Monday morning briefing: Government intensify Brexit preparations. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.

Monday morning briefing: Government intensify Brexit preparations. Catch up on all the headlines


Further doubts have been cast over the wisdom of Government plans to grant-aid first-time buyers as two more reports show house prices continuing to shoot up even without buyers having extra money to bid with.

Foreign Minister Charlie Flanagan has welcomed the UK’s announcement to begin the process of leaving the EU before March 2017.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said that while bishops have a right to express their opinion on the issue of abortion, their view is only equal to that of any citizen in the country.

Amnesty International will hold a demonstration at the Egyptian Embassy in Ballsbridge in Dublin this evening, in protest at the trial of Irishman Ibrahim Halawa being delayed for the 15th time.


Reports that Donald Trump may have paid no income taxes for nearly two decades show the Republican presidential nominee is a genius, his closest allies have said.

Low voter turnout has invalidated Hungary's referendum on European Union refugee quotas, even though citizens voted in support of the government's opposition to any future mandatory schemes to relocate asylum-seekers.

Nigel Farage is set to attend the next US presidential debate at the invitation of Donald Trump.

Colombian voters appear to have rejected a peace deal with the country's largest rebel movement by a razor-thin margin in a national referendum, delivering a major shock to the war-torn nation.


An emotional Patrick Reed led from the front as the United States won the Ryder Cup for the first time since 2008, inflicting Europe's heaviest defeat for 35 years.

A long-standing supporter of the sin bin, Jim Gavin has called on the GAA to consider making the black card a temporary punishment for cynical play.

Concerted campaign or just a confluence of opinions? Stephen Rochford, for one, has no doubt but that the drip feed last week of ex-Dublin players publicly dissecting Lee Keegan’s marking job on Diarmuid Connolly in the drawn All-Ireland final amounted to nothing less than an agenda.

Twelve months after they lost out to Dundalk, Cork City are bound for a return visit to the Aviva Stadium for the 2016 FAI Cup final after a convincing 3-1 semi-final victory over St Patrick’s Athletic at Richmond Park yesterday.


Michael Clifford examines the case of a Tipperary family who claim both the health service and the gardaí failed their sister when she needed their help — a failure which, they say, ultimately led to the loss of her life

Postmasters are proposing that they handle everything from drivers’ licences to court fines and college payments, and thus become the ‘State on Your Doorstep’.


The plight of Deutsche Bank has been met in certain corners of Europe with no little schadenfreude.

Glofox provides apps and software that help gyms and fitness studios to manage their businesses.


Author Bob Jackson tells Eoghan O’Sullivan how he was blown away by the amazing survival story of West Cork doctor Aidan MacCarthy in the Second World War.


Kim Kardashian has been held up at gunpoint in a Paris hotel room by masked men dressed as police officers. Her spokeswoman said the reality TV star "is badly shaken but physically unharmed".


NCT day is a stressful experience for car owners. There are so many things that could go wrong that are out of your control. The Fupin Eeejits have encapsulated the horror of this day in their latest video. She'll be OK lads!


The West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association gathered today at Ardgehane, Clonakilty to mark 50 years of John Deere in Ireland.


GAMING: The Assassin's Creed series continues to be one of my favourite blockbuster games. For one thing it's a beacon of stort driven content in a world gone mad on multiplayer, filled with gorgeous graphics and generous heaps of gameplay.

MOVIE/TV: Alexander Skarsgard and Michael Pena hit Dublin in style on Friday for the red carpet premiere of their new movie War on Everyone.

TECHNOLOGY: Did you ever have a bad experience dealing with Apple's customer service? If the answer is yes, did it make you feel like wandering through a store with a steel ball smashing handsets? If yes again, are you this guy?


The word is that Trump’s team are responsible for his daytime tweets, but that he takes his phone to bed.

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