Your Wednesday evening catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

The parish priest of the Connors family, five of whom perished in the Carrickmines fire, will raise the matter of prejudice against Travellers at their removal. Fr Dermot Lane says the tragedy has raised serious questions about our priorities as a society.

Union representatives say they are not hopeful that a rail strike scheduled for rush hour on Friday morning will be called off. Siptu, the NBRU and Irish Rail management are meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission this afternoon after 14 hours of talks yesterday achieved no major progress.

The head of Volkswagen in Ireland says no customer’s car should be devalued as a result of the emissions scandal. The company says it is writing to all Volkswagen customers this week to outline options to address the emissions problems with their cars.

Two findings of poor professional performance have been made against a Consultant Gynaecologist, but he has been cleared of all other allegations at a Fitness to Practise inquiry. Peter Van Geene was under investigation for hysterectomies he performed on four women at Aut Even Private Hospital in Kilkenny between 2009 and 2011.

The Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan has hit out at the Fianna Fáil leaders description of the border region as a "twilight zone". Meanwhile, Gerry Adams has told the Dáil his party is not run by the IRA Army Council.

WORLD

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A nurse who is being treated for a late complication of an Ebola infection has “made a significant improvement”, doctors have said. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, was admitted to the isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north west London earlier this month after becoming unwell in Glasgow.

Freezing temperatures and burning tents have heightened the misery of thousands of refugees pushing travelling through Europe. A fire broke out at a camp for refugees in Slovenia, the current gateway to Austria and beyond. The cause of the fire at the camp in Brezice, on Slovenia’s border with Croatia, is not clear, but refugees had been lighting fires outside their tents to ward off the chilly autumn weather.

SPORT

FIFA has confirmed German World Cup winner Franz Beckenbauer and vice president Angel Maria Villar Llona are both subject to investigations by the organisation’s ethics committee.

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Christiaan Johan Stander, better known as CJ, is counting down the days until he becomes eligible to play rugby for Ireland. Three years have elapsed since the former South African U20 captain arrived as a project player to join Munster, and at the end of this month, he will have completed the required terms and conditions to make him available for the national side.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

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Coach Heyneke Meyer has named an unchanged South Africa starting XV to play New Zealand in the semi-final at Twickenham on Saturday. Veteran lock Victor Matfield returns from a hamstring injury to the replacements bench in the only change to the matchday 23 who defeated Wales on 17 October.

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

BUSINESS

Ireland’s citizens lost more of their personal wealth than any other eurozone country in the aftermath of the financial crash, while Germany and the Netherlands gained the most, fresh data from the European Central Bank shows.

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More than 200 jobs are to be created with the launch of three new Aer Lingus routes to the US, the carrier has announced. Direct transatlantic flights will operate from Ireland to Los Angeles, Newark and Hartford in Connecticut from next year.

ANALYSIS

Although they cherish what makes them distinctive Travellers are not an ethnic minority, yet they seek acceptance of wider society without wanting integration, says Margaret Hickey.

LIFESTYLE

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Irish people have always had a love hate relationship with alcohol and none less than our artists. As a new book is written about Bridie GallagherSuzanne Harrington examines why hugely talented women take refuge in drink.

VIDEO

So the real world has finally caught up to Back To the Future II. But how does the 1980’s version of 2015 compare with the real 2015?

VIRAL

This is a very easy game to mark the launch of Daniel Craig’s latest stint as James Bond in Spectre.

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This motorcyclist is the internet’s folk hero of the day after rescuing a small kitten from a busy intersection.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Destiny the game has been chalking up huge player numbers as it heads into its second year but a whole new game could be coming.

MOVIES: The Queen of Ireland is getting its Irish premiere today the 21st of October with a live stream from the Light House cinema in Dublin ahead of its release around the country on the 23rd of the month.

TECH: Privacy and data protection legislation worldwide is ill-equipped to deal with the Big Data revolution, according to a University College Cork professor.

SHOWBIZ

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One Direction’s Liam Payne has reassured fans he is “much better”, as the group rescheduled a cancelled concert after his illness. The chart-topping band – Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson – pulled out of a concert at the SSE Arena in Belfast on October 20, and the rescheduled show will now take place on October 23.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

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A late night rutting session in a Cork city pub, with Rebel and Kingdom players squaring up to each other — Mick Galwey on one side, Dougie Howlett on the other and a bottle of whiskey in the middle. Well it appears there was more than a grain of truth in it, if Tomás Ó Sé’s revelations in his soon to be published autobiography, ‘The White Heat’ can be taken as fact.


Lifestyle

With the housing crisis, renovating a run-down property is worth considering if you have the inclination, time, funds and a good team of contractors around you, writes Carol O’CallaghanBehind the scenes in The Great House Revival

How toned is your pelvic floor? If you live in France, it’s likely to be very toned. In Ireland, perhaps not so much.Big squeeze: Why pelvic floor exercises are essential for women

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