Your Tuesday morning catch-up

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


Almost two thirds of farmers are in favour of a liberalisation of the current abortion regime,  with the poll result indicating that attitudes on the issue in rural areas is moving closer to the views of those in urban areas.

The government is facing a constitutional challenge over the controversial Cork super-council plan following an historic midnight meeting of the city council. City councillors voted unanimously in the last hour to move a Section 140 resolution directing the council chief executive, Ann Doherty, to seek a judicial review of the actions of the Cork Local Government Review (CLGR) group which published its city and county council merger recommendation two weeks ago.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s role in the departure of Garda commissioner Martin Callinan was “at the very least, improper” and paid “scant regard”  to legal and political norms, says a legal expert.


Your Tuesday morning catch-up

Today is D-Day for EU ministers to agree a way to spread some of the responsibility  for refugees around member states, .but talks were still fraught last night in a row that threatens the union’s viability and could open the way for Germany to take fewer migrants.

Alexis Tsipras has received the formal mandate to form a government for the second time this year,  after his left-wing Syriza party won Greece’s elections with an unexpectedly wide margin.


Alex Ferguson signed a contract with Manchester United in 2010 that ensured he would receive a higher salary than any of his players, the Scot has revealed in his latest book.  In his new publication ’Leading’, which is published on Tuesday, Ferguson claims owners the Glazer family and then chief executive David Gill asked him how he felt about the fact that Wayne Rooney was about to get a big pay rise by signing a new deal following protracted negotiations that took place while he was also linked with other clubs in the media.

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Dublin defender Philly McMahon has come out fighting in the face of All-Ireland final eye-gouging accusations, insisting he didn’t do it and stating he doesn’t ‘give a s**t’ what his critics think. The 28-year-old corner-back fulfilled a lifetime ambition on Sunday by winning an All-Ireland with Dublin as an influential performer who started all seven of their Championship matches.


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Another day, another clean bill of health for Ireland’s World Cup squad and the luxury of not having to rush Robbie Henshaw back into service at the earliest opportunity. Defence coach Les Kiss yesterday suggested time was on Ireland’s side as regards reintroducing Henshaw and that there was no pressure to get the Connacht midfield star fit for Sunday’s clash with Romania at Wembley.

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


Six months after its debut the Apple Watch is set to finally arrive on our shores  at the end of the week, with the most expensive models costing more than €18,000.

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.


Scrap the child benefit system entirely and start afresh, finding better ways to spend the money, writes Fergus Finlay.


Canadian writer Heather O’Neil is one of the overseas guests at this week’s Cork International Short Story Festival,  writes Richard Fitzpatrick.


Irish Examiner’s videographer Dan Linehan puts on his crash helmet and treats us to a very quick, very comprehensive and sometimes nauseating tour of the site of the National Ploughing Championships 2015.  Thousands of people are expected to visit Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois for the championships this year. 



Strictly Come Dancing’s Jeremy Vine has told how he was left blushing after accidentally touching Kirsty Gallacher’s  breast during rehearsals.

No one likes being shouted at on the street especially by someone yelling incoherently into a microphone. So that’s why this video of a street preacher getting drowned out is so satisfying. Filmed in St, Andrews in Scotland, the man who was reported to be ’condemning’ people is confronted was confronted in the most Scottish way possible - to cheers from onlookers.


GAMING: Rainbow Six: Siege’s closed beta gets underway this week, and will offer three game modes.

MOVIES: The Taken series has proven pretty popular with three movies so far - naturally that means its spin off time.

TECH: Five months after its initial release, the Apple Watch will soon be available in Ireland.


Your Tuesday morning catch-up

Doctor Who actress Michelle Gomez has said she never imagined any sexual chemistry between her character Missy and the Doctor,  but was aware of how daunting her role as a villainess in the hit BBC show would be.


Your Tuesday morning catch-up

He would have been the first and maybe the last man to be honoured in the same year’s hurling and football jubilee teams, but Teddy McCarthy didn’t make in inside the entrance to Croke Park yesterday. A heated argument between the 1990 dual All-Ireland winner and a member of the match-day staff lead to McCarthy hitting the road back to Cork long before the football final had even thrown-in.


Up your veggie curry game with this delicious recipe.How to make Jamie Oliver’s stuffed curried aubergines

Riccardo Tisci has unveiled his Tempest collection, featuring a diverse cast of models.Is this Burberry’s most inclusive campaign yet? See pictures from the autumn/winter shoot

In search of close animal encounters, Sarah Marshall joins ‘Bear Whisperer’ Gary Zorn on a new adventure in Canada’s Cariboo Mountains.Glamping with grizzlies: Would you spend the night camping with bears?

In Ireland, a cohort of exceptionally talented women are leading the way in the production of sustainable jewellery, crafting beautiful pieces with the minimum impact on our planet, says Paul McLauchlanThese gems really treasure our environment

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