Your Wednesday morning catch-up

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The Coalition has denied there is a rift over how many refugees Ireland can accept amid contradictory signals from Government. The Cabinet will tomorrow hold a special meeting and consider options to house, support and feed potentially thousands of refugees fleeing conflict. 

Almost 60,000 students across the country will receive their Junior Certificate results today. Six of them will be celebrating earning 12 ’A’ grades in the exams, while 98 students got 11 ’A’ grades.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

David de Gea is “enjoying football” and determined to re-establish himself at Manchester United after his proposed £29m move to Real Madrid collapsed on transfer deadline day.

Kerry have no issue with Meath’s David Coldrick being appointed to referee Sunday week’s All-Ireland final despite the match official both living and working in Dublin. Coldrick will take charge of his third September decider after previously being the man in the middle for the 2007 Kerry-Cork and ‘10 Cork-Down finals.


More than a dozen people have been hurt after a London-bound British Airways plane caught fire on a runway at a Las Vegas airport. The left engine of the Boeing 777-200 burst into flames at McCarran International Airport, forcing 159 passengers and 13 crew to evacuate through emergency slides.

A woman told police of her disbelief when she discovered that her boyfriend of two years was a female friend, a jury has heard. The complainant says she thought she was having sex with a man called Kye Fortune, who was recovering from a brain tumour and did not want her to see his scars.


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?


150 new roles are to become available as part of Kildare Village’s expansion plans. 35 new brands are being added to the retail park and the search is on to fill 150 roles in retail and hospitality.

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. The Irish airline fronted by returning founder, Pat Byrne, who rejoined the company earlier this year, announced the 18-flights-a-week service in July and indicated there may be room for further routes down the line.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

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?


Many Germans are rolling out a cheering; red carpet welcome for refugees that few could doubt is genuine. To the many thousands fleeing war, who wanted more than anywhere to end up here, Germany is returning the compliment, saying ‘we want you, too’.


Who said romance was dead? A video, filmed by Chris GQ Perry, has been doing the rounds on the internet today and beware, as chances are it will give you all the feels.

A special bond was created between a boy and a Gorilla at Louisville Zoo in Kentucky yesterday. The young boy, who looks like he’s in his teens, sat by the Gorillas prospects and began to flick through pictures of other gorillas on his iPhone. What happened next will melt your heart.


GAMING: Uncharted 4 isn’t coming until 2016 but that doesn’t mean we’re not already massively excited for the finale to Naughty Dog’s tremendous action adventure series.

MOVIES: We’re all looking forward to The Martian, mostly because the promos to date have been brilliantly well-made - and we’re trying to forget about every recent film director Ridley Scott has made at the same time.

TECH: The 2015 version of the Google Nexus 5 has been in the news a lot recently with a series of leaks, and it hasn’t even officially been announced yet. The latest shows off even more of the phone, including the side panel.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

U2 will finish their European tour with six homecoming gigs in Ireland, the band has announced. Despite doubts over the suitability of venues for their Innocence + Experience shows, the rock stars have revealed two dates in Belfast and four in their native Dublin.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

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


'When a role became available in The River Lee following the refurbishment, I jumped at the chance!'You've Been Served: Sinead McDonald of The River Lee on life as a Brand Manager

It’s the personal stories from Bruce Springsteen that turn his new ‘Western Stars’ documentary into something special, the director tells Esther McCarthy.Bruce Springsteen's Western Stars documentary more than just a music film

Apart from the several variations in its spelling in Irish and English, Inishtubbrid, Co Clare is also recognised by three other names: Wall’s Island; O’Grady’s Island and Inishtubber which surely puts it up there as the island with most names — not counting say Inisvickillane, Co Kerry which has about 33 variations to that spelling.The Islands of Ireland: In search of tranquility

More and more communities and volunteers are taking on environmental tasks around the country. In Clonmel, Co Tipperary, for example, people have united to get rid of Himalayan balsam, an invasive plant, from the banks of the River Suir.‘Bashing’ invasive plants

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