Evening briefing: Maynooth University 'very disturbed' by vicious attack on student. Catch up on all the headlines

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


A law student whose dangerous driving caused the death of a mother and daughter last Christmas was banned from driving for 15 years and given a suspended jail sentence today.

An Garda Síochána has said Commissioner Nóirín O'Sullivan is aware of her obligations to protect national security and would not compromise it under any circumstances.

Maynooth University has said it is very disturbed following the attack of one of its students last night. The 18-year-old woman suffered a broken jaw, a fractured eyesocket and lost several teeth in the attack.

A local councillor has said the communities affected by a road accident in Co Galway will have to unite behind the families affected.

Revered Cork born author William Trevor has died at the age of 88.


Evening briefing: Maynooth University 'very disturbed' by vicious attack on student. Catch up on all the headlines

Pope Francis is allowing all priests to absolve women of the "grave sin" of abortion, extending indefinitely special permission he had granted for the duration of the just-ended Holy Year of Mercy.

The UK Prime Minister has been attacked for "watering down" a pledge to allow workers to have a representative on company boards.

Parts of Britain already battered by Storm Angus are in for more weather woes as heavy rain is causing flooding.

French anti-terrorism police have arrested seven people in Strasbourg and Marseille and thwarted what the interior minister called a new potential attack.


Evening briefing: Maynooth University 'very disturbed' by vicious attack on student. Catch up on all the headlines

Centres Rory Scannell and Stuart Olding have both been drafted into the Irish squad to provide additional cover, following a number of injuries sustained during Saturday's defeat to New Zealand.

Now that was a test match. Saturday’s game in Lansdowne Road had everything — mesmerising skills, unrelenting physicality, and unwavering commitment.

The South African public are extremely disgruntled following the shock defeat to Italy on Saturday, not least the newspaper Die Burger, who have scolded the Springboks in today's player ratings.

A comprehensive partnership agreement between University College Cork, Mardyke Arena and FAI Cup Winners, Cork City Football Club has been announced today.


Not even the bulldog on a trampoline in the John Lewis ad can match the robin as an object of affection at Christmas,  writes Terry Prone

Trust the American people, says avowed liberal John Lloyd,  who believes the US Constitution is one of the reasons why the new administration won’t be as bad as feared


Workers in the public service shouldn’t overestimate what the  State can afford,  or underestimate how much those in the private sector have suffered, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

Facebook plans to create an extra 500 jobs in the UK  when it opens a new headquarters in London next year, the US social media giant has announced.


Evening briefing: Maynooth University 'very disturbed' by vicious attack on student. Catch up on all the headlines

Submarine inventor John Phillip Holland tested one of his first prototypes  in a North Mon pond, writes Ailín Quinlan


Gigi Hadid impersonated the forthcoming first lady, Melania Trump - complete with pout and accent.


The family of a two-year-old boy who survived a fall from a sixth storey balcony in Limerick earlier this year say this will be their best Christmas yet.

One cat has died, and another has been battling for his life, after being poisoned with anti-freeze.


A village in Donegal has taken part in the Mannequin Challenge, and it's all in the name of a good cause.


GAMING: Star Citizen is an absolute monster - with a crowdfunded budget currently resting somewhere south of $130 million.

MOVIES/TV: To celebrate the release of Bad Santa 2 in Irish cinemas on November 23rd, we’re giving you the chance to win an awesome merchandise prize bundle including; Bad Santa 2 hoodie, Santa hat, door sign, hip flask and Christmas baubles.

TECH: Apple isn't big on admitting when it's made a mistake but it seems this one was too big to ignore.


A GAA club is at the centre of a planning probe over the alleged unauthorised use of its grounds as a car park for office workers in Cork’s tech hub.


One iron-clad prediction for the future is that virtual reality will only get bigger and better. For now, however, virtual reality is content with taking baby steps forward, by allowing gamers to become iron-clad instead.GameTech review: Solid offering from Iron Man VR shows virtual reality getting bigger

Often dismissed as the unruly fashion child thanks to the denim cut-off, shorts are a major player this season. As seen on the runways of The Row to Saint Laurent, designers are re-discovering the charm of shorts. Versatility is their style power. From knee-length to the biker there is one to suit all, writes Paula BurnsHow to find the perfect pair of shorts this summer

The skincare tips to help with mask acne and irritationThe Skin Nerd: How to counteract the effects of 'Mask Face' on your skin

As the junior TV talent show returns for a new series, Georgia Humphreys chats to Will.i.am and the other mentorsWill.i.am and other mentors back for new series of The Voice Kids

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