Your Monday morning catch-up

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


Gardaí are investigating after a man died and a passenger was bitten on board an Aer Lingus flight that was diverted to Cork after the pilot declared an emergency. Flight EI485 left Lisbon shortly after 3pm yesterday, bound for Dublin, but was diverted to Cork Airport as the pilot told passengers there had been a medical emergency on board. A woman has been arrested and is being held at Togher Garda Station in Cork city while a post mortem is due to be carried out today to find out how the man died.

Irish Water says it has been forced to delete the online accounts of 700 of its customers. It says a technical issue with the company’s website meant those affected could not access their details. Meanwhile, plans to impose water charges twice as costly as today’s rates were drawn up by the Fianna Fáil-led government months before the troika bailout, despite repeated claims that the system was only created to comply with EU demands.

Equality Minister Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has criticised people protesting against emergency accommodation for Traveller families caught up in the Carrickmines blaze, saying their views “remind me of Alabama in the 1950s”. The Labour TD for Dublin North-Central made the remark amid an ongoing standoff between residents of Rockville Drive in Dublin and Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.


A six-year-old boy has accidentally shot and killed his three-year-old brother while playing “cops and robbers” with a gun their father told investigators he obtained illegally from a gang member. Police in Chicago said the two boys were playing when the older one reached on top of a fridge and grabbed the loaded handgun and then accidentally shot three-year-old Eian Santiago in the face.

Your Monday morning catch-up

Former Manchester United footballer Gary Neville has reportedly offered to let a group of homeless people stay in the building he plans to turn into a boutique hotel for the winter months. A group under the name of Manchester Angels had been occupying the Stock Exchange on Norfolk Street in the city since Saturday, and have now said the ex-England full-back has given them permission to stay.


Your Monday morning catch-up

After yesterday’s draw in Nyon had pitted Ireland against Bosnia and Herzegovina in November’s European Championship play-off, Martin O’Neill was gathered around a table with a small group of Irish journalists in UEFA’s ‘House Of Football’, when a staffer came in and began handing out sheets of paper containing confirmation of the dates of next month’s games.

Steven O’Brien reckoned the Nemo Rangers performance rated around 6/10. His veteran midfielder David Niblock wasn’t inclined to disagree. Any fair measurement of the quality of yesterday’s drawn Cork football final would reach the same conclusion.


Your Monday morning catch-up

Donal Lenihan looks back at Ireland’s heartbreaking defeat to Argentina, as Joe Schmidt revealed he is “as gutted as any of those players”.

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The Government is launching its action plan for the Mid West region this morning, targeting job creation across North Tipperary, Clare and Limerick. The plan is aimed at delivering 10-15% employment growth in the region by 2020.

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Dispelling any doubt that this was anything other than a pre-election budget, Finance Minister Michael Noonan mentioned property, property taxes and property assets half a dozen times in his speech last Tuesday.


Irish Examiner journalist Catherine Shanahan first visited Dylan Gaffney Hayes in 2014 after he received an €8.5m settlement for birth injuries. She paid a return visit last month to see what it is that money can (or cannot) buy


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For Back to the Future fans, October 21 is D-day. It’s the exact date in the future when Marty McFly and Doc Brown flew from the ’80s in a modified DeLorean. What, asks Mark Evans, makes the move as watchable today as when it was released?


Playing conkers is a childhood memory of many but did you know that there is an Irish conker championship in Co Kilkenny? Jonathan de Burca Butler reports


Your Monday morning catch-up

Forget all the woes from the Rugby World Cup and going back to work by answering a few riddles.

Friendly bacteria can act as a stress buster and improve mental health, research has shown. A study of 22 healthy men found that volunteers who took a probiotic for a month experienced less daily stress than those given a “dummy” placebo supplement.


GAMING: Batman Arkham Knight is one of the best-selling games of the year, and that’s because its another entertaining outing as the Dark fellow himself from the folks at Rocksteady. Just don’t talk about the PC release.

MOVIES: With just two months to go excitement has been ramping up for the next instalment in the Star Wars franchise.

TECH: Drones are becoming increasingly popular for hobbyists and professional videographers but have you ever thought about how they’re put together?


Your Monday morning catch-up

Oscar winners Kate Winslet and Danny Boyle have brought the curtain down on the 2015 BFI London Film Festival with their new film about technology innovator Steve JobsMichael Fassbender, who stars as the late Apple co-creator, called the closing night gala an “honour” as he graced the red carpet in London’s Leicester Square alongside co-stars Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg as well as the film’s screenwriter Aaron Sorkin.


Your Monday morning catch-up

Irish Examiner journalist Catherine Shanahan first visited Dylan Gaffney Hayes in 2014 after he received an €8.5m settlement for birth injuries. She paid a return visit last month to see what it is that money can (or cannot) buy


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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