Monday lunchtime briefing: Christian bakers lose pro-gay marriage cake discrimination ruling challenge. Catch up on the headlines

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Monday lunchtime briefing: Christian bakers lose pro-gay marriage cake discrimination ruling challenge. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

Christian bakers found to have discriminated against a gay man  by refusing to make a cake bearing a pro-gay marriage slogan have lost their appeal against the ruling.

A Garda watchdog investigation into the treatment of whistleblower Sergeant Maurice McCabe has been stopped  in its tracks because of a legal roadblock.

Aer Lingus has defended its decision to cancel more than 20 flights  from Shannon Airport over the past two weeks.

Serial killer Mark Nash has lost his appeal for damages at the Supreme Court.  His lawyers claimed his human rights were breached by a delay in his prosecution.

WORLD 

Refugees and migrants have started leaving the Calais “Jungle”  ahead of its demolition.

It’s tempting to imagine that randomly hitting the autocomplete option a few thousand times would be enough to write a comprehensive academic paper – and many a student has tried. So, for the weariest among us, the news that Professor Christoph Bartneck, from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, received an invitation to speak at the International Conference on Atomic and Nuclear Physics in Atlanta by doing just that may offer some hope. 

Hundreds of women, girls and supporters have pulled on their yoga leggings as they paraded around the neighbourhood of a man living in Rhode Island  in the US after he derided the attire as tacky and ridiculous.

A stand-off between police and a man said to be in possession of dangerous items including petrol and combustibles has ended  after officers stormed the property.

SPORT

From hypocritical Jose, same old Arsenal, Liverpool’s free run ,our writers round up the weekend talking points. 

Few people believe that Pádraig Harrington can win a fourth major but averaging 25 putts per day and shooting the lowest winning aggregate of his 21-year professional career to claim the Portugal Masters,  writing him off now would be the height of folly.

Was it Albert Reynolds who said it’s never the big things that catch you? If he did, he was correct. The notion that the small, unexpected obstacles end up being fatal impediments isn’t confined to politics, either.  writes Michael Moynihan.

Celtic winger Scott Sinclair has thanked boss Brendan Rodgers  for helping get his career back on track.

Ronan O'Gara has hailed the "massive comfort"  of Saturday's emotional Thomond Park farewell to late Munster coach Anthony Foley.

OPINION/ANALYSIS

The Department of Justice asked GSOC to investigate matters before the Higgins Inquiry but then failed to release requested documentation.  Cormac O’Keeffe reports

When any phone goes off in my presence, I assume death, destruction, fire, and pestilence,  writes Terry Prone

BUSINESS

Britain’s major banks are set to report stronger-than-expected results this week,  confounding expectations that political and economic upheaval caused by the country’s vote to quit the EU would immediately squeeze profits.

The sale of Ardmore Studios underlines the Irish film industry’s development into the  vibrant entity  it is today.

LIFESTYLE

As a leading criminal psychologist, Dr Ian Gargan has worked with some of Ireland’s most violent offenders,  writes Áilín Quinlan

SHOWBIZ

You may have seen her draw crowds on Dublin’s Grafton Street earlier this year but Allie Sherlock was back   wowing onlookers  in her hometown of Cork this weekend.

VIDEO

The Irish Examiner National Dairy Show 2016 Supreme Champion was awarded to Laurelelm Shottel Daffodil  owned by Rickey Barrett, Ballinhassig, Cork.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Dark Souls 3 DLC pack Ashes of Ariandel is here,  and this is how the first 15 minutes could go.

MOVIES/TV: Doctor Strange is out this week and folks are rightly excited to see a star like Benedict Cumberbatch step  into the Marvel-verse.  To make sure everyone is super excited, the star is naturally doing the promotional rounds and that included appearing on Jimmy Kimmel in character and in the suit. Doctor Strange was brought in to entertain at a kids birthday party...

TECH: It's a tough time for Samsung, with an entire product line pulled from sale amid a very public recall.  The road back to the big leagues is going to be a long and difficult one, and the work starts now to rebuild customer confidence. The latest word is that they're offering a major discount for former Note 7 owners if they stick with Samsung next year.

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As a leading criminal psychologist, Dr Ian Gargan has worked with some of Ireland’s most violent offenders,  writes Áilín Quinlan

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