Thursday lunchtime briefing: Garda strike looks certain to proceed. Catch up on the headlines

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Thursday lunchtime briefing: Garda strike looks certain to proceed. Catch up on the headlines

IRELAND

The GRA has drawn up a list of Garda officers that they do not want to take part in tomrrow's strike. This makes it seem certain that tomorrow's planned strike will go ahead.

A senior HSE manager tried to sack the whistle-blower who revealed the Grace foster abuse scandal in a detailed legal letter which was proven to involve entirely “fabricated” claims

Gardaí investigating the deaths of an elderly couple in Mayo have said they are keeping an “open mind” as to what happened.

Teachers are preparing to present themselves as being in a ‘lockout’ situation next week, as talks to avert the closure of over 500 second-level schools have still not found a resolution to their pay dispute.

WORLD 

On the back of the High Court ruling that the British Parliament should trigger the process of leaving the EU, the value of the pound has surged.

Nigel Farage has warned of "public anger" if a "betrayal" of the public's wishes follows a landmark High Court ruling on Brexit.

President Barack Obama has warned Donald Trump is a threat to America and the world.

At least 26 civilians are dead after an assault that killed two US service members in Afghanistan, officials say.

SPORT

Shane Lowry, the 43rd ranked player in the world has endured a frustrating season of occasional highs but more often plagued by the type of inconsistency that led to him missing out on his Ryder Cup debut.

Conor Murray needs no reminding of those final, desperate minutes three years ago when Ireland’s hopes of a first victory over the All Blacks were dashed.

Slaven Bilic thinks Andy Carroll is a "really brave man" after the West Ham striker's gunpoint ordeal.

Mayo footballing star Aidan O’Shea has made a return to the basketball court this week after a seven-year break.

OPINION

The UK will continue to trade, co-operate, and work closely with its European neighbours — and none more so than Ireland.

Students for Trump at Pennsylvania State University couldn’t wait for Donald so they built their own wall.

BUSINESS

The jury is still out on whether the Brexit fallout and the surge in the value of the euro may or may not leak revenues, but for a second year something significant is happening under our noses with corporate tax revenues.

Two of Ireland’s largest food companies — Kerry Group and Glanbia — have seen an analyst upgrade on the back of strong quarterly updates showing they are weathering currency headwinds.

LIFESTYLE

25 years on and 25 properties later, the Irish Landmark Trust continues to breathe life into some of Ireland’s most unique buildings. Ever dreamed of renting out a castle, sleeping in a mill or in a lighthouse? Well you can, writes Robert Hume

SHOWBIZ

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Gogglebox Ireland is slowly becoming one of our favourite Irish TV programmes. TV3 have just released 15 interesting things you didn’t know about the hilarious show.

VIRAL

The mother of a seriously unwell child is 'hopeful' a meeting with Health Minister Simon Harris will provide some much-needed solutions for her daughter.

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VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Heads were surely turned in Dublin recently when an old-fashioned funeral procession, complete with upbeat jazz band, made its way through the city's streets.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Resident Evil 7 is looking like a return to the survival horror which the series has moved away from in increasingly action packed entries in recent years.

MOVIES/TV: After 20 years we had pretty much given up on ever seeing a sequel to Trainspotting, well it's a real thing and the full trailer is here.

TECH: OnePlus has been busy. Not content to corner the market on affordable high spec phones, they've also just launched a new range of fancy products.

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