Your Wednesday evening catch-up

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


The parish priest of the Connors family, five of whom perished in the Carrickmines fire, will raise the matter of prejudice against Travellers at their removal. Fr Dermot Lane says the tragedy has raised serious questions about our priorities as a society.

Union representatives say they are not hopeful that a rail strike scheduled for rush hour on Friday morning will be called off. Siptu, the NBRU and Irish Rail management are meeting at the Workplace Relations Commission this afternoon after 14 hours of talks yesterday achieved no major progress.

The head of Volkswagen in Ireland says no customer’s car should be devalued as a result of the emissions scandal. The company says it is writing to all Volkswagen customers this week to outline options to address the emissions problems with their cars.

Two findings of poor professional performance have been made against a Consultant Gynaecologist, but he has been cleared of all other allegations at a Fitness to Practise inquiry. Peter Van Geene was under investigation for hysterectomies he performed on four women at Aut Even Private Hospital in Kilkenny between 2009 and 2011.

The Garda Commissioner Noirin O’Sullivan has hit out at the Fianna Fáil leaders description of the border region as a "twilight zone". Meanwhile, Gerry Adams has told the Dáil his party is not run by the IRA Army Council.


A nurse who is being treated for a late complication of an Ebola infection has “made a significant improvement”, doctors have said. Pauline Cafferkey, 39, was admitted to the isolation unit at the Royal Free Hospital in north west London earlier this month after becoming unwell in Glasgow.

Freezing temperatures and burning tents have heightened the misery of thousands of refugees pushing travelling through Europe. A fire broke out at a camp for refugees in Slovenia, the current gateway to Austria and beyond. The cause of the fire at the camp in Brezice, on Slovenia’s border with Croatia, is not clear, but refugees had been lighting fires outside their tents to ward off the chilly autumn weather.

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