Your Wednesday morning catch-up

Good morning. Here’s everything you need to know before you start your day.


As a mother kissed her newborn baby in St Munchin’s Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick, she was told her daughter was dying in her arms, an inquest heard. Joan Mulcair yesterday recalled her living nightmare, following the birth of her first baby, Caoimhe.

Legislation for same sex marriage is due to be brought to Cabinet by the Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald this morning. It has been reported that proposed laws on same sex marriage could be debated in the Dáil within weeks.

Singers Sinéad O’Connor and Christy Moore, writers Colm Tóibín and Edna O’Brien, actor Cillian Murphy, and artist Pauline Bewick are among leading figures in Irish music, literature, and the arts advocating for the abolition of the eighth amendment to the Constitution, which they say has “prevented our doctors and our legislators from providing proper care to women”.


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Hungary’s right-wing government has shut the main land route for refugees into the EU, taking matters into its own hands to halt Europe’s unprecedented influx of refugees while the bloc failed to agree a plan to distribute them. Crowds of refugees built up at Serbia’s northern border with Hungary, their passage blocked by a razor wire fence.

Australia’s new prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has signalled that more women will be included in his first cabinet to be sworn in next week. “There is no greater enthusiast than me for seeing more women in positions of power and influence in parliament, in ministries right across the country,” Mr Turnbull said in his first news conference as prime minister.


Mike Quirke writes that the most disgusting seat in Croke Park on a big day is the seat of an unused substitute

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Lionel Messi is set to make his 100th Champions League appearance when Barcelona launch their title defence at Roma in a sold-out Stadio Olimpico in tonight’s Group E opener. The Argentinian superstar scored a total of 60 goals and set up 28 more in 60 appearances last season, helping Barca capture a Primera Division, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble.


Donal Lenihan says Ireland need to lay down an early marker at the RWC  to put to bed the mixed messages to emerge from the warm up phase.

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


Ireland has extended its sequence of topping the global foreign direct investment rankings to a fourth consecutive year. Foreign direct investment has long been a cornerstone of the economy with its low corporation tax and highly-educated, English-speaking workforce among the key reasons companies which now employ more than 160,000 people locate here.

The OECD says Ireland’s tax and welfare system has helped lessen the painful economic effects of the crisis for many. The report finds a high level of income inequality, made worse because poorly-educated people are more likely to be unemployed than in many OECD countries.


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Labour effectively has about 10 critical constituencies to identify where it must fight for its life, writes Gerard Howlin


With all eyes on our rugby heroes as the World Cup draws near, Arlene Harrismeets other sportsmen and women who fly the flag for Ireland but remain relatively unknown


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Bus Éireann has insisted that private bus operators subcontracted to provide school transport must meet a number of requirements and are subject to vehicle inspections. The company made the comments yesterday as Jan O’Sullivan, the education minister, defended the safety of school busses following an accident on Monday in which a bus carrying 50 students overturned on a bend outside Fermoy, Co Cork.


The latest generation of Apple’s mobile software – iOS 9 – is all set to be rolled out. This version introduces better multi-tasking options including a split-screen view on iPad, regularly used apps and news appearing on the Search screen, and an improved Siri and new dedicated news app. But before you get the chance to explore all that, there’s a few things you need to tick off so you’re ready for the download.

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When Corkwoman Catherine Leggett returned home to Ballinhassig from her holiday in Wexford, she discovered that she had picked up a little travelling companion unbeknownst to herself.


GAMING: Ubisoft is bringing some swords to the gunshow which For Honor - a tactically rich multiplayer brawler with plenty of blade action

MOVIES: Prometheus may not have been exactly a good film but it did make a lot of money and it sure was pretty... anyway we’re getting a sequel.

TECH: Siri can be a useful fountain of knowledge, but she doesn’t have all the answers as her interjection during a White House press briefing showed.


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Kanye West, who was ordered to complete 250 hours of work at Los Angeles Trade Technical College after allegedly attacking photographer Daniel Ramos and damaging his camera outside LAX airport in July 2013, reportedly received a glowing review from the college’s Dean at a court hearing on Tuesday after spending a total of 262 hours teaching fashion design students.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

As a mother kissed her newborn baby in St Munchin’s Regional Maternity Hospital in Limerick, she was told her daughter was dying in her arms, an inquest heard. Joan Mulcair yesterday recalled her living nightmare, following the birth of her first baby, Caoimhe.


As he prepares to stand down at Wexford Festival Opera, director David Agler tells Cathy Desmond about the highlights of his 15 years at the helmAll set for his swansong: Director David Agler highlights 15 years at Wexford Festival Opera

Volunteers from the multinational tech company harvest food fresh from Fota Gardens, writes Peter Dowdall.Made in Munster: The tech giant Apple harvesting food from Fota Gardens

Peter Dowdall takes a look at a plant that thrives in damp soil and is a key part of Ireland’s biodiversityThe wonders of willows: A key part of Ireland’s biodiversity

Pollutants can have an impact on your health, but there are things you can do to reduce the potential damage.High pollution days ‘lead to more cardiac arrests and strokes’: 5 easy ways to protect yourself

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