Your Wednesday morning catch-up

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Your Wednesday morning catch-up


The parents of young triplets — two of whom have been diagnosed with  cerebral palsy — have launched a fundraising campaign to secure pioneering surgery to help one of their “warrior sons” to walk.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has warned nurses that an  imminent strike  over Ireland’s ongoing hospital trolley crisis “will not help anyone” as he insisted the problem is being addressed and “the numbers speak for themselves”.

A top security expert has said that it news&utm_medium “makes sense”[ /url] for the gardaí to set up a specialist unit to combat online terrorist radicalisation and recruitment.

The banking inquiry has been forced to  dump or water down  significant portions of its work in a bid to produce a final report in time for next year’s general election.

The 25-year-old son of a woman found dead at her home in  Cork City  has officially been charged with murder.


Belgium’s schools and underground system will  re-open today  after being under lockdown for four days due to heightened terror concerns.

A total of 124 people have been charged over last week’s  terrorist attacks on Paris,  including Jawad Bendaoud, who has been linked to the attackers’ base in a Paris suburb.


Alexis Sanchez and Mesut Ozil underlined their potential to become one of Arsenal’s most consistent double acts as they combined to beat  Dinamo Zagreb  and keep the club’s Champions League hopes alive.

Louis van Gaal has given Luke Shaw permission to stay away from Manchester United’s match against PSV   in case he feels it will reopen the psychological wounds of his leg break in Eindhoven.


Cpl Resources Plc, Ireland’s largest indigenous recruitment and outsourcing firm today announced the creation of 200 skilled,   operational roles across the Group’s extensive branch network in the next two years.

Investors sought safety in low-risk government debt yesterday after Turkish jets shot down a Russian warplane  near the Syrian border, while European tourism-linked stocks fell after a US travel warning due to “increased terrorist threats”.


There will be little sympathy for former IFA General Secretary  Pat Smith,  who received a well-buttered exit, says Gerard Howlin.


Gay Byrne was a lifeline to a generation of housewives who tuned into his radio show after they got the kids out to school.  And, says Finola Doyle-O’Neill in her latest book, Gay Byrne gave them a badlyneeded voice.


In his latest film, Bridge Of Spies, Mark Rylance plays Rudolf Abel, a Soviet agent arrested in America in the early stages of the Cold War. Rylance believes there are many similarities between the people who occupy the worlds of acting and espionage.


A Canadian company was forced to take down an ad and apologise after a huge backlash on Twitter.

Just 4.9 seconds. That’s all it took for Lucas Etter to solve a Rubik’s Cube. So while you probably didn’t do anything particularly ground-breaking with your weekend, this teen from the US has set a new Guinness World Record.


GAMING: Some Black Ops 3 players are getting permanently banned from parts of the game for creating offensive graphics in their custom paint jobs or emblems.

MOVIES: In the latest CG animated film from Disney, Jason Bateman stars as a wily fox out to clear his name for a crime he didnt commit, in Zootopia

TECH: Google Street View is a pretty amazing thing, and the latest update lets you explore the isolated ruins of Petra.


Singer Ronan Keating surprised guests with a performance at Global media and entertainment group’s annual Make Some Noise charity evening.  Ronan joined a star-studded list of performers, including X Factor judge Rita Ora and X Factor presenter and singer Olly Murs.


The parents of young triplets — two of whom have been diagnosed with  cerebral palsy — have launched a fundraising campaign to secure pioneering surgery to help one of their “warrior sons” to walk.

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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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