Police say an a 50-year-old businessman who was abducted and assaulted in Co Fermanagh last night suffered "life-changing" injuries.
Quinn Industrial Holdings executive Kevin Lunney suffered brutal injuries to his legs, torso and face after he was abducted outside his home at around 6:40pm yesterday.
The Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has described the attack as "sinister and unacceptable."
The DUP leader Arlene Foster claims a Northern Ireland-only backstop would be undemocratic and unconstitutional.
The proposal, which would see the North closely follow EU rules after Brexit, has been suggested as a way to break the current impasse.
But unionists are against it, claiming it would treat Northern Ireland differently to the rest of the UK.
The Dáil has heard that the rental crisis is leaving tenants vulnerable to sexual exploitation.
Solidarity TD Ruth Coppinger told the chamber she was approached by a woman whose landlord offered her a "sex for rent" deal when she couldn't afford to remain in her home.
She called for new research to identify how many tenants have been put in similar situations - with figures showing that around 250,000 women in England have been propositioned by landlords.
The Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) is warning beef could be off the menu in many restaurants if blockades outside meat processing plants continue.
Processors have laid off hundreds of workers in recent weeks amid the ongoing dispute over beef prices.
Demonstrations have continued outside more than a dozen factories this week, despite the agreement reached over the weekend between farming groups and Meat Industry Ireland.
A new advert for a charity has turned the tables on the typical 'back to school' necessities in the US.
It begins by showing young children getting ready for school with new bags, binders and shoes.
But it soon becomes apparent something is wrong.
Main image: PSNI Superintendent Clive Beatty update media on the attack and abduction of Quinn Industrial Holdings COO Kevin Lunney | Image: Liam McBurney/PA Wire/PA Images