Wednesday lunchtime briefing: Transatlantic flights from Cork Airport with Icelandic airline. Catch up on the headlines

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Wednesday lunchtime briefing: Transatlantic flights from Cork Airport with Icelandic airline. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

WOW air, an Icelandic low cost airline, has announced transatlantic flights from Cork Airport to eight cities across the US and Canada.

Fine Gael senators have threatened to vote against the Government’s alcohol bill if they do not get reassurances on measures impacting on small businesses.

High-tech companies in the West and the Mid-West are in "recruitment mode" and urgently seeking key talent from outside the regions, the IDA has said.

Trips and falls cost Cork City Council more than €4m in compensation last year, with average payouts higher than ever at close to €25,000.

WORLD 

Several large fires have broken out in the Calais Jungle on the third day of the operation to clear it.

Donald Trump is taking a break from campaigning to formally open his new hotel in Washington DC, leaving his running mate to visit Utah, which has not backed a Democrat for president for 52 years.

MEPs Steven Woolfe and Mike Hookem have been reported to French police over their altercation at the European Parliament which plunged crisis-hit Ukip into further turmoil.

Spain is coming under criticism for reportedly preparing to allow the refuelling of Russian warships en route to bolstering the bombing campaign against the besieged Syrian city Aleppo.

SPORT

Dundalk manager Stephen Kenny has defended his team selection after Dundalk were well beaten by St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park last night.

Some 15 years before claiming Olympic gold, an 11-year-old Katie Taylor offered a humble prediction in a letter she wrote to a fellow female fighter.

One thing Anthony Foley’s tragic passing highlighted over the last week was just how small and tightly knit the European rugby community is.

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell believes newly appointed managers Donal Moloney and Gerry O’Connor will be a perfect fit for Clare hurling, insisting “they work brilliantly together and as good as you can get.”

OPINION/ANALYSIS

There is now a newly empowered, self-appointed populism, a protectorate of the people, which in fact is the greatest threat to our democracy in decades, writes Gerard Howlin.

BUSINESS

A leading marketing and PR company, which has been placed in examinership, is restructuring its operations in the hope of trading out of difficulty.

PM Group, the Dublin- and Cork-based-management services group, is eyeing acquisitions in the US and western Europe as part of its five-year growth plan, which began last year.

LIFESTYLE

Men die six years younger than women and are more often victims of suicide. Rita de Brún meets the Australian trying to change all that.

SHOWBIZ

Ciara is expecting her first child with Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, three months after the couple tied the knot.

VIDEO

This toddler's Enda Kenny story has taken a dramatic twist.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Rockstar Games has had enough with the cheating and modding which is rife in the GTA Online community, and it's stopping now.

MOVIES/TV: Sony thinks Sausage Party can win awards.

TECH: Xiaomi is a Chinese smartphone manufacturer which has yet to really break out in Europe, but that could be about to change.

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Roz Purcell got burned on the Eoghan McDermott show yesterday when she called in to discuss Lidl Ireland's taste for success.

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