Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

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Your Monday lunchtime catch-up

TOP STORY

A strong earthquake in northern Afghanistan has shaken buildings across South Asia,  killing dozens of people and cutting power and communications.

IRELAND

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger has expressed her distaste at what she termed the “voiciferious and vocal minority” of protestors  who chanted as she attempted to make a speech when the abortion bus rolled in to Cork on Saturday morning.

The quality of doctors taking up posts in the Irish health service has deteriorated  because there are few incentives  to attract the highly trained, while workloads are so onerous that there is little scope to utilise expertise acquired abroad.

400 members of the Irish travelling community will attend an audience with Pope Francis  in the Vatican today.

Shannon Airport could be set to lose at least two routes next summer,  while the frequency on others is also expected to be cut.

WORLD

A powerful 7.7-magnitude earthquake in northern Afghanistan  has rocked cities across South Asia.

An attacker has tried to crash his car through the gates of an army barracks  in southern Belgium but fled in the vehicle after shots were fired, a government official says.

SPORT

Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has pulled off a remarkable coup by landing Dónal Óg Cusack  as coach and selector for 2016.

New Cork football manager Peadar Healy has no intention of opening the door  to a renewal of dual inter-county players for Cork, he confirmed yesterday.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Australia boss Michael Cheika had few qualms branding his Wallabies the underdogs for Saturday’s World Cup final  against defending champions New Zealand.

For more latest news, views and banter visit our Rugby World Cup Centre HERE

BUSINESS

Tayto will now be owned by a German company after the founder Ray Coyle  sold his shares.

New governor Philip Lane has a strong reputation  among his peers,  moved to calm investor fears yesterday by maintaining its confidence in returning to profitability by the end of next year.

ANALYSIS

As he prepares to vacate his mastership of one of the world’s oldest maternity hospitals,  Dr Sam Coulter Smith deliberates on the nation’s maternity services, says Catherine Shanahan

LIFESTYLE

Ed Power invokes the ghosts of dot matrix printers floppies, mixed tapes  and the old phone box

VIDEO

Socialist Party TD Ruth Coppinger has expressed her distaste at what she termed the “voiciferious and vocal minority” of protestors  who chanted as she attempted to make a speech when the abortion bus rolled in to Cork on Saturday morning.

VIRAL

Another day, another fictional character running amok in the real world  and getting himself arrested.

A man dressed as the Star Wars character was detained after he violated a law forbidding campaigning on election day. He had driven to the polling station to persuade people to vote for – wait for it – Darth Vader.

A spacecraft will this week be sent plunging deep through a fountain of icy spray , erupting from an extraterrestrial ocean that could harbour life.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection is giving new and returning fans  the chance to adventure as Nathan Drake. Here’s why you should play it.

MOVIES: More than 100 cinemas in the UK and Ireland will be screening the upcoming special episode of Sherlock: The Abominable Bride, on January 1st, 2016.

TECH: Samsung first showed off the Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic a few weeks ago, but is now ready to share pricing and availability details.

SHOWBIZ

David Bowie will be releasing a new album  on his 69th birthday.

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Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald has pulled off a remarkable coup by landing Dónal Óg Cusack  as coach and selector for 2016.

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