Your Thursday evening catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

The Dublin Docklands Development Authority has written to the management of the Longboat Quay apartments with an offer of financial support for the cost of the repair works needed. In a statement the DDDA has said it understands that the Receiver over the assets of Gendsong Limited - whose interest includes 18 apartments in the complex - will also be making a substantial contribution towards the remediation works. The combined amount will come to approximately €2.75m.

Prison terms ranging from five years to 16 years have been imposed on the seven men who admitted carrying out an aggravated burglary on the home of a young family two years ago. Sentences were handed down shortly before 12 noon at Clonmel Circuit Court by Judge Thomas Teehan who described the effects of the burglary on the Corcoran family from Co Tipperary as “catastrophic”, and said the crime imposed by the gang of seven was near the top end of the highest level of seriousness for this type of crime.

A transatlantic jet was forced to return to Shannon Airport this afternoon after a passenger fell ill. United Airlines flight 24 had left Shannon at around 9.20am and was over an hour into its journey when the crew turned around.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny was urged to declare homelessness as a national emergency as people in temporary accommodation looked on from the Dáil’s public gallery. Socialist TD Ruth Coppinger warned the Government was not taking the crisis seriously enough as she compared people affected by homelessness to the victims of the Magdalene laundries.

WORLD

Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are targeting other terrorist groups as well as Islamic State militants, according to a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia carried out its first airstrikes in Syria on Wednesday. Moscow insisted it was targeting IS militants while US officials and others cast doubt on the claim, saying they appeared to be attacking opposition groups fighting Syrian government forces.

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Authorities in Greece have reopened a disused Olympic venue to house migrants and refugees camped out in central Athens. Police escorted buses carrying about 500 people, mostly from Syria and Afghanistan, from Victoria Square in central Athens to the Galatsi Olympic Hall.

SPORT

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Roy Hodgson has warned Jack Grealish he cannot guarantee him a place in his squad despite the midfielder’s decision to represent England over the Republic of Ireland. The Solihull-born 20-year-old turned out for Ireland’s Under-17s as he qualified through his grandparents but his form for Aston Villa has seen him touted as a future England international.

An emergency meeting of the Mayo County Board executive was held last night to plot a course of action ahead of this evening’s sit-down with player representatives. A meeting of top-brass had been scheduled for this week to finalise interviews for the vacant Mayo U21 manager’s position, but the agenda was cleared to discuss the crisis which has rocked the county.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

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David Pocock believes Australian rugby looks past size when it comes to back-row forwards thanks to pioneers Phil Waugh and George Smith. Australia have paired double breakdown threat Pocock and Michael Hooper for Saturday’s make-or-break World Cup showdown with England at Twickenham. In the same Pool, Wales are currently taking on Fiji, which you can follow HERE.

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

BUSINESS

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Volkswagen has confirmed chief financial officer Hans Dieter Poetsch will become the car manufacturer’s board chairman. The car maker is currently facing a scandal over vehicles that were equipped to cheat on US government emissions tests. Meanwhile, Volkswagen Group Ireland has confirmed the number of cars affected by the diesel emissions scandal in Ireland.

New figures show car registrations are up more than 30% - year on year - with more than 121,000 new cars registered to the end of September. According to Motorcheck.ie show, this compares with only 93,000 units for the same period last year.

ANALYSIS

Niall McCarthy says with new routes and the securing of transatlantic flights, Cork Airport’s future is bright, with a return to passenger growth due in 2016.

LIFESTYLE

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The breathalyser controversy last week revealed how many don’t believe our native language should be part of Official Ireland and that it’s a waste of money. They’re wrong, says Sharon Ni Chonchuir. That’s exactly what has kept Welsh a living language

VIDEO

Yes, it is only October 1, but make no mistake, preparations are already under way for the festive season even before a pumpkin has been gutted for Halloween. And don’t be alarmed, but yesterday in Cork’s Kingsley Hotel, Santa was in the building.

VIRAL

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These two pitbulls, Missy and Laydie, are excited to see their owner, Étienne Harris when he gets home but they well know that they were up to no good while he was away.

Edward Snowden’s arrival on Twitter has provoked excitement and fury in equal measure across the globe. However one expert brought on TV show to discuss Snowden, instead talked about Edward Scissorhands.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Star Wars: Battlefront beta will get underway on October 8th, so you may want to start clearing some hard drive space.

MOVIES: The Light House cinema in Dublin is hosting 9 horror classics for Halloween, including vampires, screams and nightmares

TECH: There was a picture doing the rounds of late of a tennis racket slicing through some jelly. The Slow Mo Guys decided to take it upon themselves to show what happens frame-by-frame.

SHOWBIZ

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Ed Sheeran has given Irish singer Eoin Glackinthe seal of approval today by tweeting him with some encouragement. Eoin, who ’s from Dublin, simply handed the ginger singer his CD after meeting him at a Jamie Lawson gig in New York City.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Children’s sports fields should be as quiet as libraries, according to sports experts as screaming parents, says Richard Fitzpatrick, are doing enormous damage to children’s fragile self-esteem.


Lifestyle

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Anya Taylor-Joy plays the titular Emma in the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic comedy about the spoilt, meddling matchmaker who means well, says Laura HardingAnya Taylor-Joy: ‘Emma is my little monster’

Setting sail to travel the world as part of your job has a romance all of its own but for marketing manager Máire Cronin and engineer Mark Crowe it led to love.Wedding of the Week: Cruise ship co-workers Máire and Mark sail off into sunset

One of the genres that has seen exponential growth in the podcast world is the sleepcast. Open Spotify on your phone in the evening and a number of offerings are available, writes Eoghan O'SullivanThe Podcast Corner: podcasts that will put you to sleep

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