Your Tuesday morning catch-up

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Your Tuesday morning catch-up


The stepdaughters of a man who has been jailed for eight years for sexually abusing them for a decade say they will never forgive him and their mother. Despite John Joe Patterson being found guilty earlier this year of 39 counts of sexual assault, the mother of Emma and Vanessa Witherow still refuses to believe her daughters’ accounts.

Emergency laws could be agreed by Cabinet this morning, to salvage the Commission of Investigation into IBRC. Ministers will meet to discuss the fallout after the Commission’s chairman said he did not have the power to demand the necessary documents from the bank. Obstacles to the IBRC inquiry continuing its work were discussed by the judge leading the investigation in August last — two months before Enda Kenny was informed of the problems.

New measures could see landlords face fines of up to €3,000 if they lie to tenants about plans to sell their house. Elsewhere, a group representing the property and construction sectors is calling for the appointment of a Cabinet Minister for Housing.

A man has been arrested after an attack on a garda this morning. Gardaí responded to a report that a car was on fire at New Campbell’s Bridge in Cabra at around 5.30am this morning.


The party of Burma opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi accused the government election panel of intentionally delaying results. The claim by the National League for Democracy adds an uncertain twist to what has so far been an amicable election, where the ruling party appeared to be taking its expected loss gracefully.

Climate change could push more than 100m people into extreme poverty by 2030 by disrupting agriculture and fueling the spread of malaria and other diseases, the World Bank said in a report.


Martin O’Neill is prepared to give Shane Long every chance to prove his fitness for the European Championship play-off against Bosnia, although the Ireland manager concedes that, if the Southampton striker is to successfully shake off the effects of an ankle injury, it might only be in time for the second leg in Dublin next Monday.

Russia faces being banned from the Rio 2016 Olympics after an investigation revealed “state-sponsored” doping on a wide scale in one of sport’s biggest ever scandals. Meanwhile, the Ireland athletics team manager fears the unfolding doping and corruption scandal may extend beyond Russia, who were accused yesterday of “sabotaging” the London Games.


The Government hit workers’ private pensions for close to €2.4bn over a five- year period through its much-maligned pension levy, new figures reveal.

This follows the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO), which collects royalties on behalf of artists, confirming that licence revenues last year fell 2% to €28m from €28.65m.


Christmas is coming with a return to consumerism – that’s all we need to make us happy. But, are we missing the trick? asks Fergus Finlay


With just a little over six weeks left until Christmas thrifty shoppers should be planning their budget. Carefully managed spending now is the key to a financially happy New Year.


18-year-old cancer patient Jake Bailey was told by his doctors that he wouldn’t be able to attend his school’s prize giving ceremony as he lay in his hospital bed, it was advice he felt he had to ignore. Jake’s story is an inspiring one.


Saturday night’s episode of Doctor Who was one of the most talked about episodes of the series because of a rousing and powerful speech given by The Doctor (Peter Capaldi), about the consequences of war.

Aussie golfers James Macklin and Connor Reeves had a walk on the wild side they will never forget last month. While playing a leisurely two-ball on a course in Brisbane the duo came across a local kangaroo.


GAMING: There’s a new modification for the PC version of Alien Isolation which quite simply removes the title character to make things easier

MOVIES: The Little Mermaid is coming back to the big screen with Chloe Moretz set to star

TECH: Chinese tech company Xiaomi has managed to release another really cheap fitness band that even checks your heart-rate


BBC broadcaster Michael Buerk has revealed there is “no problem with nudity” on ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! Writing in this week’s Radio Times, he opened up about being told the jungle rules and the behaviour that was banned for being “inappropriate” by ITV.


A schoolboy given just three weeks to live has delivered an emotional speech to his entire school after being diagnosed with Burkitts non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a very fast growing and aggressive form of cancer.

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