Tuesday lunchtime briefing: TDs 'shocked' at Nama executive's 'attacks' on C&AG. Catch up on the headlines

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Tuesday lunchtime briefing: TDs 'shocked' at Nama executive's 'attacks' on C&AG. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

A senior Nama director has dismissed as "simply wrong" claims that Nama lost up to €210m in its controversial sale of a massive Northern Ireland property portfolio.

Five people, including a child, were found in a shipping container which had arrived into Rosslare on Sunday night.

Former taoiseach Bertie Ahern has dismissed the idea that border checks could be beefed up in Ireland to control immigration into Britain.

Gardaí are searching 20 premises in the Dublin area as part of a crackdown on organised crime and suspected laundering of the proceeds.

People will never look at the gardaí the same way again if planned strikes go ahead, according to Minister Leo Varadkar.

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.

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 

Russian and Syrian war planes have halted their air strikes on Syria's besieged city of Aleppo in preparation for a temporary pause in the military push, the Russian defence minister said.

The Met Office in England says it can now predict weather up to a year in advance thanks to its new £97 million supercomputer.

The Nigerian government is negotiating the release of another 83 of the Chibok schoolgirls taken in a mass abduction in 2014 but more than 100 others appear unwilling to return home, a community leader said.

Presidential nominee Donald Trump has claimed the e-mail scandal involving Hillary Clinton is “worse than Watergate”.

SPORT

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.

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...

Pep Guardiola is preparing for "something special" when he returns to Barcelona with Manchester City this week.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes things will soon click into place at improving Manchester United.

OPINION/ANALYSIS

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

Professor Dermot Keogh looks back at the case of Patrick Rice, an Irishman who faced torture and hardship in his desire to help the people of Argentina oppressed by poverty and a right-wing military dictatorship.

BUSINESS

A survey has found that 41% of people are counting on winning the Lotto as a financial back-up plan.

Ryanair has reduced its full-year net profit guidance by 5% from a previous range of €1.375bn - €1.425bn to a new range of €1.30bn - €1.35bn.

LIFESTYLE

Dracula fans gather in Dublin with much of the focus on the transformation of vampires from deformed blood-suckers to immortal beings with a conscience, writes Áilín Quinlan

SHOWBIZ

Hugh Grant is to star as a “vain, charming acting legend” in the sequel to worldwide hit Paddington – joining a wealth of British acting talent including Julie Walters and Peter Capaldi.

VIRAL

A driver has been caught on video crashing into a car blocking their driveway. They repeatedly slam into to car to move it out of the way.

VIDEO

Our videographer went to take in the beauty of West Cork's Kinsale on an autumn night.

TECHNOW

GAMING: United Front Games is the Vancouver based outfit behind the rather fun Sleeping Dogs but rumours have been swirling for the last day or so that the company might be closing for good.

MOVIES/TV: Wolverine 3, otherwise known as Logan, is currently in production and set to hit cinemas in early 2017. Director James Mangold has taken some pretty stunning photos on set, and his latest snap is the first reveal for the character Stephen Merchant will be playing in the film.

TECH: There have been whispers that Apple is set for a major refresh of its laptop lines and we could be hearing about that before the end of October, 2016.

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