Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

TOP STORIES

The mother of a young man who stabbed his twin brothers more than 40 times before taking his own life has made an emotional plea to people experiencing mental health difficulties to seek help. Helen O’Driscoll, who lost three sons in the murder-suicide in Charleville, Co Cork, last September, has also called for more funding for Ireland’s mental health services.

The Transport Minister, Paschal Donohoe, says there will be no change to the administration of Irish Water this year. It follows reports that the Government is considering restricting the €100 water conservation grant to those who actually pay their bills.

A plane full of holidaymakers was diverted to Dublin Airport because the ground handling operation at Cork Airport didn’t have an aircraft stairs tall enough to cope with the aircraft.

SPORT

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Celtic can expect a hostile reception when they travel to Sweden next week, judging by comments from some of the Malmo players. The Bhoys won the first leg of their Champions League play-off tie, but conceded a late goal to leave the scoreline 3-2 and give their opponents hope for the return fixture.

Closer to home - Brian Lohan has refused to back down from his call for a review of the performance of the Clare senior hurlers and their manager Davy Fitzgerald despite accepting he has caused ‘upset’ to some people.

 

WORLD

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

The South Korean military said it has returned fire after North Korea shot an artillery shell at a border town. The South’s defence ministry said its surveillance equipment detected a single North Korean shell fired across the border.

A Nazi train loaded with gold, gems and valuable art that reportedly disappeared at the end of the Second World War has been found in Poland, according to two men.

BUSINESS

The country’s newest mobile phone operator says it hopes to create 50 jobs over the course of the next five years. iD, operated by Dixon’s CarPhone, is being launched today just two months after the service went live in the UK.

The world’s largest sovereign wealth fund lost €7.95bn in the second quarter, the first decline in three years, dragged down by falling global bond and stockmarkets.

ANALYSIS

For any business, customer loyalty is vital, particularly during a summer routinely described as a washout. However, as Noel Baker discovered, one West Cork town is ensuring rain is not a spoiler by offering visitors more cultural events and a greater choice of eateries

LIFESTYLE

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

He may be turning 60 soon, but with a new PiL album on the way, John Lydon is as irrepressible as ever, writes Andy Welch

VIDEO

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Thailand has asked Interpol for help in tracking down the man they believe planted a bomb in Bangkok that killed 20 people. The international police organization have been sent an image of the suspected bomber. A Deputy national police spokesman told Reuters,"We sent a request for assistance."

VIRAL

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Ed Debevic’s restaurant in Chicago! Come for the food, stay for the abusive and rude staff. This video of a waitress being, what can only be described as excessively abusive towards customers has been taking the internet by storm over the last few days.

Sometimes there is nothing more beautiful than a rain shower or the laugh of a child, but what happens when the two are put together? Well this little toddler is having the time of her life playing in the rain with her father.

 

TECHNOW

GAMING - Quantic Dream is one of the most interesting games development companies around. Led by main creative talent David Cage, they’ve been behind some totally unique games since they started way back in 1997.

MOVIES - We’re checking out the first full trailer for Robert Eggers’ The Witch - and it looks like its a really scary horror film

TECH - The new software features of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ are set to also arrive on older S6 handsets very soon

SHOWBIZ

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Taylor Swift managed to reduce her fans to tears during one of her ‘1989 tour’ performances this week, although this time it wasn’t tears of joy. During her Arizona, show, the ‘Bad Blood’ singer did a rare performance of her song ‘Ronan’ which she wrote about a four-year-old little boy who died of cancer.

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Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

A father of seven has revealed the lengths he has had to go to in order to have his family car insured, and said he felt discriminated against because of his family size. Liam Coleman, from Belgooly, near Kinsale, Co Cork, said that having spent two weeks trying to get his family’s nine-seater Volkswagen Transporter insured, a broker finally secured a deal with an insurer who had rejected Mr Coleman’s attempt to get insurance directly off the company.


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