Thursday morning briefing: Trump and Clinton clash in final debate. Catch up on all the headlines

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

Thursday morning briefing: Trump and Clinton clash in final debate. Catch up on all the headlines


The Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan is coming under further pressure after it emerged that she has travelled to the United States for a conference.

The Garda’s dedicated organised crime and gangland units will not be operational for the four strike dates in November.

Fashion retailer Oasis is counting the cost after fire caused thousands of euro worth of damage yesterday in its store on Cork City’s main shopping street.

A man has been abducted and shot in the North in what is believed to be a paramilitary-style shooting.

More than 10,000 students have marched on the Taoiseach’s office over the introduction of college loans.

ANTHONY FOLEY: 1973 - 2016

Anthony Foley’s final journey through Limerick paused at the foothills of his rugby youth as darkness fell last night.

The sweetest phone call of Anthony Foley’s rugby life was recalled yesterday by the man who told him he was getting his first international cap.

The Ryanair corporate jet that flew Anthony Foley’s body home from Paris did so under special call signs to denote the Munster coach’s birth year as well as his famous number as a player.

Find more tributes to Anthony Foley here.


Donald Trump has refused to say if he will accept the result of the US presidential election if he loses, as he clashed with Hillary Clinton in their final head-to-head debate.

Donald Trump has left his stunned allies struggling to defend his refusal at the final presidential debate to say if he would honour the results of the November election should he lose, sparking condemnation from both Republicans and Democrats.

US presidential nominees Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton had their third and final debate last night, and now we wait until November 8 to find out who is the new commander-in-chief of the world’s largest economic power. So how does the presidential election work?


Barcelona 4 Manchester City 0: Manchester City have recruited Barcelona’s greatest manager, hired their most successful Director of Football and have 13 former Barcelona coaches involved in their academy as they try desperately to replicate the Catalan model; but the one man they couldn’t buy proved Sheikh Mansour’s project is still some way from completion.

Dublin forwards coach Jason Sherlock insists that the majority of the All-Ireland champions’ backroom team are volunteers and that much of the county’s success has nothing to do with “resources”.

Seamus McEnaney’s own hunger and the enthusiasm of Wexford were what convinced him to succeed David Power.

There have been many high points in this year’s professional golfing calendar, yet all were somewhat predictable, writes John McHenry.


Two-thirds of crèches nationwide have vacancies... 20,000 cots and tubby chairs which need to be filled, writes Victoria White

The American songster is a modern troubadour who speaks for all of us when he sings. He deserves the Nobel, says Bernard-Henri Lévy


Rolling over for the public sector unions will do nothing for the economy, except hurt it, says Paul Mills.

Sterling gained for a second day yesterday as UK chancellor of the exchequer Philip Hammond said the government wanted to keep all options open as it exits the EU, fuelling speculation that there’s a possibility that the country may retain special access to the single market.


The Nagle family tried to cut out plastic for a month. Alissa MacMillan finds out how they got on.


Russell Brand has said he is “lit up by the idea” of becoming a father. The comedian, who is expecting his first child with fiancee Laura Gallacher, recently swapped his London home for the countryside which he described as calmer than living in the capital.


Professor Stephen Hawking has warned that artificial intelligence could develop a will of its own that is in conflict with that of humanity.


Munster captain Peter O’Mahony has insisted Saturday’s emotionally-charged European tie with Glasgow Warriors is not about anything else but Anthony Foley’s grieving family.


GAMING: The PlayStation VR is here, and it’s time to wait and see if it really takes off with people around the world.

MOVIE/TV: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 is coming out next summer, and the trailer has just landed.

TECHNOLOGY: Mars is about to double its robotic population today with the arrival of a new craft.


The sweetest phone call of Anthony Foley’s rugby life was recalled yesterday by the man who told him he was getting his first international cap.

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