Lunchtime briefing: Cork school boy dies in 'personal tragedy'. Catch up on the headlines

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

IRELAND

Gardaí are treating as a personal tragedy the death of an 11-year-old school boy in Cork last night.

The Stormont Assembly has been plunged into crisis after all non-Democratic Unionist members walked out ahead of a disputed statement by the North's First Minister on her role in a botched renewable energy scheme.

The Rape Crisis Network took more than 13,000 calls to its helpline last year, despite a 70% cut in its funding.

The European Commission published the full details of its ruling that Apple owes Ireland €13bn in back taxes.

A man who went missing from his home in Co. Leitrim on Friday has been found dead.

WORLD 

Lunchtime briefing: Cork school boy dies in 'personal tragedy'. Catch up on the headlines

A 101-year-old paedophile has been jailed in England for 13 years for committing a string of sex offences against young children in the 1970s and 1980s.

A clergyman has appeared in court in England accused of filming young men in public toilets.

At least 30 people have died of alcohol poisoning in a Siberian city after drinking bath lotion.

Engulfed in choking smog, some northern Chinese cities limited the number of cars on roads and temporarily shut down factories today to cut down pollution during a national "red alert".

SPORT

Lunchtime briefing: Cork school boy dies in 'personal tragedy'. Catch up on the headlines

Leicester will appeal against Jamie Vardy's red card after the striker was sent off during Saturday's match with Stoke, Press Association Sport understands.

Michael Conlan has been slapped with a fine of almost €10,000 by the International Boxing Association for his comments following his exit at the Rio Olympics this summer.

Watch fans erupt in cheers as cute kid pops up on the JumboTron and boo when he disappears.

OPINION

Despite its portrayal, cannabis is not a soft and cuddly narcotic. Everyone needs to remember it’s a very addictive drug of marginal medicinal value, says Dr Bobby Smyth.

Elaine Loughlin, Bernard Harbour and Eddie Molly examine and discuss recent public sector pay deals.

BUSINESS

Ireland plans to appeal this week against the European Commission’s ruling that Apple must pay up to 13 billion euro (£11bn) to the country in back taxes, after the regulators ruled Apple’s controversial tax deal was illegal.

Google’s now renamed driverless car project Waymo has already confirmed it’s not interested in building cars itself – and the results of that plan are beginning to appear. 

LIFESTYLE

Lunchtime briefing: Cork school boy dies in 'personal tragedy'. Catch up on the headlines
 

All a lone parent needs at Christmas, apart from cash and caffeine, is the company of other adults who cab make them laugh. That’s it. Hardly ground-breaking, writes Suzanne Harrington

SHOWBIZ

Lunchtime briefing: Cork school boy dies in 'personal tragedy'. Catch up on the headlines

Celebrities remember Hollywood actress and socialite Zsa Zsa Gabor who has died aged 99.

VIRAL

This teen has created an online petition to “Get Men On British Make-up Campaigns”.

Warnings have been issued to Canadians of moose who seem to enjoy licking people’s cars in Alberta’s mountain parks.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

As families across the country awake to the most magical day of the year, the first volunteers at Cork Penny Dinners arrive to prepare a special Christmas dinner for those less fortunate.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Steep is the newest game from Ubisoft to try and energise the extreme sports game, while it may fall short in its grander goals, it's still hits the mark for some of its smaller ones.

MOVIES/TV: This trailer for season 6 of Homeland looks like a vastly different TV show than the one it started out as.

TECH: Yahoo last week announced that hey were victim of the largest data breach of all time with over 1 billion of their users data being compromised. It has been reported today by the New York Times that that information is now being sold on the Dark Web.

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Gardaí are treating as a personal tragedy the death of an 11-year-old school boy in Cork last night.


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