British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's plan to suspend parliament has been met with protests, as well as pledges by opposition parties to fight the move.
Yesterday, the Queen approved the plan to suspend parliament in the week beginning September 9th until October 14th.
Mr Johnson has insisted it's simply to allow for a new 'Queen's speech' - a traditional event which details the legislative agenda of a new government.
The Monaghan-based bottled water company Celtic Pure has been placed into examinership.
Declan McDonald of PwC was appointed interim examiner following an application to the High Court.
Examinership gives a company protection for a period of up to 100 days.
Thousands of childminders will have to register with Tusla under new proposals being put forward by the Government.
Children's Minister Katherine Zappone today launched a draft action plan focused on "improving access to high quality and affordable early learning and care".
Currently, there are only 81 childminders registered with Tusla - with most of the country's thousands of others exempt from registration.
A primary school in Co Wicklow has banned the use of smartphones.
St Cronan's boys' national school in Bray carried out a survey in June, and more than 91% of parents voted for the ban.
With pupils returning to school following their summer break today, smartphones are no longer allowed.
US tech giant Apple is to allow independent repair businesses to fix its devices.
It has announced a new repair program, offering customers "additional options" for the most common out-of-warranty iPhone repairs.
The company has said it will provide more independent repair businesses - large or small - with the same parts, tools, training, repair manuals and diagnostics as its Apple Authorised Service Providers (AASPs).