Wednesday lunchtime briefing: Ministers who vote against 8th amendment Bill should resign, says Howlin. Catch up on the headlines

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Wednesday lunchtime briefing: Ministers who vote against 8th amendment Bill should resign, says Howlin. Catch up on the headlines


Ministers who vote against the government in an upcoming Bill on repealing the Eight Amendment should resign, Labour leader Brendan Howlin has said.

The Taoiseach says the Coalition's committed to the re-opening of Garda stations on a pilot basis.

The Mercy University Hospital have appealed to the public to use other care services due to a surge in patients.

It has emerged that a debt collection company has written to a two-year-old child to seek €100 for an emergency visit to a local hospital.

Ballyfin Demesne, in County Laois has been named the world's No.1 hotel according to the influential US travel magazine, Conde Nast.

ANTHONY FOLEY: 1973 - 2016

The unexpected death of Munster and Ireland rugby hero Anthony Foley in a Paris hotel was due to “acute pulmonary oedema” caused by a heart rhythm disorder, it has emerged.

Munster will press ahead with this weekend’s Champions Cup match with Glasgow in spite of having to modify their training schedule this week to allow players and coaches time to sign various books of condolences to coach Anthony Foley.

The Irish Rugby Union Players Association (IRUPA) will do everything to assist Munster rugby in the wake of Anthony Foley’s untimely passing, emotional chief executive Omar Hassanein said yesterday.

If the Munster No. 10 shirt will forever be linked to Ronan O’Gara after his heroics for the province, for me, when I see the No. 8 jersey, I immediately associate it with Anthony Foley. As a mark of respect, I think it would prove apt if it was stood down for the remainder of the season, says Donal Lenihan.

Clermont Auvergne supporters are planning a major tribute to Anthony Foley at their home game against Bordeaux Bègles on Saturday.

Find more tributes to Anthony Foley here.


A Philippine police van rammed into protesters, leaving several bloodied, as an anti-US rally turned violent at the American embassy in Manila.

US presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will square up against each other in Las Vegas on Wednesday night in the last debate before next month’s election.

Saudi Arabia says it has executed a prince who fatally shot another man in a fight, a rare death sentence carried out against a member of the kingdom's extensive royal family.

A Soyuz rocket carrying two Russians and an American has blasted off for the International Space Station.


Munster scrum half Tomás O'Leary has signed for Montpellier on a temporary basis as a ‘medical joker’.

Seamus McEnaney has been announced as the new Wexford senior football manager.

Croke Park’s head groundsman has hit back at Jim Gavin for his criticism of the stadium’s pitch in last month’s drawn All-Ireland final.

Dundalk's Daryl Horgan is being linked with a trip Stateside to the Colorado Rapids.


The arrival of new people disturbing existing patterns of community is as old as humanity, writes Gerard Howlin.

Sovereignty and immigration were the headline issues of Britain’s EU exit vote. David Kernek looks at possible gains and losses in jobs and trade.


There is been a threefold increase in the number of Irish consumers using mobile devices to pay for something.

An estimated 50 Cork-based jobs are to be cut at newly merged technology giant Dell-EMC, it emerged yesterday.


‘Rural Addiction’ is a powerful and penetrating look at drug addiction and the support services available in rural Ireland today, says documentary maker Geoff Power


The mother of Jim Carrey’s ex-girlfriend Cathriona White has dismissed the actor’s response to allegations that he gave her sexually transmitted diseases as “disgusting and dishonest”.


Okay, we’ve covered our obsession with Sudocrem here in Ireland before. And now a US beauty website has tweeted pouring huge praise on our beloved cream. Except they got one importatn thing wrong...


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


GAMING: The diseased mind behind the really quite brilliant Rick and Morty has created his first virtual reality game - and it's nutty.

MOVIES/TV: Olly Moss is one of the best movie poster fellas around and he's put together a limited edition series of prints for the entire seven film Harry Potter series. And they look pretty darn stunning.

TECH: The Rock is making a YouTube series you'll have to pay for


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...

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