Lunchtime briefing: Campaigners don't believe there is enough beds for homeless in Dublin. Catch up on the headlines

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

IRELAND

The High Court has heard that the HOME SWEET HOME campaigners don't believe there's enough beds in Dublin city for the homeless.

Housing Minister Simon Coveney said he will work with the activists behind Apollo House and that they have sparked a national conversation about homelessness.

The ISPCC has launched a special helpline in the wake of the death of an 11-year-old schoolboy by suspected suicide in Cork City.

Twenty local authority tenants were approved for house transfers in North Cork because they were victims of “neighbours from hell”.

WORLD 

Lunchtime briefing: Campaigners don't believe there is enough beds for homeless in Dublin. Catch up on the headlines

German media say police are searching for a Tunisian man, in connection with a deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin.

Mexico’s best-known fireworks market has been destroyed by an explosion, leaving at least 29 dead and many more injured.

President Barack Obama has imposed a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean.

Three suspected militants have been killed by Indonesian police in a raid on the outskirts of Jakarta, and officers found several bombs which they are trying to defuse.

SPORT

Lunchtime briefing: Campaigners don't believe there is enough beds for homeless in Dublin. Catch up on the headlines

Irish coach Billy Walsh was overcome with emotion at winning the AIBA coach of the year award.

Here are the latest football gossip and rumours from the newspapers and online.

It hasn’t proved an easy transition for the new tournament organisers, European Professional Club Rugby, since the two main competitions were revamped after the end of the 2013-14 season.

In 2016, the competing success stories of Dundalk and Ireland sharpened divisions about what constitutes our game’s DNA. As the year ends, Niall Quinn accepts an invitation to wade into the debate with Liam Mackey.

OPINION

It’s been 20 years since Sophie Toscan du Plantier was battered to death at her holiday home in Schull in West Cork and there are still more questions than answers. Michael Clifford reports

BUSINESS

How did an over-charging scandal involving 1,400 people at a single banking group, in the summer of 2015, grow to encompass 8,200 customers across 15 lenders by last Monday, and then climb to 15,000 cases, and counting, by yesterday?

The State is set to pay just over €1m more per year in rent for An Garda Síochána to remain in its Dublin regional headquarters for a further six years.

LIFESTYLE

Lunchtime briefing: Campaigners don't believe there is enough beds for homeless in Dublin. Catch up on the headlines

As we bid adieu to 2016 we decided we would ask the great and the good of Irish society what they would love to see delivered on Santa’s sleigh this year. This is what they said.

SHOWBIZ

Lunchtime briefing: Campaigners don't believe there is enough beds for homeless in Dublin. Catch up on the headlines

Today we’ve found the way to make Christmas cards extra special. How I hear you ask? With a dramatic reading. Confused? Let Denzel Washington show you.

VIRAL

A local radio station was getting a lot of callers highlighting a scam - so they decided to give the scammers a call.

Ryanair have a Christmas ad out and it gets straight to the heart of what a festive homecoming is like in Ireland.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Four retired Tralee grandmothers are attempting to take “a wrecking ball” to perceptions of older women.

TECHNOW

GAMING: It seems that the Suicide Squad game has been canned, after at least two years of development.

MOVIES/TV: The Emoji Movie is a totally real thing that's in the works and will be in cinemas very soon - here's the first trailer.

TECH: The folks at iFixit grabbed a pair of Apple AirPods and tore them apart for our amusement!

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It’s been 20 years since Sophie Toscan du Plantier was battered to death at her holiday home in Schull in West Cork and there are still more questions than answers. Michael Clifford reports


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