Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have both been provisionally banned for 90 days from any football-related activity in a ruling that throws world football into total meltdown.

Lidl is to become the first big employer here to commit to paying the "living wage" of €11.50 an hour from November 1.

The company that built a 200-child primary school in 2008 — found, by accident, six years later to have serious fire safety concerns — has constructed at least 25 other schools for the State, including two since the issues emerged.

The Taoiseach is expected to announce radical welfare reforms tonight, which will form part of the Fine Gael manifesto.

HIQA has raised concerns about Letterkenny General Hospital and has identified a number of high risks. It carried out an unannounced inspection on June 18 and discovered poor hygiene standards in various areas.

SIPTU has said it expects some disruption to rail services in about two weeks’ time as the dispute with Irish Rail continues.

WORLD

The boss of Volkswagen in the United States has admitted he knew about the company’s emissions scandal more than a year ago.

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of English police officer Dave Phillips.

SPORT

For Ireland to get something out of tonight’s game against Germany at the Aviva Stadium will require nothing less than a minor miracle.

TJ Reid considered quitting the Kilkenny panel in 2012 before a frank talk with manager Brian Cody helped change his mind.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

He may have packed his bags and left Paris for good, but Jonathan Sexton continues to hold a fascination for the French, some of whom have made no secret of their intent to target the Ireland number ten ahead of Sunday’s Pool D meeting between the sides in Cardiff.

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

BUSINESS

The IFA President has lashed out at Lidl’s plans to pay staff the Living Wage as "two-faced", at a time the supermarket giant is driving down prices for farmers.

CityJet has announced additional services from Cork Airport, a week after launching its new airlink between the city and London City Airport.

ANALYSIS

From defending crime bosses in the real world to writing about them in a fictional one, Michael O’Higgins gives us an authentic take on policing and the law, writes Cormac O’Keeffe

LIFESTYLE

Paula Burns asks if the High Street is waking up to Muslim fashionistas or is it courting controversy

VIDEO

WhatsApp users on Android will soon be able to rest easy with the knowledge that their messages have been backed up to Google’s cloud, thanks to a new integration between the two companies announced Wednesday. 

VIRAL

The aurora borealis can be seen from this part of the world for just a few weeks. Here are some great pictures of last night’s light show in Ireland.

There’s been a spell of mishaps over in RTÉ studios recently, and yesterday evening, Jean Byrne was the latest victim.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Bad news if you’re planning on playing Call of Duty Black Ops 3 on Xbox One - the game has been removed from the digital store.

MOVIES: Horrothon is back at the IFI in Dublin for 2015, and it’s celebrating its 18th birthday in style with five days of scream-tastic horror.

TECH: Facebook is expanding the way you can interact with posts with new ’reactions’ - which will give you a scope beyond merely liking and commenting, and it sounds like we’re going to get it first, with the new interactions set to roll out in Ireland and Spain tomorrow.

SHOWBIZ

ODEON cinema have named Dublin’s favourite Irish actors and actresses today, after polling over 1,000 Dubliners.

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