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

IRELAND 

The CEO of Barnardos is calling for the Minister for Health to set up a Commission of Inquiry  into abuse of children with disabilities at a foster home in the south east.

The High Court has today made a €2m judgement against Independent TD Mick Wallace  in respect of an Ulster Bank loan granted in 2009 and assigned to an Irish subsidiary of US investment firm Cerberus.

Staff at the 999 call centre are to vote on industrial action over the company's stance on toilet breaks  ,and other issues.

A woman has been arrested at Dublin Airport on suspicion of swallowing more than €100,000  worth of cocaine.

Gardai have briefed the partner of a father of two who has been missing for over a month after a man’s body was recovered  from a slurry pit last night close to where he was last seen.

Sinn Féin drugs spokesman Jonathan O’Brien is seeking to reverse the party’s opposition to the decriminalisation of drug use at its ard fheis in April. 

Gardaí have been in contact with associates of murder victim Kenneth O’Brien in Australia  and are expected to travel there in the coming weeks.

Concerns have been raised about the awarding of a €50m contract to run Irish Water’s call centre.  Amid claims of favouritism, Social Democrats TD Catherine Murphy revealed how then-environment minister Phil Hogan was directly lobbied months before the four-year contract was handed out to the company involved.

WORLD

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Terrorism has been ruled out over the arrest of a man who tried to bring two handguns into a hotel  at Disneyland Paris, a French prosecutor said.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it’s just a rabbit caught up in Storm Gertrude.  The latest storm to hit the UK is wreaking a fair bit of havoc. She’s blow down massive trees, hurled trampolines into neighbours’ gardens…And turns out even pet rabbits curled up inside their hutches aren’t safe from the 90mph winds.

SPORT

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Former Manchester United captain Nemanja Vidic has announced his retirement.  The news comes after the 34-year-old defender formally rescinded his contract with Inter Milan earlier this month.

There was a time when Munster would travel to Italy with a guaranteed points return  against their lowly hosts.

BUSINESS

Joe Duffy’s media firm’s cash pile has doubled to nearly €420,000 last year. Claddaghgreen Ltd, owned by the RTE star,  lodged figures with the Companies Office showing a significant increase from €214,025 to €419,068.

Wide-ranging tax rules designed to recoup much of the estimated €70bn multinationals underpay in the EU each year  will not adversely affect Ireland’s attractiveness to foreign direct investment, according to state and private tax experts.

ANALYSIS

The cleaned-up penalty points system has passed its first real test by the body set up to keep an eye on it,   but there are still areas of concern, writes Michael Clifford

LIFESTYLE

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VIDEO

As the wrecking ball hits Cork’s Capitol Cineplex, Ellie O’Byrne gets nostalgic  with people from the world of film, music, and theatre and hears about some of their visits to the flicks on the Grand Parade

VIRAL

The junction at Rosslare Harbour is well-known for being badly signposted but this old video really drives  (pardon the pun) home the manoeuvres people have to pull to get into the right lane.

The future is now. Scientists in Australia are getting ready to begin trialling a fully implantable bionic eye  in patients with poor vision.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Microsoft has been pretty cagey about reporting sales figures for the Xbox One in recent months  but EA has now given us an idea

MOVIES: For some reason, the studio behind animated hits like Shrek paid actual money to pick up the Trolls property -  that's right the little plastic things with the big hair which littered bedrooms everywhere in the 90s.

TECH: When you're a company as big as Google, sometimes things slip though the cracks but this was taken to a whole other level in 2015 when regular joe,  and former Google employee, Sanmay Ved managed to actually buy the domain google.com in October.

SHOWBIZ

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Vogue Williams has defended Irish Celebrity Big Brother housemate Jeremy McConnell as she genuinely thinks he’s “a nice guy”.  The model appeared on the CBB after-show Bit On The Side last night and took the time to stick up for Jeremy, despite him causing a stir for his flirtatious antics with taken ex-Hollyoaks star Stephanie Davis.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

Sky has announced the date its next generation of boxes are going on sale, as well as pricing for the new Sky Q set-up.  Tuesday February 9 is the date to circle in your calendar if you are extremely keen to sign up or upgrade to the new service, which boasts a brand new Sky interface, as well as new multi-room features, a touch and voice-driven remote and brand new slimline boxes to power the whole thing.


Lifestyle

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Esther N McCarthy is on a roll for the new year with sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes.Wish List: Sustainable solutions, cool citruses and vintage vibes

They have absolutely nothing really to do with Jerusalem or indeed with any type of artichoke, so what exactly are these curious little tubers?Currabinny Cooks: Exploring the versatility of Jerusalem artichokes

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