Morning briefing: Cabinet row as Eircode ads branded ‘stupid’. Catch up on all the headlines

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

IRELAND

The housing minister is targeting Airbnb owners regularly letting out properties in a bid to boost the number of homes available to renters.

Communications Minister Denis Naughten and the Government Chief Whip, Regina Doherty, have clashed over controversial ads for Eircode. The latter has described the broadcasts as “stupid”.

A single man who ended up “empty-handed” at Lisdoonvarna match-making festival has been told “to go out there with more serious intent” next year.

Gardai in Cork are appealing for help in tracing the whereabouts of a missing teenager.

WORLD

An international manhunt was under way for the prime suspect in the Berlin Christmas market massacre amid questions over why he was free to carry out the attack.

Donald Trump has named economist Peter Navarro to lead a newly created White House council on trade, in another sign that he intends to shake up relations with China.

At least 1,000 government laptops, computers and data sticks have been reported lost or stolen since the UK general election, according to official figures.

A woman has been arrested after an abusive message was posted on Facebook about a five-year-old football mascot whose battle with cancer has touched people around the world.

SPORT

Morning briefing: Cabinet row as Eircode ads branded ‘stupid’. Catch up on all the headlines

The 2016 Olympics provided highs, lows and more than a little controversy for Team Ireland. Four months later and there’s plenty of reflections — plus excitement about what 2017 holds. Cliona Foley got some Rio reflections.

Brian Keogh reflects on a stunning year at home and abroad for Irish golf...

Two returning managers are among the sideline changes on the Cork club hurling scene for 2017.

The clock may be ticking but there is still no definite news on whether South African centre Jaco Taute will be available to Munster in 2017. 

OPINION

Ian Baliey has blamed his ‘dry humour’ for informal admissions in the murder of French socialite, Sophie Toscan du Plantier.

BUSINESS

Ryanair and Aer Lingus are facing an estimated €16m tax bill after the European Court of Justice ruled that Ireland must recoup the proceeds of an illegal tax from the airlines.

The owner of two of Ireland’s biggest hotel brands, the Dalata Hotel Group, has said trading in the last four months performed marginally above expectations as it lodged its planning application for a hotel in Cork’s South Mall yesterday.

LIFESTYLE

Morning briefing: Cabinet row as Eircode ads branded ‘stupid’. Catch up on all the headlines

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SHOWBIZ

Elton John and David Furnish have celebrated some notable dates in their relationship with a couple of romantic posts on Instagram.

EXAMVIRAL

Here are some recipes that will truly make your Brussels sprouts sexy, and the undoubted hero of your festive meal.

It’s not every day you come across free legal advice on social media.

VIDEO - OUR CHOICE

Ever wonder about how fun it must be to work in comedy? Well, little Finn here shares the laughs with his CCCahoots bloopers!

TECHNOW

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MOVIES/TV: Two people are left lost in space in the middle of a 100 year voyage to the stars.

TECH: The Sony Xperia X compact is a neat phone and it's available sim free right now.

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Ian Baliey has blamed his ‘dry humour’ for informal admissions in the murder of French socialite, Sophie Toscan du Plantier.


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