Morning briefing: Cabinet may hasten arrival of 200 migrant children. Catch up on all the headlines

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

IRELAND

Efforts to resettle 200 refugee children here, from the camp in Calais, France, will be hastened by a proposal to Cabinet this week. Minister for Children Katherine Zappone will seek permission to give the children a special designation so their arrival complies with international regulations.

Dublin City Council is paying hotels, hostels and other emergency accommodation providers almost €1m a week to shelter the spiralling numbers of homeless in the capital.

Apartment owners in Longboat Quay have been told that if they don’t accept a deal on remedial fire safety works at a special meeting this evening, they will face a bill of up to €1m.

Local authorities are being urged to beef up their financial security after international criminals attempted to defraud Meath County Council of €4.3m and have the money transferred to Hong Kong.

The families of inmates will not be able to visit their loved ones on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day this year, the Irish Prison Service has confirmed.

WORLD

Ten people, including a Canadian woman, have been killed after gunmen ambushed police in a series of attacks in Jordan.

France has struck a compromise with Russia on a United Nations resolution that it said would prevent "mass atrocities" in besieged areas of Aleppo, Syria, where thousands of trapped civilians and rebel fighters await evacuation in freezing temperatures.

British Government analysis has indicated that British-made cluster bombs have been used by Saudi Arabia-led forces in the war in Yemen.

SPORT

Morning briefing: Cabinet may hasten arrival of 200 migrant children. Catch up on all the headlines

Mayo’s football panel will not be issuing an official response to extraordinary claims made by former co-managers Noel Connelly and Pat Holmes.

Liam Mackey talks to Phil Thompson about how Jurgen Klopp seems like a perfect fit for Liverpool when, unthinkingly, I use the phrase ‘the people’s club’.

Rassie Erasmus will spend the next 48 hours discussing the shape of his squad for next season and considering how to negotiate the rest of a current campaign that sees Munster in a strong position in Europe and the league.

OPINION

Brexit will be biggest ever challenge for Irish farming, writes Sean Finan.

Bóthar, the livestock aid agency, is seeking a final push from the public for a Christmas fund-raising programme which will go towards an airlift of cows to Rwanda in January.

BUSINESS

Brexit will be biggest ever challenge for Irish farming, writes Sean Finan.

Bóthar, the livestock aid agency, is seeking a final push from the public for a Christmas fund-raising programme which will go towards an airlift of cows to Rwanda in January.

LIFESTYLE

Morning briefing: Cabinet may hasten arrival of 200 migrant children. Catch up on all the headlines

One in eight Irish people suffers from vitamin D deficiency, yet most of us are unaware of the potential consequences of this lack, which can include everything from an increased risk of anxiety and depression and bone-softening in adults, to rickets in children, writes Áilín Quinlan.

SHOWBIZ

Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba said he is looking forward to spending time with his family after “neglecting” them to train for the show.

EXAMVIRAL

A little girl offered to do the 'bongs' on BBC radio while Big Ben is being repaired and the BBC's response is ridiculously uplifting.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Home in time for Christmas. Hugs, kisses, and a few tears of joy shed as the crew of the LÉ Samuel Beckett disembarked to be greeted by loved ones yesterday after 85 days on migrant rescue operations in the Mediterranean Sea.

TECHNOW

GAMING: Ubisoft continues to celebrate the company's 30th anniversary with videogame giveaways.

MOVIES/TVMargot Robbie is set to play Tanya Harding, a disgraced olympic figure skater, in her biopic.

TECH: Sony has announced that its platinum wireless PS4 headset will come out on January 17th 2017.

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