Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

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

IRELAND

A murder suspect was put on suicide watch on the orders of a judge today. Oisin Conroy was formally charged at Sligo District Court with the murder at his address of Natalie McGuinness yesterday.

The Anti Austerity Alliance are staging a protest outside a Cork city apartment to make the case for rent controls.

A Cork woman who was the victim of sexual harassment last weekend says the overwhelming online response to the incident has motivated her to report the matter to gardaí.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has declined to say whether using the "’army" was ever specifically mentioned as a means of protecting banks during the financial crisis.

President Michael D Higgins travelled to California to honour the victims of a balcony collapse that killed six college students and injured several others.

Gardaí have asked for the public’s help in finding missing girl Jadine Dunne

WORLD

Rescuers in Greece are continuing to search for  38 people who are still missing after a wooden boat carrying migrants sank near the island of Lesbos.

Nigerian troops have  rescued 338 captives, almost all children and women, from Boko Haram camps in a north-eastern forest.

SPORT

Former England midfielder Paul Gascoigne has pleaded guilty to harassment of his former girlfriend and assaulting a photographer.

Munster announced this morning they have signed two new players on three-month contracts - one of whom is currently in action at the Rugby World Cup.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

There was a delighted reaction when it was confirmed in Monday that Welsh referee Nigel Owens would be taking charge of the tournament decider. But it looks like his hometown, the village of Mynyddcerrig in Llanelli, is proudest of all.

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

BUSINESS

Ireland’s largest hotel group, Dalata, is interested in adding the Clarion Hotel in Sligo to its portfolio.

Royal Dutch Shell has unveiled a US$6.1bn loss in the third quarter as a result of cancelled projects and lower oil and gas prices.

ANALYSIS

Globally accepted norms on internet privacy and data use must be agreed if the digital era is to be enjoyed by all, writes Carl Bildt

LIFESTYLE

In the first of a two-part series John Tynan looks at how robots are becoming potential companions, soldiers, and even lovers.

VIDEO

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Another gem from the lads behind Martin’s Life takes on another subject that is close to the hearts of many of us Irish - Skyping a relative living in Australia.

VIRAL

A man who was holding his partner’s hand in a Dublin restaurant as they celebrated a recent anniversary claims he was asked to leave by a manager as other diners had complained about them.

Firefighters have staged a demonstration showing how quickly children’s Halloween costumes can catch fire in a hard-hitting video.

TECHNOW

GAMING: It’s been four months since Batman: Arkham Knight was pulled from Steam because it was so buggy, but its re-release doesn’t seem to be much better.

MOVIES: The first trailer for Captain America Civil War will be debuting before Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens.

TECH: The Huawei Snapys Instagram award winners have been announced, with some amazing prizes on offer including a trip to China

SHOWBIZ

Being the daughter of two of the most photographed people of the planet can seriously take its toll. Thankfully Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s little girl, North West, is a complete pro.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A man who was holding his partner’s hand in a Dublin restaurant as they celebrated a recent anniversary claims he was asked to leave by a manager as other diners had complained about them.


Lifestyle

When Marisa Murphy went to play as a teenager on Dinish Island, she could still see the flowers growing among the ruins in her grandmother’Islands of Ireland: Barely inhabitated Dinish became an industrial zone

MAC make-up artist Lucy Bridge shares her tips backstage at Roland Mouret.How to create the perfect matte red lip, according to a backstage beauty expert

New trends include chunky heeled boots, silver belts and lots of plaid from the British designer.Victoria Beckham got ‘rebellious’ for her new collection – as David and family watched on

When horses were shown photographs of angry human faces, their hearts speeded up.Jackass penguin talk is similar to humans

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