Your Wednesday evening catch-up

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


Russia has started to launch airstrikes in Syria, according to a US defence official. The move follows a unanimous vote by Russian lawmakers to allow President Vladimir Putin to order airstrikes in Syria, where Russia has deployed fighter jets and other weapons in recent weeks.


A network of Irish families have been identified in Ireland to provide immediate homes for up to 20 children affected by the crisis in Syria. The families, all approved as hosts in line with the Hague convention, are working with the International Orphan Aid Ireland (IOAI), to accommodate orphans and 

Leo Varadkar has denied leaking an email to the media in which he said “heads will have to roll” because of the emergency department overcrowding crisis. The Health Minister also said 300 hospital beds are to be made available to help alleviate overcrowding in Emergency Departments and that they will be coming on stream in the coming weeks.

Owners in a controversial apartment block were told last night they have to come up with €4m in less than a week or Dublin Fire Brigade will move to have the building evacuated. The fire brigade has threatened twice in the last six weeks to apply for a fire safety notice if remedial works to make the 299-unit Longboat Quay safe are not started immediately.


A nurse died in mysterious circumstances after claiming she had been sexually abused by a Satanic cult, an inquest in England has heard. Carol Myers, 41, claimed her family were Satanists who abused her and that her mother murdered her sister and then set fire to the house to hide the evidence.

A county clerk who went to jail for defying court orders to issue same-sex marriage licences says she met briefly with the pope during his historic visit to the United States. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, did not deny the encounter took place – but said he had no comment on the topic.


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First shock, then disbelief, but come yesterday evening, the mood among the Mayo football public had turned sour. The county has had its brush with player revolt against a management team in the past, but it has been the manner of this latest mutiny that has left a bad taste, certainly among those to wear the red and green in recent decades.

Piers Morgan has launched a stinging criticism of Arsene Wenger’s decision not to field goalkeeper Petr Cech in Tuesday’s defeat to Olympiacos. The Arsenal boss opted to rest Cech and instead played David Ospina in goal, with the Colombia international suffering a night to forget as the Gunners lost 3-2 to fall to the bottom of their Champions League group.


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Jared Payne must prove his fitness on Thursday to be eligible for selection for Ireland’s pivotal Rugby World Cup clash with Italy on Sunday. The Ulster centre sat out training on Wednesday with a bruised foot and now faces a race against time to be ready for the crucial Pool D encounter.

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


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It’s understood that as many as 80,000 Irish cars could be affected by the diesel emissions scandal. In Britain, figures released by Volkswagen this morning show 1.2m vehicles in the UK are affected. It includes VW, Audi, Seat and Skoda brands.

The economy will surge 6% this year and will keep growing rapidly next year too at a rate of 4.5%, while significant increases in domestic demand and for the first time in consumer spending will drive the recovery, the Economic and Social Research Institute said in its latest quarterly bulletin.


A national debate without the myths associated with unemployment is needed as we start to rethink social welfare after the crisis, write Tom Boland and Ray Griffin


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Children’s sports fields should be as quiet as libraries, according to sports experts as screaming parents, says Richard Fitzpatrick, are doing enormous damage to children’s fragile self-esteem


Key figures in Ireland’s aviation industry have united to develop a multimillion-euro national aviation experience visitor centre. They have established the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF) and hope to lodge a planning application for the facility before the end of the year.


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Were you one of those people that jumped on the back of the Apple Music’s bandwagon almost three months ago? Well, from today your three month free trial is up and they are about to start charging you - €9.99 a month from October 1. 

A cramped cupboard under a set of stairs has been advertised for rent in London. Harry Potter fans can live like the teen wizard in the room, which comes complete with a mattress and space to hang your coats, for just £500 a month plus bills.


GAMING: Mass Effect is about to become a theme park rideYes you read that correctly - EA’s blockbuster action RPG series is going to be turned into an attraction, likely some kind of motion simulator thing with 4D features. 

MOVIES: Jonathan Glazer, the director of Under the Skin, has helmed the new network idents for Channel 4 - and they’re really odd and unsettling

TECH: Sony has been releasing two phones a year since 2013, but may be about to slow things down a little. From next year, Sony may only have one flagship per year in store.


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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini has come under fire today over comments she has made about body “double standards” during an interview with InStyle magazine. RTÉ 2FM DJ Louise McSharry was particularly unimpressed by the comments and slammed the X Factor judge in a number of tweets.


A manhunt is underway after a gang of men, suspected of a series of burglaries in Co. Cork, escaped capture in a high-speed car chase with gardaí at rush hour, the Evening Echo has reported.


Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance on how to cope when your husband is pushing boundaries.Ask a counsellor: ‘My husband is playing games with another woman – what should I do?’

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