Your Wednesday evening catch-up

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

TOP STORIES 

America’s Central Intelligence Agency used the music of Irish boyband Westlife to torture a man it was interrogating in Afghanistan, according to a civil liberties group that filed a law suit against the men who designed the CIA torture program.

A new referendum has been proposed to stop the Taoiseach Enda Kenny having the power to call an early general election. The bill from Shane Ross would create a constitutional amendment so that elections to the Dáil would take place every five years.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has agreed that members of the travelling community, whose halting site was destroyed in a fire which killed 10 people, will be housed at a temporary site for six months instead of eight. Council officials have met with local residents who have blocked the temporary site to discuss their concerns.

The Dáil has officially rejected a call for a public holiday next year for the 1916 commemorations. Sinn Féin had put forward proposals for ’Lá na Poblachta’ to take place on April 24 next year and each year thereafter.

WORLD

Iran and its proxy militia in Lebanon have poured in hundreds of fighters to central and northern Syria in recent days. Syrian activists say the Iranian and Hezbollah fighters are taking advantage of Russian air cover to go on the offensive against insurgents in those areas

A nurse who is being treated for a late complication of an Ebola infection in England is now “critically ill” after her condition “deteriorated”, the hospital treating her has said. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, was admitted to the isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north west London on Friday after becoming unwell in Glasgow.

SPORT

Northern Ireland and Wales must overcome the odds again at Euro 2016 after UEFA confirmed they would be among the bottom seeds in France next summer. England, as expected, join holders Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium and hosts France as top seeds, but the December 12 draw is sure to be tougher on their neighbours.

Your Wednesday evening catch-up

There’s a stadium in Slovakia where an actual steam train goes by every now and then, between the pitch and the stand. It’s bizarre, and once you’ve watched it, you’ll no longer be able to complain about that pillar which once blocked your view on an away day.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Your Wednesday evening catch-up

Ireland legend Brian O’Driscoll has a look ahead to this weekend’s matches and gives his thoughts on the tournament so far. He believes the pool stages played out largely as expected, with England the only notable absentee from the knock-out stages.

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

BUSINESS

The Co Clare golf resort owned by American billionaire Donald Trump reported a loss of over €2.5m last year, according to accounts just filed to the Companies Office. 

Cork’s Clarion Hotel has been acquired by the Dalata Hotel Group for €35.1m in a cash deal expected to be concluded before the end of this month. Dalata, the largest hotel operator in the country through its ownership of the Maldron and Clayton brands, had been linked with the high-profile hotel, which was placed on the market with a €30m price tag in July.

ANALYSIS

The fire at a halting site in which 10 people died serves as a stark reminder of State neglect of Travellers, says Ronnie Fay, co-director Pavee Point Traveller and Roma Centre

LIFESTYLE

Crossing the English Channel is like climbing Everest in swimming terms. But for Peter Walsh, it was a more inviting challenge than painting his own house.

VIDEO

Social media has been awash with #ThanksPaulie messages as rugby fans around the world paid tribute to the iconic Paul O’Connell.

VIRAL

It’s every Star Wars fan’s dream to fly in an X-Wing or the Millenium Falcon but alas some dreams just aren’t meant to be. But this could be very close!

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Aer Lingus flight attendant Orla O’Brien went above and beyond the call of duty during a flight this week. Orla and the passengers left Boston on flight EI 136 late Monday night and it was during this flight that a seisiún ceoil broke out.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Star Wars Battlefront is just coming off a major open beta and developers DICE and EA has spoken out about the experience.

MOVIES: A new Star Wars character will be "extremely significant” to The Force Awakens’ plot. That’s according to Kathleen Kennedy who is the producer of the upcoming film.

TECH: The Sony Xperia Z5 should still be the smartphone of choice for mobile photographers, according to image quality specialists DXO Mark.

SHOWBIZ

Your Wednesday evening catch-up

Lamar Odom had taken "eight or 10" herbal Viagra tablets before he collapsed. The basketball player was rushed to hospital yesterday after being found unconscious at Dennis Hof’s Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada, and though the owner doesn’t think the sportsman had consumed illegal narcotics on the premises, he admitted his consumption of the natural drug was "a lot" more than people would usually ingest.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Your Wednesday evening catch-up

A long day in the Dáil seemed to take its toll on Taoiseach Enda Kenny yesterday. Sinn Féin Deputy Leader Mary Lou McDonald was delivering her response to Budget 2016 when the camera panned towards the Taoiseach. Kenny can then be seen making a rather strange gesture before the camera cuts back to McDonald.


Lifestyle

He thought ‘Line of Duty’ would last just one season. Instead, it propelled him to international success. Ahead of the return of the acclaimed drama ‘Blood’, Adrian Dunbar tells Ed Power why it still feels like a dreamAdrian Dunbar: ‘I just got very lucky’

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