Your Wednesday evening catch-up

Good evening. Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.


The mother of the three brothers who died in tragic circumstances in Charleville, Co Cork last September has made an emotional appeal to those fighting depression. "There’s somebody out there that’ll listen to you,” said Helen O’Driscoll. “Before your parents end up like us, brokenhearted, get that bit of help."

Transport Minister Paschal Donohoe has ruled out intervening to prevent further rises in the cost of motor insurance. New figures show the cost of insuring a car has risen by around a fifth in the past year alone.

TD Alan Shatter has revealed a €12 expense claim for photos was related to a foreign visa needed for his ministerial duties, and not for his own passport. The Dublin TD, who left the Cabinet last year, said Defence department officials asked him to submit receipts for the cost of the photos, and other doctors’ fees connected with the ministerial visit to the Middle East at the end of 2013.


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Chelsea are in pole position to sign Pedro after Manchester United’s interest in the Barcelona winger cooled. Premier League champions Chelsea, reeling from their worst start to a season in 17 years, are understood to be interested in the Spanish forward.

Kerry and Tyrone: 10 Inconvenient Truths - They played nice at their respective press evenings but it’s hardly surprising that when two counties who share such a storied, chequered recent history meet, there are going to be unpalatable truths for both.


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Germany’s parliament has overwhelmingly approved a third bailout package for Greece. The backing comes despite misgivings by some conservatives from Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic party.

South Africa’s Department of Justice says it is putting Oscar Pistorius’s release from prison on hold until his case is reviewed again by a parole board. Department spokesman Mthunzi Mhaga says Pistorius’s release will have to be reviewed again because he was approved to be moved to house arrest too early.


The average yearly cost of keeping a family car on the road is €10,594, down just €18 euro on last year’s figure. Research from the AA shows, however, that Irish motorists have not benefited from dramatic falls in the price of fuel over the past year.

Sterling powered to its strongest in seven and a half years against a trade-weighted basket of currencies yesterday as higher-than expected UK inflation data bolstered bets that the Bank of England will raise interest rates in the coming months.


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On the 75th anniversary of the internment of German airmen in Ireland, Ryle Dwyer looks back at one of the strangest, most welcoming prison camps of the Second World War


If good news is music to your ears, then you’ll get a kick out of My Song To You. The newly-released app, also known as MSTY, lets users communicate through 30-second music clips.


Instagram is loved by celebrities and superstars across the world with people like the Kardashians and Taylor Swift are regular users. But it’s also used by footballers to give us an insight into their lives off the pitch. Here’s the Top 10 most followed footballers on Instagram

Have you ever found yourself sitting at home of an evening, watching The Walking Dead and thinking - wouldn’t it be great if Deadpool was in this? Well just like us, your prayers have been answered. Introducing, ’The Walking Deadpool’.


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Storm chaser Bryan Snider got a little more than he bargained for while filming a timelapse of a storm in the US. Brian was videoing the storm as it passed over Tucson, Arizona earlier this month when he captured a rare wet microburst on film. A wet microburst when a cooled column of air, accompanied by significant precipitation, sinks rapidly through the middle of a thunder storm.

It looks like some unfortunate cat owner in Killincarrig, Co Wicklow recently found out their pet had been hit by a car and killed. To significantly add to the trauma, they may have found out by way of a poster on the roadside.


Gaming - If you need some more shambling undead in your life then it might be time to check out Zombi - on your new gen consoles now.

MOVIES - The Martian is a movie about what happens when Matt Damon gets left behind on Mars. We’re not going to say any more because there’s an immense new trailer which explains it better than we ever could.

TECH - New rumours suggest that HTC will abandon its “One” moniker. Apparently, the Taiwanese manufacturer’s next flagship will be called the HTC O2.


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This year’s Electric Picnic festival is to feature a giant laundrette. The Surf Laundry Club will be located in a specially-constructed area in the Jimi Hendrix campsite.


Your Wednesday evening catch-up

Just because you’re one of the biggest technology companies in the world doesn’t mean you don’t get annoyed by the blinking lights, tangled wires and changeable connection speeds of modern-day WiFi.


Naomi Campbell model tells Michael Odell why she’s inspired by Black Lives Matter and the young people taking action against racial injusticeModel behaviour - Naomi Campbell at 50

Eve Kelliher explores temples of Zoom to get verdict on relocation from boardroom to spare roomWhat we've learned from world's biggest remote working experiment

As those of us who love to have friends round are tentatively sending out invitations, we’re also trying to find a workable balance with necessary social distancing rules, writes Carol O’CallaghanTable manners: How to entertain at home post-lockdown

Helen O’Callaghan says asthma sufferers need to watch pollen levelsBreathe easy: Pollen tracker protects asthma sufferers

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