Evening briefing: Government pensions amendment defeated. Catch up on all the headlines

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


Gardaí investigating the murder of father-of-two Aidan 'The Beast' O'Driscoll in Cork say it is too early to speculate who was responsible for his shooting.

The Government has been defeated in a Dáil vote, meaning it will have to bring forward reforms on pensions.

Labour leader Brendan Howlin has warned there "can't be a separate rule for Gerry Adams" after growing calls were made for the Sinn Féin leader to provide full information to gardaí on the 1983 murder of prison officer Brian Stack.

The mother of a 25-year-old woman stabbed to death along with her friend and two children, has spoken for the first time about the pain of losing her only daughter and grandchildren.


A 6.5-magnitude earthquake shakes ocean floor about 100 miles off the northern California coast.

US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump are trading phone calls and pleasantries, just months after regularly flinging insults back and forth.

Scotland Yard is investigating allegations that one of its officers repeatedly punched a detainee, after footage of the apparent incident was posted on the internet.

The world’s tallest land animal is threatened with extinction after suffering a devastating decline in numbers, a new report has found.


Evening briefing: Government pensions amendment defeated. Catch up on all the headlines

Leinster's Jamie Heaslip has let it be known that he is surveying career options at home and abroad as the clock winds down towards the summer and the end of his current contract with the IRFU

Chapecoense plane crash survivor Alan Ruschel has put out a video while in hospital, where he's recovering from spinal surgery.

Leeds owner Massimo Cellino has been banned for 18 months - effective from February 1, 2017 - for breaking the Football Association's agent regulations, the governing body has announced.

Graham Gibbons has voluntarily stood himself down with "immediate, indefinite effect" after the Kempton stewards reported the jockey to have swapped a urine sample with that of another rider on Wednesday evening.


A report from the German Chambers of Commerce Worldwide and the German-Irish Chamber of Commerce concludes that of all the EU members, Ireland has most to lose from a hard Brexit and based on the level of trade between Ireland and the UK it is hard to disagree with that conclusion, writes Dr Declan Jordan of UCC.


The European Central Bank has decided to extend its bond-buying stimulus programme by another nine months to support the economy amid increasing turbulence from populist politics.

German airliner Lufthansa is set to almost double the number of flights on Dublin-Munich route.


Evening briefing: Government pensions amendment defeated. Catch up on all the headlines

IN DOWTCHA Puppets’ headquarters, two men are wrestling a giant high-heeled shoe. It’s pantomime season, and Dowtcha’s artistic co-directors, Cliff Dolliver and Davy Dummigan, have been drafted in to produce a giant glass slipper prop for Cork Opera House in their guise as set designers and props builders.


Rolling Stones frontman, Sir Mick Jagger, has become a father again aged 73, his publicist Bernard Doherty said.


Facebook have released a list of the most talked about moments on their platform in Ireland and the world.

It is December 8, which means many things, it is 16 days from Christmas and more importantly it is culchie shopping day.


Your work life can have you mixing with people outside your normal social circle of friends and family which can lead to hilarious situations like this. Meet Alcho and Fitness freak, otherwise known as Arms and Hog of Foil, Arms and Hog.


GAMING: It felt like the Super Mario game we always wanted for our phones was never going to come, but at last it looks like he’s on his way in Super Mario Run.

MOVIES/TV: We can't say it's a movie we have been waiting forever for, but the first major trailer for Baywatch 2017 makes it look like a whole bag of fun.

TECH: Apple came under intense ire of the public after they announced that they would be removing the headphone jack from the Iphone 7. Well it looks like Samsung is set to follow them down the beaten path.


Here's a great quiz to put your general knowledge to the test. Don't forget to share your score on social media and get your friends to try and beat it!


Avoid products high in sugar and caffeine, says Helen O’CallaghanEnergy drinks not fit for kids

The staff of Cork Film Festival tell Richard Fitzpatrick about some of their personal recommendations on what to seeInsider tips: Those in the know pick their highlights of the Cork Film Festival

The Cork Film Festival is known for championing short films. We chat to six emerging film-makers who are showing their work over the next few daysCork Film Festival: Short and sweet does the trick

Newsreels from the independence era, and various short films, give a glimpse of earlier eras on Leeside, writes Marjorie BrennanCork Film Festival: Reeling in the years by the Lee

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