Your Wednesday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.
Your Wednesday evening catch-up


America’s Central Intelligence Agency used the music of Irish boyband Westlife to torture a man it was interrogating in Afghanistan, according to a civil liberties group that filed a law suit against the men who designed the CIA torture program.

A new referendum has been proposed to stop the Taoiseach Enda Kenny having the power to call an early general election. The bill from Shane Ross would create a constitutional amendment so that elections to the Dáil would take place every five years.

Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council has agreed that members of the travelling community, whose halting site was destroyed in a fire which killed 10 people, will be housed at a temporary site for six months instead of eight. Council officials have met with local residents who have blocked the temporary site to discuss their concerns.

The Dáil has officially rejected a call for a public holiday next year for the 1916 commemorations. Sinn Féin had put forward proposals for ’Lá na Poblachta’ to take place on April 24 next year and each year thereafter.


Iran and its proxy militia in Lebanon have poured in hundreds of fighters to central and northern Syria in recent days. Syrian activists say the Iranian and Hezbollah fighters are taking advantage of Russian air cover to go on the offensive against insurgents in those areas

A nurse who is being treated for a late complication of an Ebola infection in England is now “critically ill” after her condition “deteriorated”, the hospital treating her has said. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, was admitted to the isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north west London on Friday after becoming unwell in Glasgow.

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