Sunday Long Reads: The history of the Black Lives Matter movement and how can Ireland benefit from Brexit

Kick back with a cup of coffee and enjoy the best long reads from Newstalk

After the events in Dallas, Minnesota and Louisiana this week, we trace the history of the Black Lives Matter movement in one of this week's Long Reads.

Elsewhere, there's a look at the safety of self-driving cars after Tesla confirm the first fatality using its autopilot system, Shane Stapleton looks ahead to the Munster final, Vincent Wall assesses how Ireland can benefit from the Brexit, and Peter Carroll looks at how Conor McGregor might once again be in a fantastic bargaining position with the UFC.

How safe are self-driving cars?

Tesla has confirmed the first fatality involving its autopilot system, as a man in central Florida loses his life in a highway crash.

Joshua Brown died when his Tesla Model S collided with a tractor trailer. He had the autopilot function enabled and was watching a Harry Potter film at the time.

Shane Stapleton: Can Waterford finally burst Tipperary's bubble to claim Munster glory?

A great many of us have been that drunken eejit poking keys in the general direction of the door lock. You know the way, trying to focus one eye, then the other, and half-biting down on your tongue as you prod and jab to the discordant jingle your hand is composing.

Eventually, more often than not, the key bites and you just about fall into the house. Job done, but you made hard work of it.

Tipperary must have known that very real struggle against Limerick in the Munster semi-final, a day they were down to 14 men and left plenty of scores behind them.

The history of the Black Lives Matter movement, and how the aftermath of Dallas might affect its future

On February 26th 2012, George Zimmerman shot and killed Trayvon Martin, the fallout of which almost singularly resulted in the Black Lives Matter movement.

Zimmerman was the neighbourhood watch coordinator for the gated-community in which he lived in Florida, and at the time, Martin was also a resident there.

Peter Carroll: Jon Jones’ famine is Conor McGregor’s feast

The poor sound system in the MGM Grand Arena didn’t allow Nate Diaz to hear some of the insults Conor McGregor threw his way at yesterday’s press conference for UFC 202. 

Although the same electricity couldn’t be recreated in their first meeting since Diaz submitted the Irishman in the second round of their clash at UFC 196, both men will know that Jon Jones’ removal from UFC 200 will probably help them to outsell the blockbuster card when they lock horns again on August 20.

Four things Ireland should really do to benefit from Brexit

It was at the IDA mid-year review during the week that the new(ish) Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Mary Mitchell O’ Connor, reassured the assembled hacks that she was “fixated” on the measures Ireland needed to take to ensure we avail of any opportunities that arise from the UK’s departure from the EU and that we are sufficiently prepared to meet the challenges it will generate.

Her declaration followed confirmation by IDA Ireland’s chairman and chief executive, Frank Ryan and Martin Shanahan respectively that the agency was "awake" and already engaging with every relevant party to ensure Ireland got its share of the newly-mobile foreign direct investment that Brexit would trigger.

Greece 2004: The spoilsports who conquered a continent

To put Greece’s Euro 2004 triumph into context, you first need to look at their record in previous international competitions.

The team had only previously qualified for the European Championships in 1980, and then a World Cup 14 years later. In their six games at both tournaments, they failed to win a single one, losing all three games at USA '94.

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