Morning briefing: Secret State files released under the 30-year-rule. Catch up on all the headlines

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


The Irish Government feared a "big" loyalist bomb in Dublin during a bitter unionist revolt against the Anglo-Irish Agreement, then Taoiseach Garret FitzGerald said.

Working class Catholics in the North were "anti-authority and anti-everything", the late Archbishop of Armagh Cahal Daly said.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny has ruled out any prospect of a Fine Gael and Fianna Fáil ‘grand coalition’ government in time for the Civil War commemorations after the next general election.

Gardaí in Killarney have arrested and are questioning a man as part of the investigation into the abduction and disappearance of English man Charles Brooke Pickard at Castlecove, Co Kerry, on April 26, 1991.


A ceasefire brokered by Russia and Turkey is in force in war-ravaged Syria, marking a potential breakthrough in the six years of fighting that has left more than 250,000 dead and triggered a refugee crisis across Europe.

A weather warning has been issued urging drivers to be wary of fog and sub-zero temperatures across swathes of England.

A Facebook LIVE video has gone viral after a man recorded his reaction to breaking up a child sex trafficking ring.

A text message to a friend guided rescuers to a teenager held captive in the North Carolina home where her mother was killed.


Morning briefing: Secret State files released under the 30-year-rule. Catch up on all the headlines

Three-time All-Star and former Footballer of the Year Paul Galvin is expected to move from south Dublin club Kilmacud Crokes to St Oliver Plunkett Eoghan Ruadh Club on the Navan Road.

All-Star midfielder Mattie Donnelly says individual awards are no compensation for Tyrone’s failure to back up their Ulster title with a serious bid for the All-Ireland.

Rassie Erasmus yesterday insisted a six month extension of Jaco Taute’s contract has still not been agreed between Munster, the IRFU and Western Province. The deal must be struck by midnight on Saturday, but it looks a near certainty to be completed.

Many might feel intimidated facing a 6 ft 8 inch, 18-stone South African boasting a thick black beard and sporting a black eye. However, when Munster’s new second-row forward Jean Kleyn faced the media at UL yesterday, it was apparent we were in the company of a genial giant happy to talk about how he has been enjoying his time since joining Munster in August.


Some predicted a win for Trump would spook the markets but Tom Metcalf and Jack Witzig found the prospect of a businessman in the White House just helped the rich grow richer.


While 2016 proved to be another year of big hype, but little activity, in Irish offshore exploration, hope of the sector eventually taking off and providing measureable long-term tax revenue for the State is still alive and well.


Morning briefing: Secret State files released under the 30-year-rule. Catch up on all the headlines

Taxis can offer passengers a therapeutic journey at this time of year. Rita de Brún spoke to drivers about their New Year experiences.


Actor Charlie Sheen has defended remarks suggesting he hopes US president-elect Donald Trump will be the next celebrity to die.


Twitter has introduced live 360-degree videos to users via its broadcasting app Periscope.

Donald Trump has been mocked in the past for clucking about China – but it seems the Chinese have got the last laugh of 2016 over the US president-elect.


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A pregnant woman was airlifted to hospital and two other women were treated for their injuries following a two-car collision on the N20 Cork-Limerick road outside Buttevant yesterday.


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