Thursday lunchtime briefing: Thousands expected in Killaloe to pay respects to Anthony Foley. Catch up on the headlines

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Thursday lunchtime briefing: Thousands expected in Killaloe to pay respects to Anthony Foley. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

Fianna Fáil's Finance spokesman Michael McGrath added his voice to those claiming that Garda Commissioner Noirin O'Sullivan showed "poor judgement" by deciding to attend a conference in the US.

Claims by Finance Minister Michael Noonan that a Fianna Fáil bill caused a 10% drop in bank share prices were described as “nonsense” at an Oireachtas committee this morning.

There are concerns that changes to the help-to-buy scheme will not stop house prices rising.

A father who still lives “a daily hell” since his son died of sepsis in 2012 travelled from New York to Cork to raise awareness about the relatively common and potentially fatal infection.

ANTHONY FOLEY: 1973 - 2016

The remains of Anthony Foley will be reposing in St. Flannan’s church Killaloe from 1pm to 8:30pm tonight, with thousands expected to pay their respects to the former Munster and Ireland player.

Munster have revealed plans to commemorate the life and career of Anthony Foley when they play Glasgow Warriors in the European Champions Cup this Saturday.

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.

WORLD 

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.

The third and final presidential debate was filled with strong words and claims – here we take a closer look at what was said and what the data has to say.

Iraqi special forces have joined the battle for Mosul with a pre-dawn advance on a nearby town held by the so-called 'Islamic State' group, a key part of a multi-pronged assault on eastern approaches to the besieged city.

At least five people have been killed after Super Typhoon Haima smashed into the northern Philippines with ferocious winds and rains.

SPORT

Never one to pull his punches, Republic of Ireland assistant manager Roy Keane was in particularly candid form on ITV last night.

Ex-Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson believes Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is already in decline because he broke on to the professional scene so early.

Connacht coach Pat Lam is delighted his son Mitch has joined the squad as cover for the out-half position.

There but for the grace of God go I — the inevitable thought that crossed Conor Phelan’s mind when he learned of Anthony Foley’s sudden death last weekend.

OPINION/ANALYSIS

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

Resource supply disruptions and rising prices spell trouble for companies that rely on scarce natural resources — unless trends change, says Mark Twomey

BUSINESS

Trade volumes at Dublin Port increased by 6.8% in the first nine months of the year, new figures show.

Accumulated profits at the UK arm of concert promoters, Aiken Promotions last year jumped to £1.6m (€1.75m).

LIFESTYLE

Trying to survive without purchasing plastic for a month proved tough for Ellie O’Byrne and those who want us to cut down on using it for environmental reasons must find cheaper alternatives.

SHOWBIZ

Kourtney Kardashian has revealed that her sister Kim is still struggling to deal with the gunpoint robbery in Paris.

VIRAL

For some unknown reason, Donald Trump’s inability to win an Emmy Award for his Apprentice TV show was a topic that cropped up in last night’s presidential debate. And Stephen Colbert couldn't resist poking fun...

VIDEO

While most of us may think of the summer holidays as a chance to get a bit of sun abroad, three lads from Cork thought they’d try a holiday at home for a change.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Nintendo has some big news to share today, with the reveal of their latest console.

MOVIES/TV: Wolverine 3 is officially called Logan now, and it's going to be the last film with Hugh Jackman in the role which pretty much made his career and birthed the modern X-Men movies.

TECH: The rumours have been circulating for awhile that Apple will have new products to share before the end of October, and that's just been made official.

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