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Europe has failed to agree how to share the burden of refugees daily entering the EU, as five countries either shut their borders or introduced border controls, leaving thousands of migrants in limbo and increasing pressure on other countries.
The latest QS World University Rankings are a mixed bag for Irish institutions according to the President of DCU. Trinity College remains Ireland’s top-ranked university, despite falling seven places to 78th.
A number of investigations are under way after 50 secondary school pupils had a “miracle” escape when their bus overturned in Co Cork yesterday morning. Four children were brought to Cork University Hospital with minor injuries, the others on board were brought home by their parents from the response centre.
Plans will be lodged today for what developers hope will be Dublin’s tallest office building. The 73-metre high block would be located at the Point Village, along the northside entrance to the Docklands.
Australia will get its fifth prime minister in eight years after the ruling Liberal Party voted out Tony Abbott in favour of long-time rival Malcolm Turnbull, following months of infighting and crumbling voter support.
Egyptian security forces killed 12 Mexicans and Egyptians and injured 10 “by accident”, mistaking a tourist convoy for militants they were chasing in the country’s western desert, the ministry of interior said. A joint force from the Egyptian police and military was chasing militants in the vast western desert, which borders Libya, when it inadvertently opened fire on the convoy.
Waterford GAA chiefs have placed their faith in Derek McGrath by handing the county’s senior hurling team manager a three-year extension in the role. The move was rubberstamped at a county board meeting last night and means that if McGrath remains in charge until the end of the new agreement, the De La Salle clubman will be in situ until the end of the 2019 campaign.
The ghosts of the RWC 2007 don’t exactly haunt the corridors of Ireland’s stately home at Carton House, but valuable lessons have been learned from that shuddering World Cup experience of eight years ago.
Ireland will attempt to channel Usain Bolt’s serene confidence in the triumph of class over form at the World Cup, according to Rory Best. Bolt surprised the Ireland squad in London before their warm-up clash with England, the six-time Olympic gold winner dropping in for dinner and a chat.
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The value of Irish goods exports fell by around 6% in July, according to new figures from the CSO. The fall of just under €600m resulted in a tightening of the trade surplus, as imports dropped by around 2%.
Ryanair’s non-fare revenues reached $1.9bn (€1.68bn) last year as it took advantage of a tactical shift which saw its business class services play a bigger role in the airline.
Fergus Finlay that the problem in Northern Ireland is that the politicians are still stuck in the endless revolving door of “our tribe against your tribe”.
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.
“Smart cities” – it’s the latest buzz-phrase in the world of urban planning. It’s going to transform the way most of the human race exists in the future, and there’s some pretty cool stuff going on already.
Among all the 6ft tall, size 6 models on the New York Fashion Week catwalks, there was Madeline Stuart – a model with Down’s syndrome making her debut. The 18-year-old from Brisbane, Australia, is fighting to change the fashion world’s perception of beauty.
GAMING: Ten minutes of footage from Stars Wars Battlefront has leaked, showcasing a match on the game’s Hoth map.
MOVIES: The Incredibles 2 is on course to come out ahead of Cars 3, according to writer and director Brad Bird.
TECH: PlayStation 4 owners can now download the PlayStation F.C. UEFA Champions League app for free.
TV duo Ant & Dec have been confirmed as hosts of the Brit Awards for the second year in a row. The official date of the awards has also been announced as Wednesday February 24 2016.
West Cork was one of the worst damaged regions in the country during storms over the weekend, and the county council is to seek emergency government funding to deal with washed- away roads and bridges.
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