Welcome to your Thursday morning briefing. Let us ensure you’re up to speed on what’s happening and are prepared for the day ahead.
BRIEFING TOP STORY
FIRST US EBOLA PATIENT DIES IN TEXAS HOSPITAL
The first person diagnosed with ebola in the US died yesterday as the government ordered five airports to screen passengers from West Africa for fever.
CONSUMER GROUP SWITCH FOCUS TO HEALTH INSURANCE BILLS
The campaigners who secured deals for over tens of thousands of people on their electricity bills are looking to do the same for health insurance.
PROOF OF ILLNESS MAY BE SOUGHT TO CUT WATER BILL
People who seek reduced water charges on health grounds may be asked to provide evidence of their medical needs and could face an audit if their usage is too high.
COUPLE RELATE THE JOYS OF SEX TO POPE AND HIS PRELATES
Pope Francis, cardinals and bishops from around the world have been given an unexpected lecture on the joys of sex, from an Australian couple brought in to talk about what makes a marriage last.
CAVE ART SHEDS NEW LIGHT ON EARLY MANKIND
Cave paintings as old as those found in Europe have been found in Indonesia, raising new questions about early mankind and the development of art in prehistoric times.
CUNNINGHAM'S CAPITAL DELIGHT
Former Cork selector Ger Cunningham was last night appointed as Anthony Daly’s successor as Dublin manager, being handed a three-year term.
KEANE SADDENED BY EXILE IRELAND
Roy Keane shares Niall Quinn’s disappointment at Stephen Ireland’s international exile — insisting representing Ireland should rank as the high point of a player’s career.
IRISH BANKS CONCLUDE ECB STRESS TEST TALKS
It is believed that the Irish banks have concluded their meetings with the ECB to discuss the comprehensive assessment of the banking system.
TAPPING INTO PEOPLE POWER IN 2-HORSE RACE IN DUBLIN SOUTH WEST
Whoever emerges as victor in tomorrow’s Dublin South West by-election, this particular poll could well be a weather vane for the shifting winds of politics, writes Michael Clifford.
NEW BOOK EXLORES THE MEANING OF LIFE BUT WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR #LIFEINATWEET
What is your meaning of life - in a tweet? Let us know using the hash tag #lifeinatweet and we'll compile a list of the best contributions later in the week.
ACTRESS PAUL TO DIVORCE THICKE
Paula Patton has filed for divorce from Robin Thicke and is asking for joint custody of their son.
BLUE SKIES ON THE HORIZON FOR BRITISH GAA CLUBS
IT’S been the year the British forged a surprising love affair with GAA sports from the safe distance of their TV screens, writes Nick Bramhill
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WOMAN SURVIVES 17 DAYS - AND BEING CHASED BY CROC - IN AUSTRALIAN RAINFOREST
A 30-year-old woman missing for more than two weeks in an Australian rainforest has stumbled out alive after surviving on creek water and small fish.
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