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IRELAND

Gillian Treacy describes the death of her son, Ciarán, 4, in a crash caused by a drunken driver.

Paul O’Connell will be conferred with an honorary doctorate of science by the University of Limerick on November 5.

More than 630 children are currently on a waiting list for orthopaedic surgery at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital in Crumlin — a 19% increase on 2014, despite the use of a private hospital to try and reduce numbers.

Gardaí are still trying to identify a young man knocked down and killed by a van in Co Carlow yesterday.

One and two cent coins will be phased out from today as part of the Central Bank’s Rounding in Ireland scheme.

WORLD

The stepbrother of Becky Watts sobbed uncontrollably as he recounted how he killed the teenager after trying to force her into a suitcase during a kidnap attempt.

Residents in a Pakistani town that was among the worst-affected by this week’s massive earthquake are seeking help to rebuild their damaged homes.

SPORT

The introduction of a second tier All-Ireland senior football championship following the provincial competitions is on the cards if the proposals up for debate are anything to go by.

London Irish CEO Bob Casey admits his side could be opening the door to America for the Irish provinces after it was confirmed their Aviva Premiership game with Saracens in March will take place in New Jersey.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Ireland wing Tommy Bowe will miss this season’s RBS 6 Nations Championship due to a knee injury he suffered during the World Cup quarter-final defeat against Argentina nine days ago.

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

BUSINESS

Serious misgivings have been expressed over the adequacy of Dublin’s digital infrastructure with a range of connectivity issues raised by a new report.

Pre-tax profits at the main Irish unit of US security software developer McAfee increased last year by 7% to €25m.

ANALYSIS

Bernard-Henri Lévy finds extreme danger in a ‘fifth column’ of Western supporters who slavishly endorse every move by the Russian president.

LIFESTYLE

The workplace should have changed radically with a twofold increase in women in the workplace compared to the ’60s. But has it, asks Andrea Mara. Or are women acting like men to get ahead?

VIDEO

Students from UCC have given their thoughts and reactions to a video showing students singing, shouting and kicking bags of rubbish late at night on Magazine Road near UCC in Cork

VIRAL

It’s not just humans in America that love Halloween season – they also rope their dogs into the celebrations too.

From an easy way to get the lid to sit properly back on the top, how to make a chimney and how to carve the design, here’s how to get your pumpkin ready.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Sony looks set to embrace the notion of competitive gaming with the launch of its own esports platform called PlayStation Plus League.

MOVIES: The soundtrack for Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer is almost good enough to sell us on the movie on its own. Now, it’s been re-used by a fan who has put together a trailer for the original Star Wars trilogy.

TECH: MEPs have voted to kill off roaming charges in the European Union from June 2017.

SHOWBIZ

Brad Pitt says having Angelina Jolie as his boss was "sexy". The actor stars in ’By The Sea’ with his wife, who also directed the movie, and Brad loved having Angelina in charge.

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The parents of a four-year-old boy who was killed after a drunk driver collided with their car has told a sentence hearing that the family is "paralysed with grief and in the depths of despair".

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