Friday lunchtime briefing: Cork ‘could run out of land for new builds’ within 18 months. Catch up on the headlines

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Friday lunchtime briefing: Cork ‘could run out of land for new builds’ within 18 months. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

Metropolitan Cork could run out of serviced land to facilitate house building and population growth  within 18 months.

A tour bus has crashed into the side of a Luas in Dublin.  The incident happened near Smithfield at around 11am. Pictures show the front of the bus in a head-on impact with the side of the Luas in Smithfield.

Pat Hickey's legal team is warning he needs to come home from Brazil for heart treatment.  The former President of the Olympic Council of Ireland had his passport confiscated in August when he was arrested in Rio. He denies all allegations of ticketing touting in Rio.

A judge has dismissed the UK's first legal challenge to Brexit.  Mr Justice Paul Maguire said the implications for Northern Ireland were still uncertain after British Prime Minister Theresa May said she would begin exit negotiations with Europe before March.

WORLD 

A town mayor and nine other men have been killed in a clash with police  in the deadliest operation of an anti-drug crackdown launched by Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte.

A woman in California who claims using talc for years gave her ovarian cancer  has been awarded more than €64m in damages.

Fierce fighting has broken out around the Syrian city of Aleppo after rebels launched a large-scale offensive   to break the government's siege of opposition-held areas.

A team of scientists led by researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem have discovered a potential way  to resist deadly viral infections such as hepatitis C and Zika by blocking their means of regeneration.

SPORT

Most Ireland fans came away from Euro 2016 with fantastic memories. It seems one, though, may have to revisit the memories of his revelry at the tournament quite soon,  writes Robert McNamara. A French girl named Rita  has reached out to Ireland fans on a popular Facebook page to help her find an Irishman named Cormac whom she met on the 27th of June in Lyon.

Waterford manager Derek McGrath admitted he expected Kilkenny to win last month’s All-Ireland hurling final.  Brian Cody’s side had edged into the decider after two absorbing semi-final battles against the Déise and McGrath had a gut feeling that Kilkenny would find a way past Tipperary in the decider.

Luke Shaw wants to earn Jose Mourinho’s trust  and help Manchester United kick on up the table.

Rory McIlroy is confident he can overturn a six-shot deficit  to the in-form Hideki Matsuyama and claim a fourth win of the year in the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai.

OPINION/ANALYSIS

The issues on the picket line at schools around the country yesterday were the same — equal pay for recently-hired teachers and meaningful restoration of pay for others.

BUSINESS

Eir looks to be back in play with US hedge fund Anchorage Capital set to take a controlling stake on the back of one of the Irish communications company’s investors selling out of the business.

Bank of Ireland chief Richie Boucher says the bank’s policy of promoting fixed-rate mortgages ahead of cutting variable rate home loans will not change for the moment, regardless of competitors’ decisions and political pressure.

LIFESTYLE

Halloween is the ideal time to scare yourself with a good horror movie, says Declan Burke

SHOWBIZ

X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger thinks her former boyfriend Lewis Hamilton is the best racing driver since Ayrton Senna and believes he is on track for another Formula One World Championship title.

VIRAL

How many times did you exclaim that you'd never need the maths you learned in school out in the real world? Well, today's the day!  Here's a quick quiz to test your knowledge of algebra, the study of mathematical symbols and the rules for manipulating these symbols.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Have you ever been late for work? Then Foil Arms and Hog's new sketch is for you!

TECHNOW

GAMING: If you're looking for a Borderlands fix, or haven't played the game before (for shame!)  The Handsome Collection is currently totally free on Xbox One. 

MOVIES/TV: Pixar movies take a long time to make. In the case of Finding Dory,  it appeared in cinemas a full 13 years after the classic original animated film.

TECH: Many leaks suggested that a new MacBook Pro was about to be announced,  and so it came to pass.

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An Irish professor has turned more than a century of anatomy on its head by identifying a new organ  in our guts.

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