Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

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

TOP STORIES

Tánaiste Joan Burton has revealed that she had a "long conversation" with the Taoiseach about not calling an early General Election.

Health Minister Leo Varadkar has today called for a 20% tax on soft drinks to be introduced in the upcoming Budget.

Oireachtas lawyers have asked for more time to prepare their defence in a “very novel” case brought by billionaire businessman Denis O’Brien.

"Nobody told me he was going to die. I watched an awful thing unfold and there was nothing I could do." Geraldine Barry watched the love of her life die in Mercy University Hospital Cork after he developed septic shock following surgery.

WORLD

Kate and Gerry McCann’s decision to close their Find Madeleine Campaign Twitter account because of online abuse has been criticised by the mother of snatched toddler Ben Needham.

The mother of a gunman who killed nine people and himself at an Oregon community college allowed her troubled son to have guns.

SPORT

London GAA’s dream of a purpose built stadium is a story marked by peculiar elements and perennial delays.

With Sunderland searching for a new manager following the departure of Dick Advocaat, Roy Keane has pointed the finger at the Stadium of Light powers that be and suggested that had he been allowed to get on with the job, he might still be at the club.

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BUSINESS

Digicel last night cancelled what would have been the second biggest flotation on the New York Stock Exchange this year.

Volkswagen could start to recall cars containing emissions test-rigging devices in January, the company’s new chief executive has said.

ANALYSIS

The High Court ruling regarding the 2009 flood is timely in terms of potential redress claims and anyone who has sustained loss or damage as a result of the incident should take legal advice immediately, writes Joe Noonan

LIFESTYLE

John Lennon and Yoko had a love for Ireland, buying an island off Co Mayo. His visits to the area caused a mighty stir as chef, Johnny Carroll tells Jonathan deBurca Butler

VIDEO

The largest event of its kind in the world, Killarney Adventure Race, welcomed record numbers of 2,500 participants this year.

VIRAL

Meet ex-Garda Joe Connolly. He moved to Australia to work as a police officer, but he had to leave his best friend, Riggs, at home in Tallaght. This is the heartwarming moment Riggs and Joe were reunited down under.

The Ballinasloe Horse Festival is on this week so maybe this photo of a man and a horse in the local Tesco shouldn’t come as much of a surprise.

TECHNOW

GAMING: 343 Industries opened up about Halo 5’s Forge mode, which is set to be much improved, but it won’t be out until December. Halo 5, meanwhile, will be released on October 27th.

MOVIES: Marvel’s Jessica Jones is on Netflix in November, and we’re getting a bunch of teaser videos to whet our appetites for the follow up to the high successful Daredevil.

TECH: We’ve been hearing about Twitter Moments for a while, and now it’s here.

SHOWBIZ

Introducing what could quite possibly be the duet of the year so far - James Bay and Ed Sheeran.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The Son of a Bun burger restaurant in Cork, which has opened in what was once one of the country’s best known music stores, is the first in Ireland to be approved by the HSE to serve its burgers pink.


Lifestyle

Sales of artisan sourdough bread are on the rise. It's all very well if you're happy to pay for a chewy substantial loaf but does it have any real health benefits? Áilín Quinlan talks to the expertsFlour power: The rise and rise of sourdough bread

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