Your Wednesday morning catch-up

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Your Wednesday morning catch-up

IRELAND

Housing and homeless charities have cautiously welcomed new measures to ease the rental crisis but called on the Government to go further and link rents to the consumer price index. This was echoed by one family who have seen their rent jump in recent months and are now looking at moving away from relatives and friends in Dublin to find a more affordable home.

A former Government minister is being investigated by Gardaí for allegations of sexual abuse. It is reported the investigation is being carried out by a specialist garda child protection unit in Dublin.

A former British soldier remains in custody in the North this morning as part of the investigation into the Bloody Sunday shootings. The 66 year-old man was detained in County Antrim yesterday and taken to Belfast for questioning.

The anniversary of the ending of World War One is being marked around the globe today. Armistice Day commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Versailles 97 years ago.

A UCC student has claimed that the college’s health centre turned them away after they had presented following a suicide attempt. The student has claimed they did not meet with anyone at the centre or receive any appointment to meet with a professional after they informed reception that they had attempted suicide.

Enda Kenny was yesterday accused of “stonewalling” over claims the Government knew — months before last weekend’s announcement — that a State investigation into IBRC, Siteserv and other matters was at risk of collapsing.

WORLD

An international summit on the refugee crisis begins today in Malta. The two day meeting of EU and African leaders is aimed at improving co-operation on the migration issue.

Nine people have died after a private jet crashed into a house in the US state of Ohio. The plane came down on approach to an airport near the city of Akron.

SPORT

Roy Keane has said thinks Ireland should "look at Friday, do the country proud, and and be alive and fighting on Monday night,” when they take on Bosnia-Herzegovina in the Euro 2016 play-off tie this week.

Legendary former jockey Lester Piggott last night described Pat Eddery as “ a natural horseman” after his close friend died in the early hours of yesterday morning, aged 63.

BUSINESS

The scandal over Russian doping in athletics could send sponsors running for cover and turn off fans worried their track and field heroes may be cheats. Several major brands are already dealing with the fall-out from the corruption scandal engulfing world football’s governing body Fifa.

The president of the Cork Chamber of Commerce last night urged the Government to encourage the building of new homes in all urban centres, including Cork, and not predominantly focus on Dublin, because housing shortages were beginning to affect international investment decisions right across the country.

ANALYSIS

The paltry representation of women on-air today belies the fact that from the foundation of the State women were fully equal and indeed a majority among electors, writes Gerard Howlin

LIFESTYLE

While we may joke about death, funerals are generally a times of great sorrow. This is changing however, not just in Ireland but around the world, writes Margaret Carragher

VIDEO

A ’Secret Spectrum’ workshop took place in Skibbereen Library recently - and these kids from Gaelscoil Dr. Uí Shúilleabháin learned how to see colours in the light around them.

VIRAL

A woman in California says she found a dead alien, after she discovered a pink, slimy creature lying in her garden. Gianna Peponis posted the photo on Facebook, before it was circulated on Reddit, and no one can work out exactly what the strange looking body actually is.

Daniel Fleetwood, a terminally ill Star Wars fan, whose dream to see ’The Force Awakens’ before he passed away was granted last week, has died at the age of 32.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Fallout 4 is out, and we’ve been getting to grips with the very first moments of the game.

MOVIES: Pixar’s most forgetful fish, Dory, remembers "something" from her past in the first trailer for Finding Dory. And she’s off to find her family. But don’t worry, she’s still the same forgetful Dory everyone knows and loves.

TECH: It’s 2015 and the future is finally here with the arrival of actual jetpacks that pretty much work. We can’t wait to commute in one of these!

SHOWBIZ

Queen and singer Adam Lambert have been announced as the closing night headliners at next year’s Isle of Wight Festival. The Sunday night show will be the band’s debut performance at a UK music festival which guitarist Brian May says former frontman Freddie Mercury would have loved to attend.

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A UCC student has claimed that the college’s health centre turned them away after they had presented following a suicide attempt. The student has claimed they did not meet with anyone at the centre or receive any appointment to meet with a professional after they informed reception that they had attempted suicide.

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