Your Thursday evening catch-up

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


A 10-year old boy who it is claimed suffered brain damage at birth in a Cork hospital has settled his action against the HSE with an interim payout of €2m. Lee Gibson has cerebral palsy, cannot talk and is confined to a wheelchair. His case will come back before the High Court again in two years time for assessment of general damages in the case.

A leading lawyer has accused the State of having a ‘deny and defend’ policy and blamed it for massive payments to lawyers in medical negligence cases. Cork-based solicitor Ernest Cantillon was commenting yesterday on new figures provided by Health Minister Leo Varadkar that show in one case, the State Claims Agency (SCA) paid out over €1.1m in legal fees to a plaintiff’s lawyers last year.

A senior Garda refused to grant an Anti-Austerity Alliance councillor a permit for house-to-house and street collections in Dublin because she believed the money would be used for illegal acts, a court has heard.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said the election will be early in the spring. Mr Kenny reiterated his intention to have a 2016 election while speaking at an event in Madrid today.

The laws to allow full civil marriage for same-sex couples have completed their journey through the Oireachtas. The Marriage Bill is now ready to be signed into law next week.


A knife-wielding masked man stabbed four people at a school in southern Sweden, killing one teacher and a student before being shot dead by police. Students fled from the Kronan school in Trollhattan, near Goteborg, Sweden’s second-largest city, as the attack took place in a nearby cafe. The school has 400 students, ranging from pre-school to high school.

The US military has freed a number of Kurdish captives in a rescue mission in northern Iraq and one American was killed in the operation, a US defence official said. One official said the rescue effort was carried out overnight in the vicinity of Hawija, an Islamic State stronghold west of Kirkuk.


Your Thursday evening catch-up

Johan Cruyff has been diagnosed with lung cancer, his former club Ajax have confirmed. Spanish media reported the news on Thursday, and Ajax director Edwin van der Sar said on the club website: “We have had contact with his manager, Carole Thate, and she confirmed to us that Johan indeed has lung cancer.

Former Chelsea and West Ham striker Carlton Cole has signed for Celtic. The 32-year-old has signed a contract until the end of next season following a trial spell.


Your Thursday evening catch-up

Paul O’Connell’s ears will be burning from all the praise heaped on him by his teammates in a video released today. The Ireland camp and fans are still coming to terms with our quarter-final exit from the Rugby World Cup, but that doesn’t take from the respect due to our retiring captain.

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


Debenhams boss Michael Sharp announced plans to step down in 2016 to end speculation over his role at the group amid shareholder pressure for a boardroom shake-up. The department store chain said Mr Sharp, who became chief executive in September 2011, will remain in the role throughout the key Christmas trading season, but plans to step down "some time in 2016" after helping find his successor.

The multi-billion euro aircraft leasing industry here paid Irish corporation tax of only €23m last year.


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The furore around the departure of our greatest boxing coach Billy Walsh could set a dangerous precedent as another Irish talent is forced into exile, writes Michael Clifford


With the Carrickmines Travellers losing their home and loved ones and the migrants fleeing theirs,Elizabeth O’Neill, who hated seeing her family home go on the market, got to thinking about what a home really is.


Mexico’s Popocatepetl volcano spewed out ash and smoke high into the air 50 miles southeast of the capital Mexico City.


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A local BBC radio station has done something lovely for a pensioner who rang in saying he missed his wife. 95-year-old Bill from Southampton called BBC Radio Solent during the Alex Dyke’s mid-morning show last week. His wife had been taken to a nursing home after a bad fall and he was feeling lonely.

To celebrate their 60 years together, this charming couple decided to draw inspiration from the brilliant ’Up’With help from their YouTuber and pianist grandkid Jason Lyle Black, the 80-year-old couple recreated scenes from the Pixar movie as well as singing Carl and Ellie’s theme from the soundtrack.


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 Thursday evening catch-up

If you had to tell Marty McFly and Doc Brown one thing about the future, what would it be? Introduce them to the world of emojis, selfies and Grindr? Well, that’s what Jimmy Kimmel did last night as part of his live show from New York.


Your Thursday evening catch-up

A comedy duo who wear plastic shopping bags on their heads for a living have joined a former taoiseach and a Supreme Court judge in being awarded for their contribution to debate in Irish society. Well known Irish performers The Rubberbandits were honoured at the University of Limerick last night, where they received the distinguished auditors medal from the UL Debating Union.


Another episode, another incredible Cork woman. The tale of Mother Jones, the famous union organiser and activist against child labour in 19th century America.Five things for the week ahead: RTÉ showcase another incredible Cork woman

Holger Smyth part-owns and runs Inanna Rare Books, which has recently opened a ‘rare book lounge’ at the former Hawthorn creamery near Drimoleague, Co Cork.We sell books: Cream of the book crop sold from former co-op

Milton Jones talks hecklers, Hawaiian shirts and the world’s favourite clever Irishman with Richard FitzpatrickMilton Jones: When one line will do just fine

After almost 70 years of trying the search goes on, but so far nothing has been found.Sky Matters: Whether we are alone in the Universe has exercised many great minds

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