Friday morning briefing: Irish supermarkets stuck in price war with Unilever. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on today.
Friday morning briefing: Irish supermarkets stuck in price war with Unilever. Catch up on all the headlines


More than 500 schools are facing closure after secondary teachers threatened to strike in a long-running row over pay.

A Fine Gael senator claims criticism is being levelled against Jobs Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor because of her gender — as female politicians are generally treated differently.

High-profile businessmen, celebrities, and other individuals avoiding tax by keeping more than €100,000 in off-shore accounts will be prosecuted and potentially jailed for the “criminal offence” from next May under strict new laws.

Irish supermarkets are caught in a price war with the producers of brands like Lyons, Hellmans and Persil.


Donald Trump's wife has threatened to sue People magazine as the fallout rumbled on from a series of media reports alleging sexual assaults by her husband.


The re-opening of Páirc Uí Chaoimh could well be marked by the Munster SHC meeting of Cork and Tipperary after the two counties were once more drawn against each other at the quarter-final stage.

Ronald Koeman has accused Republic of Ireland manager Martin O’Neill of mishandling James McCarthy after the Everton midfielder played all but nine minutes of last week’s victories over Georgia and Moldova.

Rassie Erasmus will have no issue if his Munster side faces the Racing 92 trio currently facing doping allegations when the Champions Cup rivals clash in Paris on Sunday.

David Haye has backed Tyson Fury to return as an improved fighter when he recovers from the issues which are keeping him from the ring.


Garda Commissioners don’t do kite-flying, so Nóirín O’Sullivan’s suggestion of another watchdog was likely discussed but it may not fly.

One of Europe’s most iconic cities, Amsterdam, invented the stock exchange but it faces obstacles if it is to be a banking hub after Britain leaves the European Union, writes Rob Cox.


Sterling was near a record low in trade-weighted terms yesterday as the start of a High Court hearing on a bid to give MPs more of a say over Britain’s exit from the EU added another layer of uncertainty to the process.

Ireland’s man at the EU court of auditors has said Brexit will have “significant” effects on the EU budget.


As a new greenway opens in the southeast Dan MacCarthy hops on his bike and takes in the splendours of the Déise country


Stevie Wonder and Chaka Khan had the crowd partying like it was 1999 all over again at a tribute concert to the late music superstar Prince.


Ever watched a film and thought: 'I could do that'? So did Anthony from CCCahoots.


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


GAMING: Virtual reality is here with the launch of the PlayStation VR, opening up the format to millions of new users via their PlayStation 4.

MOVIE/TV: Doctor Strange is coming, and we just mentioned that there's been an odd lack of totally epic spectacle in the trailers so far. Well this international promo is about to change all that.

TECHNOLOGY: 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.


A man was so intoxicated that he had hallucinations on the street and believed his friend was hiding on top of a street light.

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