Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

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


Searches are continuing today for a fisherman missing off the coast of Co Mayo. The alarm was raised last Friday when the 24-year-old failed to return from lobster fishing off Belmullet. Local lifeboats are co-ordinating the multi-agency search, which is today focussing on an area off Erris Head around Broadhaven Bay.

The head of one of country’s secondary teaching unions has said that they have heard nothing about some payments to teachers being withheld if their unions reject the Lansdowne Road Agreement. It has been reported that the Government will hold back the restoration of certain payments if the deal is rejected.

New rules for gambling and e-cigarette advertisements are being introduced by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland. E-cigarette makers will be prevented from making health or medicinal claims about their product, should not associate them with tobacco brands or products, and cannot present them as an alternative to tobacco.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Thousands of refugees are pouring into Croatia, setting up a new path towards western Europe after Hungary used tear gas and water cannons to keep them out of its territory. Croatian police said at least 5,650 refugees had come into the country since the first groups started arriving early on Wednesday.

A major earthquake has rattled Chile, killing at least five people and shaking the Earth so strongly the tremor was felt in places across South America. The magnitude-8.3 quake hit off northern Chile, causing buildings to sway in the capital of Santiago and prompting authorities to issue a tsunami warning for the Andean nation’s entire Pacific coast.

The military in Burkina Faso has taken to the airwaves to declare it now controls the country, confirming that a coup has taken place weeks before national elections. In the announcement aired on national television and radio, the statement said the transitional government had been dissolved.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

The professionalism debate in the GAA could be ended once and for all by a doubling of players’ mileage rate, according to former Kerry defender Tom O’Sullivan.

Barcelona have been rocked by the news that midfielder Rafinha could miss the rest of the season through injury. The Brazilian suffered a knee injury moments after coming on as a substitute during the 1-1 draw in the Champions League against Roma, after he was caught by Radja Nainggolan.


One of the primary reasons behind the decision to release Irish captain Paul O’Connell from his contract was that it would hasten his return to Ireland and Munster, according to IRFU performance director David Nucifora.

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The number of visitors to Ireland increased by more than 10% in the second quarter of the year, when compared to the same three months in 2014. Figures released by the Central Statistics Office show that more than 2.3 million overseas visitors travelled to Ireland between April and June.

The David and Goliath brand war between Supermac’s and McDonald’s is set to rumble onto into next year. This follows the European Commission granting fast food giant McDonald’s a further two months in which to respond to Supermac’s staunch defence of its brand and rejection of McDonald’s grounds of objection to the use of the Supermac’s brand in continental Europe and Australia.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

There are a growing number of forgers capitalising on refugees’ needs for civil documents such as birth certificates and passports. And they don’t come cheap, writes Tania Karas


It’s the UK courtcase that has consumed people on both sides of the Irish sea. Was it innocence or ignorance or just a desperate need to be loved asks Suzanne Harrington


A Texan high school student at the center of a storm after authorities mistook his clock invention for a fake bomb got a reprieve from the highest level on Wednesday. President Obama has since invited him to bring his invention to the White House. "Cool clock, Ahmed. Want to bring it to the White House? ," he tweeted.


Locals of a small bar in Co Kerry got a great surprise yesterday evening as Luke Skywalker himself stopped by to pull a few pints and teach people in ’the ways of the Force’. Currently filming Star Wars Episode VIII on Skellig Michael, Mark Hamill and the crew finished filming for the day and went back to Portmagee, on the west coast of Kerry.

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

There’s a lot you could say about him but you could never accuse Donald Trump of having a poker face. During last night’s Republican debate, the controversial tycoon was asked about whether he was the right person to be in charge of nuclear weapons and his face went through an amazing array of expressions.


GAMING: FIFA 16’s trailer features cameos from some of the world’s best footballers…and Kobe Bryant!

MOVIES: Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Apollo 13) has a new film on the horizon, and it’s called In the Heart of the Sea. Here’s the new trailer.

TECH: Many Apple users have requested the option to delete some of the unnecessary chaff that comes bundled on their devices. And it turns out that Apple is listening.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Rihanna has said she doesn’t ever see herself performing with Taylor Swift, because they just “don’t match”. The rebellious B*** Better Have My Money singer appears smoking on the cover of the first free edition of the NME, and told the magazine she thinks of Taylor as a role model, while she herself is not one.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Kerry County Council said it will provide assistance to the households cut off by a landslide overlooking Rossbeigh Strand in Kerry. Seventeen houses are effectively cut off and have no vehicle access following the landslide which saw serious road slippage on the cliffside in the cul-de-sac.


RP O’Donnell says it is hard to find anywhere better than Boston to show your family a great time as he returns to a city he used to call homeA family friendly holiday guide to get the best out of beautiful Boston

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