Your Wednesday evening catch-up

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


Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is “disappointed” at the Web Summit organisers’ decision to move the convention from Ireland. Founder Paddy Cosgrave has confirmed the 2016 event will take place in Lisbon - because of its great “transport and hotel infrastructure” and start-of-the art venue.

Meanwhile, the president of the Irish Hotels Federation Stephen McNally has said he is not all that surprised by the move“We’ve been aware for some time that a move was on the cards and really it is out of size and growth,” said McNally.

Democratic Unionist Party leader Peter Robinson has rejected allegations he was to receive any payment linked to the North’s largest ever property sale. Dismissing as baseless the accusations made to a Stormont scrutiny committee, Mr Robinson, who has temporarily stood aside as first minister to facilitate talks to save the devolved Assembly at Stormont, said he would be willing to appear before MLAs.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that Fine Gael is still the most favoured political party among farmers and one in five survey respondents would like the current coalition returned after the next general election

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.


Your Wednesday evening catch-up

Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn says he is stepping down “in the interests of the company” as it grapples with the emissions scandal. Mr Wintekorn said in a statement: “Volkswagen needs a fresh start – also in terms of personnel. I am clearing the way for this fresh start with my resignation.”

US President Barack Obama has welcomed Pope Francis to Washington. A crowd of 15,000 watched as the pope and president stood to attention on a red-carpeted platform decorated with red, white and blue bunting for the national anthems of the Holy See and the United States.


Croke Park’s Hawk-Eye score detection technology won’t be available for use during Sunday’s TG4 All-Ireland ladies football finals, partly because of the associated costs.

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Tyson Fury dressed as Batman to confront Wladimir Klitschko in an explosive press conference ahead of their heavyweight title showdown next month. The undefeated traveller, who will challenge the Ukrainian on October 24 for the WBA, WBO and IBF titles, burst into the room at a London hotel dressed as the Caped Crusader before later wrestling with a friend dressed as The Joker. The 27-year-old then warned the champion that he would soon follow the same fate.


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Scotland got their World Cup campaign off to a perfect start with a 45-10 win over Japan in Gloucester – but only after Eddie Jones’ charges threatened to cause another upset. Australia are currently taking on Fiji, while Ireland’s Pool D rivals France taking on Romania at 8pm which you can follow live HERE.

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


A Metro North from Dublin City centre to the airport and Swords looks to be back on the agenda. The project, which could cost €2bn to build, is likely to be the centrepiece of the Coalition’s infrastructure investment plan to be announced next week.

European airlines are exploiting a collapse in oil prices by hedging more of their fuel needs further into the future, but those that kept their powder dry before the rout are emerging as clear winners, industry sources say.


Your Wednesday evening catch-up

First day back from a two-month holiday and, as ever, the Dáil was dominated by confidence tricksters, says Political Correspondent Shaun Connolly.


It’s September again and autumn is here so we’re all looking for midweek dinner inspiration. So Joe McNamee asked some top chefs from some quick, nutritious dishes that kis will happily eat


The Hula painted frog has made the comeback of the year. The frog is extremely rare and is very hard to spot, so much so that back in 1996 it was declared extinct. However, one was recently rediscoverd in the Hula Valley in northern Israel. The Hula Valley is the only known habitat of the amphibian.


Think you have a superior intellect? Or maybe even a genius intellect? Put your brain to work with today’s quick quiz and see what range of IQ you fit into.

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Fancy investing in a 16-year-old Nissan Micra with a difference? Ciaran in Louth is looking to sell what he calls a "Nissan Micra shorty".


GAMING: Dragon Age Inqusition may be a year old at this stage but it’s still one of the best titles around, and a tip top action RPG for those who are into that sort of thing.

MOVIES: We review Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and directed by Justin Kurzel 

TECH: Instagram is growing, and it shows no sign of slowing down. The photo sharing and social site has just celebrated crossing more than 400 million users, making it one of the most popular social services in the world.


Your Wednesday evening catch-up

In advance of his TV chat show debut on The Ray D’Arcy Show this Saturday, Ray has been raiding the vaults at RTÉ to look back at some of his bes bits. And from The Den to The Dome they found it all!


Your Wednesday evening catch-up

A farmer faces the possibility this week of losing his 100-acre dairy holding after challenging the grant of planning for the construction, against his wishes, of a road across his land by a wind power company. Edward ‘Ned’ Buckley, who farms at Gortnara, Upperchurch in south Tipperary, had agreed to a single turbine being erected on adjacent land as part of an overall €30m development of 22 wind turbines by Kilkenny–based Ecopower Developments Ltd. However, he was shocked to discover a subsequent planning application sought provision for a 75m road across his land.


Food news with Joe McNamee.The Menu: All the food news of the week

Though the Killarney tourism sector has been at it for the bones of 150 years or more, operating with an innate skill and efficiency that is compelling to observe, its food offering has tended to play it safe in the teeth of a largely conservative visiting clientele, top-heavy with ageing Americans.Restaurant Review: Mallarkey, Killarney

We know porridge is one of the best ways to start the day but being virtuous day in, day out can be boring.The Shape I'm In: Food blogger Indy Power

Timmy Creed is an actor and writer from Bishopstown in Cork.A Question of Taste: Timmy Creed

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