Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.


Pictures of at least 40 Irish girls, mainly from Cork and as young as 14, have been copied from social media and posted on a pornographic website without their consent.

A campus café has been forced to remove its latest advertising after students described the signage as sexist. University College Cork, its students union, and its Feminist Society all objected to the pink signs erected in the college’s student centre. The sign bore slogans such as ‘What’s Your Cup Size?’, ‘Cheap looking!!’ and ‘Does my bun look big in this?’, all accompanied by illustrations of women. 

A Garda accused of theft of over €3,000 in overtime allowances, for duties it was claimed he did perform, has been found not guilty by direction of a Circuit Court judge.

Cloud computing giant Oracle is to hire 450 staff in Dublin. The investment is part of the company’s international recruitment to find 1,400 sales people to drive its growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Michael Noonan has today ruled out the re-establishment of the Motor Insurance Advisory Board to examine the rising cost of premiums. The Finance Minister also stated higher earners will be hit by new levies so they will not enjoy the full benefit of scrapping USC.

Fianna Fáil wants to end the right of Catholic schools to deny access to pupils who have not been baptised, it emerged today.

A total of 443 hospital patients are currently waiting on hospital trolleys around the country - 19 more than yesterday.


The UK is braced for a new wave of horrible weather after forecasters issued warnings of heavy snow in parts of England and Scotland.

Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

At least seven bodies have been seen in the streets in Jakarta following suicide bomb attacks. There were unconfirmed media reports of more explosions in other parts of the Indonesian capital.

Three winning tickets in California's record $1.5bn Powerball jackpot was sold in a Los Angeles suburb, lottery chiefs have said. The winning numbers were 04, 08,19, 27 and 34 and the Powerball was 10.


Another young Irish international is on his way to the English Premiership with Munster loosehead James Cronin very close to signing for a club there.

Athletics is braced for further blows to its credibility today when the second part of the World Anti-Doping Agency report into Russian doping is revealed, but Derval O’Rourke knew all along she was being cheated.

Catch-up with what you've missed so far today with our lunchtime briefing

A new product for women the ‘Ladyball’ is provoking a very strong reaction. The product’s site says: “The idea for Ladyball came from personal experience when one of the creators tried various ball sports as a weight loss measure and found the regular (or as we like to call them “man-sized”) balls heavy, cumbersome and difficult to control.”


Ireland's Central Bank has been named 'Central Bank of the Year'. The award, which was voted for by industry colleagues, recognises the bank's supervision of the Irish economy.

Cargo handling at the Port of Cork grew by nearly a million tonnes last year and oil traffic rose 20% as the economy began to pick up and business returned to levels last seen before the economic crash.


Joe O’Brien is an entirely reliable compiler of reports, so why did he have to fight so hard to reveal the under-reporting of homelessness, asks, Michael Clifford


As self-help gurus extol the virtues of being grateful as adults, Arlene Harris says children need to be taught to show appreciation and ’thank you’ notes are a good place to start.


Diners at Cork Penny Dinners were delivered a fine Italian feast on Tuesday. The charity was recently blown away by the generosity of the people running the Cork Flood Alerts Facebook page and a local pizzeria.


It has emerged today that pictures of at least 40 Irish girls as young as 14 have been copied from social media and posted on a pornographic website without their consent. Here, we outline 10 things parents should be aware of before posting pictures of their children online what they should know about their kid's own digital footprint.

Danny James Elliott is not just the name of a club DJ in Leeds, it is also the name of a roguish Irishman with a love of elaborate pranks.


GAMING: Ubisoft has been working on Tom Clancy's The Division for a very long time, with the first reveal taking place at E3 2013. Almost three years on and after multiple delays, its finally ready to street on the 8th of March 2016.

MOVIES: The X-Files is back in a little over a week. there's a sentence we never expected to write. If you're a fan who has been waiting patiently for this day since the not-so-good movie back in 2008 you're in luck as the first minute of the new show has been revealed online.

TECH: The Sony Multifunctional Light is a fixture which sits on the ceiling of your home and provides illumination. So far, so standard but this device also syncs with your wireless networks to become a smart hub with extra special powers.


Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69, his family has said. Best known as Professor Snape in the Harry Potter films, he was also notable for playing villain Hans Gruber in the original Die Hard film, the Sheriff of Nottingham in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and for acclaimed stage performances.

Glen Hansard has given a special tribute to David Bowie. Just days after the death of the music legend the Oscar winner performed Ashes To Ashes for fans outside David’s apartment.

After James Corden teased us with a seven minute clip of his latest Carpool Karaoke on Tuesday, it’s finally here - the full 15 minutes of ‘Roadtrip wonderment with Adele’. Tea downing, lyric rapping, drunk talking, harmonizing wonderment - and we wouldn’t have it any other way.


Pictures of at least 40 Irish girls, mainly from Cork and as young as 14, have been copied from social media and posted on a pornographic website without their consent.


Wesley O’ Regan is the General Manager of Popscene in Voodoo Rooms, Cork city. Popscene opened last November and is Cork’s only themed bar that is dedicated to celebrating the best of the 80s and 90s.'ve Been Served: Wesley O'Regan, Popscene

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