Evening briefing: Ceasefire in Aleppo has collapsed. Catch up on all the headlines

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


Female staff in the Department of the Taoiseach earn €12,000 less a year on average than their male counterparts.

There appears to be no sign of a deal between Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil over proposed caps to rent increases.

The Director General of the Health Service Executive says it is too early to say if new talks will see Orkambi provided for cystic fibrosis patients.

A young father who stabbed a drug dealer to death in Dublin over a €100 debt has been found guilty of his manslaughter.

The Garda Commissioner says she hopes a new armed task force can be a deterant for criminal gangs.


Evening briefing: Ceasefire in Aleppo has collapsed. Catch up on all the headlines

A ceasefire deal between rebels and the Syrian government in the city of Aleppo has broken down, threatening plans to evacuate the remaining fighters and tens of thousands of civiliansHere’s everything you need to know about the situation.

President-elect Donald Trump has announced his selection of former campaign rival Rick Perry to be the country's next secretary of energy.

Former football coach Barry Bennell has been remanded in custody after appearing in a British court charged with child sex offences.

Several Israeli politicians and their assistants have protested outside the parliament building after female staff were denied entry for wearing skirts that were deemed too short.


Evening briefing: Ceasefire in Aleppo has collapsed. Catch up on all the headlines

Cheltenham Festival-winning jockey Ryan Hatch is to remain in hospital for the "foreseeable future" following his fall at Cheltenham on Friday.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has announced a new three-year agreement for the continued support of Gaelic men’s inter-county players at Croke Park today.

Jose Mourinho is not a man to forget an insult. The Manchester United boss was interviewed by BT Sport last night and took the opportunity to take a pop at their pundit Michael Owen.

Dylan Hartley will discover this afternoon whether he will be available to lead England into next year's RBS 6 Nations.


I have a sense this may be Gerry Adams’ last Christmas as leader of Sinn Féin, but only because he chooses it to be, writes Gerard Howlin.

We all know what is happening in Syria, but for a long time the West has been able to construct a form of wilful ignorance that has alleviated our collective guilt, argues politics student Brian O'Flynn.


The European Commission's plans to introduce a Common Consolidated Corporate Tax Base (CCCTB) across the European Union could destroy Ireland's tax take, UCC economist Seamus Coffey has warned.

EU online shoppers, including Irish people, still face unjustified discrimination due to nationality and place of residence.


Evening briefing: Ceasefire in Aleppo has collapsed. Catch up on all the headlines

There is still an air of mystery around Christmas Day. Particularly in Ireland, where nobody seems sure of the time you can have your first drink without someone saying you’re an alcoholic, says our columnist Ask Audrey


Margot Robbie is set to return to her Suicide Squad role for a new movie pulling together some of the best female villains in DC comic history, it has been reported.


Stargazers around the world were treated to a glimpse of the third and final supermoon of 2016 last night – and boy, was it a vision.


Karen O'Mahony, founder of the Masquerade Ball Rainbow Club for Autism, has been named December ‘Cork Person of the Month’. 


GAMINGGTA V online is some of the most fun you can have on the internet and the makers of the game are always endeavoring to give you a better experience.

MOVIES/TVYes Robin Hood is getting an origins film, with star of Kingsman Tarron Egerton to play the eponymous Robin Hood.

TECHIt was announced earlier in the week that the first episode of the grand tour was the most pirated episode of television ever.


It is being reported that Gardaí are investigating three girls in connection with the assault of 18-year-old student Kym Owens.


About 70% of our planet is covered in water, in one form or another and it is vital to our survival.Appliance of science: Where does water come from?

Touched by the last rays of the sun, the grey mud of the estuary is dimpled with silver pools. Above them, rooks fly in their thousands, rooks uncountable, on different levels of the air.Interplay of rooks above Cillmanister a lovely mystery

A NEW survey confirms the presence of at least six rare spiders in Killarney National Park.Six rare spiders found in Killarney National Park

IT WAS written about an old ruin in Co Wexford but it may as well have been written for any other place.Islands of Ireland: Cows come home to Inishbarra

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