Your Thursday evening catch-up

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


A Limerick college has responded to claims that a number of its staff were on €72,000-a-year salaries with no work to do by saying those staff have been redeployed into new positions in recent months.

The Education Minister has said she is “deeply disappointed” at the decision of the country’s largest secondary teachers union to reject the latest junior cycle proposals. ASTI members voted against the proposals by 55% to 45%. The executive of the ASTI will meet tomorrow to decide its next step.

The well-known judge Paul Carney has died at the age of 72. The outspoken Judge retired from the central criminal court in April, and was outspoken about his reluctance to retire, describing it as "a very black day". He had wanted to continue working.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that while water charges may be an issue on streets up and down the country, as far as much of the farming community is concerned, it seems they are no big deal.

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.


The software at the centre of Volkswagen’s emissions scandal in the US was built into its cars in Europe as well, though it is not yet clear if it helped cheat tests as it did in the US, Germany said. The Irish Government is likely to begin an investigation into whether the scandal over Volkswagen emissions has affected Irish customers.

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More than 700 people have been killed and hundreds injured in a stampede on the outskirts of Mecca, the deadliest such tragedy to strike the annual hajj pilgrimage in nearly a decade.


The number of black cards issued during this year’s All-Ireland senior football championship and national league reached 163, an increase of 12% on the 2014 figure. Across 63 championship games this summer, 58 black cards were dished out by referees.

FAI chief executive John Delaney has confirmed he told Martin O’Neill he should never have said his job as Ireland manager would depend on qualification for Euro 2016.


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Wales head coach Warren Gatland made a fierce defence in response to World Rugby’s statement. Speaking at a press conference in Sunbury, Gatland told reporters: “I am sure you’ve all read the statement. “We haven’t broken any rules. According to World Rugby, we’ve broken the spirit of the rules, so I don’t know what that means.

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The ESRI is warning that there may not be enough office space in Dublin for expanding foreign companies locating here. Close to 70% of the take-up of office space in the first half of this year was for new and existing foreign direct investment firms, mainly in the technology sector.

The decision to relocate the Web Summit to Lisbon from next year onwards will cost the Irish economy tens of millions of euro and should act as a wake-up call to the need for improved infrastructure here, business bodies have warned.


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Most native speakers of Irish probably find the English versions easier to understand, writes Victoria White, as she laments thinks the Official Languages Act will only serve to kill the language itself.


With lectures in full flight and assignments starting to trickle in, there also comes the perennial ’what am I going to wear to college?’ Paula Burns has done her homework and picked key looks this Autumn that student budgets can stretch to.


A timelapse of the Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris has swept the internet and gone viral. The timelapse, created by Mathieu Stern is haunting yet beautiful and was made with the intention of telling the story of life and death.


Pope Francis made a little girl’s day yesterday with a lovely act of kindness. When five-year-old Sophie Cruz slipped inside the barriers burly security men tried to move her on from the scene, the pontiff cried out for the girl to be brought over him in the Popemobile. After greeting the Pope with a hug, Sophie presented him with a t-shirt and a drawing she had made for him.

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Glen Hansard played an intimate acoustic gig in Dublin on Wednesday night. Hansard treated fans to songs from his new album, Didn’t He Ramble, as well as some favourites including finishing the night off with a rendition of The Parting Glass


GAMING: We’ve been keeping a keen eye on Warhammer End Times Vermintide for awhile now, mostly because the first person co-op action looks like a lot of fun. And now we know when we’ll get our hands on the full title.

MOVIES: It probably isn’t appropriate to be this excited about a TV show, but we’re just about ready to tear our own faces off in anticipation of Ash vs Evil Dead.

TECH: Thanks to a series of leaks, we know almost everything there is to know about the Nexus 5X. The latest leak reveals that the handset will be available in three colours.


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Looks like Hozier has followed in the footsteps of Stephen Fry and has given Gay Byrne a run for his money on the topic of religion. The Bray musician appeared on The Meaning of Life with Gay Byrne this week and criticises the Catholic Church for “sticking their noses” in people’s sexuality and relationships.


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A controversial advertisement in Cork city centre is to be removed by the weekend. The advert, promoting the rebranding of Eirom to Eir, blocks a striking public art display which was commissioned by Cork City Council last year.


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