Morning briefing: Taoiseach: 'I don't want to commit' to refunding water charges. Catch up on all the headlines

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


Taosieach Enda Kenny has said he "does not want to commit" to refunding water charges until after a special Oireachtas Committee looks into the issue, writes Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner Political Reporter in Palo Alto.

The offer of compensation to a woman, who successfully made a case to the United Nations about Ireland’s abortion laws, is a recognition by the State that she was subjected to “cruel, inhuman and degrading” treatment because she was forced to travel to seek an abortion, the National Women’s Council of Ireland (NCWI) has said.

The family of a six-year-old girl who suffers 20 seizures a day because of a serious health condition has welcomed news that the Government will not block an opposition bill to legalise cannabis use for strictly controlled medical reasons.

Fifty new jobs have been announced for a software company in Cork. is opening its new headquarters in the city.


The pilot of the doomed chartered plane carrying a Brazilian football team told air traffic controllers he had run out of fuel and pleaded desperately for permission to land before crashing into the Andes, a leaked recording of the flight's final minutes has revealed.

Referrals from calls to a dedicated football abuse hotline in the UK more than tripled the amount made in the first three days of the Jimmy Savile scandal, the NSPCC has revealed.


Morning briefing: Taoiseach: 'I don't want to commit' to refunding water charges. Catch up on all the headlines

Tommy Bowe believes Ireland will return to the early days of the Joe Schmidt reign following the announcement that a bonus point system will be trialled in the 2017 RBS Six Nations championship.

When he choose a career as a professional rugby player over inter-county hurling, Darren Sweetnam believed he would never again experience anything to match the thrill of playing in an All-Ireland semi-final.

This year’s All-Ireland SFC final referees foresee the mark speeding up the game. Maurice Deegan and Conor Lane have also suggested the new rule has the potential to clear up melees in the middle of the field.

Former Cork All-Ireland winner and newly-appointed Limerick coach Paudie Kissane has produced results to prove that professional Australian footballers are leaner, fitter, and stronger than GAA players.


Journalist of the year Michael Clifford takes a sideways look at the return of Bertie Ahern to the Fianna Fáil fold


Philip Morris International, the world’s largest international tobacco company, has said it could eventually stub out cigarette sales as it launched an alternative product in the UK yesterday.

The economic transformation of Irish border communities brought by the peace process has been put at risk by Brexit, MPs have been told.


Morning briefing: Taoiseach: 'I don't want to commit' to refunding water charges. Catch up on all the headlines

Some of Cork’s favourite retailers explain how they create their famous Christmas windows, and how a window becomes a wonderland.


Kanye West has reportedly been released from hospital more than a week after police were called to reports of a disturbance involving the rapper.


Cork city's Christmas lights just get better and better every year and this season's offering is no exception.


GAMING: The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) have deemed that the promotional material for the game No Man’s Sky was “not misleading”.

MOVIES/TV: Netflix have added a new feature to their netflix apps for phone and tablet and it is one we have been crying out for - a download feature.

TECH: Virgin are looking to change the game and out-perform the competition from the likes of Sky, who have recently release Sky Q, with their new V6 TV box.


Morning briefing: Taoiseach: 'I don't want to commit' to refunding water charges. Catch up on all the headlines

Country and western stars are 10 a penny in Ireland and with the likes of Nathan Carter wagon wheelin' his way into the mainstream, the genre has never been more popular. As a result, the likes of Declan Dallas (a parody created by Raymond Murphy from Co.Limerick) are always going to be around to cash in on the trend.


Josh Lowe, Owen Matthews and Matt McAllester examine what’s happening in Europe to try to understand what’s behind the emergence and spread of the current global populist revolt.


Get ready for Stir-Up Sunday with this classic recipe.How to make Bake Off finalist Steph’s Great Grandma’s Christmas fruitcake

A dark episode from Ireland's emigrant history makes for fine drama in the hands of Rory Gleeson, writes Alan O'Riordan.Review: Blood in the Dirt, New Theatre, Dublin

REVIEW: This superb adaptation of A Christmas Carol puts a contemporary twist on Dickens' classic tale, writes Alan O'RiordanReview: A Christmas Carol, Gate Theatre, Dublin

Move over quinoa.Everything you need to know about fonio, the ancient grain we’ll all be eating in 2020

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