Your Tuesday evening catch-up

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

Uncertainty continues to dog political talks aimed at saving power-sharing in the North after a British Government statement failed to prompt unionists to sign up to negotiations. The Democratic Unionists and Ulster Unionists want to see action taken against paramilitarism before they enter into cross-party, round-table discussions to resolve the crisis created by an IRA-linked murder.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny says he would be happy to debate with the leaders of the Opposition in the run-up to the next General Election. Fianna Fáil leader Micháel Martin has challenged the Taoiseach to a debate following reports that Fine Gael want to keep Mr Kenny out of the media during the campaign.

The homeless charity Peter McVerry Trust has called for emergency powers for local authorities to get modular housing in place by next summer. The charity has thrown its weight behind the proposals which are currently before Dublin councillors to tackle the housing crisis.

The Public Expenditure minister Brendan Howlin has said property taxes are going to increase "organically over time". Mr Howlin said the tax reliefs in next month’s Budget will focus more on workers rather than homeowners.


Former Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard admits the return of striker Daniel Sturridge is vital to the club’s fortunes this season. The England international returned to full training last week and is edging closer to competitive action after undergoing a hip operation in May.

The Irish Guards have become the first British Army regiment allowed to field a team in a GAA Championship. The regiment, nicknamed The Micks, will take to the field next year in the junior championships in London after the new club was narrowly cleared to join the GAA.


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German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she does not favour threatening other European Union nations in the migration crisis. Her remarks come after German interior minister raised the idea of cutting EU funding to those nations that do not take in refugees.

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A woman has been convicted in England of impersonating a man over two years to dupe her friend into having sex. Gayle Newland, 25, disguised her appearance and voice as she demanded the other woman put on a blindfold when meeting up.


The new chief executive of luxury car manufacturer BMW has collapsed on stage at the Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany. Harald Kruger fainted as he was describing the Munich-based company’s latest models during a news conference.

Fast food firm Nando’s is looking to expand here on the back of increased revenues at its Irish operation last year. According to accounts recently filed by the Irish arm of the chain, revenues at the firm last year increased by 8%, from €15.37m to €16.54m.


Charles J Haughey was born 90 years ago tomorrow. Biographer Ryle Dwyer examines his political legacy and the scandal that followed him.


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Simon McKeown’s animation project will be one of the highlights of Culture Night in Cork, writes Ellie O’Byrne


There was a rally in favour of helping the waves of migrants and refugees arriving in Europe in Brussels on Monday as EU Interior Ministers held an emergency meeting.


A truck driver in Australia had a feeling something bad was going to happen after he noticed another driver had started to weave next to him. After watching the small truck driving along Sydney’s M2 motorway, the dashcam recorded the driver of the vehicle saying: "They’re going to crash mate, that’s how bad they’re driving."

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When Corkwoman Catherine Leggett returned home to Ballinhassig from her holiday in Wexford, she discovered that she had picked up a little travelling companion unbeknownst to herself. When she went to empty her washbag, inside she found one of the teaspoons from the Talbot Hotel, Co. Wexford. Catherine wrote a lovely poem/letter to Mr Talbot to apologise for what happened.


GAMING: Tokyo Game Show 2015 is in full swing in - you guessed it - Tokyo, Japan. You’ll be reading about plenty of annoucements in the coming days but check out the full stream of the PlayStation conference right here. Coverage starts at 30 minutes.

MOVIES: Prometheus may not have been exactly a good film but it did make a lot of money and it sure was pretty... anyway we’re getting a sequel.

TECH: Siri can be a useful fountain of knowledge, but she doesn’t have all the answers as her interjection during a White House press briefing showed.


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Quentin Tarantino’s cult hit Pulp Fiction could have looked very different if his original ‘actor wish list’ was granted. The first typed-up list of his recommendations found its way to the top of Reddit today and judging from a quick scan it shows that John Travolta was his second choice for the role of Vincent.


Your Tuesday evening catch-up

The owners of a dog killed in a “savage” attack in a local authority-operated dog shelter have demanded an investigation into the incident. Jack, a two-year-old Jack Russell terrier, owned by the Rice family in Mullingar, went missing last Friday. The family later discovered the dog pictured on the Facebook page of Mullingar Dog Shelter, which is operated by Westmeath County Council.


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