Your Monday morning catch-up

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


A garda and married father of three young children became the second officer to be gunned down in Co Louth in less than three years after he answered a 999 call to a domestic incident in a house last night. A woman was also shot and seriously injured during the incident before the gunman turned his weapon on himself.

Garda Tony Golden was responding to a domestic disturbance in Mullach Álainn, Omeath when he and a woman who lived at the house were shot.

Counselling is being offered to the survivors of the Carrickmines halting site fire. Two infants, three children and five adults all lost their lives in the blaze in south county Dublin in the early hours of Saturday morning. Those missing and feared dead are Thomas and Sylvia Connors and their children Jim, Christy and Mary; Tara Gilbert, her partner Willie Lynch and their children Kelsey and Jodie, and relative Jimmy Lynch, aged 39.


Volkswagen is recalling 1,950 diesel vehicles in China to correct engine software the German car maker has admitted cheats on emissions tests. The company said the recall applied to 1,946 Tiguan sport utility vehicles and four Passat B6 saloons, all of them imported. It said technical solutions were being developed and had yet to be submitted to Chinese authorities for approval.

Turkey is targeting Islamic State (IS) in investigations of a double suicide bombing in Ankara that killed up to 128 people, officials said yesterday while opponents of president Tayyip Erdogan blamed him for the worst such attack in Turkish history.


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Paul O’Connell is likely to have his worst fears confirmed today that both his World Cup and Test career are at end. Captain and talismanic lock O’Connell will undergo scans on his hamstring injury in Cardiff, as Ireland count the sizeable cost of their bludgeoning 24-9 victory over France.

Manager Martin O’Neill has promised the Republic of Ireland will be ready for whatever is thrown at them as they prepare for the Euro 2016 play-offs. O’Neill’s men will go into the hat for Sunday’s draw after losing their final qualifier in Poland 2-1 yesterday evening to finish third in Group D.


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After months of speculation and endless debate, now we know. This outstanding victory over France, forged in the most demanding of circumstances with the loss of the two principal leaders, captain Paul O’Connell and tactical director Johnny Sexton, has opened up the more negotiable side of the World Cup draw for Joe Schmidt’s heroic men.

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


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

Finance Minister Michael Noonan will announce one of the largest ever pre-election giveaway budgets tomorrow, because his measures will effectively amount to €3bn, double the amount the Coalition has long advertised, one of the country’s top economists has said.


Hillary Clinton faces some strong candidates in her bid to win the Democratic nomination for a tilt at the presidency and needs to step up to the plate, writes Bette Browne.


Your Monday morning catch-up

They were radio presenters, actors and building society staff before they started making biscuits at home. Now they are selling to one of the UK’s biggest supermarkets. So how did the Lismore Food Company do it, asks They were radio presenters, actors and building society staff before they started making biscuits at home. Now they are selling to one of the UK’s biggest supermarkets. So how did the Lismore Food Company do it, asks Roz Crowley.


Many Irish travelled to Cardiff in hope rather than expectation this weekend — while some wondered if they would see the game in person at all. 


Hundreds gathered in Glasgow to watch the demolition of the Red Road flats, which had coloured the city’s skyline for decades. All five towers were demolished at once, although two remained partially standing after the explosion.

The latest version of Apple’s desktop computer software may be a much smaller update than last year’s major redesign – but there are still some natty new features to get your head around. We take a look at some of the handiest little things El Capitan has to offer, including making it easier to find the cursor, split-screen functionality, spotlight search, and pinned sites.


GAMING: The Star Wars: Battlefront beta is now available to download. If you are going to travel to a galaxy far, far away, here are some essential tips and tricks.

MOVIES: Flights of fancy with a new version of Peter Pan and gothic horror with Crimson Peak are just some of the delights on offer in cinemas this week.

TECH: Inc’s cloud business, Amazon Web Services, has launched a service to help customers build applications to connect devices through the cloud, the so-called "Internet of Things".


Your Monday morning catch-up

Actor Warwick Davis has enlisted the help of his Twitter followers and celebrity friends to help find his stolen caravan. The Star Wars and Harry Potter star posted a series of tweets appealing for the return of his mobile home after it was taken in Yaxley, Cambridgeshire, on Thursday night.


Your Monday morning catch-up

After 10 games in Group D, two play-off games remain between Ireland and Euro 2016. A 2-1 defeat to Poland meant that a ‘Super Sunday’ for Irish sport ended up with Ireland gate-crashing Poland’s party. Twitter, needless to say, was not pleased.


Not all trends are created equal. Some are exciting – like first-date butterflies; others are comforting – like ice-cream and Golden Girls reruns.Trend of the Week: Floral free for all

Veterinary medicine is a demanding career, leading to mental health problems for some vets.Elephant in the clinic: Helpline offers support to vets with mental health difficulties

Pearl Lowe turns 50 in April – and she’s got a lot to celebrate. TA look into the reinvention of Pearl Lowe

Bonnie Ryan couldn’t be happier.On a roll: Why Bonnie Ryan couldn't be happier

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