Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

The Environment Minister says Dara Murphy’s use of a garda car to travel from Cork to Dublin Airport was not an "appropriate use of resources".

There were 22 fewer murders recorded in Irelandin the 12 months before June 2015 compared to the same period last year,  official figures have shown.

Europe’s leading drugs agency has warned about the danger of a psychoactive substance which has already been linked to at least four deaths in Ireland. The European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) said data on the substance called a-PVP — also known as “snow blow” — indicates it is a potent psychostimulant.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that over half of farmers believe assisted suicide should be allowedin certain circumstances.  

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.

WORLD

Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

Seventeen refugees drowned when their boat sank yesterday off the Turkish coast while headed for the Greek island of Kos, the Anadolu Agency reported. 

Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday branded US support for rebel forces Syria as illegal and ineffective, saying US-trained rebels were leaving to join Islamic State (IS) with weapons supplied by Washington.  In an interview with US networks recorded ahead of a meeting with US president Barack Obama, Putin said Syrian president Bashar al-Assad deserved international support, as he was fighting terrorist organisations.

Apple has retained its title as the coolest brand in Britain for a fourth year, but challengers are emerging in the form of Netflix and Instagram, according to an annual survey. 

SPORT

Three things we learned from Cork’s 10th Ladies Football title.

Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

Another weekend of surprising football in the top flight. Here are five things we learned from the Premier League this weekend. 

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt congratulated Keith Earls on his man-of-the-match performance against Romania yesterday, but said the player would be more interested in the collective result than individual plaudits.

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

BUSINESS

Global regulators have reached a draft agreement on a rule on stopping banks from being ‘too big to fail’ by requiring them to hold enough equity capital and bonds to avoid taxpayers being called on in a crisis.

A new professional body has been established in a bid to cement Ireland  as a premier location of choice for multinational companies establishing a regional sales hub for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region. 

ANALYSIS

European Affairs Minister Dara Murphy’s difficulty  right now is not that his story keeps changing. It is that another chapter seems to be added every day.

LIFESTYLE

The ever present smartphone means people don’t bother striking up conversation with strangers anymore and self-confessed chatterbox Michelle Murphy isn’t one bit happy...

VIDEO

The German government has agreed to give its 16 states a total of around 4 billion euros next year  to help them deal with the increased number of migrants and refugees entering the country.

VIRAL

As anyone who has been peering out their windows over the last few nights will know,the moon has been looking pretty darn amazing. Here are some of the best pics and videos from around Ireland.

Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

Ever wonder what your other half gets up to when their home alone with the kids?  This woman found out and, we imagine, she was pleasantly surprised.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Six 3DS games will be re-released next month  as part of the budget-price Nintendo Selects range.

MOVIES: Adam Sandler has a hit on his hands, with Hotel Transylvania 2 going down a storm  on its launch at the US box office last weekend.

TECH: Google will officially announce the Huawei-built Nexus 6P tomorrow, but a new specs leak removes any element  of surprise that might have been left.

SHOWBIZ

Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

Coldplay unveiled a new song at the Global Citizen Festival on Saturday. .

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Kehlan Kirwan looks at the loss of the Web Summit to Lisbon and while it may be a great move for the event,  it exposes a harsh reality for the Irish tech and start-up scene


Lifestyle

We catch up with Bushmills’ master distiller, who tells Sam Wylie-Harris more about this liquid gold.Irish whiskey masterclass: 11 things you need to know

Temples, beaches, and several nations with new names.From Bhutan to Costa Rica, Lonely Planet reveals its top countries to visit in 2020

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s unsure how to manage her mother’s dying wishes.Ask a counsellor: ‘Is it appropriate to notify my mother’s friends of her death by email?’

‘The Big Yin’ talks to Luke Rix-Standing about living with Parkinson’s, the power of forgiveness, and why he will never, ever stop swearing.Billy Connolly: ‘You don’t wake up famous, you wake up scratching yourself like everybody else’

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