Your Monday morning catch-up

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Former education minister Ruairi Quinn told school authorities that a 200-pupil facilit built during the boom  needed only “minor” repairs, a year before it was declared a severe fire safety hazard.


The quality of doctors taking up posts in the Irish health service has deteriorated because there are few incentives to attract the highly trained, while workloads are so onerous that there is little scope to utilise expertise acquired abroad.

A tax refund system introduced last year to aid first-time buyers has been described  as a failure  after it emerged just a tiny fraction have benefited from the measure.

Ten thousand An Post workers could be in line for a pay increase  after enduring an effective pay freeze for the past seven years.


The flow of Syrians, Afghans and others through the Balkans toward western Europe  continued unabated as European leaders gathered in Brussels to try and work out a plan to deal with the massive influx of asylum seekers.

Britain faces a potential  political crisis


Your Monday morning catch-up

Twice in the final five minutes, Manchester United came close to producing the goal that could have lifted them level on points at the top of the Premier League table  but given the drab affair that had preceded that finale, anything other than a goalless stalemate would have seemed inappropriate.

New Cork football manager Peadar Healy has no intention of opening the door  to a renewal of dual inter-county players for Cork, he confirmed yesterday.


Your Monday morning catch-up

The All Blacks will be feeling nervous after watching Australia  comprehensively outclass Argentina in the second World Cup semi-final of the weekend.

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


A tax refund system introduced in last year’s budget to aid first-time buyers  has been described as an insult to those looking to get on the property ladder.

SolarWinds, the Texan software company with its international headquarters in Cork, has been acquired by two private equity firms for $4.5bn (€4.08bn).


Sir John Lubbock invented the bank holiday. Let’s have a small respectful silence for Sir John, writes Terry Prone.


Your Monday morning catch-up

Nuala Woulfe explores our need  to be frightened out of our lives as Halloween comes round


An eclectic mix of music at this year’s Guinness Jazz Festival  is drawing in the crowds and making the festival a hit with fans of all genres of music.


Your Monday morning catch-up

We think it is fair to say that The Ray D’Arcy Show has not gotten off to the best of starts, but Saturday night’s horrific embarrassment was simply mortifying for all involved.

What are you up to for the bank holiday? Take this quiz and instantly feel cultured when you’ve absolutely aced it!


GAMING: A handful of Harmonix employees posted reviews of Rock Band 4 on Amazon, but you can’t get anything past the internet’s super sleuths.

MOVIES: Two gambler’s head out on an adventure to see how long their luck will last - read our review of Mississippi Grind

TECH: YouTube Red is here, and it’s going to change the way you interact with the hugely popular video platform.


Your Monday morning catch-up

Ed Sheeran had absolutely the best time hosting the MTV Europe Music Awards alongside  co-host Ruby Rose in Milan.


We think it is fair to say that The Ray D’Arcy Show has not gotten off to the best of starts, but Saturday night’s horrific embarrassment was simply mortifying for all involved.



Des O'Sullivan takes a look at Bill Wyman's Rolling Stones memorabiliaRolling Stones memorabilia going under the hammer

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Steel Panther give metal fans the chance to let their hair down and laugh at themselves, and the Cork audience is in party mood.Live review: Steel Panther at Cyprus Avenue

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