Lunchtime briefing: Religion could be taken off core curriculum at primary schools. Catch up on the headlines

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

IRELAND

New proposals could see religious education taken off the core curriculum for primary schools.

The CEO of Dublin City Council, Owen Keegan, has questioned the motive of some of those supporting the Apollo House occupation.

Support staff in the health service and emergency department workers are to be balloted on strike action by Siptu.

A sugar tax for Ireland could be back on the agenda in the New Year.

WORLD 

Lunchtime briefing: Religion could be taken off core curriculum at primary schools. Catch up on the headlines

A woman has died following a pile-up involving around 20 vehicles on a major road in England.

Police in Cologne have banned a far-right demonstration on New Year's Eve as they work to prevent a repeat of last year's disorder.

A senior leader of a Jewish settlement council has called US secretary of state John Kerry "a stain on American foreign policy" and "ignorant of the issues".

Search teams have recovered another flight recorder from a military plane which crashed in the Black Sea, killing all 92 people on board, Russia's Defence Ministry said.

SPORT

Lunchtime briefing: Religion could be taken off core curriculum at primary schools. Catch up on the headlines

FIFA president Gianni Infantino says world football's federations are "overwhelmingly in favour" of expanding the World Cup to a potential 48 teams.

Videographer Jerome Quinn devotes his time to recording GAA action around the world, so when he puts together a compilation of the '12 Best Saves of 2016’, we know we are in for a treat.

Andy Murray had a bloody good 2016, didn't he?

Former football star Paul Gascoigne was taken to hospital after an alcohol-fuelled fight at a hotel, it has been reported.

OPINION

Francis Fukuyama looks at how the leaking of bad information is being used by those who would like to have authoritarian power at their fingertips.

BUSINESS

According to its latest World Economic Outlook, the International Monetary Fund forecasts that the global economy will grow by 3.4% in 2017.

Take a quick look at the main metrics and it appears that the year just gone was a vintage one.

LIFESTYLE

Lunchtime briefing: Religion could be taken off core curriculum at primary schools. Catch up on the headlines

Legal trade in rhinoceros horns could save the species from extinction — or hasten their demise, says Rachel Nuwer.

SHOWBIZ

Carrie Fisher has been remembered by her millions of fans, not just for her work on the big screen, but for her prowess as an eloquent writer and being quick-witted and refreshingly honest in interviews.

EXAMVIRAL

The worst thing about the Christmas break is that it has to come to an end.

One man did something others would struggle to do when he was blessed with 365 day’s worth of pizza – he gave it all away.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

In our most-read series of 2016; Breda Graham lists the most read stories in our Exam Viral section.

MOST READ RIGHT NOW

The Irish Wildlife Trust has asked the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation to suspend the designation of the Killarney National Park as a world biosphere reserve.


Lifestyle

Avoid products high in sugar and caffeine, says Helen O’CallaghanEnergy drinks not fit for kids

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The Cork Film Festival is known for championing short films. We chat to six emerging film-makers who are showing their work over the next few daysCork Film Festival: Short and sweet does the trick

Newsreels from the independence era, and various short films, give a glimpse of earlier eras on Leeside, writes Marjorie BrennanCork Film Festival: Reeling in the years by the Lee

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