Your Tuesday evening catch-up

Good evening. Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.


An official report has found that Enda Kenny did not sack the Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan and that the former commissioner himself decided to retire of his own accord. But, the report from the Fennelly Commission has said that the decision to send a senior civil servant to Martin Callinan’s home was the "catalyst" for his retirement last year.

Fine Gael TD Sean Conlan has been released without charge this afternoon,after he was arrested in connection with an alleged assault at a Co Monaghan pub. The Cavan-Monaghan TD went to Castleblayney Garda Station by appointment this morning and made a statement.

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Locals in Lavey in Co Cavan have said they are delighted that murder charges have been dropped against Aisling Brady McCarthy in the US. The 37-year-old (pictured), who had been working as a nanny in Boston, was arrested two and a half years ago after the death of a one-year-old girl who had been in her care.

Tánaiste Joan Burton has said she and Enda Kenny both agree that the Fennelly report needs to be published as soon as possible. .

There were 12 babies born to girls aged 15 and under in the first three months of this year, CSO figures reveal. .A further 16 girls aged 16 years also gave birth.


Real Madrid have defended their conduct over the failed bid to sign David de Gea and accused Manchester United of holding up the deal.  United and Madrid had agreed a deal worth £29million for the sale of De Gea to the Bernabeu, with Keylor Navas heading in the other direction.

Ireland head coach Joe Schmidt revealed using Ian Madigan as a back-up scrum-half had been at the back of his mind since last season as he explained his reasoning for taking just two specialist number nines to this month’s World Cup. .Schmidt had sprung a surprise in his squad selection by naming just Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan for the campaign which starts on September 19 with a Pool D game against Canada.


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Pope Francis has declared he is allowing all priests in the church’s upcoming Year of Mercy to absolve women  of the “sin of abortion” if they repent with a “contrite heart.” 

Polish authorities have blocked off a wooded area near a railway track after scores of treasure hunters swarmed south-west Poland looking for an alleged Nazi gold train.


Markets fell sharply again today after gloomy data from China ignited fresh fears over the strength of the world’s second biggest economy. 

While now comfortably below the average eurozone jobless rate of 11.1%, Ireland still has some way to go before its rate drops to US and UK levels of 5.3% and 5.6%, respectively, writes Oliver Mangan .


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The causes of the current migration crisis in Europe will not be resolved in the short term, so the EU must face facts and deal with this issue fairly and decisively, writes Ana Palacio.


As school league tables show top performing schools place a big emphasis on career guidance Ellie O’Byrne has been looking at how parents can help children find their passion .


To mark his 70th birthday, Van Morrison returned to Cyprus Avenue — the “avenue of trees” — . for two intimate shows in the epicentre of his homeland. 


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A real ancient creature, so monstrous it should belong in the pages of a Greek myth, has been newly discovered.

They say your school days are the best of your life But do you remember how hard it was to learn off all those facts and figures, equations and quotes?

If you were to go back to school this week would you be able to pass a quick pop quiz?


GAMING - Halo 5 is coming, and judging by this intro it’s going to be one cinematic game. Here’s the opening video to the new game.  

MOVIES - Four top Irish films will be at the BFI London Film Festival which runs from the 7th to the 18th of October 2015.  The Lobster, 11 Minutes, Room and Brooklyn will all be screening at the fest - showing the range of Irish talent on offer this year. 

TECH - Lenovo is set to release the all new Moto 360 smartwatch on the 8th of September, according to an official invite which has been sent out to press.  The invite welcomes people along to a major launch event on the 8th of September 2015, set to be held in Shanghai, China.


The internet has taken a sudden dislike to SeaWorld and it’s all thanks to One Direction’s Harry Styles.  Styles spoke out against the marine park at the band’s San Diego show on July 9, but today statistics have been released that seem to show that whatever Harry says, goes.


Halo 5 is coming, and judging by this intro it’s going to be one cinematic game. Here’s the opening video to the new game.  


From Turkey to Vietnam, here’s where the chef and food writer has fallen in love with on her travellers.Sabrina Ghayour’s top 5 cities for foodies to visit

Dr Dympna Kavanagh, chief dental officer, Department of Health (University College Cork graduate)Working Life: Dr Dympna Kavanagh, chief dental officer, Department of Health

Like most Irish kids of our generation, chillies, spicy food, heat were never really big aspects of our formative eating experiences.Currabinny Cooks: Getting spicy in the kitchen

New Yorker Jessica Bonenfant Coogan has noticed a curious discrepancy between east and west when it comes to Cork county; arts infrastructure has tended to be better resourced in the west of Ireland’s largest county.Making an artistic mark in East Cork

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