Your Wednesday evening catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

The Taoiseach’s been accused of a cover-up over his refusal to set up a Commission of Investigation on NAMA.

Historic legislation to allow same-sex marriage has been passed by the Dáil.

A transgender student has said he felt like his identity was invisible during his time at an all-girls school.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has today called for a 20% tax on soft drinks to be introduced in the upcoming Budget.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny today jokingly suggested the General Election may not take place until 2018. 

WORLD

Kate and Gerry McCann’s decision to close their Find Madeleine Campaign Twitter account because of online abuse  has been criticised by the mother of snatched toddler Ben Needham.

Russian president Vladimir Putin has  spent his 63rd birthday on the ice, playing hockey with NHL stars against Russian officials and tycoons.

SPORT

Robbie Keane may be proud dad to a new baby boy, but lack of sleep certainly hasn’t blunted his ability to come up with one-liners.

The Mayo footballers and Galway hurlers are taking a bit of a public relations battering in the last week or so for the manner in which they seem to have ousted, and are attempting to oust, their respective management teams.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Your Wednesday evening catch-up

Forwards coach Easterby has warned Ireland to shut down power-runner Picamoles at source, admitting the Toulouse number eight will pose a significant threat at the Millennium Stadium.

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

BUSINESS

Newcastle United owner Mike Ashley is on course to take over a well-known Irish high street chain.

A new survey has found that some 89% of hotels and guesthouses have reported increased business levels so far this year.

ANALYSIS

All the evidence suggests that when the Longboat Quay scandal first arose, the main focus was to keep things under wraps, reports Michael Clifford

LIFESTYLE

In 1980, the Quinn brothers from Tyrone were the first four brothers to ever run the New York Marathon at the same time. Next month, they will do it again writes Sharon Ni Chonchúir

VIDEO

Unrest in the occupied West Bank and East Jerusalem has intensified as a 24-hour strike is announced in Bethlehem.

VIRAL

A rural community in West Cork is making use of the internet to, ironically, get free internet in each home thanks to an innovative online competition.

Your Life On Earth looks at how you’ve changed over your lifetime, how the natural world has changed, and how the human race has changed the world.

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TECHNOW

GAMING: The Witcher 3 Wild Hunt is about to get even bigger with the arrival of the first major expansion - Hearts of Stone. And it’s looking very, very tasty indeed.

MOVIES: The Queen of Ireland is a new Irish documentary which is all about Panti Bliss - the performer who became a symbol for change during the recent vote for marriage equality.

TECH: Some users are reporting that the home button on the iPhone 6s becomes so hot they can’t touch it, and the screen stops operating at the same time.

SHOWBIZ

Zoe Sugg, also known as Zoella, is coming to Dublin. Zoella will hit an Easons store in Dublin on Sunday November 8 and will begin signing from 10am.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Robbie Keane may be proud dad to a new baby boy, but lack of sleep certainly hasn’t blunted his ability to come up with one-liners.


Lifestyle

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The new season blood oranges have arrived, they’ve been trickling into the shops ever since Christmas — such joy. I long for their delightful fresh taste after the rich food of the festive season.Darina Allen: Blood Oranges have a delightfully fresh taste after the rich food of winter

She’s the Cork singer dubbed the next Kate Bush, shortlisted by Universal, the world’s biggest record label, as their artist to watch in 2020. This will be the year of Lyra, writes Ed PowerLyra: Meet the new Kate Bush - and she's from Cork

For relationships to endure, we need to be loving not just on Valentine’s Day but all year round, a Buddhist teacher tells Marjorie BrennanOpen hearts: The Buddhist approach to love and loving

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