Your Friday morning catch-up

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Your Friday morning catch-up


Former minister Pat Carey has stepped down as Fianna Fáil’s director of elections, saying he does not know if he is the minister at the centre of a Garda investigation into alleged child abuse claims.

The families of five Irish students killed when a California balcony collapsed have filed lawsuits over the incident. They claim that previous tenants reported seeing mushrooms – a clear sign of rot – on the Berkeley balcony, but the building’s management did not close the structure off.

Mairia Cahill is set to be elected to the Seanad today. The Belfast woman who revealed her sexual abuse at the hands of an IRA member was nominated by the Labour Party to fill the seat vacated by Jimmy Harte.

The former head of Anglo Irish Bank David Drumm is due in court in the US today, to ask a judge to release him on bail. The court there will deliberate whether to send him back to Ireland where he faces criminal charges related to Anglo’s collapse.

A wind warning remains in place this morning as Storm Abigail sweeps the country. The yellow weather alert will remain in place until at least 9pm tonight with winds expected to reach 90 kilometres per hour in some parts.


The British IS militant Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, has been targeted by US forces in an airstrike, and is almost certainly dead. The Pentagon is assessing whether the extremist was killed in the military action carried out in Syria.

A baby girl has been born with two heads in a hospital in Bangladesh. Born late on Wednesday evening, the baby is being treated for breathing difficulties in the intensive care unit of the hospital in Dhaka.


Richard Keogh has admitted he is looking forward to clashing with Edin Dzekoin Ireland’s Euro 2016 play off clash with Bosnia. “He is a high calibre player,” Keogh said. “We know all about him from the Premier League with Manchester City. Like any professional, I want to play against the best. He’s right up there. From a personal point of view, I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

Sitting out Ireland’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final defeat by Argentina due to suspension was tough to take but there is a little bit of Sean O’Brien that doesn’t regret lashing out at Pascal Papé in the opening minutes of the final pool game against France.


Rents rose last month as the Coalition hotly debated the scale of market controls to cool rocketing private rents.

Fáilte Ireland is welcoming the research from the expert group on future skills needs, saying for the first time we now had a clear idea on where skills were needed. The study had found a shortage of junior chefs and receptionists, amongst others.


I’m in the mood for quotas — the kind that involve one in every two human beings on the planet getting a fair crack of the whip and having their opinions and talents aired, says Alison O’Connor.


Work balance and holiday vacation rights are compared in Germany and the U.S. as Mreike Graepel andSheila Langan, who livie in these different parts of the world describe their working culture.


Rob Heffernan kicks off the Lifestyle Sports ’Run in The Dark’ in association with the Mark Pollock Trust in Cork City.


A major US fashion retailer has shot some amazing promotional photos in Kerry and we all want to immediately get in a car and head west.

BAE Systems recently bought a 20% stake in a company developing a radical engine that could propel aircraft into space.


GAMING: We’ve been hearing about it for a long time now but the Xbox One’s new dashboard update is finally here - and you can download it right now.

MOVIES: Weird kids classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory is 44 years old this year, and the kids from the original film have come back together to talk about working on the adaptation with Gene Wilder.

TECH: The very smart folks at iFixit have got their hands on an iPad Pro, which naturally means that the next step is to break it apart


Phil “Philthy Animal” Taylor, the former drummer with British rock band Motorhead, has died. The 61-year-old played with the heavy metal group from 1975 to 1984 and 1987 to 1992 alongside frontman Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister and guitarist “Fast” Eddie Clarke.


The country’s fishing watchdog has said a supertrawler currently operating off Ireland’s Atlantic coast is likely to be inspected — even though it is not doing anything illegal.

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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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