Wednesday evening briefing: Garda chief moots independent body amid whistleblower allegations. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Wednesday evening briefing: Garda chief moots independent body amid whistleblower allegations. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

New pictures show the scene of a fire as a crew in Florida prepared an Aer Lingus plane for a flight to Dublin last Friday. Flames are clearly seen at the door of the hold.

Garda chief Nóirín O'Sullivan has suggested an independent body should be set up to deal with whistleblowers within her rank and file.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said childminders who work in the home but who are registered with the State's child agency, will be eligible for the new childcare package announced in the Budget yesterday.

The Government has defended salary hikes for TDs amid Budget 2017 reforms which offered most people €5 extra a week.

Dozens of taxis have staged a protest in Dublin over the rising cost of motor insurance. They beeped their horns while driving through the city centre to draw attention to their demonstration.

WORLD 

US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump would be "dangerous from an international point of view" if he is elected, the UN human rights chief has said.

A woman jailed after being accused of impersonating a man to trick her female friend into sex has won a challenge against her conviction.

A troubled teenager fixated by serial killers and school shootings has been found guilty of the attempted murder of her best friend.

An air strike hit the biggest market on the rebel-held side of Syria's Aleppo today, killing at least 15 people.

SPORT

Paul O’Connell has revealed the Lions second row pairing he would like to see in New Zealand next summer, leaving no room for his old sparring partner Alun-Wyn Jones.

Munster have confirmed that James Cronin had been hit with a four week ban for an incident in last Staurday’s defeat to Leinster.

Marc Ó Sé announced his retirement from intercounty football in an interview with Dara Ó Cinnéide on An Saol ó Dheas on RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta today.

The new Clare management team have confirmed that Donal Og Cusack will be part of their coaching ticket for 2017.

OPINION

In the wake of Budget 2017, there are fears house hunters will borrow more than need to qualify for relief, writes John O’Flynn

Elsewhere, the extra funding for childcare announced in the budget will come as some relief to parents such as Caroline Murphy.

BUSINESS

Three-quarters of people nearing retirement want to keep working.

Japanese car giant Toyota is recalling 340,000 gas-electric hybrid Prius models worldwide over a defect in their brakes.

LIFESTYLE

As Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day takes place on October 15, mum-of-seven, Jen Hogan, describes the emptiness of a failed pregnancy.

SHOWBIZ

As you all know by now, Mel Gibson is on our shores for the next five weeks filming his new movie, the Professor and the Madman. But little did these fans think that they would bump into him during a casual Sunday afternoon hike up the Sugar Loaf.

VIRAL

While some Republicans have spoken out against Donald Trump after the leaked sexist recording, "Grab ’em by the P*ssy", some are going to great lengths to defend their idol. Betsy McCaughney spoke to Don Lemon on CNN to call attention to Hillary Clinton’s love of Beyoncé’s music. She quoted Lemonade lyrics to imply that the language Trump used in the leaked recording is similar to Beyoncé’s lyrics.

Brenden Bickerstaff-Clark from Youngstown, Ohio, has shared an emotional video to Facebook. Bickerstaff-Clark wanted to share the moment he told his son that his mother had died from a heroin overdose to show the devastating impact drugs can have on a family.

VIDEO

A video of a wheelchair bound Irish bride being carried down the aisle by her groom has gone viral.

TECHNOW

GAMING: We had the chance to visit the pop up demo experience for the PlayStation VR yesterday - which is open from the 12th to the 16th of October at Dame Lane in Dublin.

MOVIES/TV: Doctor Strange is in Irish cinemas on the 25th of October, which is a good bit earlier than in the US because we're just awesome in these waters!

TECH: Virtual reality may be the big buzz word of the moment but there's another future tech on the way in the form of Augmented Reality.

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New pictures show the scene of a fire as a crew in Florida prepared an Aer Lingus plane for a flight to Dublin last Friday. Flames are clearly seen at the door of the hold.

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