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Thursday 30 October, 2014

Today’s top stories in 6 seconds

Don’t have time to mull over the news? Here’s everything you need to know.

From Business ETC Remember Bono said he helped bring Google and Facebook to Ireland? Well, he did Double Irish

Remember Bono said he helped bring Google and Facebook to Ireland? Well, he did

He has connections, and the IDA uses them.

Leo Varadkar gets offered €250,000 “every couple of months” to go to Canada

The Health Minister would earn more in Alberta than in Leinster House.

From The Score Someone complained that Dónal Óg Cusack ‘expressed his sexuality’ through his dickie bow on the Sunday Game Fashion Police

Someone complained that Dónal Óg Cusack ‘expressed his sexuality’ through his dickie bow on the Sunday Game

But the former Cork hurler says his experience has been overwhelmingly positive since coming out as gay.

Richard Bruton: ‘Our new tax measure is fair but you just can’t stop other countries from grumbling’

The Jobs Minister says the knowledge box will keep Ireland as a competitive location for companies.

Frenchman dies after drinking 56 shots in drinking competition

A police source said the man drank 30 of the shots in the space of around one minute.

Apple CEO Tim Cook comes out, says he is ‘proud to be gay’

The 53-year-old businessman says he wants to trade-in his privacy to help others.

Fine Gael councillor apologises for calling election rival’s posters racist

The use of “one of our own” upset the former mayor of Fingal.

From Business ETC YouTube videos are going to look amazing from now on Silky Smooth

YouTube videos are going to look amazing from now on

The site has quietly rolled out 60fps videos, which will allow for smoother, higher-quality videos.

From Business ETC Soon you might actually be able to afford a piece of Ferrari Drool

Soon you might actually be able to afford a piece of Ferrari

Now THAT’s what we call a spinoff.

New plan will make it easier to sack civil servants who are doing a bad job

While staff in the civil service who do well will be recognised – but not with bonuses.

Father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne found dead at his home RIP

Father of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne found dead at his home

Michael Payne has struggled with alcoholism since his daughter’s death.

Poll: Should the sale of energy drinks to under-18s be banned? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should the sale of energy drinks to under-18s be banned?

The food safety watchdog is investigating the negative effects, but is it time to do away with them altogether?

From Business ETC Samsung’s year goes from bad to worse as profits continue to plunge In Trouble

Samsung’s year goes from bad to worse as profits continue to plunge

Weak smartphone sales and increased competition meant the company recording its smallest quarterly profit in three years.

Man arrested over Jean McConville murder

The 73-year-old man was arrested in connection with the 1972 murder.

Irish Water is looking for a data protection manager – weeks after asking for PPS numbers

The manager will have to develop a data protection policy.

They still don’t know why the US space rocket exploded – but they’re blaming the Russians

Fingers are being pointed at the 1960s era Russian rocket used by Orbital Sciences.

State of the Nation: Why is Irish Water only now hiring a data protection manager?

Here’s everything you need to know about what’s happening in Irish politics right now…

Was the Russian government behind White House computer hacking?

The White House says it takes the breach very seriously.

Intelligence on Real IRA Omagh bomb was ‘withheld from police’

But the information could not have prevented the attack according to a new report.

Heuston train line reopened, but knock-on delays to affect rush hour

The line is closed due to a fatality on the line.

Opinion: Six things that need to change in Ireland’s rental market

The rented sector as we traditionally know it is not keeping pace in terms of quantity or quality.

From The Score ‘My head was wrecked’ admits Aidan Walsh but Jimmy Barry Murphy wins battle for dual star REBEL WITH A CAUSE

Spanish police dogs sniffed out cocaine hidden in bananas

Nine people have been arrested.

The 9 at 9: Thursday

Catch up as you wake up.

“It’s not science-based” – Nurse who treated Ebola patients refuses to be quarantined

The state of Maine is considering a court order to detain Kaci Hickox.

Which tree is the most loveable one in Ireland? We’ll know by tomorrow

Voting is currently taking place in the National Tree Huggers contest.

Is Irish Water getting any better at answering TDs’ questions?

Several TDs have complained about not getting any response to their queries from the new utility.

Good news: 130 jobs announced for Athlone and Dublin

Teleflex will create the jobs over three years, while Openet will create 30 jobs in Dublin.

Irish watchdog likely to recommend that energy drinks are not consumed by children

Safefood will make a number of recommendations to the Department of Health on these products by the end of this year.

The waiting list for nursing home money is getting even longer

The budget for the scheme is capped and those on the waiting list are forced to foot a bill of €13,000 a year until they’re approved.

Irish cattle bound for Libya are being ‘beaten, stabbed, dragged by the eye sockets’

More than 14,000 cattle have been exported to Libya so far this year and more will be on the way by the end of this week.

Wednesday 29 October, 2014

Here’s What Happened Today: Wednesday

Everyone is talking about the Ebola drill at the Mater Hospital, a Dublin pub charging for water and Tesco’s criminal investigation…

Enda Kenny has ‘absolutely no problem’ meeting four involved in Maíria Cahill case

The Taoiseach will meet with the four people named in the BBC Spotlight programme that sparked the controversy.

Nursing home waiting lists are ‘spiralling out of control’

Over 2,100 people are on the HSE’s Fair Deal waiting list.

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Malala Yousafzai donates $50,000 prize money to help rebuild 65 schools in Gaza

The 17-year-old won the Nobel Peace Prize this month.

The Mater Hospital held a practice run for a potential isolation unit admission EBOLA This post contains images

The Mater Hospital held a practice run for a potential isolation unit admission

Britain held a similar simulation to assess how prepared services were for a possible Ebola outbreak.

US commando who killed Osama bin Laden to reveal identity

An interview with the Navy Seal will air on Fox News next month.

Anti-racism protest takes place in Waterford

Three Roma families were forced to leave a house in Waterford over the weekend.