Your Tuesday morning catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

The controversial closure of 139 rural Garda stations is saving the State just €500,000 a year, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald has admitted.

The Government’s plan for capital investment will be announced this afternoon. A new rail link from Dublin city centre to the airport and Swords - most probably a metro service - will be the centrepiece of the announcement.

Cork is expected to get the go-ahead for vital road investment today with the promise of three key infrastructure projects for the second city at a cost of hundreds of millions of euro.

WORLD 

A doctor in the UK has performed the world’s first embryonic stem cell operation aimed at curing blindness in people with an age-related disease.

Struggling for a solution to Syria’s civil war, President Barack Obama said the United States is willing to work with Russia, as well as Iran to achieve a “managed transition” to remove Syrian leader Bashar Assad from power.

An extreme sports star skydiving for the opening ceremony of a golf event in California died when he struck a tree.

SPORT

Hurling managerial line-ups are beginning to take shape for a number of counties.

Tommy Bowe has leapt to the defence of Jared Payne after the Ireland centre’s World Cup form was savaged by former Ulster coach Matt Williams.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Your Tuesday morning catch-up

Aided by plenty of positive reinforcement, Tommy Bowe made amends for his pre-season Twickenham nightmare with a couple of World Cup tries at Wembley on Sunday.

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

BUSINESS

Tesco Ireland posted its first sustained period of over-the-counter sales growth for more than two years, in the past quarter.

The loss of major business from a significant customer contributed to the Irish unit of computer part manufacturer, Celestica plunging into the red in 2013.

ANALYSIS

US Ambassador to Ireland Kevin O’Malley had to give up his Irish passport to take up the role of a diplomat. But, as he recounts to Dan Buckley, that doesn’t make him feel any less Irish.

LIFESTYLE

More women are seeking treatment for eating disorders as mental health become less of a stigma. But many are in their 30s, 40s and 50s and their secret has had an enormous impact on their lives says Helen O’Callaghan

VIDEO

A popular Cork city centre restaurant has been gutted by fire.

VIRAL

A man unpacked €8m worth of cannabis on a beach whilst tourists stood and watched in awe.

There’s a month or so to go until Halloween so it’s time to start planning your costume. And if you’re anyway could at make-up or face-painting, you might want to give this a go. Because it’s seriously freaky.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Forza is back on the Xbox One, with more tracks than ever before and new challenges to test the mettle of every kind of player.

MOVIES: Leo DiCaprio is having some tough times in The Revenant, and this new movie from the director of Birdman is looking really stunning

TECH: There’s a Kickstarter campaign underway at the moment, which may appeal to dog lovers. The Pooch Selfie tries to make it easier to take selfies with a dog.

SHOWBIZ

BBC One controller Charlotte Moore has not ruled out the possibility of the next Doctor Who being a woman.

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