Evening briefing: Homeless activists take over disused office building in Sligo town. Catch up on all the headlines

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

IRELAND

Activists in Sligo town have occupied an empty office building there. The building, which is believed to be owned by Nama, has been taken over by homeless activists in a similar way to the occupation of Apollo House in Dublin by Home Sweet Home activists recently.

The Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin says there has been huge demand for their Christmas food packages this year.

Hundreds of people struggling to find money to feed themselves and their families queued in the cold and the rain in Limerick city, to collect food bags from a food bank.

Gardaí are investigating after a car was set alight while a man slept inside.

Ferry sailings tomorrow from the UK have been cancelled and flights from three London airports were hit by delays after fog shrouded the UK capital this morning.

Comedian Brendan O'Carroll and his family have donated 2,800 Christmas dinners to St Vincent de Paul.

WORLD 

Evening briefing: Homeless activists take over disused office building in Sligo town. Catch up on all the headlines

Russia’s military is now stronger that any possible foe, Vladimir Putin has said.

Authorities across Europe are hunting a Tunisian man suspected of killing 12 people in the Berlin Christmas market truck attack, as reports claimed his fingerprints have been found inside the vehicle used.

A young English boy and his sister have donated a year's pocket money just before Christmas to the charity that saved his life.

Poultry keepers are being urged to remain vigilant over bird flu after a dead wild duck in Wales was found to have a dangerous strain of the disease.

SPORT

Evening briefing: Homeless activists take over disused office building in Sligo town. Catch up on all the headlines

TV3 Group have announced a new four-year partnership with Racecourse Media Group (RMG) to broadcast some of the biggest events in horse racing, beginning on New Year’s Day 2017.

Crystal Palace have sacked manager Alan Pardew after just one win in 11 Premier League matches.

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte is taking time to find a solution to replace Diego Costa.

Connacht head coach Pat Lam has made four personnel changes to his side ahead of tomorrow's clash with Ulster at Kingspan Stadium. Bundee Aki will undergo surgery this week for an ongoing ankle injury and will return in mid-February. 

OPINION

Bernadette Scully nearly died by her own hand, because, as a carer, she had no right to support, writes Victoria White.

In this moving reflection on the Christmas season Irish expatriate Anna Marie O'Rourke reveals how she was rescued from a period of depression while living abroad through her involvement with Gaelic games.

BUSINESS

Funding of almost €2.8m has been announced for four regional airports across Ireland.

European banks struggled to make gains on Thursday as investors digested the prospect of a state bailout for struggling Italian lender Banca Monte dei Paschi di Siena (BMPS).

LIFESTYLE

Evening briefing: Homeless activists take over disused office building in Sligo town. Catch up on all the headlines

With the passing of the torch to a new generation, Caomhan Keane says it’s his turn in the kitchen.

SHOWBIZ

We've compiled the perfect list of what to binge watch on Netflix over Christmas.

VIRAL

As the Dail breaks for the Christmas period, the TDs are let loose spreading festive cheer throughout their constituencies.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Nothing says Christmas in Cork like spiced beef.

TECHNOW

GAMINGIf you're an Xbox One owner the time has come to get some serious deals with the Countdown sale.

MOVIES/TV: Hello there. Somehow space year 2016 is almost at an end, and while I'm not entirely sure where that twelvemonth went it does mean one thing - end of year lists.

TECHSnapchat is growing and growing, with a huge 2016 that's set to run into the company going public in the near future.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

A shopping centre in Cork city has posted a lovely video bringing out the true meaning of the festive season.


Lifestyle

In an industry where women battle ageism and sexism, Meryl Streep has managed to decide her own destiny – and roles, writes Suzanne HarringtonJeepers Streepers: Hollywood royalty, all hail queen Meryl

'Ask Audrey' has been the newspaper's hysterical agony aunt “for ages, like”.Ask Audrey: Guten tag. Vot the f**k is the story with your cycle lanes?

Daphne Wright’s major new exhibition at the Crawford addresses such subjects as ageing and consumerism, writes Colette SheridanFinding inspiration in domestic situations

Christian Bale and Matt Damon tell Laura Harding about their roles in Le Mans ‘66, the tale of the men paid by Ford to take on the dominance of Ferrari in the motor-racing worldFoot to the floor: Christian Bale and Matt Damon talk about Ford, Ferrari and the 24 hours of Le Mans

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