Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

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


The Health Minister Leo Varadkar has denied leaking an email to the media in which he said “heads will have to roll” because of the emergency department overcrowding crisis.

Mary Hanafin has been officially added to Fianna Fáil’s election ticket in Dún Laoghaire. The former minister has been added to the ticket despite missing out on a nomination at a convention on Monday night.

Gardaí are investigating the death of a man in his 30s, who was found with head injuries at a house in Co Kildare last night.

The Sinn Féin Lord Mayor of Cork broke ranks with his party last night to vote for a 10% cut in the city’s property tax.

Tributes are being paid to Tipperary woman Cathriona White, who was found dead at her home in Los Angeles on Monday.


The upper chamber of the Russian parliament has voted unanimously to let President Vladimir Putin send Russian troops to Syria.

After several denied appeals the US state of Georgia has executed its only female death row inmate despite appeals by her children and Pope Francis to spare her life.


Four people were arrested in connection with an alleged assault on jockey Aidan Coleman at Southwell racecourse yesterday.

When Kolo Touré popped round to meet Isaac, a Liverpool-mad nine-year-old, he made himself right at home - even joining the young fan in a chorus of the famous ‘Yaya-Kolo’ chant.


Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

Keith Earls is keen to repeat his Rugby World Cup heroics against Italy.

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


A global consulting and technology firm is to hire 200 staff as it sets up a new innovation centre in Ireland.

The Small Firms Association has said most of its members cannot afford to pay the so-called Living Wage.


A national debate without the myths associated with unemployment is needed as we start to rethink social welfare after the crisis, write Tom Boland and Ray Griffin


Threesomes involving Premier league footballers have been tabloid fodder for years. But a new book looks at how the macho, cossetted professional sports environment has created a horrific world where rape is a form of male bonding, writes Richard Fitzpatrick


Key figures in Ireland’s aviation industry have united to develop a multimillion-euro national aviation experience visitor centre.


Managing a classroom of kids can be difficult and teachers do have to put up with a lot during the school year so if you’re looking for a present to give to them, then this would likely be very much appreciated.

The Guinness Book of World Records has confirmed that the fleece taken from an Australian merino sheep is the most wool sheared in a single sitting.


GAMING: Mass Effect is about to become a theme park ride.

MOVIES: Avengers Age of Ultron was a movie that was very big and made a lot of money but this honest trailer rips it apart

TECH: This is what happens when someone shoots an iPhone 6S with a 50 calibre rifle.


RTÉ bosses are changing the selection process up a bit for this year’s Late Late Toy Show by taking their auditions on the road.


Children arriving for school saw two women rolling around the ground in a vicious brawl, where one woman had her clothes ripped off and a man who tried to break up the fight ended up with a fractured skull.


Five things for the week ahead with Des O'Driscoll.Five things for the week ahead

From Liverpool’s beat-pop to Bristol’s trip-hop, Irish writer Karl Whitney explains the distinctive musical output of individual cities in the UK, writes Marjorie Brennan.Sounds of the City: The musical output of individual UK cities

As landlords’ enclosures of villages and commonages during England’s industrial revolution drove landless countrymen into the maws of the poet William Blake’s “dark Satanic mills”, a romantic nostalgia for the countryside began to grow.Damien Enright: Great writers took inspiration from walking

Take no risks, ‘do all the right things’, and you’ll lead a comfortable, but dull, existence. ‘Living dangerously’, on the other hand, yields ‘highs’ of excitement usually followed, alas, by pain andRichard Collins: Live fast and die young or last up to 500 years

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