Tuesday morning briefing: 17 days to avert national policing crisis. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Tuesday morning briefing: 17 days to avert national policing crisis. Catch up on all the headlines

IRELAND

The Government has a full-scale policing crisis on its hands after mid-ranking gardaí decided to join frontline gardaí in taking strike action on the same four Fridays in November.

The lord mayor of Cork has criticised businessman Alf Smiddy for what he described as his “infantile” reaction to an international review which found flaws in his controversial Cork council merger report.

Finance Minister Michael Noonan said the building of a N20 motorway connecting Cork and Limerick was a priority, but he ruled out any early move due to lack of money.

Three more Nama directors are set to face questions this morning over the sale of its Northern Ireland loan took.

ANTHONY FOLEY: 1973 - 2016

They’ve taken plenty of hits over the years, so it takes something seismic to make big men falter in their step. It seems that moment came yesterday.

A Limerick chip shop owner has recalled how Anthony Foley came into his shop with the European Cup and asked him for the most unusual takeaway order he ever got in 35 years standing over the deep fat frier.

After the roar of the crowd in Thomond Park and Lansdowne Road faded, Anthony Foley’s sporting focus narrowed to the GAA fields of east Clare for a season.

When Cusack Park stood for a minute’s silence at the Clare county final last Sunday, a man in front of me didn’t bow his head. Instead he shook it, while scrolling down his phone, scanning tweet after tweet making reference to the passing of one of the county’s finest ever sons.

Find more tributes to Anthony Foley here.

WORLD

America has dismissed an eight-hour pause in attacks by Russian and Syrian forces on rebel-held eastern districts of Aleppo as "too little, too late".

Thousands have joined Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay at a candlelight vigil in Kentucky for his 15-year-old daughter who was shot dead at the weekend.

Melania Trump has dismissed her husband's sexually aggressive language as "boy talk", insisting his remarks do not reflect "the man I know" and saying she does not believe he has assaulted any women.

Police are investigating an alleged rape in England's Houses of Parliament. A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of rape following the alleged attack in the early hours of Friday, the Metropolitan Police said.

SPORT

Liverpool 0 Manchester United 0: In the end, the black cat which found its way on to the Anfield pitch shortly before kick-off proved to be a lucky omen for neither side. Jose Mourinho’s ‘anti-football’ tactics proved their worth on Merseyside - here's what we else we learned on the night.

In an exclusive extract from his autobiography What Do You Think of That?, Kieran Donaghy recalls how his relationship with manager Jack O’Connor was different the second time around...

Former Monaghan selector Declan Brennan has unveiled plans to establish a Club Players Association (CPA), revealing that he’s received over 10,000 messages from interested parties wishing to contribute.

There is an intriguing maiden to open today’s card at Gowran Park, and Sir John Lavery gets the nap to build on what was an immensely promising debut, just eight days ago at the Curragh.

OPINION

The economic return on early years investment is much higher than for any other stage in a child’s life, writes Fergus Finlay.

Cobh Prison: Historian says the almost forgotten underground facility could be a major draw for tourists, writes Sean O’Riordan

BUSINESS

At least a third of all new international financial services jobs will be located in regional areas, the Government has promised.

Preliminary figures published yesterday by the CSO indicate an impressive recovery in Irish export performance in August, suggesting an initial easing in early Brexit concerns.

LIFESTYLE

THE self-employed are currently preparing their 2015 tax returns ahead of the October 31 pay and file deadline, but they are not the only ones who have to file a return.

SHOWBIZ

The Great British Bake Off star Selasi Gbormittah has revealed he plans to combine his love of both baking and motorbikes after the final episode airs, and set off on an adventure round Europe.

VIRAL

As well as organising fishing, cruising and driving trips off the coast of Bermuda, charter boat Sanctuary Marine also offers something called monster lobster hunting. And this mighty catch – which was later released back into the ocean safe and sound – gives an idea why.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

This brown bear just loves a bit of sliced pan.

TECHNOW

GAMING:The PlayStation VR is out now in Ireland, which means you can bring virtual reality home for your PlayStation 4 any time you please.

MOVIE/TV: It seems you just can't stop crazy German filmmaker Werner Herzog, who is already back with his latest project.

TECHNOLOGY: Twitter Dublin has moved to a new location at Cumberland House and the local employees are just getting set up for their first day.

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