Your Thursday evening catch-up

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.
Your Thursday evening catch-up


Following a court appearance a man has been remanded for two weeks for further questioning following the suspicious death of his wife in Holland. The woman, believed to have been from Limerick who grew up in Cork, moved to the Netherlands five or six years ago.

Joan Burton has defended Labour’s Seanad by-election candidate Mairia Cahill for declining to take part in public debates.

Flights at Dublin Airport are facing disruptions this afternoon due to Storm Abigail.

Fewer people will apply for J1 visas after changes to the programme, according to the Union of Students in Ireland (USI).


A woman who duped her female friend into having sex by pretending to be a man for two years has been jailed for eight years. Gayle Newland, 25, of Willaston, Cheshire, disguised her appearance and voice as she persuaded the other woman to put on a blindfold when they met up.

Sweden has introduced border controls, as a high number of refugees look to repatriate there.

A Norway-based Iraqi Kurdish terror recruitment ring that sent people to fight in Iraq and Syria alongside Islamic State has been broken up, with 13 arrests made in Italy, Britain and Norway.

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From florist to fraudster, leaving a trail of destruction from North Cork, to Waterford, to Clare, to Wexford and through the midlands ... learn how mistress of re-invention, Catherine O'Brien, scammed her way around rural Ireland.

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