Your Monday morning catch-up

Good morning. Here’s everything you need to know before you start your day.


Code Orange warnings are in place around the country until midday today. It comes as a number of roads have been closed in Clifden in Co Galway after heavy rain overnight.

Lower and middle-income earners would see the much-hated universal social charge phased out if Labour are returned to power, Tánaiste Joan Burton will pledge today. Encouraged by renewed voter support, 10% (+2), the Labour leader will make the re-election promise which party sources say would happen in the lifetime of the next government.

There is also good budget news for pensioners and people on social welfare today. The Tánaiste and Minister for Social Protection says single people will get a Christmas bonus of €115 this year, while couples will get €220 - a rise of 50% on last year.


Your Monday morning catch-up

Novak Djokovic overcame an in-form Roger Federer and a hostile home crowd to clinch his 10th major title with a four-set victory at the US Open. Federer has been back to his dazzling best at Flushing Meadows and enjoyed the almost complete backing of the American support, but Djokovic showed his iron-will again to win 6-4 5-7 6-4 6-4.

Here’s the scenario that you didn’t want to see if you were a Galway camogie fan yesterday in Croke Park. Your team is trailing Cork by just a couple of points but defending well, the game is there to be won with less than ten minutes left, but a stray ball has rolled kindly for an opposition forward. Not just any opposition forward, but Briege Corkery. 


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EU ministers are due to hold an emergency meeting today to discuss the refugees crisis. Germany says it is struggling to cope with the thousands of Syrian refugees flooding into the country.

Three people have been detained in Malaysia in connection with last month’s bombing of a shrine in the Thai capital Bangkok that killed 20 people. Inspector General Khalid Abu Bakar said a Pakistani national and two Malaysians were detained a few days ago following a tip-off by Thai authorities. One of the Malaysians is a woman.

A volcano on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu has erupted, sending huge plumes of smoke 6,000ft into the air. The eruption on Mount Aso prompted authorities to raise the alert level for the area, banning people from approaching within a mile of the volcano’s mouth.


Your Monday morning catch-up

Leo says it like it is. Leo does not speak with forked tongue. Leo lays it on the line. We all agreed on this? Course we are, writes Terry Prone.


A Dublin-based online payments service provider is creating 50 new jobs in the Docklands. The new positions come as the company Realex Payments was acquired by Global Payments earlier this year.

Before the economic crash, OECD reports on its member countries focused on the structural problems afflicting the individual economies, be it the dominance of a national telecoms company or so-called sheltered areas of the economy which didn’t face competition, including the professions such as lawyers or pharmacists.


Your Monday morning catch-up

When Donal Donnelly escaped from a Belfast prison, 12,000 men were sent to capture him but he lived as an escaped convict for 36 years writes Jonathan deBurca Butler.


Model, author and former Miss World, Rosanna Davison has had to deal with a lot of hateful comments in the aftermath of ‘gluten-gate’ but public backlash to the “outrageous comments” is totally understandable, she said.


RTÉ news reporter Jonathan Clynch has received huge support both from people online and the national broadcaster after it was revealed that he/she identifies as ’gender fluid’.

Your Monday morning catch-up

With all the bleak stories we are hearing about the current refugee crisis, we sometimes over-look that there are some absolutely lovely people out there - like this kind soul.

With the winter chill on its way, one soccer club in Co Roscommon have come up with the handiest prize draw we have ever seen.


GAMING: You can now sign up for the upcoming Need for Speed beta on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

MOVIES: Everest is a big budget story of survival with a great cast and some stupendous images and there’s also comedy and drama in the mix for Irish cinemas this week.

TECH: Apple unveiled the iPhone 6S this week. Here’s how it measures up to its rivals on paper. Of course, buying an Apple device is about more than just specs.


Your Monday morning catch-up

Bobby Brown has said he believes things would have turned out differently for Bobbi Kristina Brown if he had been with his daughter days before she was found unresponsive in her home in Atlanta. The singer is due to speak publicly for the first time since Bobbi Kristina’s death in July, appearing on Fox’s talk show The Real.


Your Monday morning catch-up

The man who draws SpiderMan for Marvel Comics spun a web of white lies over the weekend to propose to his girlfriend as only he could. Irish illustrator Will Sliney popped the question in a unique way after throwing a surprise birthday party for his girlfriend, Laura O’Callaghan, in Preachers Bar in Cork City on Saturday.


Fiann Ó Nualláin follows in the footsteps of the Fianna as he explores a province’s hills and vales.Munster marvels: Plants that are unique to a province

Cupid must be something of a motoring enthusiast, as he had most definitely steered his way in the neighbourhood when Amie Gould and Shane O’Neill met at the Rally of the Lakes 12 years ago.Wedding of the Week: Cupid steers couple to right track

When it comes to podcasting, all it takes is one idea — and who knows where it can take you.Podcast Corner: Crimes and creatures rule at Cork’s first podcast fest

Claymation meets science fiction in this enchanting film, writes Esther McCarthy.Latest Shaun adventure is out of this world

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