Morning briefing: No chief for new Armed Support Unit in Dublin. Catch up on all the headlines

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


It reads like fiction — the baby born with half a heart saved by a surgical wizard paid for by Irish funds.  However the facts are indisputable: Yegour was born in Kiev, Ukraine, on November 9 with a partially formed heart and was destined to die within hours in the absence of emergency surgery.

An elite armed Garda unit for Dublin is being launched today  without a dedicated boss  at its helm because of persistent vacancies.

Government proposals to curb spiralling rents in Cork and Dublin have been left in doubt  after Fianna Fáil warned that the new limits did not go far enough.

Ireland’s health system will be given a €14bn budget next year  that has been flagged by Government as the largest in the service’s history — despite HSE fears it may still not be enough to meet existing needs.

The prosecutor in the trial of a doctor charged with the manslaughter of her profoundly disabled daughter has said Bernadette Scully broke all the rules  by giving her child too much sedative.


A newly blond Kanye West visited Donald Trump on Tuesday.  Here’s a quick run-through of what happened.

Former football coach Barry Bennell is due to  appear in court in England  today charged with child sex offences.

Nearly half a million children will face starvation in north-eastern Nigeria next year and  80,000 will die unless they receive treatment,  amid the humanitarian crisis created by Boko Haram's Islamic uprising, the United Nations' children's agency has warned.


Morning briefing: No chief for new Armed Support Unit in Dublin. Catch up on all the headlines

Brian Cody would have no problem acceding to Galway’s wishes to enter into home and away agreements  in the Leinster senior hurling championship and their minor and U21 teams to be incorporated into the province.

Ashley Williams’ dramatic late header, and another well-taken Seamus Coleman goal, lifted Everton out of gloom and crisis and handed a blow to Arsenal’s hopes  of ending their long wait for a league title in 2017.

Munster head coach Rassie Erasmus has married the traditional strength Munster has always carried up front to a very clever continuity game,  writes Donal Lenihan.


I have a sense this may be Gerry Adams’ last Christmas as leader of Sinn Féin,  but only because he chooses it to be, writes Gerard Howlin.

Retired US Marine general Stephen Cheney warns the incoming Trump administration of the ecurity dangers  of ignoring climate change


The Commission’s plan to shake up the way corporate taxes are paid across the union is the greatest threat to Ireland’s economy  which could cost the country half of its corporation tax base, the Oireachtas Finance Committee has heard.

The suspension of water charges helped make October budget of spending rises and mild tax cuts  the first for a number of years that “had a progressive flavour” benefiting the lowest income group, the ESRI has found.


Morning briefing: No chief for new Armed Support Unit in Dublin. Catch up on all the headlines

There is still an air of mystery around Christmas Day. Particularly in Ireland, where nobody seems sure of the time you can have your first drink without someone saying you’re an alcoholic, says our columnist  Ask Audrey


Stars of the latest Star Wars movie took to the red carpet  at the premiere event for the launch of the new film Rogue One in London.


A woman has hit back at internet bullies after a  meme mocking her appearance  was circulated around the web.


Karen O'Mahony, founder of the Masquerade Ball Rainbow Club for Autism, has been named December ‘Cork Person of the Month’.  Her name will go forward for possible selection as ‘Cork Person of the Year’ at a Gala Awards Lunch on January 20, 2017, at the Rochestown Park Hotel.


GAMING: The Nintendo Switch is about as exciting about handheld gaming we have been since the PSP.

MOVIES/TV: Video game films are never easy, you will always have the true fans of the game feeling like they are missing something, plus video games are just not like the format of film.

TECH: We are less than two weeks out to the big day, and it is very easy to get in a tailspin with all the presents you have to get.


Peter Apps looks at the complexities of the  conflict in Syria  and says that while blaming Vladimir Putin is easy, the US and the UK must also take responsibility.


Avoid products high in sugar and caffeine, says Helen O’CallaghanEnergy drinks not fit for kids

The staff of Cork Film Festival tell Richard Fitzpatrick about some of their personal recommendations on what to seeInsider tips: Those in the know pick their highlights of the Cork Film Festival

The Cork Film Festival is known for championing short films. We chat to six emerging film-makers who are showing their work over the next few daysCork Film Festival: Short and sweet does the trick

Newsreels from the independence era, and various short films, give a glimpse of earlier eras on Leeside, writes Marjorie BrennanCork Film Festival: Reeling in the years by the Lee

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