Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

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


Socialist TD Paul Murphy has been served with a summons to appear in court in relation to the alleged false imprisonment of the Tánaiste Joan Burton. Several others, including Dublin councillors Kieran Mahon and Mick Murphy, have also been ordered to attend court.

Relatives of one of the North’s “Disappeared” victims have expressed gratitude to those who anonymously provided the information that helped locate his remains. Seamus Wright vanished from West Belfast in 1972 and his body lay undiscovered in a bog in the Co. Meath for more than four decades.

A woman has spoken of her ordeal on a bus in Dublin when a man hit her and told her he "hates Islam". Saudi Arabian Mashael Khayyat, 31, said the incident happened on the number 70 bus in Dublin city centre last week.

A man in his 20s has died after he was hit by a car in Co Kerry this morning. The incident happened on the Lisselton to Ballybunion Rd at Barnadarrig at about 4am. The 24-year-old pedestrian was pronounced dead at the scene and his body has been taken to the morgue at Tralee General Hospital.


Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Hungary closed a key border crossing and warned of a new era of swift deportations as governments across Europe debated how to share the burden of housing hundreds of thousands seeking refuge. In Brussels, EU ministers agreed to share responsibility for 40,000 people seeking refuge in overwhelmed Italy and Greece and spoke hopefully of reaching eventual agreement on which nations would take 120,000 more.

A wall of floodwater swept away two vehicles carrying women and children in the western United States, killing at least seven people and leaving six others missing. Three people survived as the flash flooding washed the vehicles carrying 16 people several hundred yards downstream at about 5pm local time on the border of Utah and Arizona, assistant fire chief Kevin Barlow said.

North Korea says it has revamped and restarted all its atomic bomb fuel production plants. The announcement on Tuesday will further escalate tensions between Pyongyang and tother countries.


Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Wales international forward Jonathan Thomas has been forced to retire from rugby at the age of 32. In a statement, his club Worcester said that Thomas was diagnosed with epilepsy last year “which is thought to be from multiple head traumas and has led to a degree of brain injury.”

Forcing Dublin goalkeeper Stephen Cluxton to abandon his trademark short kick-out will be central to Kerry’s back-to-back All-Ireland bid, according to Darragh Ó Sé. The six-time All-Ireland-winning Kerry footballer believes Cluxton has been somewhat underwhelming this summer and could be found out if the Kerry forwards cut off the availability of Dublin defenders to receive the short kick-out.


To qualify for selection on Donal Lenihan’s best ever World Cup XV, the players had to have at least one winner’s medal in the pocket

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


A new €500,000 fund is being launched to encourage start-up activity in the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. The Enterprise Ireland Competitive Start Fund provides up to €50,000 in equity support for each successful applicant.

Irish energy company Mainstream Renewable Power is expecting a strong turnaround in this year’s performance, having posted a €46.6m loss in 2014. The firm incurred the multi-million euro loss on the back of losses totalling €53.9m the previous year.


Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

The politicians are still stuck in the endless revolving door of “our tribe against your tribe”, writes Fergus Finlay


AS INCREASING numbers of Irish people who emigrated to Australia in recent years are returning home, we have decided this week to look at key financial areas they need to address. The most important thing is to ensure that you bring back any money to which you are entitled. Sinead Gill, communications manager with, said many Irish people in Australia are still not claiming tax refunds due to them.


There was no arguing the toss with Tina last night, least of all the crowd that happily sang along to her chorus of “Simply the Best” as the bus bearing the Rebelettes rolled down South Mall.


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."

Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Have you heard the one about the travelling silver teaspoon? No? You have now! 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.


GAMING: Assassin’s Creed Syndicate takes players to Victorian era London, giving them plenty of chances to intersect with characters both famous and infamous. And one of the latter will be the source of a special piece of DLC.

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: The trusty Nokia 3310 is a classic phone and really sturdy but can it survive against the hot lead of a huge sniper rifle?


Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Blathnaid Ní Chofaigh has made the step back to education this week. The RTE presenter and mother-of-four, walked into her first class at UCD yesterday and said she is finally fulfilling a need within herself, after skipping third level education to go straight into work at the station.


Your Tuesday lunchtime catch-up

Ahead of its launch as a consumer product next year, Sony has renamed its Project Morpheus virtual reality headset, with the device now going by the name PlayStation VR.


A scientific study has found that the teatime treat is just as effective as shop-bought energy gels.You might want to swap your energy gels for mashed potato on your next run

We catch up with Bushmills’ master distiller, who tells Sam Wylie-Harris more about this liquid gold.Irish whiskey masterclass: 11 things you need to know

Temples, beaches, and several nations with new names.From Bhutan to Costa Rica, Lonely Planet reveals its top countries to visit in 2020

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman who’s unsure how to manage her mother’s dying wishes.Ask a counsellor: ‘Is it appropriate to notify my mother’s friends of her death by email?’

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