Lunchtime briefing: Victim of convicted sex abuser, former Cork City Lord Mayor, speaks out. Catch up on the headlines

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Lunchtime briefing: Victim of convicted sex abuser, former Cork City Lord Mayor, speaks out. Catch up on the headlines


The granddaughter of the Late former Cork Lord Mayor John Murray has spoken for the first time about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child  by her grandfather.

Martin Conmey says he drew strength from the release of the Guildford Four in 1989.  Forty years after he was wrongly convicted of manslaughter, he received an apology from the State.

Unions have demanded that private sector workers receive a €1,000 pay hike next year. The call for a pay increase across the private sector comes as the Government hardened its stance around any renegotiation of public sector wages.

Intercity services, Dublin and Cork commuter services, and the Dart line may be the only rail routes  to remain under radical options proposed to bring Irish Rail’s funding crisis to a halt.

The Government has been urged to set up a “crisis response team”  to examine a spate of suicides on the south side of Cork City which has seen at least five young adults and teenagers die “in scarcely a month”.

There are up to 1,000 vacant beds available  in nursing homes this winter.  Nursing Homes Ireland says these have been offered to the HSE to alleviate hospital overcrowding but they haven't been included in the planning process.


A West Virginia mayor has resigned after she posted a response to a racist comment  about US first lady Michelle Obama on Facebook.

Thousands of young children have died of starvation and disease in  Boko Haram-ravaged north-eastern Nigeria,  Doctors Without Borders said, quoting a new survey that is forcing officials to stop denying the crisis.

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Chinese websites are censoring "Kim Fatty the Third"  , a nickname widely used to disparage North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, after officials from his country reportedly conveyed their displeasure in a meeting with their Chinese counterparts.


Tadhg Kennelly has warned Gaelic footballers are becoming too big  and should take a lesson from Australian Rules Football about becoming leaner.

It’s been three months since Cork lost to Wexford in the senior hurling championship — for the first time in 60 years. Since then,  the Cork management haven’t been idle. Manager Kieran Kingston agreed to sit down late last week to discuss what he and his backroom team have been doing since that July evening in Thurles.

Tipperary GAA chiefs have expressed disappointment that Semple Stadium has been omitted  from the stadia comprising Ireland’s 2023 Rugby World Cup bid, as TDs from the county are set to demand answers for its omission.

Ray Brady, former Ireland international, has passed away at the age of 79.  His brother Liam wrote about Ray in his  Irish Examiner column only last Monday, noting with pride that Ray had played in the team which beat Austria 3-2 in a celebrated game at Dalymount Park in 1963, the last time Ireland beat Austria until Saturday night’s 1-0 win in Vienna.

The old cliché that real life tragedy puts sport in perspective has merit and All Blacks Ben Smith and Ryan Crotty were understandably  espousing that message  yesterday.


The State has finally apologised to Martin Conmey, who, in 1973,  was convicted of killing a woman. Michael Clifford reports on the wrongs of the case against him.

As calls from public sector unions for accelerated pay restoration reach an uncomfortable din, the  Government has remained steadfast.  And rightly so, writes Political Reporter Elaine Loughlin.


The boss of Aer Lingus has said he has still his mind set on the  potential for growth at Cork Airport,  as the airline unveiled its schedule for next summer which was focused on new services out of Dublin.

Virgin Media Limited has announced today that is has received regulatory and competition approval  to acquire UTV Ireland.


Mark Evans offers up some brilliant experiments  that you and your kids will love.


Shane Long and his wife Kayleah have welcomed a baby boy into the world.  This is the couple’s first son and they’ve name him Jax.


The nights are drawing in, the sky is grey and it’s getting chilly. It can only be the onset of winter. But it’s not all that bad really  - there’s still plenty of things to keep you occupied. Here are some things that will get you in the mood.

A British woman who wants to be “the female Bear Grylls”  is set to start an Antarctic world record attempt which will see her ski 1,400 miles through minus 50C blizzards.


Residents living near Páirc Uí Chaoimh in Cork have been given a private tour  to see progress on the multimillion-euro revamp of the GAA stadium, which is on course to host its first games next July.


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The granddaughter of the Late former Cork Lord Mayor John Murray has spoken for the first time about the sexual abuse she suffered as a child  by her grandfather.

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