Lunchtime briefing: Gerry Adams under political pressure over Brian Stack murder. Catch up on the headlines

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

IRELAND

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams has come under further political pressure about what he may know about who who carried out the 1983 IRA murder of prison officer Brian Stack. A man who alleges to have been raped by an IRA member says Mr Adams is lying about the murder of Mr Stack.

The Health Minister Simon Harris has hit out at the drug manufacturer Vertex over what he called their "spinning" on the cystic fibrosis drug Orkambi.

Gardaí have confirmed that remains found in Galway Bay last week are those of a missing Limerick woman.

Pat Hickey could get his passport back in Brazil today. Lawyers for the former President of the Olympic Council of Ireland are expecting it to be returned once he pays his €400,000 bail.

WORLD 

Lunchtime briefing: Gerry Adams under political pressure over Brian Stack murder. Catch up on the headlines

The Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump in the US must result in a "course correction" for Western politics, David Cameron said.

Hillary Clinton has spoken out against the "epidemic" of fake news in one of her first public addresses since losing the US Presidential election.

South Korea's parliament has voted to strip the president of her power. Park Geun-Hye is being impeached over her association with a friend, who is accused of extortion which has prompted millions of people to protest in recent weeks.

An explosion on a main road in Cairo has killed six police and wounded another three in what appears to be the deadliest attack on security forces in Egypt in several months.

SPORT

Lunchtime briefing: Gerry Adams under political pressure over Brian Stack murder. Catch up on the headlines

UFC fighter Conor McGregor is reportedly confirmed as appearing in season seven of Game Of Thrones.

More than 1,000 Russian athletes in 30 Olympic and Paralympic sports benefited from a state-sponsored doping cover-up between 2011 and 2015, an investigation funded by the World Anti-Doping Agency has found.

Rory Best and Paddy Jackson are included in Ulster's starting XV for Saturday's Champions Cup fixture against Pool 5 leaders ASM Clermont Auvergne.

Former FIFA president Sepp Blatter has accused his replacement Gianni Infantino of disrespecting him.

OPINION

In September, Moria refugee camp was burned to the ground by the very refugees it was supposed to house. Kevin O’Regan recently visited the camp and explores the system of fear, inadequacy, and deprivation of human rights that led to this violent outburst. He asks why it is that grassroots initiatives can meet the needs of refugees whereas government-run camps are woefully, perhaps wilfully, lacking.

BUSINESS

Big things are cooking in the basement of Krüst bakery on George’s St. No, it isn’t the ‘cronuts’ that the café first introduced to Ireland a couple of years back, but something altogether more high-tech.

The Irish economy continued to grow at a strong pace in the third quarter of this year.

LIFESTYLE

The Arts Council is urging people to share the joy of reading with children this Christmas, writes Marjorie Brennan. Here, some of the well-known people backing the ‘Story for their Stocking’ campaign select the books that captured their imagination as youngsters

SHOWBIZ

Lunchtime briefing: Gerry Adams under political pressure over Brian Stack murder. Catch up on the headlines

It’s a alcohol free zone for Guns N’ Roses at their 2017 Slane gig. The band are coming back to Slane 25 years to the month after they first played, but this time things will be slightly different backstage.

VIRAL

Lunchtime briefing: Gerry Adams under political pressure over Brian Stack murder. Catch up on the headlines

Very rarely does a Star Wars based video reduce someone to tears, but there is a first time for everything. Star Wars and Globe Telecom, based in the Philippines, have teamed up to produce an ad that is touching people's hearts around the world.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Sarah Horgan takes a tour around the Fair City set and meets two very central characters

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: Spider-Man has finally come home to Marvel and we have been given our first glimpse how Spidey will fit into the Marvel Comic Universe.

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.

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A battle among a new generation of Real IRA members to control its drugs trade, racketeering, and money-laundering operations may have lead to the killing of dissident republican Aidan O’Driscoll, garda sources believe.


Lifestyle

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