Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

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


Prison terms ranging from five years to 16 years have been imposed on the seven men who admitted carrying out an aggravated burglary on the home of a young family two years ago.

Public Accounts Committee members have strongly criticised the late-night release of documents by Finance Minister Michael Noonan about Nama’s Project Eagle.

A Hiqa inspection at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Louth has highlighted hygiene issues, including the risk of contracting Legionnaires Disease.

When an elderly nun shouted “help” after being attacked when walking to morning mass in Limerick city centre, nobody came to her assistance.

Around 50,000 low-paid workers are set for pay rises under new regulations for contract cleaners and security workers.

A man in his 20s is in a serious condition following an alleged assault at a house in Tralee, Co Kerry last night.


Russia’s airstrikes in Syria are targeting other terrorist groups as well as Islamic State militants, according to a spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Republican US presidential candidate Donald Trump has said he would send back Syrian refugees taken in by the US if he was elected because they may be so-called ’Islamic State’ militants in disguise.


While announcing the nominees for Player of the Year, a Sky News presenter referred to Dublin as All-England champions.

Michael ‘Babs’ Keating has slammed Tipperary officials over their decision to refuse him a ticket for the All-Ireland hurling final.


Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Ben Morgan insists England must summon Australia’s demons by using their pack to reopen old wounds at Twickenham.

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


Ryanair has applied for slots at Paris Roissy-Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports and is willing to co-operate with long-haul traditional airlines, chief executive Michael O’Leary has told French financial daily Les Echos.

The National Treasury Management Agency (NTMA) has announces that, subject to market conditions, it will hold one bond auction in the final quarter of 2015.


Niall McCarthy says with new routes and the securing of transatlantic flights, Cork Airport’s future is bright, with a return to passenger growth due in 2016.


The breathalyser controversy last week revealed how many don’t believe our native language should be part of Official Ireland and that it’s a waste of money. They’re wrong, says Sharon Ni Chonchuir. That’s exactly what has kept Welsh a living language


Taoiseach Enda Kenny was urged to declare homelessness as a national emergency as people in temporary accommodation looked on from the Dáil’s public gallery.


Do you know your Di Vincis from your Caravaggios? How are you on world religions? Take our quiz here.

These two pitbulls, Missy and Laydie, are excited to see their owner, Étienne Harris when he gets home but they well know that they were up to no good while he was away.


GAMING: “I wanted to be a killing machine and they made me one,” says the narrator of the new Call of Duty: Black Ops III story trailer.

MOVIES: Ghosthunters on Icy Trails is the story of what happens when a boy, a professional ghosthunter and a loveable slimy ghost team up to save their town from the next ice age. See Amy Huberman in a clip here.

TECH: Virgin Media, formerly UPC, will launch its new Virgin Mobile brand in Ireland on October 5th.


Wine not?

Graham Norton’s wine is coming to Ireland at the end of this month.


While announcing the nominees for Player of the Year, a Sky News presenter referred to Dublin as All-England champions.


FOR many of us, health insurance is high on the list of financial products which that we tend to avoid changing out of fear and confusion.Money and Cents: cover all the bases for best health insurance

Anya Taylor-Joy plays the titular Emma in the latest adaptation of Jane Austen’s romantic comedy about the spoilt, meddling matchmaker who means well, says Laura HardingAnya Taylor-Joy: ‘Emma is my little monster’

Setting sail to travel the world as part of your job has a romance all of its own but for marketing manager Máire Cronin and engineer Mark Crowe it led to love.Wedding of the Week: Cruise ship co-workers Máire and Mark sail off into sunset

One of the genres that has seen exponential growth in the podcast world is the sleepcast. Open Spotify on your phone in the evening and a number of offerings are available, writes Eoghan O'SullivanThe Podcast Corner: podcasts that will put you to sleep

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