Your Thursday morning catch-up

Good morning. Here’s everything you need to know before you start your day.


Aid agencies and rights groups have accused the Government of shutting them out of efforts to tackle the refugee crisis. They say they have had to put offers of money, accommodation, and expertise on hold because they are not being included in whatever official preparations are belatedly being made. The Cabinet will hold its first full meeting on the issue today.

The Taoiseach is set to hold talks with the SDLP this morning in a bid to save the Stormont Assembly. It has been reported that Enda Kenny has intervened in the dispute - and will meet with a delegation from the SDLP, led by Alasdair McDonnell, to try and persuade them to support the DUP’s call for the Assembly to be adjourned for talks.

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan and the former IMF mission chief to Ireland Ajai Chopra will appear before the Banking Inquiry today. After four months of hearings, today will mark the last day of public business for the Banking Inquiry.


Your Thursday morning catch-up

Joe Schmidt fears Canada could prove "an incredible banana skin" for an Ireland side chasing their best-ever World Cup return. Ireland open their World Cup Pool D campaign by facing Canada in Cardiff on Saturday week, with head coach Schmidt at pains not to underestimate the world’s 18th-ranked side.

Rio Ferdinand has launched a damning indictment of Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United, claiming they are in the midst of an identity crisis and are no closer to winning the title despite spending €156m on seven players over the summer.



A father stabbed his three young sons to death in the back seat of their car outside a South Los Angeles school, US police have said. The father, said to be in his 30s, was found in his car bleeding from stab wounds to the chest, with his dead sons in the back and a knife in the passenger seat.

A blindfolded woman who says she was duped into having sex with a male impersonator said they also sunbathed and watched television together with her mask still on, a jury heard. The complainant says she thought she had sex on a number of occasions with a man called Kye Fortune, who said he was recovering from a brain tumour and did not want her to see his scars.


There is no natural border between Europe and Asia. Divisions between them are in our heads, writes Victoria White


Dublin Web Summit founder Paddy Cosgrave was yesterday unable to guarantee that the wi-fi issues that dogged last year’s event will not be replicated this November, or indeed that the summit would be held in Dublin from next year onwards.

The Dalata Hotel Group is considering a possible purchase of Cork’s Clarion Hotel, which is currently on the market with a €30m price tag. Dalata is the largest hotel group in Ireland via its ownership of the Maldron and Clayton brands.


Your Thursday morning catch-up

Online shopping and the international chains are a big threat to the shops that mark us out from every other city and town in Europe. They’ll only remain if we support them writes Ailin Quinlan


There was delight for students all around the country — but particular elation for an exclusive club of just six who got 12 higher-level As in their Junior Certificate results. The grades were handed out by staff at schools and colleges to 59,522 students from yesterday morning.


Who said romance was dead? A video, filmed by Chris GQ Perry, has been doing the rounds on the internet today and beware, as chances are it will give you all the feels.

There’s a real buzz in San Francisco right now as Apple announced the iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and a brand new Apple TV. There were new products being announced – and these were genuinely good. Here’s what Apple have brought to the table this year.


GAMING: Fallout 4’s release is just two months away and Bethesda is looking further down the road, promising fans that more content will be released regularly.

MOVIES: In Ireland, things really go bump in the night... at least according to the first full trailer for local horror The Hallow. This is freaky stuff.

TECH: Instagram has been pretty much ad free for a long time, but that’s about to change. The ads will run through Facebook’s platform so they can be heavily targeted, with access to an audience of hundreds of millions of avid users.


Your Thursday morning catch-up

The ’On The Floor’ hitmaker, who is dating Casper Smart, has insisted she doesn’t need to be in a relationship to be happy.


Your Thursday morning catch-up

A new third version of the iPad, the iPad Pro, has been launched by Apple and looks set to take on Microsoft’s Surface. Not only is the iPad Pro bigger, but it will also come with a faster processing speed and accessories.


It never ceases to stop me in my tracks when I hear my husband intone to our children one of the oft overused phrases from my stockpile of, “Can you just not?” categories.Lindsay Woods: If my children feel I’m doing it wrong then I must be doing it right

In honour of our Made in Munster special edition, Joe McNamee creates a four-course meal showcasing the best produce from the province. And there’s a lot to celebrate.The Menu's Made in Munster six course dinner - One from each county

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