Friday morning briefing: Whistleblower concerned over judge-led inquiry. Catch up on all the headlines

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Friday morning briefing: Whistleblower concerned over judge-led inquiry. Catch up on all the headlines


One of the whistleblowers at the centre of the latest Garda scandal has said he has strong reservations about any judge-led inquiry, the Irish Examiner can reveal.

An all-inclusive social benefits package is close to being agreed for the budget which will see increased payments shared among pensioners, carers, people with disabilities and impoverished families.

Tributes have been paid to Waterford teenager Katie Murphy who died after the car, in which she was a passenger, crashed into a wall on Wednesday night.

A new poll out today shows the majority of people are in favour of repealing our abortion laws. However they think terminations should only be allowed in limited circumstances.


Hurricane Matthew has pelted Florida with heavy rain as the deadly storm roars ever closer to the coast with potentially catastrophic winds of 130mph.

Haiti's death toll has soared after rescue crews began reaching remote corners cut off when Hurricane Matthew slammed into the country's south-west peninsula - the first Category 4 storm to hit the country in more than 50 years.

A piece of an aircraft wing found on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has been identified as part of missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, authorities have said.


Martin O’Neill hailed captain Seamus Coleman but admits Ireland didn’t play well in a nervy 1-0 win over Georgia.

All 15 of Tipperary’s All- Ireland winning side have been nominated for All-Stars, the first time in over 20 years an entire hurling team have been honoured.

The future is certainly bright, but too bright according to those who believe the money pumped into the capital by the GAA has amounted to nothing less than financial doping. Bernard Brogan, predictably, thinks differently.

Cork hurling manager Kieran Kingston has secured the services of high-performance expert Gary Keegan for the Rebel hurlers, sources have confirmed.


In May, the justice minister stood in the Dáil and said the new system of reporting wrongdoing in the force was going well. Keith Harrison begged to differ. Yet his disclosures to the minister were not acted on.

As leadership vacancies arise in our international institutions, Ngaire Woods says recruits should have vision, be persuasive sales people, and be able to achieve results.


Sterling has fallen to a 31-year low against the dollar and hit a five-year low against the euro on fears of a hard exit by Britain from the EU and prime minister Theresa May’s comments on the impact of loose monetary policy which some saw as a thinly veiled attack on the Bank of England.

A partner in a film distribution company could not be made liable for a €30,000 income tax bill 10 years after he filed a €63,000 loss in his self-assessed returns because of a four-year time limit for re-opening of a compliant taxpayer’s affairs, the Supreme Court has ruled.


The question of screen time for children is a big dilemma for parents today. Andrea Mara speaks with two parents using different approaches that work for them and their families


Matt Smith has revealed there were plans to adapt his role on Doctor Who into an evil Breaking Bad-type character before he left the show.



Stereotypes about people sleeping on the street must be “dissolved immediately”, according to a hairdresser for the homeless.


The Government is “most concerned” about the safety and wellbeing of a Cork nurse who has been forced into hiding in the Philippines.


GAMING: Gears of War brings back the action the series has become known for, with a better story and some new gameplay additions.

MOVIE/TV: Doctor Strange is coming, and you can meet him first.

TECHNOLOGY: In every case, the best camera for the situation is the one you have with you, and in many cases you're going to be using your trusty smartphone. Still there's no harm in a little help, like these handy tips on how to get better actions shots.


Security staff at a toy store saw two women loading toys into the boot of a car and then returning to the shop to steal more stuff.

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