Lunchtime briefing: HSE fails to assess 2,500 kids for disability. Catch up on the headlines

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


The HSE failed to process as many as 2,500 applications from parents to have their children’s needs assessed on foot of a disability — despite a legal requirement to do so within six months.

The Policing Authority says it will investigate reports that the Garda Commissioner used an unsecured email account to send and receive sensitive information.

The Fianna Fáil leader has accused Shane Ross of undermining the independence of judges.

The Cork Sexual Violence Centre has been given permission to reproduce a tattoo that Lady Gaga commissioned for herself and the 50 other abuse survivors who sang with her at this year’s Oscars.


French anti-terrorism police have arrested seven people in Strasbourg and Marseille and thwarted what the interior minister called a new potential attack.

Two police officers have been shot in separate incidents in what authorities are calling targeted attacks. One died, while the other was shot twice in the face but was expected to survive.

Theresa May will suggest she will match Donald Trump's expected cuts to corporation tax as she attempts to hold out an olive branch to business leaders.

At least 27 civilians were killed when a suicide bomber attacked a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, an official has said.


Lunchtime briefing: HSE fails to assess 2,500 kids for disability. Catch up on the headlines

Munster Rugby legend Paul O’Connell has warned against the notion of ‘God-given talent’ or ‘born naturals’ in sport and life.

New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen says they will contest ONE of the two citings his side received in the wake of last weekend's gruelling test match against Ireland.

This pass to a steward highlights the danger of wearing a luminous yellow kit.

Harlequins lock James Horwill should face a short stint on the sidelines owing to the gruesome compound fracture of his finger suffered in Sunday's 25-6 defeat at Leicester.


Not even the bulldog on a trampoline in the John Lewis ad can match the robin as an object of affection at Christmas,  writes Terry Prone

Trust the American people, says avowed liberal John Lloyd,  who believes the US Constitution is one of the reasons why the new administration won’t be as bad as feared


Workers in the public service shouldn’t overestimate what the  State can afford,  or underestimate how much those in the private sector have suffered, writes Kyran Fitzgerald.

Facebook plans to create an extra 500 jobs in the UK  when it opens a new headquarters in London next year, the US social media giant has announced.


Lunchtime briefing: HSE fails to assess 2,500 kids for disability. Catch up on the headlines

Submarine inventor John Phillip Holland tested one of his first prototypes  in a North Mon pond, writes Ailín Quinlan


TV3 have commissioned a second series of Gogglebox Ireland and are on the hunt for new cast members. They're looking for a few specific type people this time around. Notably members of the clergy.


Works by a number of Irish writers have been longlisted for the world’s most valuable annual literary prize for a single work of fiction published in English.

Need some Monday motivation? Here's a reminder of how pretty our little country is.


Model enthusiast and event organiser, Micheál Ó Murchú, talks about this year's Model Fest.  


GAMING: Dishonored 2 is pretty much a triumph of design.

MOVIES/TV: David Leitch is the new director for Deadpool 2.

TECH: The latest Doro phone is about to make its debut in Ireland with Vodafone.


A GAA club is at the centre of a planning probe over the alleged unauthorised use of its grounds as a car park for office workers in Cork’s tech hub.


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A routine smear test picked up Eileen Rushe's cancer when she was in her early 30s. It was a long road to recovery, says Arlene Harris.In check: Why every woman must get a cervical screening test

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