Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

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

Your Wednesday lunchtime catch-up

IRELAND

A junior minister could be facing expulsion from government after saying he supported an Opposition motion to recognise Travellers as an ethnic minority. Labour’s Aodhán Ó Riordáin said he supported the motion going to a vote tonight even though it has been rejected by the Government.

The Taoiseach has hit out at the management of Tallaght Hospital for leaving a 91-year-old man on a trolley for 29 hours. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin described the case as a "damning indictment" of emergency departments that were "chaotic and out of control".

A woman whose mother died at Naas General Hospital last year has said she was badly let down by the health system in her final days. Noreen Burns was transferred to Naas from Tallaght Hospital last summer because there was no Intensive Care Unit (ICU) bed available for her in Tallaght.

A 16-year-old was so lacking in empathy for the victims of serious assaults, by him, had found the offences “funny” when he recounted to his probation officer the litany of injuries he had caused.

Follow live updates from Day 2 of the Web Summit HERE.

WORLD

The first 30 refugees to be relocated from Greece have boarded a plane in Athens bound for Luxembourg. The journey of six families from Syria and Iraq mark the start of a programme seeking to relocate refugees who have arrived in Greece from nearby Turkey to other European Union countries without them having to make the arduous and often dangerous overland journey across the Balkans on foot.

A 22-year-old woman has been stoned to death in Afghanistan by a group of men identified as Taliban insurgents after she was accused of adultery, an official said. The woman, identified only as Rokhshana, was thrown into a hole in the ground and stoned to death, according to Abdul Hai Khateby, spokesman for the governor of central Ghor province.

SPORT

Rory McIlroy remains hopeful of competing in the WGC-HSBC Champions event in Shanghai despite suffering from a severe bout of food poisoning. While recovering he spent some time on Facebook, posting an update on his trip to Shanghai and then responding to fans who commented on his post. One fan will be delighted with his reply.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has spoken to former captain Steven Gerrard about the prospect of him returning to the club, but only in regards to training. The 35-year-old midfielder is currently in the Major League Soccer off-season after his summer move to the Los Angeles Galaxy.

RUGBY WORLD CUP CENTRE

Rugby World Champions New Zealand were treated to an epic welcome when they returned home with the Webb Ellis Trophy. Richie McCaw and his men flew into Auckland with the trophy they claimed by beating Michael Cheika’s Australia in the World Cup final at Twickenham last weekend.

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

BUSINESS

Ryanair has said it saw a 15% lift in traffic in the month of October. The airline carried 9.68m passengers last month, bringing its total passenger traffic to date this year to 98.6m.

US car safety regulators have fined Japan’s Takata Corporation $70m for concealing evidence for years that its airbags were prone to explode with grisly consequences – a defect linked to eight deaths and more than 100 injuries worldwide.

ANALYSIS

The enactment of power in economic crisis by Haughey after 1987 and of Gilmore after 2011 was remarkably similar, writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

It’s been 80 years since Monopoly, the game that gave us the ‘Get out of jail card’, hit our shelves and players are showing no signs of getting bored with it, writesJonathan deBurca Butler

VIDEO

It was butterbeers, firewhiskey and pumpkin juice all round as hundreds of UCC’s best witches and wizards attended the magical Yule Ball.

VIRAL

We’re not sure if it is the playful panda, the people in full lycra suits or the random moving furniture but we really like this IKEA advert currently showing in Malaysia.

Heatons department store has been criticised after unveiling a new chocolate bar to commemorate the 1916 rising. The bar which costs €2.99 is available in stores now and features the leaders of the Easter Rising as well as a reproduction of the Proclamation.

TECHNOW

GAMING: There’s a distinctive image in the second trailer for The Force Awakens with a crashed Star Destroyer on the desert planet of Jakku. The free Battle of Jakku DLC for Star Wars: Battlefront may give us some indication as to how that happened.

MOVIES: 13 Hours The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is the latest film from director Michael Bay, telling the story of what happened when an American diplomatic building in the Libyan city was overrun by Islamist militants in September 2012.

TECH: The company behind the Polarioid Cube pocket camera is starting legal proceedings against action cam makers GoPro.

SHOWBIZ

Sinead Kennedy has admitted that she’s had several embarrassing moments over her TV career – but none were as bad as when she interviewed Robert Sheehan about a movie he wasn’t even in.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Last night, on the Six One News, Sharon Ní Bheoláin was at the RDS for a live broadcast at the Web Summit and interviewed co-founder Daire Hickey. And people were not impressed with the combative interview.

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