Your Tuesday evening catch-up

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

Karen Buckley’s killer Alexander Pacteau has been jailed for life for the brutal murder of the Irish nurse earlier this year.

Cork city and county councils should be merged within four years with the new super council split into three divisions  under radical new local government reform proposals to be unveiled today.

The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says refugees must be allowed to seek asylum in Ireland to escape ISIS, who he says want to "blow up Newgrange".

Transgender people can now officially apply for a certificate to recognise their acquired gender. It comes after Ireland’s new laws on gender recognition took full effect today.

Revenue have named former Government Press Secretary Frank Dunlop as a tax defaulter. He has settled with Revenue for almost €430,000.


A couple of crucial figures in the performance stats of Kilkenny and Galway can help explain why Brian Cody’s men were crowned All-Ireland senior hurling champions.

A leading medical barrister expects FIFA to reinforce its support of the role of medical staff in treating players in the wake of the Eva Carneiro saga at Chelsea.


Immigrants to the US should “speak American”, former Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin said, adding to a debate triggered by Donald Trump’s criticism of fellow White House Republican hopeful Jeb Bush’s use of Spanish.

The woman who survived an on-air shooting that killed two TV journalists in Virginia has been released from hospital.


Detailed proposals for Ireland’s first Center Parcs holiday resort have been put on display with a planning application to be made in the autumn.

Paddy Power and Betfair have agreed on a £5bn merger to create one of the world’s largest online gambling businesses, with more than 7,000 staff and £1.2bn in sales.


Your Tuesday evening catch-up

It’s easy to muster compassion for people fleeing wars, but Europe also needs an influx of workers to counteract its falling birth rates, says Ian Buruma 


Gráinne McGuinness has advice on value for health insurance policies.


An elephant gave one Tyrone man and his family the shock of their lives after it charged them while holidaying in Zimbabwe.


Sci-fi fans are not impressed with a Star Wars ’fact’ in this Junior Cert English book.

A special bond was created between a boy and a Gorilla at Louisville Zoo in Kentucky yesterday.


GAMING: The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt’s first expansion pack is due on the 13th of October and now we’ve got eyes on some screenshots from the new content.

MOVIES: The newest incarnation of Evil Dead is a TV series on the Starz network and Bruce Campbell is back to kick ass, be old and kick more ass.

TECH: The 2015 version of the Google Nexus 5 has been in the news a lot recently with a series of leaks, and it hasn’t even officially been announced yet. The latest shows off even more of the phone, including the side panel.


Liam Cunningham has revealed how he has experienced the career-boosting power of Game Of Thrones.


The Taoiseach Enda Kenny says refugees must be allowed to seek asylum in Ireland to escape ISIS, who he says want to "blow up Newgrange".


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Rosscarbery antiques fair offers plenty of variety, writes Des O’Sullivan.See the value of rare notes and diamonds

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