Five stories you might have missed from the weekend

Rory McIlroy won his first ever Irish Open title; JobBridge scheme to be scrapped; #MarRef anniversary;

After a busy weekend of news and sport, here's what you need to know to get caught up this Monday morning. 

Rory McIlroy has won his first ever Irish Open title.

The World No 3 triumphed by three shots at the K Club yesterday afternoon to put an end to torrid results at the event in recent years.

 Rory McIlroy with The Irish Open trophy ©INPHO/Donall Farmer

A final round 69 was more than enough for him to triumph with a 12-under par score across the four days, with Scotland's Russell Knox and Wales' Bradley Dredge tied for second on 9-under.

Controversial free internship scheme Jobbridge is due to be scrapped after 'abuses' from some firms

Social protection minister Leo Varadkar is scrapping JobBridge, the controversial state-supported internship scheme for unemployed workers.

Just two weeks into his new role, Mr Varadkar has decided to axe the controversial social welfare scheme, which sees unemployed people paid an additional €52.50 on top of their weekly dole, in return for working as a full-time interns with companies.

Hundreds gathered in Dublin Castle yesterday to mark the first anniversary of the #MarRef

The referendum was passed by 62%, with 1.2 million people voting Yes for same-sex marriage.

Image via @caoimhseach on Twitter

People have also been posting their memories of the campaign on Twitter, using the hashtag #marrefmemories.


Investigations continue into the EgyptAir plane that crashed into the Mediterranean on Thursday, killing 66 people

Egypt has deployed a submarine to help search for the wreckage, but the jet's two black box flight recorders are yet to be found.

Yesterday, the first services to remember those who lost their lives were held.

Mark Pollock stands for the first time since paralysis

The adventurer was left paralysed following a fall from a window in 2010.

Pollock has been taking part in a research study at Trinity College Dublin where scientists have been attaching electrodes to his back via patches to stimulate his nervous system, and on November 10th 2015 he was able to stand unassisted for a few seconds.

For Newstalk's Futureproof, Jonathan McCrea interviewed to Mark to find out more about the therapy he is receiving and to hear the events of that amazing day last November.