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Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.

TOP STORY - ALAN RICKMAN (1946 - 2016)

Alan Rickman has died at the age of 69, his family has said. 

Tributes have flooded in for the actor who was known for his roles in Harry Potter and Die Hard.

IRELAND 

A snow and ice warning has been extended until midday tomorrow as temperatures are expected to drop to minus six degrees in the coming days.

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.

Irish Water says 61% of its customers have now paid part, or all, of their bills. The company has confirmed 928,000 customers were paying water charges at the end of the third billing cycle, which covers the final three months of last year.

The Children's Minister James Reilly says the Government is acutely aware of the problem of homeless children, but that it cannot be solved easily.

It has been confirmed that Fine Gael TD Brian Walsh has resigned from the Dáil. The Galway West TD's resignation was announced in the chamber this afternoon.

A backbench Labour TD has heavily criticised her own party leader's decision to give a high-profile union activist a State board job without following public appointment rules, saying: "Why set a rule and then break it?".

Irish stars Saoirse Ronan and Michael Fassbender have both been nominated for an Oscar. Room film-maker Lenny Abrahamson has been nominated for Best Director.

Check out the full list of nominations HERE.

WORLD

Turkish tanks and artillery have attacked Islamic State positions in Iraq and Syria in retaliation for the suicide bombing in Istanbul which killed 10 tourists, Turkey’s Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said.

A British aid worker has avoided jail after admitting trying to smuggle an Afghan girl into Britain from France. Former soldier Rob Lawrie, 49, feared being jailed for up to five years and had appealed for clemency for trying to get four-year-old Bahar Ahmadi – known as Bru – into the UK hidden in his van in October.

SPORT

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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.

The team behind controversial new product the ‘Ladyball’ are so far ignoring increasing speculation that their product is in fact a clever marketing campaign for something else entirely.

BUSINESS

Shareholders are expected to make £55m (€73m) following the sale of UTV to ITV, a company statement said. UTV Media has agreed to transfer its television assets for £100m (€133m) by the end of March.

Shares in Renault dived after anti-fraud raids on a number of the car maker’s factories prompted by the Volkswagen emissions scandal.

ANALYSIS

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

LIFESTYLE

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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.

VIDEO

Temperature drops in the Atlantic Ocean have left some turtles in a dangerous position. The cold temperatures in the US sent over 600 sea turtles into shock over the last few days in North Carolina waters, meaning many had hypothermia like symptoms.

VIRAL

Limerick may no longer be Ireland’s city of culture but there is one culture shock doing the rounds that deserves a reward. Bacon and cabbage chips have been invented by an adventurous chef from the Limerick regions.

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People often think, wouldn't it be great if life was like a movie. But would it? This video, by Menilmonde, explores what Paris would look like if the entire city was a movie set.

TECHNOW

GAMING: PlayStation Plus members who have been with the service since it launched in 2010 will be getting their ‘limited edition gift’ any day now.

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: David Bowie's video for his last single, Lazarus, has broken a Vevo record.

SHOWBIZ

It’s been a great year for Irish film with a host of actors and directors up for Oscar glory. With the nominees just announced, there’s a good chance someone from the Emerald Isle could nab an Academy Award at the upcoming Los Angeles ceremony.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

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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.


Lifestyle

IT IS movie award season and Irish designers and their luxury creations were the stars of the silver screen this week.From red carpet to luxe rugs: Ireland's designers get movie-star treatment

Falsies don’t have to be fiddly, says Katie Wright.5 common myths about false lashes

Hiring professional designers to guide you through a home revamp can get you what you want, which doesn’t necessarily have to be what TV home improvement shows tell us, writes Carol O’Callaghan.What a professional interior designer can do for you when planning a home revamp

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