The headlines this Thursday morning...
There have been calls for an increase in education funding after Irish universities failed to make the top 200 in a prestigious global ranking.
The latest Times Higher Education (THE) list places UCD in the 201-250 band, down from joint 176 last year.
Trinity College was excluded from the league table after submitting incorrect information to THE earlier this year, and in 2015.
A protester is in a critical condition after being shot during a second night of unrest over the fatal police shooting of a black man in North Carolina.
Officials in Charlotte said the man was shot during a protest over the death of Keith Lamont Scott but was not wounded by a police officer, describing it as a "civilian on civilian" incident.
The governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency in Charlotte as the unrest continues, and said the National Guard and state highway patrol troopers would be sent to help police.
A garda who was killed in the line of duty will be posthumously awarded for his bravery today.
Detective Adrian Donohoe was shot dead while responding to a robbery at Lordship Credit Union in county Louth in January 2013.
The Scott Medal, the forces's highest honour, will be awarded at a ceremony at the Garda College in Templemore this morning.
Almost 200 new jobs are being announced this morning.
Eir is creating 100 positions with the rollout of high-speed fibre broadband across Ireland.
Engineering design company Biopharma Engineering is set to fill 70 new jobs in Dublin and Cork.
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife have pledged more than $3bn towards an ambitious plan to rid the world of disease.
The Facebook founder and his wife, paediatrician Priscilla Chan, said the goal was to "cure, prevent or manage all disease within our children's lifetime".
Investment will go towards research into cancer and infectious disease as well as heart and neurological disease, the couple said.