Lunchtime briefing: Irishman in Berlin: 'People were expecting this to happen'. Catch up on the headlines

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


Irish citizens have been urged to check in with family at home and let them know they're safe, in the wake of the Berlin attack.

Leading homelessness campaigner Fr Peter McVerry has said the occupation of Apollo House in Dublin is an embarrassment for the Government.

The head of the Central Bank has been accused of being bullied by banks and of failing to act and stop lenders wrongly forcing customers onto more costly mortgage agreements, writes Juno McEnroe, Political Correspondent.

The HSE and childrens’ charity Barnardos are providing supports for the family and school friends of [url=]an 11-year-old boy who died by suspected suicide[/url/ in Cork City at the weekend.

Three men have been arrested over a €300,000 heroin seizure in Dublin.


Lunchtime briefing: Irishman in Berlin: 'People were expecting this to happen'. Catch up on the headlines

A suspect arrested after the truck attack which killed 12 people in Berlin "comes from Pakistan" and had applied for asylum, Germany's top security official has said.

A tourist who was enjoying Berlin's Christmas market with his girlfriend when a truck ploughed into the crowds has described the "carnage" at the scene.

German chancellor Angela Merkel has said she is "shocked, shaken and deeply saddened" by the attack on a Berlin Christmas market which left at least 12 people dead.

The hunt for a gunman behind an attack on a Zurich mosque which left three people injured has been suspended by Swiss police after the discovery of a body in the area.


Lunchtime briefing: Irishman in Berlin: 'People were expecting this to happen'. Catch up on the headlines

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been injured by a knife-wielding attacker at her home.

Ex-FIFA vice-president Alfredo Hawit Banegas and former Honduran Football Association president Rafael Callejas have been handed life bans from football by FIFA's ethics committee.

Dave Brailsford has finally revealed what was in a mystery package delivered to a French ski resort in 2011 but questions remain over his handling of the issue.


If Obama looks back into the annals of the Cold War, he will find a fitting blueprint for the last big intelligence operation of his presidency, writes Tim Weiner.

The challenge of manufactured news is one that must be faced down for the sake of healthy democracy, writes David O’Mahony.


Italy's new government is asking parliament to approve up to an additional €20bn in funding to rescue the country's troubled banks, if necessary.

The head of the Central Bank Philip Lane has hit out at banks for taking too many customers off tracker mortgages.


Lunchtime briefing: Irishman in Berlin: 'People were expecting this to happen'. Catch up on the headlines

After spending the last few weeks focusing on loved ones, the January sales are a chance for shoppers to think about their own wishlist, writes Grainne McGuinness.


Lunchtime briefing: Irishman in Berlin: 'People were expecting this to happen'. Catch up on the headlines

So while we await Camila’s next project and whatever’s left for the remainder of Fifth Harmony, we take a look back over some of pop’s most shocking splits.


Some things are just too pure for this world, and this photograph of a bystander gasping as she watched a woman proposing to her girlfriend is one of those things.

The latest Irish Examiner quiz is here! How many can you answer?


Just in case you missed your local school variety show and would like to catch up on a song-filled nativity story, Scoil Iósaif Na Giúise Firmount National School in Donoughmore, Co Cork, has a special treat for you!


GAMING: Nintendo has a new console set for release in 2017 called the Switch. So far the only confirmed reports we have come from a teaser video which looks like this.

MOVIES/TVWith a the New Year just around the bend we decided to round up our favourite films of 2016.

TECH: It appears that Vine isn’t quite as dead as we thought. It turns out the app will return in the new year as a function of Twitter.


The photographer who took the shocking pictures of the Russian ambassador assassination tells his story.


Aileen Lee meets Christina Kenny - co-founder and design director of Lamb Design - to talk about her work and inspirations.Christina Kenny of Lamb Design: ‘I love bringing the outside in and inside out’

Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her career and the worth of luxury fastion. By Paul McLachen.From Marc Jacobs to her own label, Tyrone designer Sharon Wauchob on her life in fashion

The recent sentencing of two teenage boys for the murder of Ana Kriégel has once again brought the issue of pornography into public discourse. The details of the case, which are finally coming into public knowledge, illuminate some very worrying trends that are pervasive in the modern adolescent world and as parents and indeed as a society we can no longer languish in complacency.Learning Points: Hardcore porn can pollute our children’s minds

If children are confident in interacting with others it takes away so much stress and social anxiety for them. Not too long ago, my daughter Joan and I were out with friends at a restaurant and we wanted extra water and a few other bits and Joan volunteered to go up and ask the waiter for them. My friend was really surprised at this and said that none of her children would willingly do that.Mum’s the word: We should look for chances to strengthen our kids’ social skills

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