Your Tuesday morning catch-up

Good morning. Here’s everything you need to know before you start your day.


Hard-pressed consumers already struggling with a myriad of bills are to be hit with hikes of up to 12%  in the cost of their insurance as premiums continue to spiral even higher .

Phil Hogan’s handling of Irish Water has been strongly criticised by a Labour minister who attacked the former Fine Gael minister for “threatening people” over the charges.

Elsewhere, There is an “alarming” lack of knowledge about obesity in this country , according to research from the Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists (ISCP).

In Cork, two of the country’s leading developers have warned that a merger of Cork city and county councils could cost jobs and investment and be “hugely damaging” for the future of the city. Owen O’Callaghan of O’Callaghan Properties, and John Cleary of JCD, issued the stark warning as the Cork Local Government Review (CLGR) group, reviewing the case for a council merger or the first extension of the city boundary in 50 years, prepares to report to Government next month.


Your Tuesday morning catch-up

In sport, Both Arsenal and Liverpool enjoyed a half of dominance at the Emirates Stadium but neither side could find a winning goal to take the three points.l.

While in GAA, president Aogán Ó Fearghail says The Sunday Game has become “predictable” and “tiresome” in its negativity.Ó Fearghail also defended Tyrone’s sense of grievance with how they have been portrayed in some quarters, such as The Sunday Game .


The doom and gloom predictions of increasing battles around the world over water are a myth,  with only a handful of disagreements over shared waters leading to armed conflict, an expert said

South Korea says it has agreed to halt propaganda broadcasts after North Korea expressed regret over a recent land mine blast that maimed two South Korean troops..


Last year we shelled out €900m to provide residential services for 8,000 people with an intellectual disability, writes Fergus Finlay  He says dignity in disability is priceless but this waste of money is a scandal .


A part-time job in college teaches students responsibility, how to manage time and the value of money, says Caroline Allen .


Your Tuesday morning catch-up

Why in the name of all that is good and holy would you break up with someone on a plane- especially one that has been delayed..

The X Factor viewers are to be given even more power this year – choosing for the first time which category the judges will mentor..


Crosshaven’s sixth annual Redhead Convention finished in high spirits with music from red-headed performers, the launch of a book on the history of redheads, plus flowing red locks aplenty.


Grand Theft Auto V players on PlayStation 4, and Xbox One will be able to craft videos   using the Rockstar Editor from next month. 

In moviesnews, Ash vs Evil Dead is an actual TV series which follows on from the amazing movies  and the latest trailer is here!  [We. Are. Most. Excited]

While in the tech world The Google Nexus brand of smartphones seemed like it had gone away after the Nexus 6 but leaks are suggesting its back, and bigger than ever.


Just months after being launched, UTV’s Irish television station could be offloaded  along with the rest of the group’s TV assets. Shares in UTV Media yesterday climbed almost 8.5% to 172p as it confirmed it is in talks to sell its television stations.

World stock markets plunged yesterday, as a near 9% dive in China shares and a sharp drop in the dollar and major commodities sent investors rushing for the exit. The Dow Jones fell over 1,000 points as Wall Street opened, and the benchmark Standard & Poor’s 500 index slid more than 2.5%, a drop that puts it nearly 10% below its record high.


Your Tuesday morning catch-up

Whether you’re a fan of America’s Next Top Model or not, you’re probably well aware of Winnie Harlow by now. Winnie has made no secret of the struggles she faced during her childhood as she came to grips with the her skin condition, vitiligo. .


Your Tuesday morning catch-up

Some torrent websites are banning Windows 10 users  over fears that the operating system is sending identifying information back to Microsoft .


Is there a natural treatment I could use instead of steroids and antibiotic drops for dry eye?Natural health: I suffer from chronic dry eye

Denise O’Donoghue checks in with several expats affected by the cancellation of shows in BritainIrish actors on the crisis the West End theatre industry faces

This month marks four decades since the release of the classic record that would also be Ian Curtis’s final album with Joy Division. Ed Power chats to a number of Cork music fans about what it meant to themJoy Division: Forty years on from Closer

Last week, I shared my lockdown experience. I asked for a more uniform approach, should there be another lockdown. I explained that I worked mornings. Maybe I should have been more specific: working 8am to 1pm without a break, I gave feedback and covered the curriculum, using our school’s online platform. In the afternoons, I looked after my three kids (all under ten) while my husband worked. It was a challenging time for everyone and the uncertainty around what I should have been doing as a teacher made it harder.Diary of an Irish teacher: I want to get back to work. But I would like to do it safely

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