Thursday lunchtime briefing: Andrews steps down as Goal CEO amid probe. Catch up on all the headlines

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Thursday lunchtime briefing: Andrews steps down as Goal CEO amid probe. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

Former Fianna Fáil Minister Barry Andrews has stepped down as CEO of international aid charity Goal.

A crackdown on fuel laundering and smuggling saved the state up to €200m in 2014, Revenue has said.

The Government is coming under pressure to extend the childcare plans announced in Tuesday's Budget.

The Revenue Commissioners have said there is now a 97% compliance rate with the local property tax.

WORLD 

Some 21 of the Chibok schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamic extremists more than two years ago have been freed in negotiations, officials said.

A Syrian man suspected of planning a bomb attack was checked by a trainee guard 15 minutes before he was found dead in a German jail cell, authorities say.

A legal challenge over Brexit begins in the UK today in what has been described as the country's most important constitutional case in generations.

A young woman who suffered 96% burns in a horrific road crash in the French Alps has won a million-pound-plus settlement.

SPORT

Liverpool and Manchester United have warned fans any offensive behaviour during Monday's meeting at Anfield will result in ejection from the ground and possible criminal prosecution.

The GAA are working on the evolution of Gaelic games more so than ever before by constantly communicating with those tasked with the development of other codes across the world.

Jessica Ennis-Hill has announced her retirement from athletics.

Ronaldinho, Francesco Totti and Diego Maradona were among some of the star names to participate in a charity match in Rome on Wednesday evening.

OPINION/ANALYSIS

I will fight until I am a toothless granny against the full-time institutionalisation of babies and toddlers.

A powerful man’s boastful description of manhandling women’s bodies has spurred thousands of survivors to share their experiences.

BUSINESS

Germany's highest court has rejected calls from opponents of a European Union-Canada trade deal for an injunction that had the potential to spell an end to the pact.

The Communications Minister has denied that the national broadband plan has been delayed, again.

LIFESTYLE

Pat Shortt and Ruth Bradley star in a new comedy drama from the makers of much-loved TV show, Pure Mule.

SHOWBIZ

Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel prize for literature.

VIRAL

18-year-old Anna Lehane who turned up at a rally in Pennsylvania wearing a t-shirt with the slogan "Grab my p*ssy. I dare you".

VIDEO

The Irish Guide Dogs are calling on all of us to go from zero to hero to mark World Sight Day.

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.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Outraged rural Fine Gael deputies “tore strips out of” Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor last night at a party meeting after a presentation she gave backfired and saw TDs turn on her.

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