Your Tuesday evening catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

Enda Kenny has given his clearest indication that the General Election will take place early in the New Year. Scotching speculation that the country could be sent to the polls as early as November, the Taoiseach said voters will have a “clear choice” next year. On the motion of no confidence in the Government, the Taoiseach said: "The tabling of these motions has more to do with the competition between the opposition parties than any genuine interest in the conclusion of the commission’s interim report.

The €3bn Dart Underground project through Dublin city has been shelved, with new, cheaper plans to be drawn up. Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe confirmed the expected u-turn, insisting the new design would cost less but run along a similar route from Inchicore to the Docklands.

Revenue officers seized 445,000 cigarettes yesterday in Cork hidden inside several mannequins. Harvey, Revenue’s sniffer dog, found around 42,000 unstamped ’NZ Slim’ cigarettes at a commercial premises in Cork city raided by Revenue officers and Gardaí.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that almost two thirds of farmers support the increased liberalisation of the abortion laws, with the majority backing changes to the eighth amendment of the Constitution.

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.

WORLD

Oscar Pistorius’s case will be heard by South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal on November 3, when prosecutors will again press for a murder conviction against the double-amputee athlete.

EU ministers are to meet and try to resolve a dispute over how to relocate 120,000 asylum seekers who have recently arrived in Europe. A group of central European states is resisting calls for 22 EU members to accept mandatory quotas.

SPORT

Former Tottenham captain Ledley King insists he would have not been wound up by Diego Costa in the same “naive” way as Arsenal’s Gabriel was on Saturday. Chelsea striker Costa was involved in altercations with both Laurent Koscielny and Gabriel towards the end of the first half of the Blues’ 2-0 win – with the latter shown a red card for his reaction in front of referee Mike Dean.

Your Tuesday evening catch-up

Dublin defender Philly McMahon has come out fighting in the face of All-Ireland final eye-gouging accusations, insisting he didn’t do it and stating he doesn’t ‘give a s**t’ what his critics think.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Jared Payne is keen to ease his centre partnership with Robbie Henshaw into World Cup form against Romania on Sunday. Ireland boss Joe Schmidt will hope Henshaw can return to full training on Wednesday in a bid to beat hamstring trouble in time for the weekend Pool D clash at Wembley.

For more latest news, views and banter visit our dedicated Rugby World Cup Centre HERE

BUSINESS

People on higher incomes in Ireland pay more tax than their counterparts in Sweden, Spain, the UK and the US, according to the Irish Tax Institute. Publishing a tax guide for the Budget today, it has been comparing the regime here with key competitor countries, and is warning about its potential impact on attracting talented workers from abroad.

Pre-tax profits last year at the insurance firm where former Tánaiste, Mary Harney serves as a director decreased by 9% to €20.7m while directors’ pay almost trebled.

ANALYSIS

Your Tuesday evening catch-up

In an open letter to the Tánaiste, Fergus Finlay says we should scrap the child benefit system entirely and start afresh, finding better ways to spend the money.

LIFESTYLE

Our resident financial guru Grainne McGuinness looks at mortgage offers and gives her few cents on what she thinks is a sensible deal.

VIDEO

Tens of thousands of people have gathered in Co Laois for the opening day of the National Ploughing Championships. Irish Examiner reporter Noel Baker asked farmers at the championships about other sources of income off the farm after the Irish Examiner and the ICMSA national opinion poll found more than half of farm households are forced to work off the farm.

VIRAL

Think you’ve got a good memory? This quiz will really put it to the testWe’ve got a collection of famous images and logos but which ones are correct?

Your Tuesday evening catch-up

It’s been all go at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, County Laois. Not only has there been a hell of a lot of ploughing, the world record for most cups of tea poured in an hour was also broken.

TECHNOW

GAMING: There’s a completely redesigned Xbox One dashboard on the way. In a new video from the Xbox YouTube channel, Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and Xbox Eningeer Richard Irving go through it in detail.

MOVIES: After becoming one of the biggest box office successes of all time, Jurassic World was always destined to have a sequel. And it’s already in the works, with the major cast returning for some more dino-stories.

TECH: Huawei’s Nexus is rumoured to offer 128GB of inbuilt storage, which would be a first for a Nexus device.

SHOWBIZ

Your Tuesday evening catch-up

Rollermania is set to return as the Bay City Rollers announce a comeback. Formed at the end of the 1960s, the then Scots boyband enjoyed huge success both in the UK and abroad with their distinctive tartan outfits and upbeat pop tunes like Bye Bye Baby and Shang-a-Lang.

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Your Tuesday evening catch-up

Teddy McCarthy has claimed he was treated ‘like some bowsie in a nightclub’ when attempting to enter Croke Park on Sunday - the former dual star a notable absentee from the 1990 Cork jubilee team presented to the crowd prior to the All-Ireland football decider.


Lifestyle

Antibiotics will not speed up recovery from a viral infection and can make the child feel worse, says Dr Phil KieranBattling bacteria: The pros and cons of giving antibiotics to children

I had to turn off Dublin Murders with 15 minutes to go. We were watching the first episode because I had to review it the following day for the Today Show on RTÉ.Learner Dad: 'I like to see myself as relaxed but I’m obviously bottling up a fair few anxieties'

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