Morning briefing: Key state agencies on the brink of collapse. Catch up on all the headlines

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


Two key State agencies are on the verge of collapse with An Post and Bus Éireann now in jeopardy.

Unions at Bus Éireann will meet later to decide their next move in a long-running row over reform of the company.

Low fares giant, Norwegian, has confirmed it is planning to launch flights from Ireland to the US next summer, with introductory one-way fares possibly as low as €69.

The gender gap is widening when it comes to science and maths in secondary schools, with boys performing significantly better than girls in the subjects.

A new report has warned that Brexit will create significant job losses, damage economic growth and harm trade in Ireland.


Morning briefing: Key state agencies on the brink of collapse. Catch up on all the headlines

A powerful undersea earthquake has rocked Indonesia's province of Aceh, killing at least 25 people, according to officials.

The head of the charter airline whose plane crashed in the Andes last week has been detained by Bolivian prosecutors for questioning as authorities look into whether the tragedy that killed 71 people stemmed from negligence.

A warehouse fire in California that killed 36 people does not appear to have been started intentionally and may have been caused by a refrigerator or other electrical appliance, investigators have said.

Michigan's presidential recount has been thrown into doubt after a state appeals court said the Green Party candidate's poor showing disqualified her from seeking a second look at the votes.


Morning briefing: Key state agencies on the brink of collapse. Catch up on all the headlines

Recently-retired Kilkenny star Jackie Tyrrell has delivered a stinging broadside against Ger Loughnane for his recent comments about Brian Cody.

Pádraig Harrington insists that temperamental Thomas Bjorn will not be a liability as Ryder Cup captain and conceded that his own captaincy ambitions will have to be reviewed if he’s not to miss the boat in 2020 or 2022.

Modesty and an acute awareness of the fickle nature of sport prevents Conor Murray from strutting around Munster’s High Performance Centre like a prize peacock.

If Joe Schmidt and Eddie Jones have every reason to feel good about themselves after a very productive Autumn series for Ireland and England respectively then Lions coach, Warren Gatland, will be equally encouraged after some stellar performances from a host of contenders battling for inclusion in his 2017 selection, says Donal Lenihan.


The gap between 1979 when Pope John Paul visited Ireland and 2018 is much more than 40 years. It’s unquantifiable— a tsunami that defies description, says Fr Brendan Hoban

Engagement with culture and art is an essential part of every child’s education, writes Gerard Howlin


Central Bank research throwing new light on the high-interest rates banks charge SMEs across the eurozone has led to a call for the Government to do more to help small firms access cheaper credit here.

More than half of Irish businesses are planning to increase exports next year.


Morning briefing: Key state agencies on the brink of collapse. Catch up on all the headlines

From the family mutt to the guy who works with your husband, Esther N McCarthy has selecting presents all wrapped up.


Martin Scorsese has compared US President-elect Donald Trump to Gangs Of New York character Bill ‘The Butcher’ Cutting – a violent hatchet-wielding gang leader.


Imagine if your mum, or nan, or any family member for that matter, decided to set up their own stall at a craft fair… only to not sell a single thing. That’s exactly what happened to Twitter user Martyn’s mother and the internet’s hearts collectively broke when they read his tweet.


Whether your dining room table is long or short, square or round, large or small, Carol O'Callaghan has the Christmas table settings for you.


GAMINGMembers of parliament in Russia want to ban Fifa unless the game is changed.

MOVIES/TV: Take in the movie magic in this Rogue One featurette on the films practical effects.

TECHThe internet provider Eir have asked all of their customers to reset their modems as the chips in their box’ could be at risk of being access by malware.


Two of the three men killed in a two-car collision in Co Waterford last Sunday have been named locally as Eamon Dixon and Michael Tobin.


Tis the season for sequins and excess, but minimalists can stick to their style guns in the season’s next level neutrals. From low-key glitz that’s perfect for party wear to the wardrobe heroes with trans-seasonal appeal, slide into neutral for maximum style with minimal effort. Carolyn Moore reports.Low-key glitz for minimalists with this season's neutrals

How to plump, hydrate and get rid of spots fast before your Christmas party.The Skin Nerd: Getting your quick fix for the festive party season

Irish photographer Seamus Murphy brought music star PJ Harvey to Afghanistan to film part of their documentary, writes Esther McCarthy.Headlong into the war zone in new documentary

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