Your Monday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.

Your Monday evening catch-up


Scientists have spotted some mysterious marks on the Martian surface which change with the seasons, and scientists believe they’re almost certainly caused by flowing water.


A taxi driver was found dead on a road a short distance from his car in Co Louth. Named locally as Martin Mulligan, a father of two daughters and from Dundalk, he is believed to have been attacked and stabbed a few miles outside the town.

Twelve Irish families have been chosen to home up to 20 children from Syria who need immediate care. The families are working with International Orphan Aid and have all been approved in line with the Hague convention.

In our Farming Poll it was revealed that a majority (53%) agreed that assisted suicide should be permitted in certain circumstances, with 22% strongly in favour.

For more news, data and analysis on the 2015 Farming Poll, click HERE.


Volkswagen has reportedly suspended its research and development chiefs following the emissions scandal. Those leading future projects for its VW, Audi and Porsche brands have apparently been put on leave.

The UN secretary-general has called for the situation in Syria to be referred to the International Criminal Court. World leaders including President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin are among a global gathering of leaders with the conflict high on the agenda.

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