Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

Your Thursday lunchtime catch-up


Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini have both been provisionally banned for 90 days from any football-related activity in a ruling that throws world football into total meltdown.

Lidl is to become the first big employer here to commit to paying the "living wage" of €11.50 an hour from November 1.

The company that built a 200-child primary school in 2008 — found, by accident, six years later to have serious fire safety concerns — has constructed at least 25 other schools for the State, including two since the issues emerged.

The Taoiseach is expected to announce radical welfare reforms tonight, which will form part of the Fine Gael manifesto.

HIQA has raised concerns about Letterkenny General Hospital and has identified a number of high risks. It carried out an unannounced inspection on June 18 and discovered poor hygiene standards in various areas.

SIPTU has said it expects some disruption to rail services in about two weeks’ time as the dispute with Irish Rail continues.


The boss of Volkswagen in the United States has admitted he knew about the company’s emissions scandal more than a year ago.

A man will appear in court today charged with the murder of English police officer Dave Phillips.

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