Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

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

In a statement after Pacteau was sentenced, Karen’s father John said: ""Our little angel has been taken from us forever in the cruellest of ways."

Back in Ireland, 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.

A special Cabinet meeting is to take place this week to deal with Ireland’s response to the refugee crisis and Star Wars is returning to Skellig Michael.


Ian McGeechan has paid tribute to Paul O’Connell and believes Ireland’s skipper could have a decisive impact in his country’s bid to win a first World Cup.

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has jokingly congratulated England counterpart Roy Hodgson for “putting the pressure on” Jack Grealish to make a decision over his international future.


Hungary’s prime minister says he wants to speed up construction of a fence meant to stop refugees on the southern border with Serbia – a project which has missed two previous deadlines.

Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

A British father, who feared his baby had been swapped at birth and sold to human traffickers in El Salvador, has reportedly been reunited with his son after authorities tracked down the child by ordering a DNA test.


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.

The network outage that affected thousands of Eircom customers last week has been branded as ‘unacceptable’ by European Affairs Minister Dara Murphy, who suggested such failures could threaten Ireland’s international reputation.


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 


Should my kids eat meat or not? As more people choose not to eat meat for moral and environmental reasons, more parents are deciding to rear their children as vegetarians. We hear from two ‘veggie’ mums — one didn’t feed her young children meat and another who decided the choice was theirs


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


Not only did this three-year-old break into one of the world’s most famous Broadway anthems ’Do you hear the people sing?’ from Les Miserables, he gives Hugh Jackman a run for his money with his passion and determination.

This guy ‘celebrated’ a stag do alone, as his friends didn’t show up.


GAMING: A review of Until Dawn.

MOVIES: DIFF PIX is back, presenting a new series of films under the banner of Hong Kong Kicks.

TECH: Twitter has a dedicated app for the Windows 10 operating system and it has received a new update, bringing it in line with versions available on other platforms.


Singer-songwriter Sam Smith has recorded the theme song for the hotly anticipated new Bond movie Spectre.


This guy ‘celebrated’ a stag do alone, as his friends didn’t show up.


Fiann Ó Nualláin follows in the footsteps of the Fianna as he explores a province’s hills and vales.Munster marvels: Plants that are unique to a province

Cupid must be something of a motoring enthusiast, as he had most definitely steered his way in the neighbourhood when Amie Gould and Shane O’Neill met at the Rally of the Lakes 12 years ago.Wedding of the Week: Cupid steers couple to right track

When it comes to podcasting, all it takes is one idea — and who knows where it can take you.Podcast Corner: Crimes and creatures rule at Cork’s first podcast fest

Claymation meets science fiction in this enchanting film, writes Esther McCarthy.Latest Shaun adventure is out of this world

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