Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

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

Sinn Féin has criticised a meeting between the Taoiseach Enda Kenny and the SDLP. Mr Kenny has intervened to try and save the Stormont Assembly, and he wants the SDLP to agree to the DUP’s demands to adjourn the power-sharing executive for talks.

Ireland is to accept at least 2,900 more refugees and migrants fleeing to Europe’s borders.

The former head of the International Monetary Fund mission to Ireland says the ECB acted beyond its mandate when it pushed Ireland into a bailout.

Just 159,500 applications for the €100 Water Conservation Grant have been submitted to the Department of Social Protection.

SPORT

It is being reported in the British press that Jack Grealish has made up his mind about which country he will play international football for, and it is bad news for the Republic of Ireland.

Ger Cunningham has called for a revamp of the All-Ireland U21 hurling championship, proposing a second chance be afforded to both the defeated Leinster and Munster finalists.

Check out our newly launched Rugby World Cup 2015 centre. From the latest news and views to general banter and match stats, we’ve got you covered. #COYBIG

WORLD

The veteran captain of a London-bound British Airways plane has been hailed a “hero” for his response to an engine fire at a Las Vegas airport.

A blindfolded woman who says she was duped into having sex with a male impersonator said they also sunbathed and watched television together with her mask still on, a jury heard.

BUSINESS

Dublin Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave was yesterday unable to guarantee that the wi-fi issues that dogged last year’s event will not be replicated this November, or indeed that the summit would be held in Dublin from next year onwards.

Dunnes Stores has been ordered by the High Court to reopen the doors leading from its shop in Edward Square Shopping Centre in Galway, which it disabled in mid June.

ANALYSIS

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.

LIFESTYLE

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

VIDEO

There was delight for students all around the country — but particular elation for an exclusive club of just six who got 12 higher-level As in their Junior Certificate results.

VIRAL

It’s that time of year again – the folks at Guinness World Records have announced the top new records set in the past year, due to feature prominently in the new book. Here’s our pick of some of the best.

Two legendary golf pros come together for an historic moment that will be relished forever by fans of golf and the hilarious comedy movie Happy Gilmore.

TECHNOW

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: With the iPhone 6S announced, it was only a matter of time until we heard rumblings about Samsung’s next flagship. It didn’t take long; a rumour from Asia Today suggests that the Galaxy S7 will come in both 5.2-inch and 5.8-inch sizes.

SHOWBIZ

Variety recently reported that veteran filmmaker Terry Gilliam was dead. And lo the legions of movie fans wept. But it wasn’t true.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Genetic modification of human embryos has officially been deemed as “essential” and should be allowed so scientists can better understand basic biology, according to a report.


Lifestyle

Want to be cultured this Christmas? From TV to podcasts to books, Ed Power has the definite list of everything you missed this year - so you can curl up on the couch and catch upThe definite list of everything you missed this year

Artist Ciara Rodgers teaches older people how to rediscover their creativity and regain confidence, says Rowena WalshBrush with art: Discovering your creative side in later life

Furniture, paintings, jewellery and silver are on offer at James Adam in Dublin, writes Des O’SullivanAll set for home run: See what's on offer at the James Adam sale in Dublin

It’s not too late to hunt out a unique gift. Des O’Sullivan previews sales in the lead-up to the festive seasonA flurry of auctions in Munster sets the scene for Christmas

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