Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

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Your Friday lunchtime catch-up

IRELAND

Video has emerged of a confrontation between gardaí and protesters at a property auction in Gorey, Co Wexford, in which a garda is seen using a baton during the melee. It is understood some of the properties being auctioned at the hotel in Gorey were secured on NAMA loans and are in the control of a receiver.

Mairia Cahill has won the Seanad by-election, winning 122 out of 188 valid votes. She was nominated by the Labour Party to fill the seat vacated by Jimmy Harte.

A US government Attorney has said former Anglo Irish Bank CEO David Drumm is a "clear flight risk" and could flee if released on bail.

Dublin Bus has said passenger safety is their number one concern after a wheel fell off a bus in Dublin city centre during the week.

WORLD

An 87-year-old German woman who is a prominent neo-Nazi has been convicted of Holocaust denial and sentenced to 10 months in prison. Ursula Haverbeck said she will appeal over Thursday’s ruling by the Hamburg state court, Bild newspaper reported.

The bodies of seven babies have been found in a German town.

The British IS militant Mohammed Emwazi, known as Jihadi John, has been targeted by US forces in an airstrike, and is almost certainly dead.

SPORT

Republic of Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has revealed that striker Shane Long has made “significant improvement” from his injury and is fighting to be fit for the second leg of Ireland’s Euro 2016 qualifiers in Dublin on Monday.

Two stats stand out from Ireland’s rollercoaster of a European Championship qualifying campaign — four points from six against world champions Germany and one from six against also rans Scotland.

Russia will learn its fate later today when the ruling council of athletics’ world governing body meets to decide on action on the doping scandal.

BUSINESS

Dublin City University is leading the development of a new diabetes detection system, and has received a €5m grant to pursue its work. The grant was awarded to the DEXLIFE project through the Horizon 2020 programme.

Following a failed attempt at parity earlier this year, the euro may be set to make a more convincing foray at parity to the US dollar.

ANALYSIS

Financial support for action against climate change in developing countries is morally and economically the right thing to do, writes Nicholas Stern.

LIFESTYLE

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

VIDEO

The Republic of Ireland have travelled over to Bosnia for the first leg of their Euro 2016 qualifier tonight. Our sports reporter, Shaun Cronin, was there to see the venue.

VIRAL

Tonight, Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh will be hosting a one-off special showcasing the kids who auditioned for the TV3 Toy Show. Mia, 8, and Kelsey, 9, are both smitten with nine-year-old Kyle and are not shy about fighting over who gets to kiss him.

Earlier this week we brought you the first TV-spot (of which we are guessing there will be thousands) for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Well hold onto your hats folks because another one arrived last night.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Nintendo focused on The Legend of Zelda at its latest Nintendo Direct conference, showing off footage from some upcoming titles and revealing new information related to the franchise.

MOVIES: The Hallow is a new horror movie which was shot in Ireland and follows the story of a British family who have newly arrived in the area and don’t exactly get a warm welcome from the local people or the creatures lurking in the nearby woods.

TECH: Facebook for iOS just got an interesting update, allowing users to interact with full 360 degree videos.

SHOWBIZ

After countless reruns and countless duvet-day marathons, we’ve all noticed a few glitches in the Friends series, but this is one we NEVER expected.

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A then 14-year-old girl was on acid when she took part in a “savage” Dublin city-centre gang mugging of a man who was beaten unconscious, a court heard.

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