Your Thursday morning catch-up

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The first steps towards the serving of a fire safety notice have been taken by Meath County Council on a development which was labelled a firetrap over a year ago. Residents of Riverwalk Court in the village of Ratoath have been informed that the council, as fire authority, intends to carry out a statutory inspection of the 36-unit development. 

People have until midnight tonight to lodge an application for the €100 water conservation grant. By last night around 750,000 people had applied, with more than 50,000 submissions lodged in the last two days alone.

Irish Rail drivers will meet today to decide what form of industrial action they will take. SIPTU and The National Bus and Rail Workers Union voted overwhelmingly on Monday for industrial action in a dispute over payment for past productivity.

WORLD 

Michael Horn. Picture: AP
Michael Horn. Picture: AP

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

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of English police officer Dave Phillips. Clayton Williams, 18, of Merseyside in England, will appear before magistrates accused of murdering the father of two.

SPORT

Sepp Blatter will turn up for work at FIFA today despite facing a recommended 90-day provisional suspension by FIFA’s ethics committee, according to his adviser. Reports in German newspaper Die Welt said UEFA president Michel Platini was also facing a possible provisional suspension.

Martin O’Neill is hoping Ireland can hand Robbie Keane and his fellow stalwarts the perfect swansong by qualifying for Euro 2016. Keane, 35, together with 34-year-old central defender John O’Shea and goalkeeper Shay Given, who is 39, have a total of 380 senior caps between them and are coming towards the end of their distinguished international careers.

For Ireland to get something out of tonight’s game against Germany at the Aviva Stadium will require nothing less than a minor miracle, in my opinion, writes Liam Brady

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Your Thursday morning 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

It seems doctors might be putting patients at risk by using their own smartphones to share potentially confidential details. And that includes photos. A study found there was a “lack of data encryption and necessary security”, meaning the sharing of patient information is “currently unsecure and may result in the inadvertent disclosure of highly sensitive and confidential data”.

His 11th-hour decision to halt plans to raise an enormous $2bn in the US by selling shares for the first time has considerably raised the stakes for Denis O’Brien and his indebted Caribbean company Digicel. It raises the major question whether he has missed the boat to pay down a substantial part of the telecom company’s debt and fight off competitors in the company’s home patch.

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

Your Thursday morning catch-up

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

VIDEO

Members of a college feminist group who have been subjected to sustained, vile, and lewd online abuse for almost three years have launched a fightback campaign. University College Cork’s FemSoc has published a selection of the abuse it has received, which has seen its members branded as male-hating sluts and c**ts, and has vowed to ignore it and continue its campaigning work.

VIRAL

A rural community in West Cork is making use of the internet to, ironically, get free internet in each home thanks to an innovative online competition. Allihies, which is the furthest parish in Ireland from the capital city, Dublin, is one of the front runners in a competition with Eir to receive free fibre broadband for the area.

Your Thursday morning catch-up

Everyone has their own way of curing a hangover, but is your fry-up and large coffee actually the best way? We got the lowdown from top nutritionists.  

TECHNOW

GAMING: Nielsen released a list of the most anticipated games for this holiday season after gathering data from around 4,800. Unsurprisingly, Call of Duty: Black Ops III tops the multi-platform list with a rating of 98%.

MOVIES: The Queen of Ireland is a new Irish documentary which is all about Panti Bliss - the performer who became a symbol for change during the recent vote for marriage equality.

TECH: The iPhone 6s and 6s Plus broke new sales records with over 13 million sales over their first weekend. Naturally as with any new product launch there have been teething issues but the latest sounds pretty serious - some users are reporting that the home button on the iPhone 6s becomes so hot they can’t touch it, and the screen stops operating at the same time.

SHOWBIZ

Your Thursday morning catch-up

Bad news for anyone hoping to see Daniel Craig saving the world for years to come: the actor isn’t keen on the idea of making any more James Bond movies. In fact, he told Time Out he would rather “slash my wrists” than make another Bond flick.

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Your Thursday morning catch-up

Justin Bieber fans were given something to get very excited about as naked pictures of the star emerged. Photos of the Canadian singer relaxing starkers while on holiday first appeared on the New York Daily News website, but the Bieber wiener was censored out of the images.


Lifestyle

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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