Your Thursday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.

Ireland will allow the 4,000 refugees coming here to work. The first groups of between 50 and 100 refugees will begin to arrive within weeks.

Time to get your weatherproofs down from the attic, folks - autumn weather arrives this weekend.

Stormont First Minister Peter Robinson is standing aside, and the majority of his Democratic Unionist ministers are to resign, with party colleague Arlene Foster to take over as acting First Minister.


Ireland international James McClean has always made it clear he is very proud of his Derry roots and has proven it once more with a very generous gesture.

Your Thursday evening catch-up

Ronan O’Gara believes Ireland coach Joe Schmidt has the perfect mental approach to maximise a kind Rugby World Cup draw.

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A gang of paedophiles in the UK who raped and abused babies and toddlers in attacks that were streamed over the internet are facing lengthy prison sentences.

A Hungarian camerawoman for a nationalist online TV channel has been fired after reporters filmed her kicking and tripping refugees as they fled from police.


Citigroup is sounding the alarm bells for the world economy. In a new analysis, the New York-based bank’s chief economist, Willem Buiter, said there is a 55% chance of some form of global recession in the next couple of years, most likely one of moderate depth and length.

The Dalata Hotel Group is considering a possible purchase of Cork’s Clarion Hotel, which is currently on the market with a €30m price tag.


Lucasfilm using Skellig Michael to shoot scenes for the film has caused controversy, with environmental groups concerned it could damage the island’s fragile environment and threaten its bird population, despite the obvious tourist benefits. Heather Humphreys, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and Justin Byrne a council member of An Taisce, The National Trust for Ireland argue the pros and cons.


Online shopping and the international chains are a big threat to the shops that mark us out from every other city and town in Europe. They’ll only remain if we support them writes Ailin Quinlan


Ultimate fighting champion Ronda Rousey has landed the starring role in the remake of the 1989 Patrick Swasey movie Road House.


Remember the romantic elderly man who was filmed reuniting with a lady in an airport? The loving couple have been tracked down, and their story is more romantic than we thought.

Is this Ireland’s most expensive glass of wine?

Your Thursday evening catch-up


GAMING: Pokemon Go is coming to iOS and Android very soon, and it’s going to help you catch them all in the real world.

MOVIES: The Preacher TV show has been in the works for years but we’re finally hearing that we’ll get at least one full series

TECH: Huawei looks to be taking a leaf out of Samsung’s book by working on a smartphone with a double-edged curved AMOLED smartphone.


The dates for next year’s Electric Picnic have been announced. Tickets for next year’s event go on sale tomorrow morning at 9am.


We’ve seen the Apple iPad Pro described as enormous, huge and a plethora of “really big” adjectives so we’ve created this chart to show just how the device compares with previous iterations..


RP O’Donnell says it is hard to find anywhere better than Boston to show your family a great time as he returns to a city he used to call homeA family friendly holiday guide to get the best out of beautiful Boston

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