Evening briefing: Surge in rough sleepers in Dublin. Catch up on all the headlines

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

IRELAND

Taxes should be slapped on Dublin's 35,000 empty homes as the number of rough sleepers in the capital soars, homelessness campaigners have said.

The State is offering €30,000 to a woman who was denied an abortion in a case of fatal foetal abnormality.

Ibrahim Halawa has written a letter to 'Ireland' questioning why "the people my parents voted for, to protect me in any land and under any sky, and have failed to bring me back to you".

Details of the deal offered to ASTI teachers yesterday have emerged, after the union published the offer on its website today.

WORLD 

Fidel Castro's ashes have begun a four-day journey across Cuba from Havana to their final resting place in the eastern city of Santiago.

Rescue workers are using bare hands in a desperate attempt to save four missing miners at a Polish copper mine that was hit by a tremor and a cave-in.

Tobacco giants have lost the latest round of their legal battle against the British Government's new plain-packaging rules.

The President-elect of America has announced his intention to leave his “great business in total” in order to focus on his duties at President of America in the near future.

SPORT

Evening briefing: Surge in rough sleepers in Dublin. Catch up on all the headlines

Swiss authorities say the criminal investigation into Fifa has expanded and former secretary general Urs Linsi is now a suspect.

Liverpool's new youngest goalscorer Ben Woodburn can go on to be a great player, according to team-mate Sadio Mane.

Six Nations chiefs say they want to reward "try-scoring and an attacking style of play" after introducing bonus points for this season's flagship tournament.

St Helens’ Langtree Park ground is to be rebranded the Totally Wicked Stadium after the Super League side agreed a five-year sponsorship deal with the e-cigarette company. That’s pretty odd, right? Well, the rugby club aren’t alone

OPINION

Senators lost the run of themselves yesterday with the visit of Scotland’s first minister to the Upper House.

BUSINESS

Cork-headquartered tech support company Voxpro has said it should have the capacity to grow employee numbers in its home city by a further 400 in the next 12 months.

LIFESTYLE

Evening briefing: Surge in rough sleepers in Dublin. Catch up on all the headlines
 

Caroline Hennessy creates a feast of not so fictional food: Spiced hot chocolate, Swedish ginger snaps, home baked beans, and roast eggs.

SHOWBIZ

Looking for something to do this NYE? Well, we’ve got just the thing and if you already have plans, you may re-think them. If not, we’ve got your plans for March and February sorted too.

VIRAL

We love our Irish sense of humour. And there’s a local coal firm in Derry displaying it perfectly with their advertising.

Just when you thought 2016 couldn’t get any worse, Dictionary.com has named its word of the year as “xenophobia”.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

A consultant who wrote a book about death has been named Cork Person of the Month.

TECHNOW

GAMING: The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have deemed that the promotional material for the game No Man’s Sky was “not misleading”.

MOVIES/TV: Ryan Reynolds may have starred in one of this year's runaway hits, Deadpool, but there were points in his career where he was sure he would never be a working actor again, let alone a superhero again.

TECH: Virgin are looking to change the game and out-perform the competition from the likes of Sky, who have recently release Sky Q, with their new V6 TV box.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The latest issue of the UK magazine, Golf Monthly, is on the shelves and it contains the Top 100 Courses UK and Ireland Rankings for 2017/18. Ireland (north and south) has 22 courses in the ranking, which is one more than last year. 


Lifestyle

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There are two biggies for the must-see lists this week: the final episodes of I May Destroy You, on BBC; and the first episode of The Plot Against America on Sky Atlantic on Monday/Tuesday.Scene & Heard: New TV shows and old bands

When Tom McDonald, my father in law, discovered that his daughter was marrying a musician, I suspect it was music to his ears. It was if he’d been waiting for me.Tom Dunne: Ennio Morricone, my father-in-law, and me

Tips for potato-growers, a feast of Cuban music, and a scary clown, all in a Friday night's viewing.Friday's TV highlights: Tips for potato-growers, a feast of Cuban music, and a scary clown

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