Your Thursday morning catch-up

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TOP STORIES

We have not taken lightly the decision to publish today this deeply disturbing photograph of a Syrian boy washed up on a beach in Turkey, drowned when the boat he was travelling in capsized in the watery graveyard that the Mediterranean has become for over two and a half thousand refugees, writes Irish Examiner Editor Tim Vaughan.

in Irish news, government ministers have closed ranks to defend Taoiseach Enda Kenny from growing opposition calls for his resignation, backing the Fine Gael leader’s claim the Fennelly report has cleared him of any wrongdoing.

The grading and CAO points system in the Leaving Certificate is getting ready for its first overhaul in more than 20 years.

SPORT

Donncha O’Callaghan will make a huge impact in the Aviva Premiership this season after his move from his beloved Munster, one of his old team-mates declared last night.

Cork GAA chiefs have drawn up a shortlist of four names to replace departed senior football manager, Brian Cuthbert.

WORLD

Your Thursday morning catch-up

An image of a drowned toddler washed up on the beach in one of Turkey’s prime tourist resorts swept across social media after at least 12 Syrian refugees died trying to reach the Greek island of Kos.

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush has escalated his feud with Donald Trump, betting that he can re-energise his stalled campaign by challenging the billionaire businessman head on.

ANALYSIS

Audrey O’Carroll suffered post-traumatic stress disorder after she was attacked by a man who had ’invaded’ her life, writes Catherine Shanahan

BUSINESS

The number of owner-occupiers sliding deeper into arrears who now find themselves two years or more behind on their repayments has increased for the 11th consecutive quarter.

One of the most technically-advanced global export facilities in Europe was officially opened by Lakeland Dairies in Newtownards, Co Down, yesterday.

LIFESTYLE

We live in a Suicide Box – a horrible phrase, but an apt metaphor for how we live today, says author Lucy Costigan.

VIRAL

Over recent years a lot of people have been trying to figure out why the bees are dying, but new research has shown how bees are self-medicating to rid themselves of parasites.

This quiz will determine your age by the vocabulary that you use.

VIDEO

Is Star Wars: The Force Awakens going to be the highest-grossing film ever?

TECHNOW

GAMING: A video has been put together with Hideo Kojima visiting a series of people who tell him what the Metal Gear games have meant to them over the last few decades.

MOVIES: See behind the scenes on the film Room, with author Emma Donoghue’s thoughts on the cast.

TECH: ASUS has decided it knows exactly how to appeal to customers - make a really, really cheap smartwatch. And they have in the ZenWatch 2!

SHOWBIZ

Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney’s favourite actor for such lighthearted films as The Love Bug, has died aged 84.

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We have not taken lightly the decision to publish today this deeply disturbing photograph of a Syrian boy washed up on a beach in Turkey, drowned when the boat he was travelling in capsized in the watery graveyard that the Mediterranean has become for over two and a half thousand refugees, writes Irish Examiner Editor Tim Vaughan.


Lifestyle

Pollutants can have an impact on your health, but there are things you can do to reduce the potential damage.High pollution days ‘lead to more cardiac arrests and strokes’: 5 easy ways to protect yourself

Even if you only have room for one pot in the smallest space, plant some tulips in it to make your garden spring to life, says Hannah Stephenson.7 design tips to make your tulips in garden pots stand out in a crowd

Does the early bird catch the gym gains, or are you better off running through your reps after the sun sets? We ask two personal trainers.Ask the experts: Is it better to work out in the morning or the evening?

John’s chairs will last a lifetime, but he is also passing on his knowledge to a new generation, writes Ellie O’Byrne.Made in Munster: The ancient art of súgán-making is woven into Irish family history

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