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

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

IRELAND

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.

A family who fled a war-torn country in the Middle East for a new life in Limerick, expressed a desire to return to their homeland after spending just 13 days in the city, because they believed Limerick was too violent, a court heard today.

Gardaí say three men arrested during a cash-in-transit raid were ready for a confrontation with the force.

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.

WORLD 

The Ukip MEP involved in the altercation which left leadership contender Steven Woolfe in hospital has said he acted in self-defence.

The Italian journalist who claims to have exposed the identity of best-selling author Elena Ferrante has defended his investigation as having debunked "lies" about her background and contributed to knowledge about her work.

Hurricane Matthew has spun dangerously close to Florida's Atlantic coast, scraping the shore with howling wind and heavy rain and leaving more than 400,000 without power.

Russia and Syria should face a war crimes investigation for their attacks on Syrian civilians, according to US secretary of state John Kerry, further illustrating the downward spiral in relations between Washington and Moscow.

SPORT

Enner Valencia was involved in a bizarre incident on Thursday, when the forward appeared to be chased by police while being transported on a medical buggy during Ecuador's 3-0 win over Chile.

Bernard Brogan has wasted no time in teasing his father and brother about the fact that he now possesses more All-Ireland medals than either of them.

Republic of Ireland footballer Robbie Brady is likely to miss Sunday’s match against Oman after suffering a head injury last night, with an update expected from the FAI some time today.

So where was I before we were so delightfully interrupted by the summer and before that, Racing 92’s first Top 14 championship in a generation? writes Ronan O'Gara

OPINION

Vladimir Putin needs an economic ally and Shinzo Abe needs a military friend in an unstable northeast Asia, say Nikolas Gvosdev and Matthew Rojansky.

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

BUSINESS

The pound has plummeted to a fresh 31-year low amid persistent concerns about Britain's exit from the European Union, unsettling stock markets in early Asian trading.

The National Treasury Management Agency is expected to be the first tenant in a million square foot mixed-use development on Dublin’s North Wall Quay which was launched yesterday.

LIFESTYLE

A real-life tale of sexual betrayal and murder in Cork proved irresistible fare for Patrick Bergin to tread the boards once more.

SHOWBIZ

Kerry Katona is coming to Ireland tomorrow for a special reason

VIRAL

Finbarr Galvin Ltd is enticing us to entertain those thoughts with one of the most hilarious promotion videos we’ve seen from a Cork company ever.

If you are an above-averagely tall person, you will empathise fully with this guy’s need to have this card.

VIDEO

It was a great day for the 43-strong Recruit Class Tyrell at Haulbowline yesterday as the navy recruits took part in their passing-out parade.

TECHNOW

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

MOVIES/TV: REVIEW: The tale behind the legend that is Mattress Mick.

TECH: We tested the HTC 10 back in April and found it to be a highly capable flagship with an unfussy approach and slick, streamlined features. Now the handset is back with a new colour and a special discount for buyers.

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