Your Wednesday morning catch-up

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In Glasgow, officers had to contend with a mountain of fabrications by a serial liar, Alexander Pacteau, who meticulously planned getting away with the murder of Karen Buckley.

Karen Buckley’s father described Alexander Pacteau as ‘truly evil’ after the killer admitted repeatedly hitting her with a spanner and trying to dispose of her body in a bath of chemicals. In an emotional speech outside of court, John Buckley, who travelled with his wife Marian and three sons for the hearing said there are no words to describe what the family went through.

Police released some of their CCTV footage of Pacteau being interviewed about the night that Ms Buckley died.

People across Scotland and Ireland have been expressing their sympathy for the family of Karen Buckley after her disappearance.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

It is D-Day for almost 58,000 Leaving Cert students. Results are available from schools this morning or online on from midday.

Staying with state exams almost 800 students who attempted higher-level Leaving Certificate maths in search of the bonus college entry points have failed the subject.

For students the period between their Leaving Certificate results and choosing a route to the next stage of their lives is exciting but for many it is an anxious time. We have some helpful tips to get you through to the next stage.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

West Ham forward Diafra Sakho has been arrested on suspicion of assault, it has been reported.

A strange few days in many ways. New Zealand beaten for only the third time since lifting the 2011 World Cup, confirming you shouldn’t write off the Wallabiesapproaching next month’s global showpiece tournament.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up 

Hillary Clinton has given in to months of demands that she relinquish the personal email server she used while she was US secretary of state. Mrs Clinton has directed that the device be given to the Justice Department.

Australia’s government has all but destroyed legislation that would allow gay marriage by refusing to allow its MPs a free vote on the divisive issue. Members of the ruling conservative coalition voted 66 to 33 at the end of a six-hour heated debate to compel members of the government to follow the party line that marriage should be lawful only between a man and a woman.


In his column today, Gerard Howlin looks at what exactly we are getting when we vote for parties in the general election. "The decision we are seemingly determined to make, is return to where we were."


Michaela DePrince’s journey from civil war orphan to ballet star fame is the stuff of fairytale. She tells her amazing story to Marjorie Brennan.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

When it comes to dropping pounds and generally leading a healthier lifestyle, it doesn’t necessarily mean a dramatic overhaul. Five nights in the gym and slurping kale juice isn’t realistic for many of us, or any fun at all.

The world’s largest, most complete and best-preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex fossil was discovered by chance on August 12, 1990. Fossil hunter Sue Hendrickson had finished a commercial dig for dino fossils at a site near Faith, Dakota, when her team got a flat truck tyre as they were about to leave that morning – exactly 25 years ago.


In the world of gaming, the PlayStation Store has been updated for the week, which means new games, new discounts and DLC. Also, for one week only, goats...

Over in Hollywood, we review Robot Overlords, the sci-fi adventure filmed in Northern Ireland.

For all the ’techys’ out there, Huawei may have a device with a curved display to announce; a new render has leaked allegedly showing a device, which is referred to as ‘007.’


Hotel owners are being warned that rapidly increasing room rates could affect the numbers of foreign tourists coming here. The Annual Irish Hotel Survey for 2014 has said the average room rate last year was €82, up nearly €5 on 2013.

The People’s Bank of China devalued its currency the yuan with immediate effect yesterday and the impact on Ireland’s exporters is likely to be multifaceted.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

Kanye West wants a no-flying zone over his California home. The ’All Day’ rapper who lives in the Hidden Hills area – with pregnant wife Kim Kardashian West and two-year-old daughter North West - has been trying to get as many people as possible to sign a petition to ensure his family have complete privacy.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

OUr most read story at the moment is day three of our specal report covering rural communities fighting back, where our special correspondant Michael Clifford visits Borris-in-Ossory.


Liz O’Brien talks to Niall Breslin about his admiration for frontline staff, bereavement in lockdown, his new podcast, and why it's so important for us all just to slow down.Niall Breslin talks about losing his uncle to coronavirus

Podcasts are often seen as a male domain — see the joke, 'What do you call two white men talking? A podcast'.Podcast corner: Three new podcasts from Irish women that you should listen to

Esther McCarthy previews some of the Fleadh’s Irish and international offerings.How to attend the Galway Film Fleadh from the comfort of your own couch

Whether you’re on staycation or risking a trip away, Marjorie Brennan offers suggestions on novels for a wide variety of tastesThe best fiction books for the beach and beyond this summer

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