Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.
Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has today moved to close a legal loophole which it had been feared could cast doubt over drink driving cases in court. New laws have been signed in to close a loophole which threatened to see hundreds of drink-driving prosecutions thrown out.
Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams has hit back at Enda Kenny’s claim that Opposition parties are "playing games". The war of words comes as the Government counters a motion of no confidence in the Dáil - by calling a three-hour debate on a motion of confidence in itself.
Meanwhile, Brendan Howlin says today’s confidence motion in the Taoiseach will be an opportunity to champion the success of the Government. The Minister for Public Expenditure says they will use the Dáil time today to showcase what a good job the Government has done in the last four and a half years.
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Gunmen have abducted a Norwegian resort manager, two Canadians and a Filipino woman from a southern Philippine island. Two Japanese guests unsuccessfully tried to intervene before the gunmen escaped with their hostages aboard a motorised outrigger from Samal Island off Davao City, said regional military spokesman Captain Alberto Caber.
Hungary’s parliament yesterday authorised the government to deploy the army to help handle a refugee crisis, granting the military the right to deploy a range of non-lethal force. It passed a law saying the army could use rubber bullets, pyrotechnical devices, tear gas grenades or net guns, according to the text posted on parliament’s website.
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.
The fallout from Chelsea’s acrimonious win over Arsenal on Saturday continued yesterday with both Diego Costa and Gabriel charged by the FA, who also charged both clubs with failing to control their players.
World Cup chiefs have moved to clarify the role of television match officials following the controversial use of replays during the tournament’s opening weekend. England’s first match with Fiji last Friday lasted more than 100 minutes as referee Jaco Peyper referred six incidents to the TMO for closer inspection.
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Volkswagen has said that 11 million diesel vehicles worldwide were fitted with software at the centre of the US emissions scandal. The German car company is setting aside around €6.5bn to deal with service costs and other expenses and hoped “to win back the trust of our customers”.
The huge strengths of Ireland’s exporting base — which helped the country get through its worst ever economic crisis — were highlighted yesterday in the annual publication of the list of the top exporters on the island. However, the Irish Exporters’ Association and Investec’s “Top 250 Exporters in Ireland and Northern Ireland” report again underlines a comparative weakness of indigenous companies.
Cork City Council chief executive Ann Doherty outlines what she believes are myths being put forward by those in favour of a merger of the city and county councils.
Our resident financial guru Grainne McGuinness looks at mortgage offers and gives her few cents on what she thinks is a sensible deal.
The most vocal of those offended by the new statue of Sonia O’Sullivan have been urged not to judge the piece on a photo finish. Some have claimed it bears little resemblance to the Olympic silver medallist and former world champion. However Sonia herself has said she was involved in the year-long process to create the statue and that the work is best appreciated in person.
Erin Solari has shared a video of her grandparents sharing a wonderfully touching moment in the final days of her grandmother’s life. Howard, 92, from Sarasota in Florida, sings "their love song", "You’ll Never Know" by Rosemary Clooney, to Laura, 93 as she lies in her hospice bed.
A video of a little girl making a heartfelt lecture to her parents to stop arguing has gone viral - it’s been watched more than six million times. The clip was originally posted to Facebook by Cherish Sherry from Surrey in Canada who says her six-year-old, Tiana, interrupted an argument between Sherry and Tiana’s dad.
GAMING: Many people spent a lot of time playing Monument Valley, and now there’s a new game on the way from the same people
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: Microsoft’s Skype messaging service had a bit of downtime yesterday but reports suggest its all back up and running
Fans of Daniel O’Donnell are some of the most dedicated in the country. If you need proof some of them are sending money to their English friends and relatives so they can vote for him on Strictly Come Dancing as Irish viewers are not permitted to vote.
Denise Charlton writes that Ireland is about to join a growing list of nations intent on wrecking the business model which has allowed prostitution and human trafficking to flourish.
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