Morning briefing: 12 dead after truck rams into Berlin market. Catch up on all the headlines

Here’s a briefing on some of the stories and issues highlighted on irishexaminer.com today.

IRELAND

Independent TD Mick Wallace will walk away from debts of more than €30m after just one year of bankruptcy which began yesterday.

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

Schools that are forced to enrol children with special needs might not be the best places for them, a special education expert has said.

A €9m FAI football centre of excellence planned for Cork has been earmarked as a training camp for teams involved in Euro 2020.

WORLD

A truck which ploughed into a crowded Christmas market in Berlin was deliberately crashed in a suspected terrorist attack, police said.

Police have detained a man who fired shots in front of the US embassy in Ankara, several hours after the Russian ambassador to Turkey was killed in an attack.

President Barack Obama has pardoned 78 people and shortened the sentence of 153 others convicted of federal crimes.

Here’s what we learned from the Electoral College process.

SPORT

Morning briefing: 12 dead after truck rams into Berlin market. Catch up on all the headlines

A long night in Dublin proved productive for Austin Gleeson recently. The Waterford hurler went up for the All-Stars bash and came home with a few baubles clinking in the gearbag: Young hurler of the year and hurler of the year.

Holding the keys to a state-of-the-art home will future-proof League of Ireland football in Cork against the kind of fluctuations it has suffered in the past.

Yesterday, Hayden Triggs sat down and opened up publicly about a very personal tragedy.

After 10 weeks of damaging silence and two hours of often confusing interrogation, Team Sky principal Dave Brailsford revealed the answer to one of the hottest questions in British sport: Fluimucil, an over-the-counter decongestant.

OPINION

The only people who really, genuinely, cared for Emily and her quality of life were her mother and her family, writes Fergus Finlay.

It has been a roller coaster year for Wicklow TD Stephen Donnelly, writes Juno McEnroe.

BUSINESS

The Central Bank has laid bare the extent of the tracker mortgage scandal, but only expects its investigation to lead to all 15 lenders under investigation to start compensating customers by the middle of next year.

The formal publication by the Commission and the formal rebuttal issued a few hours earlier by the Department of Finance shed little new light on the big €13bn bust-up over the disputed Apple tax bill.

LIFESTYLE

Morning briefing: 12 dead after truck rams into Berlin market. Catch up on all 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.

SHOWBIZ

Rob Kardashian has apologised for his emotional outburst about Blac Chyna and said he wants to “get better” for his newborn daughter Dream.

EXAMVIRAL

Here’s some of 2016′s upsides the public have been sharing on Twitter, some of which may just put things in perspective.

Of all the great comebacks seen in recent years – the return of Pokemon in 2016 is probably the most monumental.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Christmas morning at Little Hanover St begins at 6am. As families across the country awake to the most magical day of the year, the first volunteers at Cork Penny Dinners arrive to prepare a special Christmas dinner for those less fortunate.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Steep is the newest game from Ubisoft to try and energise the extreme sports game, while it may fall short in its grander goals, it still hits the mark for some of its smaller ones.

MOVIES/TVThis trailer for season 6 of Homeland looks like a vastly different TV show than the one it started out as.

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.

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


Lifestyle

‘Children of the Troubles’ recounts the largely untold story of the lost boys and girls of Northern Ireland, and those who died south of the border, in Britain and as far afield as West Germany, writes Dan Buckley.Loss of lives that had barely begun

With Christmas Day six weeks away tomorrow, preparations are under way in earnest, writes Gráinne McGuinness.Making Cents: Bargains available on Black Friday but buyer beware!

From farming practices in Europe to forest clearances in the Amazon, Liz Bonnin’s new show seeks solutions to some of the damage done by the world’s appetite for meat, writes Gemma Dunn.New show seeks solutions to some of the damage done by the world’s appetite for meat

Louis Mulcahy reads in Cork this weekend for the Winter Warmer fest, writes Colette Sheridan.Wheel turns from pottery to poetry

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