Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

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


The country’s largest second-level teachers union has voted to reject the latest junior cycle proposals. Members of the ASTI have rejected the proposals by 55% to 45%.

Ireland’s EU Commissioner Phil Hogan denies that Irish Water is a mess.Hogan introduced the body for water during his time as Environment Minister. Speaking at the National Ploughing Championships this morning the Commissioner said that the utility is not a mess and that he was only doing what was required by the Troika.

Three employees at Limerick Institute of Technology are earning up to €72,000 a year, with no work to do. The issue has been raised at a hearing of the Public Accounts Committee this morning.

The people of Cork have rallied to help a pensioner whose home was ransacked by burglars. The raiders made off with some €1,600 in cash which was being saved to install radiators in his house, jewellery his mother inherited, and four commemorative coins which could be worth up to €950 each.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that almost three quarters of farmers say they have changed how they work because of farm deaths and worries over farm safety.

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.


EU leaders concentrated on how to seal Europe’s borders as they were warned to expect many millions of refugees over the coming months and yearsThe emergency summit in Brussels tried to clear the atmosphere after a damaging vote that split the Union and resulted in all countries having to accept some of the 120,000 refugees to be relocated from Greece and Italy.

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

New Zealanders now have a fifth option to choose from when deciding whether to change their flag after a popular campaign for a geometric design called Red Peak prompted politicians to amend the rules to add it to the original four finalists. The flag that wins in November will be pitted head-to-head against the current flag in a second nationwide vote next March.


Dublin great Jimmy Keaveney has tipped the present team to double the All-Ireland tally of the great 1970s side he played in. Full-forward Keaveney was a key player in the Kevin Heffernan managed Dubs sides that collected three All-Ireland wins in four seasons in the mid-70s.

FAI chief executive John Delaney has confirmed he told Martin O’Neill he should never have said his job as Ireland manager would depend on qualification for Euro 2016.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

World Rugby is seeking clarification from Wales after a group of players from outside their World Cup squad reportedly took part in training on Wednesday. It is understood that back-up players who do not make the final 31-man World Cup squad are not allowed to participate in training sessions with the official group.

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


The decision to relocate the Web Summit to Lisbon from next year onwards will cost the Irish economy tens of millions of euro and should act as a wake-up call to the need for improved infrastructure here, business bodies have warned.

Bailed-out Cyprus is to receive another €126m from the International Monetary Fund, which says the island nation’s reform programme continues to be “a success”. The IMF said total disbursements so far amounted to around €882m from a contribution of around one billion euros.


After water and wifi issues at the last two events it’s a wave goodbye that’s set to dominate this year’s Web Summit after its founder signalled his intent to move the event to Lisbon from 2016.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

We’re used to borrowing books from a library but what if you could borrow tools or kitchen equipments as you need them? Elizabeth O’Neill looks at a community project in London where this is happening.


Glen Hansard played an intimate acoustic gig in Dublin on Wednesday night. Hansard treated fans to songs from his new album, Didn’t He Ramble, as well as some favourites including finishing the night off with a rendition of The Parting Glass


A controversial advertisement in Cork city centre is to be removed by the weekend. The advert, promoting the rebranding of Eirom to Eir, blocks a striking public art display which was commissioned by Cork City Council last year.

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Retiree Eugene Bostick, 80, has found a wonderful new job - helping dogs in need and driving them thought the steets of his ometown of Fort Worth, Texas on a makeshift train. Bostick says he takes the nine dogs out once or twice a week and, as you can imagine, it has become a minor attraction in the town. And the dogs love it too


GAMING: Dragon Age Inqusition may be a year old at this stage but it’s still one of the best titles around, and a tip top action RPG for those who are into that sort of thing.

MOVIES: It probably isn’t appropriate to be this excited about a TV show, but we’re just about ready to tear our own faces off in anticipation of Ash vs Evil Dead.

TECH: The Huawei Snapys are running right now - seeking out the best photos on Instagram with an eye on giving out some serious prizes.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

It was a big night for Coronation Street fans everywhere last night, as they broadcasted their ever-so-dramatic #CorrieLive. Although, for one superfan the drama was only set to begin as her boyfriend used the live episode to propose to her.


Most native speakers of Irish probably find the English versions easier to understand, writes Victoria White, as she laments thinks the Official Languages Act will only serve to kill the language itself.


For our food special, our Currabinny duo, James Kavanagh and William Murray, dish up their top festive side plates.The Currabinny Cooks: Festive side plates to dish up this Christmas

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