Your Monday morning catch-up

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An apartment in the controversial Longboat Quay development has been sold at auction to a bidder who was unaware of the extent of fire safety issues in the building. The development has been the focus of concern for Dublin Fire Brigade, as well as for owners and residents, since major fire safety deficiencies were discovered in May of last year.

An independent group is being set up to represent the views of consumers in dealing with Irish Water. The 32-member group will include people from sectors like agriculture, the disabled and consumer groups.

Crucial talks to save the North’s powersharing political institutions are due to begin in Belfast today. Topping the agenda at Stormont House will be issues around paramilitary activity, the budget and the implementation of controversial welfare cuts. Northern Ireland Secretary Theresa Villiers warned politicians not to waste the opportunity to build a better future.


Your Monday morning catch-up

A jubilant 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. The result was a resounding success for his high-risk gamble when he resigned as prime minister last month and triggered an early election.

Dozens of refugees are feared dead after two boat tragedies left rescuers scouring the seas for those who had set out on risky crossings after fleeing war and poverty in their homelands.


Justice was served at Croke Park. Deserved has nothing to do with sport on the higher plains, but yesterday’s All-Ireland final signed off with the champions it, and the season, merited.

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Chelsea’s Diego Costa was the key man in a pivotal London derby that has effectively kick-started Chelsea’s season and all but ended Arsenal’s. But he received as much criticism as he did praise afterwards and could today discover if he faces FA disciplinary action.


Your Monday morning catch-up

Johnny Sexton believes Japan’s shock victory over South Africa has handed Ireland a World Cup “alarm call”. Japan’s 34-32 victory over double World Cup-winners South Africa in Brighton lit up the opening weekend, shrewd coach Eddie Jones masterminding the greatest upset in the competition’s history.

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


Credit unions, the National Concert Hall, one of the German retail discounters, a savings bank, An Post, and Penneys are the among the companies and brands that score best in delivering satisfaction to Irish customers, a major survey has found.

Powerscourt Distillery, a new venture based in the Powerscourt Estate in Co Wicklow, is seeking new funding to complete a €10m whiskey distillery. It hopes to have €5m raised in a funding round this year.


Alternatives to medical treatment for people with mental health issues need to get beyond the discussion phase towards policy and implementation, writes Jennifer Hough , who talks to practitioners about a national crisis.


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We’ve spent years agonising about how to handle cyberbullying and now Facebook are to introduce a new button that could accelerate online hate or see a flowering of empathy, says Ed Power


Irish fans returned home yesterday, some bleary-eyes and a little bedraggled, but all filled with optimism after a thumping World Cup win against Canada. As more than one supporter remarked, “it was like a home game” — a fitting description for an encounter which resulted in a handsome win in front of a 68,000 plus crowd, most of whom were in green. 



Your Monday morning catch-up

Comedian Ricky Gervais reminded everyone why he frequently shines at American award ceremonies when he poked fun at his Emmy losing streak. As if sensing the outcome as he hit the stage to present outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series, Gervais turned on the self-deprecation. “I haven’t lost yet, still hope,” he giggled.

iOS 9 is now available for iPhone and iPad users but if you’re still wondering whether you should upgrade or not, we’re here to help.


GAMING: Uncharted The Nathan Drake Collection is giving fans and newcomers like the chance to experience the entire original trilogy again, with updated graphics, gameplay tweaks and the same great mix of story, adventure and humour.

MOVIES: Pan is a new take on the story of Peter Pan from director Joe Wright and Neverland let them run wild with ideas for 3D

TECH: PlayStation VR will be released in 2016, this is information we had already. But now there’s word on pricing for the upcoming virtual reality headset from Sony PlayStation.


Your Monday morning catch-up

History was made at the Emmys for two very different reasons as Jon Hamm and Viola Davis took home the accolades for Outstanding Lead Actor and Outstanding Lead Actress.


Your Monday morning catch-up

Manchester United’s transformation is gaining momentum thanks to two goals from Anthony Martial in a 3-2 victory at Southampton which takes them to second in the table; but it wasn’t quite enough to end a long-running debate over the quality of their defence.


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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