Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

It has been confirmed that the Web Summit event is to move to Lisbon next year. Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said he is “disappointed” at the Web Summit organisers’ decision to move the convention from Ireland. Founder Paddy Cosgrave has confirmed the 2016 event will take place in Lisbon - because of its great “transport and hotel infrastructure” and start-of-the art venue.

A package is set to be unveiled in the coming weeks aimed at helping tenants in rented properties around the country. It’s going to address areas like housing supply, rent supplement and rent certainty.

A farmer faces the possibility this week of losing his 100-acre dairy holding after challenging the grant of planning for the construction, against his wishes, of a road across his land by a wind power company. Edward ‘Ned’ Buckley, who farms at Gortnara, Upperchurch in south Tipperary, had agreed to a single turbine being erected on adjacent land as part of an overall €30m development of 22 wind turbines by Kilkenny–based Ecopower Developments Ltd. However, he was shocked to discover a subsequent planning application sought provision for a 75m road across his land.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that Taoiseach Enda Kenny is still the most popular party leader among farming households — but there is widespread antipathy towards the prospect of Gerry Adams playing a role in the next government.

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.

WORLD

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European Union leaders have been called to an emergency summit to seek long-term responses to the continent’s refugee crisis. Topics include increasing assistance to EU member nations that are receiving the brunt of the refugee influx and greater co-operation with non-EU countries in the Balkans and Turkey, which is now home to almost 2 million refugees.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 2.8 has been recorded in Rutland. The epicentre of the quake was north of Oakham, with residents also reporting feeling the tremor in Northamptonshire.

SPORT

Putting a retractable roof on Croke Park is not a feasible option in countering the inclement weather which spoilt Sunday’s football final, according to Stadium Director Peter McKenna

Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts has expressed her “sadness and anger” at news of Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro’s departure from the clubCarneiro is understood to have parted company with Chelsea following the incident on the opening day of the season when she was criticised by manager Jose Mourinho.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

Japan stunned the world on Saturday with their barely believable World Cup win over two-time former champions South Africa. Scotland are next in Japan’s firing line at Gloucester’s Kingsholm Stadium. Here we consider where the game might be won or lost.

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

BUSINESS

A Metro North from Dublin City centre to the airport and Swords looks to be back on the agenda. The project, which could cost €2bn to build, is likely to be the centrepiece of the Coalition’s infrastructure investment plan to be announced next week.

Shares in car manufacturer Volkswagen are falling for a third consecutive day amid its widening emissions rigging scandal. Volkswagen’s share price fell by 4% to 101.75 euro in early trading in Frankfurt on Wednesday. The fall follows falls of 17% and 20% in the first two days of the trading week.

ANALYSIS

Enda Kenny should have faced an Oireachtas committee over the Callinan scandal, writes Michael Clifford

LIFESTYLE

It’s September again and autumn is here, so we’re all looking for midweek dinner inspiration. So Joe McNamee asked some top chefs from some quick, nutritious dishes that kis will happily eat

VIDEO

Enda Kenny spoke at the Ploughing Championships today, stating his plans to fight in the upcoming election and said he looks forward to the re-election of the Fine Gael and Labour Government.

VIRAL

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Fancy investing in a 16-year-old Nissan Micra with a differenceCiaran in Louth is looking to sell what he calls a "Nissan Micra shorty".

No matter how sceptical you are when it comes to all things supernatural, this video might just give you pause for thought. Filmed by Ashling Murphy, it shows some eerie goings-on in the kitchen of her aunt’s house in Cork City.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Dragon Age Inqusition may be a year old at this stage but it’s still one of the best titles around, and a tip top action RPG for those who are into that sort of thing.

MOVIES: At some point, art can imitate life too much. That’s certainly the case when it comes to filmmaker Terry Gilliam and his Don Quixote project.

TECH: The Huawei-built Nexus 6P has been a poorly kept secret. And now high-resolution images of the handset have been posted online.

SHOWBIZ

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As much as we like to deny it, the truth is Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy have officially parted ways.  Due to contractual commitments in the lead-up to their new show ‘The Muppets’ on ABC, the pair paid a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live on Monday, marking their first interview and public appearance since the split. Needless to say, it was slightly awkward - especially when Jimmy quizzed Kermit about his new ‘BAE’ Denise, a marketing executive with ABC and made a Tinder profile for Miss Piggy.

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Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

A farmer faces the possibility this week of losing his 100-acre dairy holding after challenging the grant of planning for the construction, against his wishes, of a road across his land by a wind power company. Edward ‘Ned’ Buckley, who farms at Gortnara, Upperchurch in south Tipperary, had agreed to a single turbine being erected on adjacent land as part of an overall €30m development of 22 wind turbines by Kilkenny–based Ecopower Developments Ltd. However, he was shocked to discover a subsequent planning application sought provision for a 75m road across his land.


Lifestyle

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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?’

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