Lunchtime briefing: Austin Stack confronts Gerry Adams at public event. Catch up on the headlines

Good afternoon. Here’s all the news you need to know this lunchtime.

IRELAND

The son of a murdered prison officer today confronted Sinn Féin leader Gerry Adams at a press conference and told him to cooperate with gardaí on an investigation into his father's killing

A report into an alleged 'smear campaign' against Garda whistleblowers has been submitted to the Department of Justice. 

Four men arrested in connection with the kidnapping of one of the country's fastest greyhounds have been released without charge

A 44-year-old man has been charged in connection with the seizure of a firearm in Dublin.

WORLD 

Lunchtime briefing: Austin Stack confronts Gerry Adams at public event. Catch up on the headlines

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

Russia is trying to destabilise German society and the state with propaganda campaigns and cyber attacks, Germany's domestic intelligence agency said.

Hundreds of British police officers have been accused of abusing their power to sexually exploit people, including vulnerable victims of crime, a damning report has revealed.

Paris is continuing with controversial traffic control measures as the city faces its worst winter pollution in 10 years.

SPORT

Lunchtime briefing: Austin Stack confronts Gerry Adams at public event. Catch up on the headlines

Leinster head coach Leo Cullen has named his match day 23 to take on Northampton Saints in the Champions Cup tomorrow evening.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is "sceptical" about plans to extend the World Cup to a 48-team tournament.

The Countdown team were chilled by a scary story recently and it is one that is oh-so familiar to Irish sports fans. Yes, the participants and audience of the iconic Channel 4 quiz show were treated to the tale of the Mayo GAA curse.

Griffith Swords Thunder and Templeogue put on a bit of a show in the Hula Hoops Cup Quarter-Final at the National Basketball Arena.

OPINION

Electronic tagging for people out on bail is nothing new. It’s this week’s mandatory minimum sentences — remember them, writes Michael Clifford

BUSINESS

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

220 new jobs are on the way for Dublin.

LIFESTYLE

Killarney man Tom Cooper cast veterans of the War of Independence in Ireland’s first feature film. Its restoration means it can be screened again, writes Ellie O’Byrne

SHOWBIZ

Lunchtime briefing: Austin Stack confronts Gerry Adams at public event. Catch up on the headlines

After three years Hometown have announced that they are taking a break from music.

VIRAL

Lunchtime briefing: Austin Stack confronts Gerry Adams at public event. Catch up on the headlines

In the last few years Christmas jumpers have become the must have item of the festive season, but we have a sneaking feeling all that will change pretty quickly once people catch on to fruitysuits.com.

Being historically unpopular didn’t stop Donald Trump being elected president – and it hasn’t stopped him being named Time magazine’s Person of the Year either.

Here's a great quiz to put your general knowledge to the test.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

The scene of the shooting of Aidan O’Driscoll at the Old Commons Road, Blackpool, Cork . Ann Murphy reporting. Video Larry Cummins

TECHNOW

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 have been waiting for a very very long time for Spider-Man to be done right in live action but now we have the first teaser trailer for the film.

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.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The man killed in an apparent ordered hit in a suburban street in Cork’s northside was a well-known dissident republican, Aidan O’Driscoll.


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