Lunchtime briefing: Karen Buckley’s father collects her degree. Catch up on the headlines

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


The father of murdered Irish nurse Karen Buckley yesterday collected the master’s degree for which she was studying at the time of her death.

Mental health campaigner Conor Cusack has called for the establishment of a 24/7 “emotional wellbeing centre” in response to the carnage caused by the suicide crisis sweeping Cork.

With news that two families a day are becoming homeless in Dublin alone, a young mother has spoken about the realities of her life with her daughter in a hotel room.

A prominent medic has said he believes doctors who performed symphysiotomies were doing their best to help women going through an "obstructed labour".


Lunchtime briefing: Karen Buckley’s father collects her degree. Catch up on the headlines

Donald Trump has offered a senior job to Republican rival Ben Carson and condemned the controversial alt-right movement on another busy day for the president-elect.

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has "no worries" about Donald Trump's election as US president, saying he expects the businessman will align his future policies with global realities.

Four people have been confirmed dead from a rare condition known as thunderstorm asthma that sent hundreds of people to hospital in Melbourne.

Teenage cancer patients are missing out on the chance to become parents in later life because they are not getting enough information about their future fertility, an expert in the UK has said.


Lunchtime briefing: Karen Buckley’s father collects her degree. Catch up on the headlines

Josh van der Flier could have kept mum but that would have meant surrendering to 36 hours or so of mental torture until the inevitable moment when Joe Schmidt stopped the tape and zeroed in on his botched offload deep in the New Zealand 22.

Officially, Katie Taylor was in Dublin yesterday to formally launch her professional debut, which takes place in London on Saturday night. It did not take long, however, for talk to turn to bigger ambitions and more lucrative fight nights.

Watch Hurling legend DJ Carey make a hames of the Mannequin Challenge.

Ronny Rosenthal, Fernando Torres, Diana Ross… You can finally rest easy. The worst miss ever has been uncovered and it’s not from any of you guys.


Minister for Transport Shane Ross would do well to acknowledge the transport crisis and leave the judiciary well enough alone,  writes Gerard Howlin.

Their stated admiration for one another will put Russia on an equal footing with the US,  but Putin’s popularity at home depends on having an enemy, says William Pomeranz.


Two sectors of the economy —  hotels and restaurants and construction —  provided a major jobs boost in the past year, while Ireland’s long-term jobless rate remains at an elevated level, according to CSO figures.

Pottermore, JK Rowling’s digital publishing company,  expects to turn a profit in its current fiscal year, buoyed by rising sales of audio books and new ebooks that build on the nearly 20-year-old Harry Potter franchise, the company has said.


Lunchtime briefing: Karen Buckley’s father collects her degree. Catch up on the headlines

The secret’s out. & Other Stories is getting ready for bad weather  Creative designer Sara Hildén and designer Philomène Tellaroli tell Carolyn Moore what shoppers can expect


A Justin Bieber fan was left with a split lip after the singer allegedly punched him through an open car window in Barcelona.


It's a question that has been dividing Corkonians, tearing apart families, breaking friendships for the past 24 hours. Where is the 'top' of St Patrick's Street?

Ross Smith took his granny to the pet shop for the first time and the video is hilarious.


A 30 man stag party had a great welcome in Budapest after the group of Irish men helped out two buskers during their trip.


GAMING: Telltale's game version of The Walking Dead is likely the biggest hit the company has ever had, and there's more on the way.

MOVIES/TV: Disney has been doing lots of things right in recent years, including taking a trick out of Pixar's book by producing a number of incredible animated shorts which play in front of their headline features.

TECH: The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has been a big hit for the Korean tech company and a new model is on the way very soon.


Referee Jaco Peyper is a full- time, paid official, and must be accountable for his performance, writes Donal Lenihan.


Conservationist Giles Clark takes on the illegal wildlife trade, as well as the task of building a bear sanctuary in Laos, South-east Asia, in BBC Two series Bears About The House.Five minutes with ... Giles Clark

Forget G-spots. Let's focus on the C-spot and close the orgasm gap once and for all.Sex File: The G-spot is dead. Long live the C-spot

Workshop leaders from the West Cork Literary Festival offer tips for writing in areas such as biography, short stories and travel, writes Des O’DriscollSo you want to be a writer?

'He told us we were so scared of dying, we forgot how to live” - Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment is this week's podcast pickPodcast Corner: Guru tells of sweat-lodge tragedy and James Arthur Ray

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