Morning briefing: 15,000 mortgage owners wrongly moved off tracker loans. Catch up on all the headlines

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

IRELAND

The Central Bank governor has said up to 15,000 mortgage owners were wrongly moved off tracker loans as he was told some were pushed into poor health or suicide and some had lost homes.

The ISPCC has launched a special helpline in the wake of the death of an 11-year-old schoolboy by suspected suicide in Cork City.

A group of 39 children with special needs will fly into Dublin from Chernobyl this afternoon before heading to homes all around the country for the best Christmas holiday of their lives.

Twenty local authority tenants were approved for house transfers in North Cork because they were victims of “neighbours from hell”.

WORLD

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a truck attack on a crowded Berlin Christmas market that left 12 people dead and nearly 50 injured.

 

A powerful chain-reaction explosion ripped through Mexico's best-known fireworks market killing at least 29 people and leaving dozens more badly burned.

President Barack Obama has imposed a permanent ban on oil and gas drilling in most US-owned waters in the Arctic Ocean.

Three suspected militants have been killed by Indonesian police in a raid on the outskirts of Jakarta, and officers found several bombs which they are trying to defuse.

SPORT

Morning briefing: 15,000 mortgage owners wrongly moved off tracker loans. Catch up on all the headlines

Joseph O’Brien has made a huge impact since making the transition from record-breaking jockey to trainer. The 23-year-old tells John O’Brien in The Irish Racing Yearbook 2017 that he wants to build a strong dual-purpose yard on The Hill and to challenge the established operations — including Ballydoyle

In 2016, the competing success stories of Dundalk and Ireland sharpened divisions about what constitutes our game’s DNA. As the year ends, Niall Quinn accepts an invitation to wade into the debate with Liam Mackey.

Tom McCartney admits he hopes to be part of Ireland’s 2019 World Cup squad, after he signed a new three-year deal with Connacht.

Carrigaline’s Paralympian Niamh McCarthy actually had to quit one great passion for another this year when, to her great surprise, she found herself competing in and finishing runner-up in the F41 discus final at the Rio Paralympics.

OPINION

It’s been 20 years since Sophie Toscan du Plantier was battered to death at her holiday home in Schull in West Cork and there are still more questions than answers. Michael Clifford reports

BUSINESS

How did an over-charging scandal involving 1,400 people at a single banking group, in the summer of 2015, grow to encompass 8,200 customers across 15 lenders by last Monday, and then climb to 15,000 cases, and counting, by yesterday?

The State is set to pay just over €1m more per year in rent for An Garda Síochána to remain in its Dublin regional headquarters for a further six years.

LIFESTYLE

Morning briefing: 15,000 mortgage owners wrongly moved off tracker loans. Catch up on all the headlines

As we bid adieu to 2016 we decided we would ask the great and the good of Irish society what they would love to see delivered on Santa’s sleigh this year. This is what they said.

SHOWBIZ

Lena Dunham is well known for speaking out about women’s bodies and rights to choose, but even some of her fans think she went a step too far this time.

EXAMVIRAL

It’s that time of year again, when Irish emigrants make the long trek home to bask in everything they miss about home.

Using multiple social media platforms has a dramatic link with depression and anxiety even taking into account the time users spend on social media, a study has shown.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Four retired Tralee grandmothers are attempting to take “a wrecking ball” to perceptions of older women.

TECHNOW

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.

MOVIES/TV: Passengers is a new sci-fi romance featuring sizzling-hot superstars Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Pratt and it's in cinemas in Ireland on the 21st of December.

TECH: The Sony Xperia XZ is out now in Ireland, and an exclusive Platinum colour is available only to Eir customers.

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The Central Bank governor has said up to 15,000 mortgage owners were wrongly moved off tracker loans as he was told some were pushed into poor health or suicide and some had lost homes.


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