Your Thursday morning catch-up

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Your Thursday morning catch-up


Eighteen registered sex offenders are living within walking distance of a cluster of schools near Cork City centre housing thousands of students. The offenders are living close to a cluster of primary and secondary schools in the Wellington Road area in Cork’s north inner city area.

The Irish Medical Organisation is calling for a whole system approach to solve the problem of crowding in emergency departments. Yesterday, it emerged that a 91-year-old patient was left waiting on a trolley in Tallaght Hospital for 29 hours.

Last-minute talks to avert a second train drivers’ strike at Iarnrod Éireann are resuming this morning. The negotiations over pay and productivity broke up last night without reaching an agreement between unions and management at Irish Rail.

A man who tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl in Co Laois is due to be sentenced today. Last week, the court praised the bravery of her younger brother who managed to help her escape by clinging onto the man’s jeep.

It is claimed Ireland could be almost €3bn a year worse off if the UK pulled out of the European Union. The Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) says the 20% drop would come from lost trade and increased energy costs.


Pressure is mounting on US broadcaster NBC to cancel Donald Trump’s guest-host appearance on this weekend’s Saturday Night Live. A coalition of advocacy groups have delivered petitions to the network calling for him to be dropped from the TV show.

The Russian passenger plane which crashed in Egypt on Saturday “may well have been brought down by an explosive device”, the British Government has said. The announcement came as a doctor studying the bodies of the dead said most of the burns were ante-mortem, suffered before death, indicating that there must have been enormous flames inside the cabin as the plane broke up.


There will be a sense in Kilkenny that order has been restored after they claimed the largest share of this year’s GAA-GPA Opel hurling All Stars with seven accolades. Unlike last year, when All-Ireland runners-up Tipperary trumped them by one in the individual stakes and 2012 when Galway were honoured with two more than the All-Ireland winning Cats, they are best represented in the team with Galway next in line collecting four All Starss.

Munster boss Anthony Foley insists the province are determined to hang onto Ireland wing Simon Zebo and is hopeful a new deal can be reached in the coming weeks to head off Toulon interest.


Bank of Ireland said it remains on track to buy back €1.3bn of preferred stock issued during the financial crisis, even as its capital level fell in the third quarter on a widening pension deficit. The bank has faced a backlash after it unveiled plans to restrict over-the-counter withdrawals and lodgements in a move the finance minister described as “surprising and unnecessary”.

Stripe is aiming to double in size and expand into new markets in the coming year, as the online payments company founded by Irish brothers Patrick and John Collison, continues its rapid expansion.


Female delegates outdress male counterparts at the Web Summit but are outnumbered, says Joyce Fegan


The founder of the Waterford Whispers satirical site tells Richard Fitzpatrick about the fine line he walks to avoid ending up in the High Court


Facebook’s company’s chief technical officer, Mike Schroepfer, said the company plans to "effectively build a teleporter," according to Business Insider.


As Essena O’Neill takes her final bow from the world of social media, reporter Laura Dennison explores whether success today is directly proportional to your online presence.

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.


GAMING: Call of Duty: Black Ops III will feature the prestige system and Treyarch has unveiled the emblems that players will earn. It’s hard to pick a favourite.

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: Finland has designed a range of country-themed emoji making it the first country in the world to do so.


CeeLo Green, Sir Lenny Henry and FKA Twigs were among the big winners at this year’s Mobo Awards. See who won what here.


On Tuesday’s 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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