Your Wednesday evening catch-up

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


Eircom has said it cannot say when a major phones problem which has affected hundreds of thousands of people will be fixed. Mobile and landline services for some businesses which use 1800 and 1500 numbers - as well as ISDN lines - have been down since just after 10am today.

Enda Kenny is facing two motions of no confidence over the findings of the Fennelly report. Fianna Fáil said the report showed Enda Kenny sacked Martin Callinan "in all but name" by sending senior civil servant Brian Purcell (secretary general of the Department of Justice) to his home.

Police in the North have arrested a 41-year-old man in connection with the murder of Kevin McGuigan. Police believe the killing of Kevin McGuigan (pictured) in East Belfast was a revenge attack by republican associates of former Provisionals commander Gerard “Jock” Davison, who was gunned down in May.

The Minister for Defence Simon Coveney is extending the Irish Naval Service mission in the Mediterranean. .

There are fears that dogs are being stolen and used in organised fights as bait following an increase in thefts in recent weeks.


Former Liverpool and Scotland star Graeme Souness will join TV3’s Champions League analysis team.  will join TV3’s Champions League analysis team.

Ireland have “no fears” of facing Rugby World Cup action with Ian Madigan as a makeshift scrum-half, according to Simon Zebo.  Head coach Joe Schmidt has gambled on selecting just two scrum-halves in his final 31-man squad, opting to retrain fly-half Madigan as back-up to Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan.


Police have detained a man amid suspicions that the blaze at an apartment block in Paris was started intentionally, officials have said.  Eight people have died in the blaze at the foot of the famed Montmartre hill.

An investigation has been launched after an NHS clinic mistakenly revealed the identity of almost 800 patients  The 56 Dean Street clinic in London’s Soho sent out a newsletter to patients on a group email, rather than to individuals.


The number of homes in mortgage arrears for more than 90 days has fallen to a three-and-a-half-year low of 70,299.

Sony has just revealed a trio of new Xperia smartphones – all with a redesigned camera, and a phablet with a 4K screen. .


Your Wednesday evening catch-up

Medical evidence indicated that baby Rehma Sabir was malnourished and some of her injuries happened when she was with her parents in the Middle East,  yet one doctor’s report saw the case against Aisling Brady McCarthy drag on, writes John Breslin .


If you’re off to the British capital for the Rugby World Cup and plan hanging around for a few days, then Conor Power has the lowdown on how to fall in love again with London town. .


Everyday, between now and the RWC, Lifestyle will be playing this video at 12pm and 6pm and reflecting on a sporting life. Jamie Heaslip, Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray lead the nation in prayer.


Are you a young hipster who knows all the buzz words or are you an old fogey with spiel as old as you feel? This quiz will determine your age by the vocabulary that you use. .

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll be well aware of the surprising makeover Google unveiled on Tuesday The new look was one of the biggest revamps in 17 years and came as the company wanted to progress from being a just desktop website, to a service suited to all platforms seamlessly – mobiles, tablets and watches included.




GAMING - You’ll get to try out Star Wars Battlefront early in October  with the launch of a multiplayer beta.  

MOVIES - Under the Dome, based on a novel by Stephen King,  won’t be renewed after its third season according to a new report.

TECH -  Culture Night is back in Ireland for 2015,  with the events planned for the 18th of September at locations all over Ireland. In Cork City, a special event will be held under the Ignite banner. With the help of renowned visual artist Simon Mckeown.



Your Wednesday evening catch-up

Singer Dolores O’Riordan is receiving medical care  as she awaits trial over an alleged air rage incident, a court has heard.


Medical evidence indicated that baby Rehma Sabir was malnourished and some of her injuries happened when she was with her parents in the Middle East,  yet one doctor’s report saw the case against Aisling Brady McCarthy drag on, writes John Breslin .


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