Evening briefing: Taoiseach admits using Gmail for official business. Catch up on all the headlines

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

IRELAND

The Taoiseach has admitted he has used a personal Gmail account for official business in the past - but only "for operational reasons".

The Government's rental plan has been criticised in the Dáil for lacking measures around real rent certainty. Meanwhile the Housing Minister says if he intervened to set rents across the country, then investment in the sector would flee.

The heartbroken family of murder victim Aidan O’Driscoll will gather for his rosary tonight as gardaí prepare for a major security operation for his funeral.

A mother and her young baby had a lucky escape this morning after their car lost control, rolled over and ploughed into an oncoming truck.

WORLD 

Evening briefing: Taoiseach admits using Gmail for official business. Catch up on all the headlines

Pro-government forces have reportedly killed 82 civilians "on the spot" as they closed in on the last rebel enclave in Syria's Aleppo, the UN human rights office said.

Another day, another new potential addition to Donald Trump’s administration. Trump has announced that Rex Tillerson is his pick for secretary of state – another unusual choice from the president-elect.

A judge in Sicily has convicted a ship captain and crew member in the April 2015 sinking that left 700 people dead in one of the Mediterranean's worst migrant disasters.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he is prepared to meet President-elect Donald Trump at any time.

SPORT

Evening briefing: Taoiseach admits using Gmail for official business. Catch up on all the headlines

The announcement by Minister for Sport Patrick O’Donovan yesterday that sports bodies will have State funding cut unless at least 30% of their board members are female was broadly welcomed yesterday.

Pep Guardiola accepts he could face the sack if results at Manchester City do not improve - but has no intention of changing his methods.

Arsene Wenger has challenged Arsenal to learn from the sins of their Champions League last-16 failures past.

Dylan Hartley's conduct as England captain must count in his favour when considering his future in the post, according to the Rugby Football Union.

OPINION

Gerry Adams is the glue around which the republican movement adheres, and also its glass ceiling, writes Fergus Finlay

Donald Trump’s protocol-breaking phone call with Taiwan’s president is just the first salvo in a looming trade war between the US and China that will hurt both countries, says Bill Powell

BUSINESS

UCC's Dean of Medicine Professor Mary Horgan has been elected as the first female president elect of the Royal College of Physicians in Ireland.

In the UK, hundreds of thousands of rail passengers are facing the worst disruption since the 1990s.

LIFESTYLE

Evening briefing: Taoiseach admits using Gmail for official business. Catch up on all the headlines

How do we make our kids smart about smartphones? Andrea Mara finds out.

SHOWBIZ

X Factor winner Matt Terry and former One Direction star Louis Tomlinson could be going head to head in the race for the Christmas number one.

VIRAL

Evening briefing: Taoiseach admits using Gmail for official business. Catch up on all the headlines

The nineties was chock full of great Christmas movies and here's a list of the top 10 rated family-friendly Christmas movies of that decade. Did your favourites make the cut?

Facebook is looking for a head of news amid concerns over so-called fake news and how the social network deals with it.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

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

TECHNOW

GAMINGThe Nintendo Switch is about as exciting about handheld gaming we have been since the PSP.

MOVIES/TVVideo game films are never easy, you will always have the true fans of the game feeling like they are missing something, plus video games are just not like the format of film.

TECHWe are less than two weeks out to the big day, and it is very easy to get in a tailspin with all the presents you have to get.

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