Lunchtime briefing: Gardaí to investigate school over alleged sexual assault. Catch up on the headlines

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


A 63-year-old man who tried to kill his partner after she told him she was in love with somebody else has been jailed for nine years.

The Education Minister Richard Bruton has said an alleged sexual assault of a student at an exclusive boarding school in Dublin is very disturbing.

A major search operation is underway for a woman who has disappeared from a ferry in the Irish Sea. It is believed she went overboard in the Pembroke channel.

A new toolkit using artificial intelligence will help police identify new images of child sexual abuse online and find offenders who present the highest risk to the public, its developers have said.


Former Tory Zac Goldsmith has been unseated in a UK by-election upset by the Liberal Democrats, whose winning candidate Sarah Olney said it sends a “shockwave” through Downing Street and paves the way for Parliament to override Brexit.

Vice-President elect Mike Pence has recently moved to Washington D.C. but his welcome to the US capital probably isn’t what he had hoped for.

So-called Islamic State is likely to carry out new attacks in the European Union in the near future, probably targeting countries that are members of the US-led coalition fighting the extremist organisation in Syria and Iraq, according to EU police agency Europol.

The advice to “drink plenty of fluids” when unwell lacks evidence, experts say.


Lunchtime briefing: Gardaí to investigate school over alleged sexual assault. Catch up on the headlines

Eoin Larkin has announced his retirement from inter county hurling. In a statement the multiple All-Ireland winning forward says he's content to walk away now knowing he gave everything he could for himself and the team every time he walked out on the training pitch or pulled on a Kilkenny jersey.

After the plane crash in Colombia that killed 71 passengers, including 19 players and coaching staff from Brazilian side Chapecoense, Arsenal and Brazil defender Gabriel Paulista spoke in memory of the victims.

Liverpool midfielder Adam Lallana is expected to return to the side for the trip to Bournemouth after recovering from a groin problem which has kept him out for three weeks.

Golden State Warriors MVP Steph Curry, 28, widely regarded as the best shooter to ever play the game, showed exactly why that reputation is deserved against Houston Rockets on Thursday night.


Democratic and informed debate is predicated on all sides and all viewpoints being able to make their point freely and that is why Fathers4Justice have launched a campaign calling for the Eighth Amendment to be changed to reflect what they view as the unrecognised rights of fathers in the constitution, argues the group's International Campaign Co-Ordinator, Nadine O'Connor. 


Irish manufacturing delivered its best news yet since the UK voted to quit the EU, as output, new orders and new hirings quickened pace last month, according to the latest survey of purchasing managers.

Retail property rents are set to grow by up to 10% over the next two years. New research by Savills also shows employment is the most important factor in determining retail rents.


Lunchtime briefing: Gardaí to investigate school over alleged sexual assault. Catch up on the headlines

Mum-of-seven Jen Hogan is grateful the Man in the Red Suit works alongside parents and only brings to children the things he knows the parents will permit... so no dwarf hamster this year


Lunchtime briefing: Gardaí to investigate school over alleged sexual assault. Catch up on the headlines

Today’s the day! It’s Late Late Toy Show day! Blanket? Check. Spice box? Check. Glass of vino? Check. You don’t even have to spare a thought for the people abroad as they can tune in too.


With Christmas well and truly kicked off, it was only a matter of time before a heated debate was sparked over what is the ultimate Christmas movie of all time.

Lunchtime briefing: Gardaí to investigate school over alleged sexual assault. Catch up on the headlines

A Cork charity has gone viral thanks to their ’The Young Offenders’ inspired promo video ’The Old Offenders’ which is raising awareness for ’Straight Ahead Charity’.


It was a special Christmas delivery which proved it’s better to give than to receiveduring the festive season.


GAMING: Big announcement from the games manufacturer last night included, Guardians of The Galaxy and the new season of The Walking Dead.

MOVIES/TV: Moana review- super songs and a crazy chicken. A young islander has to seek out help from a demigod to save her people.

TECH: Apple maps release was a bit of the disaster for the tech giant from Cupertino. However they will be looking to improve their maps app with the use of drones to map out their own data.


Met Éireann says it welcomes feedback from the public following complaints about its weather presenters’ clothing were disclosed.


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