Lunchtime briefing: North's Catholics were "anti-authority and anti-everything". Catch up on the headlines

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

IRELAND

Working class Catholics in the North were "anti-authority and anti-everything", the late Archbishop of Armagh Cahal Daly said.

A serious crash has taken place on the M8 near Rathcormac, Cork.

Reports in the US suggest Donald Trump will name the son of an advisor to the Kennedys as the new Irish Ambassador.

The number of arrests for drink driving has increased by 34% in December.

The weather is about to turn a lot colder, dropping as low at -3 over the weekend.

WORLD 

Russia's foreign minister has suggested the expulsion of 35 US diplomats in response to a new round of American sanctions against Moscow.

A ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey is in force in war-ravaged Syria, marking a potential breakthrough in the six years of fighting that has left more than 250,000 dead and triggered a refugee crisis across Europe.

Did you know that water may have two liquid states? Or that a weasel temporarily shut down the Large Hadron Collider at Cern in Switzerland? Here are some of the impressive science facts we learned in 2016.

A weather warning has been issued urging drivers to be wary of fog and sub-zero temperatures across swathes of England.

SPORT

Leinster Rugby Head Coach Leo Cullen has made a total of 12 changes from the side that were defeated by Munster last weekend, with a new pack starting in the RDS Arena tomorrow.

Rassie Erasmus yesterday insisted a six month extension of Jaco Taute’s contract has still not been agreed between Munster, the IRFU and Western Province. The deal must be struck by midnight on Saturday, but it looks a near certainty to be completed.

Hillsborough campaigner professor Phil Scraton has been praised for turning down an OBE in the Queen’s New Year Honours List in protest against the handling of the affair.

Have you heard of the Dublin hurler who survived a bullet wound to the head and then went on to win an All-Ireland hurling medal?

OPINION

Some predicted a win for Trump would spook the markets but Tom Metcalf and Jack Witzig found the prospect of a businessman in the White House just helped the rich grow richer.

BUSINESS

While 2016 proved to be another year of big hype, but little activity, in Irish offshore exploration, hope of the sector eventually taking off and providing measureable long-term tax revenue for the State is still alive and well.

LIFESTYLE

Lunchtime briefing: North's Catholics were 'anti-authority and anti-everything'. Catch up on the headlines

Taxis can offer passengers a therapeutic journey at this time of year. Rita de Brún spoke to drivers about their New Year experiences.

SHOWBIZ

With Billie Lourd currently starring in Scream Queens, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds were welcoming a third generation into their actress dynasty before they both tragically died this week. The deaths of the former Star Wars actress and Singin’ In The Rain star has led to a discussion about other Hollywood dynasties.

EXAMVIRAL

Twitter has introduced live 360-degree videos to users via its broadcasting app Periscope.

Donald Trump has been mocked in the past for clucking about China – but it seems the Chinese have got the last laugh of 2016 over the US president-elect.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

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With Billie Lourd currently starring in Scream Queens, Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds were welcoming a third generation into their actress dynasty before they both tragically died this week. The deaths of the former Star Wars actress and Singin’ In The Rain star has led to a discussion about other Hollywood dynasties.


Lifestyle

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 fashion. By Paul McLauchlan.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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