Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

A senior Sinn Féin member has been arrested by police investigating a murder by Provisional IRA members.

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness has said he is “surprised” by the arrest of the party’s northern chairman by PSNI officers investigating the murder of Kevin McGuigan.

“There is a reason the number of O’Neills and Murphys in the US exceeds by far those living in Ireland.” European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has set out plans to resettle around 160,000 migrants from Italy, Greece and Hungary around the continent.

“The city councillors will fight this tooth and nail,” whispered one of Cork’s longest-serving county councillors as Minister Alan Kelly unveiled the city and county council merger plan.

SPORT

A Paddy Power advert calling on Sepp Blatter to “f*** off already” has been cleared by a British watchdog which ruled it was unlikely to cause serious or widespread offence.

Republic of Ireland midfielder Jeff Hendrick was yesterday charged with violent disorder, less than 24 hours after playing a crucial role in Ireland’s victory over Georgia at the Aviva Stadium.

WORLD

A Hungarian camerawoman has been fired after she was caught on video kicking and tripping refugees entering Hungary across the border with Serbia.

Fundraiser Claire Lomas said she was forced to paint her own disabled parking bay outside her daughter’s school in England after her local council did not get round to doing the job for nearly six months.

BUSINESS

CityJet is eyeing further expansion in Cork within a year as it prepares to launch its London City Airport service at the airport next month.

Ryanair became the latest airline to thank the wet summer weather and strong pound for helping profits take off as it upped its outlook for the full year.

ANALYSIS

The first question one could reasonably ask upon glancing through the report recommending a merger of Cork City and County Councils is — Catherine Shanahan asks; will this actually ever happen?

LIFESTYLE

Nightclubs were once the place to keep the fun going, to dance the night away and to pull. Are they becoming less relevant now though, asks Caomhan Keane, as late-licence bars, Tindr and Spotify replace them?

VIDEO

One father in Cork has made an adorable video showing how being a parent can change your life.

VIRAL

An engineering student woke up from drunken night out to discover he designed a plane.

Looks like former boyband star Abz from Five is ’gettin’ down’ on the farm, as he posted his Brit Award on Ebay to fund buying some topsoil and "maybe some garden tools".

TECHNOW

GAMING: FIFA 16 is coming very soon, and the best news is that you can get a taste of the action right now with the demo for PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

MOVIES: The Sixth Sense saw writer/director M Night Shyamalan become a household name overnight, and he followed it up with some creepy and atmospheric films like Unbreakable, Signs and The Village. Then things went a bit off the rails.

TECH: The iPhone 6S is just hours away from being announced, but there’s still just enough time for a couple more rumours to emerge.

SHOWBIZ

There’s good news for Arya Stark fans and Maisie Williams watchers alike – Game Of Thrones’ sassiest young actress is launching her very own YouTube channel. Watch her first video here.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Canon has developed a new camera sensor, and it can take snaps at 250 megapixels


Lifestyle

My sister Gabriella always says that during sibling whispers all I ever wanted was to be on stage.This Much I Know: Man of many talents Mike Hanrahan

Columnist and trained counsellor Fiona Caine offers guidance to a woman whose husband is controlling and belittling her.Ask a counsellor: ‘My husband is so controlling – what do I do?’

Peter Dowdall branches out to take a look at the mountain ash or rowan.Rowan berries show us how nature is stocking its larder for winter

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