Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

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


The Garda Representative Association (GRA) said it had lost a "brother in blue" and Ireland had lost a hero after the murder of Garda Tony Golden in Co Louth. Garda Golden, 36, was responding to a domestic disturbance at a house in Omeath at about 6.30pm yesterday when he and a woman who lived at the house were shot by a man who later took his own life.

More than 25,000 people now face homelessness, according to the Irish Mortgage Holders Organisation (IMHO). The group was reacting to Q3 figures released by the Insolvency Service of Ireland today, which showed that the number of Debt Relief Notices was down 56% to 51 and Debt Settlement Arrangements were down 15% to 64.

The average three-bed semi in south County Dublin has seen €15,000 wiped off its value in three months, according to a national survey carried out by Real Estate Alliance. The survey’s authors have said new deposit rules are "stifling" the higher end of the market, and rising rental prices are bringing additional pressure on those seeking a home.

The Social Democrats have stated that if they were in power, they would scrap water charges in tomorrow’s Budget - and it would only cost €13m. The party said it would also cut the USC by 0.5%, reduce the property tax for mortgage holders, introduce a cap on childcare fees, and impose a tax on junk food and levies on bonds and AIB pensions.

Keep up to date with all the latest news, views and analysis of the upcoming budget right here in our Budget 2016 Special page.


President Vladimir Putin has denied that Russian air strikes are hitting moderate opposition groups rather than Islamic State militants. Speaking to Russian state TV, Mr Putin defended Russia’s military operations in Syria, and said the aim was to support President Bashar al-Assad.

A Czech woman has been convicted of killing her three newborn babies and sentenced to 24 years in prison.


Iain Henderson said the win against France has proved what the Ireland camp believed coming into the Rugby World Cup, that winning would only be achieved with the work of the entire squad. Ireland topped the group after beating France 24-9 in the Millennium Stadium last night, but the win came at a high cost.

The Republic of Ireland’s defeat in Poland on Sunday night means we now face the daunting prospect of tackling a two-legged play-off to qualify for Euro 2016 in France. Martin O’Neill’s side would have automatically reached next summer’s European Championship with a 2-2 draw in Warsaw but could not find a late equaliser and they will now be in next Sunday’s play-off draw – with history largely going against us. Five of our seven previous attempts at making major finals via the play-off route have ended in heartache – here’s a look back on that record for the boys in green.


Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

Peter O’Mahony, out.

Paul O’Connell, all but certainly out.

Johnny Sexton, better than initially expected.

The morning after the night before at team HQ outside Newport and the latest casualty update proved to be something of a mixed bag for Ireland in the wake of the team’s exceptional 24-9 defeat of France in the final Pool D game in Cardiff.

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


Violent scenes and attacks on human resources managers underline the volatile balancing act specialists have to achieve writes Kyran Fitzgerald. Over the years, some passengers must have felt that they have been overcharged by Air France, an old fashioned full service national flagship airline which financially at least, has seen better days.

Management of Irish Rail and its unions will meet at the Workplace Relations Commission today in a bid to avoid a planned strike by train drivers. SIPTU and the NBRU are due to hold two three-hour work stoppages on Friday, October 23 and Friday, November 6 in a dispute over payment for past productivity.


The United States and other coalition backers need to make clear their concern for the threat to Yemen’s — and humanity’s —cultural heritage, write Belkis Wille and James Ross. 


Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

FIONA Looney says her latest play, [url=]Are You There, Garth? It’s Me, Margaret[url], wrote itself. “I know writers often say that about their work but in this case, it quite literally happened. Garth Brooks is in six scenes and I have only fictionalised two of them. It was a no-brainer.”


A controlled explosion was meant to bring down six tower blocks in Glasgow. However, two of the Red Road flat building proved to be a greater pillar of strength than expected.


The love story of Sarah and Juan has captivated viewers over the last few days. The short video documents how they met and fell in love before culminating in a romantic trip to an art galley. It’s sweet and romantic and also an advert for Extra chewing gum.

We always complain there’s not enough new Martin’s Life and Sminky Shorts video - and now we have one of each! First up is Martin - Martin has to explain the rugby to his mam and as usual, there’s some misunderstanding.


GAMING: Star Citizen appears to be putting the money raised by its crowdfunding campaign to good use. The game’s single player component, Squadron 42, will star Mark Hamill, Gary Oldman, and Gillian Anderson.

MOVIES: The Star Wars galaxy is getting bigger and bigger with more spin offs and main movies on the way, including a look at Boba Fett

TECH: Focus Ireland launched a new social media challenge, which tasks participants with taking a selfie to raise awareness and funds for the growing homeless crisis.


Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

It’s hard to believe that it’s been six years since the sudden death of Stephen Gately. Since then, countless tributes continue to be paid to the singers by his friends, family and former Boyzone members.


Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

Miss Bikini Ireland contestants were causing a stir on Harcourt Street yesterday during a photocall to raise awareness for breast cancer. And out of all the photos taken at the event, this photo of former Big brother Housemate Sarah Greenwood is far and away our favourite.


Children’s creativity is inspiring, says Helen O’Callaghan.Inspiring creativity: Kids on call for climate essay

'I came here for one thing, and that's to shine. That's why I'm wearing all this sparkly shit.'Review: Mick Flannery and Valerie June, Right Here Right Now festival, Cork Opera House

While love was in the air earlier this month, An Garda Síochána has warned daters of the potential dangers of looking for love online.Making Cents: Online daters can risk more than just their heart

It’s natural to worry if your kids keep picking up colds and tummy bugs at nursery or school.Can I prevent my children getting sick so often?

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