether Muslims pose a danger to the country by saying: “I love the Muslims. I think they’re great people.” The Republican presidential frontrunner was addressing students at a question and answer session at Urbandale High School in Urbandale, Iowa, on Saturday night.
Suspected Islamic extremists detonated three explosive devices in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, in Nigeria’s north east – killing eight people. Lt Col Tukuru Gusau, the army spokesman for the 7th Division based in Maiduguri, said the number of wounded from the blasts was still not available.
After Dublin’s victory in the All-Ireland final, Tony McEntee asks when have we last witnessed a Kerry team perform with so little movement and flair? McEntee believes Kerry’s inside forward line beggared belief.
Tim Sherwood has dismissed fears over Aston Villa’s stuttering start after their second straight derby defeat. He insisted there was no need to panic after their 1-0 home defeat to West Brom. Saido Berahino scored a first-half winner on his return to the Baggies starting line-up for the first time following his strike threat earlier this month.
Freddie Michalak will approach his revival as France’s playmaker for the World Cup by treating every minute on the pitch as his last. Michalak finished with a 19-point haul comprising of five penalties and two conversions in Saturday’s 32-10 victory over Italy at Twickenham, his first appearance in the tournament since 2007.
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Shares in German car maker Volkswagen have plunged by a fifth after it admitted rigging US emissions tests for nearly 500,000 diesel cars and was ordered to recall the vehicles to be fixed. Chief executive Marin Winterkorn said he was “deeply sorry” after findings by America’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that it had cheated clean-air rules. It faces fines that could total billions of dollars.
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.
Documents furnished to a buyer of a unit at the questionable Longboat Quay complex did not reveal the extent of existing issues, writes Michael Clifford
Olympic silver medallist and former world champion Sonia O’Sullivan was honoured in her native Cobh yesterday when a statue was unveiled in her honour.Sonia thanked the people of the Cork town for turning out in their droves amid torrential rainfall for the unveiling. She said she was apprehensive about having a statue commissioned in her honour but ultimately felt it was a tribute to all those who had supported her over the years.
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.
The world and its mother were probably trying to get into Coppers last night as Dublin celebrate their all-Ireland win. But there was one person, in particular, that stood out in the queue.
GAMING: Warhammer End Times Vermintide is still casting up, now showing off the cool moves of the bullet casting Witch Hunter class
MOVIES: Fresh from amazing reviews out of the festival, Lenny Abrahamson’s Room has scored a major award at TIFF 2015.
TECH: If the act of posting pictures of food you’re about to eat isn’t dynamic enough for you, this selfie spoon that lets you take a snap while you eat may be the thing for you.
Were you one of the many people left baffled over the weekend as you watched Saturday night’s instalment of the X Factor? “I know him from somewhere,” Irish mammy’s all over the country asked.
Last night, the Daily Mail 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. It’s basically all anyone can talk about.
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