Morning briefing: Student avoids jail after fatal crash. Catch up on all the headlines

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


A student whose dangerous driving caused the death of a mother and daughter last Christmas was banned yesterday from driving for 15 years  and given a suspended jail sentence.

Transport Minister Shane Ross has been left isolated in the public row  over judicial appointments after Enda Kenny yesterday said he supported the right of the State’s top judge to express her opinion.

Irish Catholic bishops have welcomed Pope Francis’ apostolic letter where he extended the power to  forgive abortion  to all Catholic priests.

Ferry passengers have spent the night anchored in the Irish Sea  after their vessel was unable to dock at Fishguard last night.

The State spent just over €672,000 providing 24-hour security during the construction of a state-of-the-art  Traveller housing project in Cork City,  it has emerged.


Bloodied pupils lay on stretchers, while other children walked away dazed with their parents after a school bus crash  that killed six on Monday in Tennessee.

Wind and rain will continue to  blight parts of Britain  threatening further travel chaos after torrential downpours caused flash-flooding and disruption across most of the country.

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Nigel Farage said he is "very flattered"  by Donald Trump's calls for him to become Britain's next ambassador to the United States.


Morning briefing: Student avoids jail after fatal crash. Catch up on all the headlines

Colm Cooper has questioned the fate of the calendar year proposal  ,believing the will of county managers is a major stumbling block.

The International Rules series will be contested over two games from next year.  Australia will host both tests in November of 2017, marking the return to a multi-year format for the first time since 2013.

West Brom blitzed Burnley with three first-half goals  before going on to equal their biggest ever victory under Tony Pulis.

Ireland may be on the rise but Jamie Heaslip has warned his side face another massive challenge  when Australia come to the Aviva Stadium this Saturday.


For generations, disability in Ireland has been seen as the remit of charity, but people with disabilities have begun to rebel against this idea,  writes Fergus Finlay.

Cormac O’Keeffe answer key questions stemming from the Garda Commissioner’s use of her private email account.  


A ‘shop and save’ promotion has helped Dunnes Stones to capture the biggest share of the spoils in the  supermarket wars,  even as the grocery cake got bigger for all players with consumers spending more at the tills, according to the latest expenditure snapshot ahead of the key Christmas splurge.

The company behind the Topaz fuel and convenience store chain has effectively settled its legal action   against a Dublin-registered company over alleged failure to pay €4.7m to complete a share purchase agreement, the commercial court has heard.


Morning briefing: Student avoids jail after fatal crash. Catch up on all the headlines

THE Road Safety Authority (RSA) issued advice to motorists on getting ready for bad weather  as far back as September but an unusually mild autumn made it easy to put the suggestions on the long finger, writes Grainne McGuinness


Kanye West has reportedly been admitted to hospital for exhaustion,  a day after cancelling his tour.


A volunteer group which released a charity single to raise money for a bus for the homeless  secured the vehicle  within hours of the song’s release.


GAMING: Star Citizen is an absolute monster - with a crowdfunded budget currently resting somewhere south of $130 million.

MOVIES/TV: To celebrate the release of Bad Santa 2 in Irish cinemas on November 23rd, we’re giving you the chance to win an awesome merchandise prize bundle including; Bad Santa 2 hoodie, Santa hat, door sign, hip flask and Christmas baubles.

TECH: Apple isn't big on admitting when it's made a mistake but it seems this one was too big to ignore.


A student whose dangerous driving caused the death of a mother and daughter last Christmas was banned yesterday from driving for 15 years  and given a suspended jail sentence.


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