Your Wednesday morning catch-up

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


Ireland is ready for a gay taoiseach, according to an Irish Examiner/ICMSA national opinion poll of farmers.  In the survey of farming households, 45% of respondents said the country was now ready for its first gay taoiseach, with 20% saying they are strongly in favour. However, more than one in three (36%) strongly disagreed with the statement.

Ministers have backed Taoiseach Enda Kenny as he faced down accusations of being dishonest and dodging questions about his role in the resignation of the Garda commissioner.

One of Cork’s most established politicians,  minister of state Kathleen Lynch,  opposes the merger of Cork’s city and county councils.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

Justice ministers “snatched victory from the jaws of defeat” the vice-president of the European Commission admitted  after a U-turn on the refugee crisis by eastern European countries. 

A “ginger extremist” who fantasised about shooting Prince Charles so Harry could be king  has been found guilty of plotting a terror attack “for the Aryan people”.


Football Association board member Heather Rabbatts has expressed her “sadness and anger”  at news of Chelsea team doctor Eva Carneiro’s departure from the club.

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Putting a retractable roof on Croke Park is not a feasible option i in countering the inclement weather which spoilt Sunday’s football final, according to Stadium Director Peter McKenna. 


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Scotland prop WP Nel insists the Dark Blues are ready for whatever Japan throw at them. The Brave Blossoms have become the darlings of the World Cup since beating South Africa in Brighton on Saturday.

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


Lowering the cost of the Universal Social Charge by a percentage point 1.28m taxpayers earning over €17,575 would cost the exchequer €364m, or over half of all the amount that Finance Minister Michael Noonan has indicated would be available for tax cuts in his pre-election budget next month.

Most eurozone bond yields fell yesterday,  including the cost of borrowing for the Irish Government, after ECB policy makers hinted at their readiness to modify or expand their unprecedented stimulus programme should market turbulence warrant further action.


Enda Kenny should have faced an Oireachtas committee over the Callinan scandal, writes Michael Clifford .


It’s September again and we’re all looking for midweek dinner inspiration.  So Joe McNamee asked some top chers from some quick, nutritious dishes that kids will happily eat


Irish Examiner’s videographer Dan Linehan puts on his crash helmet and treats us to a very quick, very comprehensive and sometimes nauseating tour of the site of the National Ploughing Championships 2015.  Thousands of people are expected to visit Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois for the championships this year. 



It’s been all go at the National Ploughing Championships in Ratheniska, County Laois. Not only has there been a hell of a lot of ploughing, the world record for most cups of tea poured in an hour was also broken.  

Erin Solari has shared this video of her grandparents sharing a wonderfully touching moment in the final days of her grandmother’s life.  Howard, 92, from Sarasota in Florida, sings "their love song", "You’ll Never Know" by Rosemary Clooney, to Laura, 93 as she lies in her hospice bed. 


GAMING: There’s a completely redesigned Xbox One dashboard on the way. In a new video from the Xbox YouTube channel, Larry “Major Nelson” Hryb and Xbox Eningeer Richard Irving go through it in detail.

MOVIES: After becoming one of the biggest box office successes of all time, Jurassic World was always destined to have a sequel. And it’s already in the works, with the major cast returning for some more dino-stories.

TECH: Huawei’s Nexus is rumoured to offer 128GB of inbuilt storage, which would be a first for a Nexus device.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

The cast of ’Coronation Street’ will have had four full run-throughs before the live episode tonight  A new image of the 47 cast members involved in the highly anticipated special episode has been released along with a list of fun facts.


Your Wednesday morning catch-up

"On Monday night I brought my two small boys down town in Tralee to take a look at the most dreaded aspect of losing an All-Ireland final for the players – the homecoming. "The dark grey weather matched the sombre mood on the streets and in the second bus." Mick Quirke on the homecoming of the Kerry players after the All-Ireland final.


These green pancakes are topped with avocado, tomato and cottage cheese.How to make Jamie Oliver’s super spinach pancakes

Who else can pull off a look described as a ‘hip-hop Michelin woman’?As her new EP drops, this is why there will never be a style icon quite like Missy Elliott

The classic white-tipped look is once again in favour, and celebs are loving it.The French manicure is back – 5 modern ways to try the trend

The A-Listers hiding in plain sight: As Rihanna is spotted at the cricket, who are the celebs who have been living under our noses in Ireland? Ed Power reports.Celebs in plain sight: The A-Listers living under our noses in Ireland

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